Two Photoshop Tips: Non Destructive Cropping and Perfect Brush Size and Hardness

Today we got two quick and simple tips for you to make your work in Photoshop simpler and quicker – one deals with cropping and the other with brush size.

The first quick tip comes from Colin Smith from PhotoshopCAFE who demonstrates how to use destructive vs. non destructive cropping in Photoshop (using the shift will constrain the shape of the crop). The whole thing is a matter of choosing delete cropped pixels (with this non destructive method you can easily play and move your image around to get the best composition after you virtually cropped.

Moving into the second tip, we have today which is also cool if you are not familiar with it – Ben Lucas demonstrates how to use your mouse to make your brush larger/smaller and harder/softer. All you need to do is press and hold alt/option (PC/MAC) and press and hold the right mouse bottom and than move up or down left or right – simple right?

Brush size and softness in Photoshop with your mouse


If you dig this tip – has an article with a few other Photoshop shortcrusts you might want to check out.

You can find many more Photoshop video tutorials on LensVid’s Photoshop section. You can find more PhotoshopCAFE videos here on LensVid.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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