Photoshop


Our friends at PhotoshopSupport share a great little tip that allows you to save your actions in a text file, check it out on their site.

Actions to Text

Developments at Lunacore Photoshop Training continue. Last week we released our new site design and because of the continuous growth of Lunacore the next important step was to move to a different server.
As detailed as we want our tutorials to be, it also has a downside; increased use of bandwidth and server resources. Although we make sure that we compress images as much as possible, at one point you do reach a limit. We want our future tutorials to be detailed as always (if not more) and refuse to follow a path that leads to less visual elements (images, animation, video).
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Auto Select LayerNormally when you want to switch to a different layer, you would click on the layer in the layers palette.
Photoshop offers an option in the option bar when you have the move tool selected that’s called Auto Select Layer. With this option selected you can click on any object in your document window and Photoshop will automatically make the layer active that contains this object. The downside is that people forget turning it off and before they know it they start moving objects that they don’t want to move.

But there is an alternative; make sure that the Auto Select Layer option is not selected, but if you do want to make the layer active of an object that you click on, just make sure you hold down the Ctrl key (Command key on the Mac) and you will have the same functionality you would have with the Auto Select Layer option selected, only this time it’s only temporary. Once you release the Ctrl button everything is back to normal and you won’t risk moving the wrong objects.

Photoshop TVThe guys at Photoshop TV have released their 19th episode of their popular TV show. A list of what the guys share with us this time:

- How to create Layer Comps to help you save to multiple formats including Web Photo Gallery.
- How to use Smart Objects
- Use a Gradient Map to colorize black and white images
- Quickly changing Layers modes.
- Use Photomerge to create stunning panoramic images
- To-do list
- New prize to win
- Last week prize winner

After you make changes in the character’s palette, you don’t need to re-enter the default values to return to the default status. Instead click on the little arrow in the top right corner of your character palette; a new window will open in which you can select at the bottom Reset Character.

Character Palette

Lunacore Design

After almost a year it was about time to redesign the Lunacore.com site.
Some parts might look familiar, but the truth is that I’ve actually rebuilt the complete site from scratch.

You can read more about the changes in the Site Design section

If you have a layer that has a layer style attached, right click (Control + Click on the Mac) its layer style icon (A) and in the menu select Create Layer; this will put all the effects on a single layer.

Note: the olive/gray background is only added for added visualization.

Layer Style to layers

Sample SizeBy default the Magic Wand tool samples colors using a point (1 by 1 pixel) sample. You can actually change this by adjusting the Eye Dropper tool settings.

Select the Eye Dropper tool and in the option bar change the sampling size to 3 by 3 or 5 by average.
Depending on the image that you want to extract, this new sampling size can improve the quality of the extraction.

Photoshop OnlineIn the Unofficial Photoshop Weblog’s first video podcast, the main subject is image resolution.
Explained is what resolution is, why it’s important and how to choose the proper resolution for a file destined for an inkjet printer.

The ‘Photoshop Guys’ at PhotoshopTV, Scott Kelby, Dave Cross and Matt Kloskowski, have released the 18th episode of PhotoshopTV in which they share tips, news, tutorials and answer some questions. PhotoshopTV Episode 18

This time the guys show an automatic way to crop and rotate picture from scanned photos, how to add a bit of ‘bling’ to your images using glints, the ins and outs of threshold layers masks and how to use layers to make a weather-beaten sign.

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