It's not always easy to remember the keyboard shortcuts in Photoshop,
but if you try to learn 'em, all of your picture editing will likely go
faster. Therefore, I present this handy little cheat sheet. Print it out and hang it by your screen, or put it in your wallet to study while you're waiting for the bus. (If you prefer, here it is
in PDF form.)
If you haven't seen it yet, this week's cover of Time Magazine features a photo-illustration of Ronald Reagan shedding a big and, if you ask me, totally over-the-top tear, accompanied by the headline "How the Right Went Wrong." This morning, I spoke to Tim about how he simulated the tear, and what he thinks of all the controversy.
I use Photoshop Elements 5, and would like to know if I can get two or more photos on the central portion of the screen so that I can grab selections from one picture and drop them into another. It seems that Elements will let me open as many pictures as I want - I see them in the bin at the bottom of the monitor - but only one in the work area. Can I change this?
Hoping to Clone
I love filters. Mainly I love them because they take a lot of the work out of Photoshop. There's nothing better than pushing one or two buttons and getting a result that makes me look like I'm an expert (of course, I am an expert, but every little bit helps). I love filter plug-ins too because usually they mean someone else has spent a lot of time and hard labor so I can get a result that would take me a heck of a lot longer to achieve on my own.
Making selections is often the least fun part of working in Photoshop. Sure, CS3 will have the new Quick Selection brush and Refine Edge tool, but even those are of limited help to the beleaguered retoucher pulling a brown-haired person off a brown-toned background. This year's PMA brings word of a new version of a program that should attempt to help you out in those difficult selection circumstances, and will be of especial service if you find yourself making selections often.
The big news from Lexar, the company that makes those memory cards that will hopefully never go corrupt on you, is some software that will help you in case they do. They've just announced ImageRescue 3, a totally redesigned and sped-up version of the program that saves the pictures you fear you've lost. Bundled with the cards that are shipping now, ImageRescue 3 will now save your nearly-gone video and audio files as well.
Let's see. We've got that new web-based version of Photoshop coming, Photoshop Elements, and Photoshop Lightroom. You know what we need? More Photoshop! And that's just what we'll get. Early this morning, Adobe announced that when CS3 comes out March 27th, we'll get not one, but two editions of Photoshop CS3.