Life has kept me away for the past few months. Believe me when I say I wish it wasn’t like that, but, some things are out of one’s control. You know? But, I have been wanting to get back and post some things and, so, here we go!
There are some similarities in various actions we know to do in Windows, that work the same in Photoshop. The ‘Copy’ and ‘Paste’ feature is about the same. The ‘Clipboard’ works in Photoshop. You can copy, say, a quote in Windows and ‘Paste’ it into an active font layer. Some of these are no-brainers. I found one that kind of surprised me. It saves me a lot of time.
Click and Drag is a given in Photoshop. You are always clicking and dragging something; a layer, an image, everything within a document can be dragged all around it. My tip is a bit different. If you want to turn off multiple layers, and by turning off I mean clicking on the ‘eye’ icon to turn off that layer’s visibility, there is an easy, quick way to do it. Click and hold the right mouse button on the eye of the top-most layer you wish to turn off. Then, without releasing the mouse button, drag downwards over each eye you want turned off. This action will work until you release the mouse button, on the bottom-most layer you want turned off. To turn those layers’ visibility again, simple repeat the same action.
Here is an image of a Layers Palette for a piece I did:
Let’s say I want to ‘turn off’ every layer down to the “txtr”. I want to make any adjustments I need to on the textures. To see what I am doing, I need to turn off all the layers above the “txtr” layer. I place my cursor over the top-most ‘eye’, on the far left side of the top layer. Holding down the right mouse button, I drag down the column of eyes on all the layers I want turned off. When I get just above the “txtr” layer, the layer I want to view, I simply release the mouse button.
When I figured this out, I was remembering certain actions I used in Windows. I suppose it really isn’t that phenomenal, but, can I tell you how much time this has saved me?! LOL I know there is probably some way to do this already in PS, but, this works great for me!
Just wanted to share that little tid-bit with you.
While I was busy dealing with life, I used my art to cope. At times, diving in to an experimental texture or following a tutorial, or even, partaking in several challenges at a few scrap forums, would take my mind off things and, in some cases, actually make me feel better. This is the concept, basically, behind ‘Art-Journaling’. That is why I took to it so easily. The example I used for the tut above was for this piece on what makes up ‘me’, Su:
While creating pages with a face, I made some brushes to help me get started. I thought you folks might like them too. They are a great ‘spring board’ for any kind of page. You can re-colour them, or clip a paper/texture to them. Whatever tickles your fancy. Here is a preview:
The brushes are just under 2500px and are 300dpi. The 2500X2500px .PNG’s are included. The Zip is only 12mbs. They are free to use as you wish, except to be bad! LOL Have fun!
Til next time…