Cheat Like a Pro: 10 Cheats for PS & PSE

Would you like to learn tricks for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements that help you do more with your digital scrapbooking time? Many people don't realize that there are several "hidden" tricks that you can use in PS and PSE to make these programs even more powerful. Graphics professionals always have an arsenal of tricks that they use to do things better and faster and now you do too!

Cheat #1
When you have the move tool selected, you can also use the arrow keys on your keyboard to “nudge” the desired image(s) a few pixels at a time in any direction. Using the nudge option is handy when you want to make very fine adjustments to positioning and you’re finding it hard to have precise control using your mouse.

Cheat #2
When a selection is active, using the move tool will move the contents of the selection area.

Cheat #3
Holding the “Shift” key while using the move tool will move the object along a straight line.

Cheat #4
To zoom into a particular area of your canvas very quickly, activate your zoom tool and with your mouse, click and drag over the area you want to see closer. You will be zoomed in to this specific area immediately.

Cheat #5
Want to make your text match with a color found in the supplies you’re using or a photo? Use the eyedropper tool to grab the exact color from an existing image in your canvas.

Cheat #6
To make a perfectly proportioned square or circle with the rectangular or elliptical marquee tool, hold the Shift key on your keyboard while dragging your selection.

Cheat #7
Holding the “Shift” key while you use the brush tool will allow you to brush in a straight line.

Cheat #8
When working at a zoomed view of your canvas, make use of the spacebar on your keyboard to activate the hand tool and move around your canvas very quickly without zooming out.

Cheat #9
Holding the “Ctrl” key while left clicking on a layer thumbnail will create a perfect selection of everything within that layer.

Cheat #10
Holding the “Ctrl” key while left clicking on the layer name will allow you to select one or more layers. This is handy for moving contents of multiple layers around your canvas, duplication of multiple layers, deletion of multiple layers and many other functions.
Sherrie Piegdon
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