Background Removal with Layer Masks
Masks work well and make it easiy to revert and paint back in bits.
• Space Bar – Allows you to use the mouse to pan around the screen, without the need to use the scroll-bars. Absolutely essential. (Love this one!)
• Bracket Keys [ ] – Using the bracket keys allows you to quickly increase or decrease the brush size without accessing the dialog options.
• D and X – D will set the foreground colours to default Black and White, X will cycle between them.
• Ctrl+ / Ctrl- / Ctrl0 – Ctrl (Cmd) +/- will zoom in or out, and Ctrl (Cmd) 0 will fit the document to the screen. Great for checking your progress.
Awesome vid from SurrealPSD, cheers Dean
• Hit ‘P’ to activate the Pen Tool or select it via the tool panel.
• Ensure the tool is set to ‘Paths’ in the tool settings menu.
• Hold down Ctrl (Mac: CMD) and click to move the anchor points or tweak the anchor handles.
• Holding down space-bar and dragging the screen with the mouse allows you to easily navigate around the image.
• Holding Alt and clicking an anchor point removes the curvature for the next point.
• Ctrl + and Ctrl – allows you to zoom in and out without switching tools, Ctrl 0 fits the image to screen (CMD for Mac).
• ‘Feather’ allows you to set the softness of the selection, value of 0 is hardest.
• You can use the Pen Tool to create custom shapes.
• Use Levels to add shadows to selections.