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Eyedropper Tool
Undo A Save
Paste Images Where You Want In Photoshop
Change Your Photoshop Rulers
Put Rulers Where You Want
Rename Your Layers

Sample wisely with the Eyedropper tool

The Eyedropper tool is great to use when you want to take a color from one part of an image and use it somewhere else. With that said, when sampling colors, for the best result, set the Sample Size pop-up menu to 3 By 3 Average on the tool options bar. This will give a nice color representation.

Most times in Photoshop, when you click on a tool, the top section of your screen will show any available tool settings and options available. The default settings may make harsh changes unless you can change the options. Photoshop works well when you apply slight changes. Use any tool option setting by trial and error until you understand the functions.

Quickly undo an accidental save in Photoshop

Have you ever flattened and saved a document and then wanted to go back and make a change? If so, you can undo that save using a keyboard shortcut. Just press ([Alt][Ctrl]Z in Windows) a few times until your file is back the way you want it.

Paste your images where you want in Photoshop

When copying and pasting images from one document to another, Photoshop places them in the center of the new file by default. However, if you make a selection on the new document where you want the image to go, Photoshop centers the pasted image within that selection. So you can set guidelines by using your Move Tool to drag a guideline from Top or Left Window, then set a selection Marquee, Cut and Paste into Position.

Change your Photoshop ruler settings

If you have your rulers visible, ( View > Rulers ) all you need to do to adjust the ruler settings is double-click on the actual ruler shown on the Canvas. This displays the Preferences dialog box, where you can then adjust the rulers (and units) settings.
Use your rulers effectively. They are very handy tools.

How to put the rulers where you want mathematically.

The only way to truly place the rulers into position is via using the zoom tool and changing the Grid Options. To change the Grid options, double click on the Canvas Measurement Section of the Canvas. This will open a dialog box where you can adjust the Grid Size and Increments. The changes will occur the next time you open Photoshop.

Rename your layers

It's a very good idea to rename your layers from Layer 1 or Layer 2 to something a bit more descriptive. However, Adobe changed the way to rename layers in Photoshop 6. In earlier versions, you could simply double-click on a layer to open the Layer Properties dialog box (where you could name and color-code layers); now you have to hold down the Option or Alt key while double-clicking. A subtle, but important difference
Creating Layer Sets.

The more layers you have in your document, the more difficult it is to manage them. Fortunately, Photoshop now offers layer "sets," in which you can group contiguous layers (layers that are next to each other).

To create a layer set, click on the New Layer Set button in the Layers palette

To add a layer to a set, just drag it on top of the set. Or, to create a new layer inside the set automatically, select the set or any layer within the set (in the Layers palette) and press the New Layer button. You can remove a layer from a set simply by dragging it out.

You can move layer sets in the same way you move layers: just drag them around in the palette. You can also copy a whole set of layers to a different document by dragging the layer set over.

If you have more than one layer set, it's helpful to color code them: Just double-click on the layer set's name and pick a color in the Layer Set Properties dialog box. You should probably name the set, too, while you're here (the default "Set 1" doesn't help identify what's in it). Watch out, though: If you drag a color-coded layer out of the set, it still retains its color-coding!

If you want to move all the layers within a layer set at the same time, select the layer set in the Layers palette. This is easier and faster than linking the layers together.

You can add a layer mask to the layer set and it'll apply to every layer in the set. Similarly, locking a set locks every layer within the set.

Layer sets act almost like a single layer, so when you show or hide the set, all the layers in that set appear or disappear.

When you delete a layer set, Photoshop lets you choose to delete the set and the layers inside it or just the set itself (leaving the layers intact).

Unfortunately, you can't apply a layer effect to a set or use a set as a clipping group.


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