Photoshop CS5

Photoshop Quick-Tip: Set Your Tool Opacity With a Keyboard Shortcut

There are keyboard shortcuts for almost everything in Photoshop, including changing the opacity of a tool. To change the opacity for any tool that supports it, just press any number from 1 to 0 and the opacity will change from 10% up to 100%.

For more control over this, you can press (for example) 7 then 5 to get 75% opacity.

Illustrator CS5

Illustrator Quick-Tip: Flexible Rounded Corners

For more flexibility when working with rounded corners in Illustrator, you can instead of using the rounded rectangle tool, use the standard Rectangle tool and draw your base shape. After that, go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. This will be saved in the appearance panel with the bonus that you can go back and change the settings whenever you want.

Photoshop CS5

Photoshop Quick-Tip: Move Selections with the Spacebar Key

When you are dragging a selection using any of the Marquee tools you can hold down the spacebar key (not letting go of with mouse) to be able to reposition the selection before committing to it.

Photoshop CS5

Photoshop Quick-Tip: Enable Rulers and Guides For Better Alignment

Many Photoshop users don’t know that Photoshop has a built-in set of rulers that can help you align objects in your documents. To activate the rulers at the top and left side, use the keyboard shortcut Command + G (PC: Control + G) or by going to View > Rulers.

To drag out a guide to the canvas, click anywhere in the ruler bar, hold and drag out to the place you want on the canvas.

Photoshop CS5

Photoshop Quick-Tip: Switch Between Your Colors

There are two excellent keyboard commands that you need to know about when working in Photoshop. Firstly, to quickly reset both your foreground and your background color to their defaults, hit the “D” key (D for Default).

Secondly, to switch between the foreground and background colors (make foreground the background and vice versa), just press the X key.

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