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5 Photoshop Tricks the You (Probably) Don’t Know


On this video Photoshop expert Jesús Ramirez (from the Photoshop training channel) gives 5 useful tips that most users of Photoshop are not familiar with – see if you know them already.

Photoshop is a complex software with endless options, so even long time experts can learn a new trick every now and again. In this video Ramirez tries to give five tricks like these- here is the list:

  1. Advanced Blending Options – Uncheck “Transparency Shapes Layer” in the Layer Styles panel to make pixels blend differently when using blend modes.
  2. Precise Flare Window – You can bring up a special “Precise Flare Center” window to add a lens flare to exact locations in your photo.
  3. High Contrast Clouds – Instead of the usual clouds layer you get when you render clouds, you can render high contrast clouds.
  4. Black and White Adjustment Layer For Color Control – You can use a Black and White Adjustment Layer to control the luminance values of specific colors in your photo.
  5. Open One Image In Two Windows – You can have the same photo open in two windows that are side-by-side, with one view zoomed in and one view zoomed out.

As non Photoshop experts all 5 were new to us but you might fair otherwise. We feel that the 4’th trick – on using black and white adjustment layer for color control – is possibly the most useful for retouchers and photographers. The 5’th is also useful – especially if you have two screens.

You can find many more Photoshop video tutorials on LensVid’s Photoshop section. You can also check some of Ramirez previous videos published here on the site on the following link.

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