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Matt KloskowskiMatt Kloskowski is your host at Photoshop Killer Tips where he shares in videos all kind of useful Photoshop tips, timesaving shortcuts, workarounds, and undocumented tricks. Matt is also one of the hosts of Photoshop TV.

Here’s a list of what Matt has been talking about since January 20:

March 7: Type inside of a Shape
March 6: Hiding Layers Quickly
March 3: Opening a Layered PSD file without the Layers
March 2: Selection Trick
March 1: Vanishing Point Trick in Photoshop CS2

February 28: Deleting Layers the Easy Way
February 27: Quickly Jumping to Different Layers
February 24: Quickly Adding a Layer Below
February 23: Actions Shortcut
February 22: Closing multiple Photoshop Images at Once
February 21: Changing History in Photoshop CS2
February 20: Custom Shape Options
February 17: Adding Arrowheads to a Line
February 16: Quick Transformation Menus
February 15: Speeding up Photoshop
February 14: Duplicating Gradient Stops
February 13: No More Locked Layers
February 10: Warping Made Easy
February 9: Paste Images at the Right Size the First Time
February 8: Moving Layers between Images
February 7: Make Free Transform Easier
February 6: History Lesson
February 3: Palettes Your Way
February 2: Selection Secret
February 1: More Guide Tricks

January 31: Fading Filters
January 30: Healing Photos on a Separate Layer
January 27: More Undocumented Fill Shortcuts
January 26: Cropping Tips
January 25: Finding the Exact Center Point of an Object
January 24: Previewing Filters
January 23: Photoshop Shortcuts
January 20: Changing Shadow Highlight Defaults
January 20: Picking a color from anywhere
January 20: Adding points to a curve
January 20: Getting your selection back
January 20: Find your files in Bridge

Keep up all the good work Matt!

Arnold Ho shows on his blog how you can use Photoshop to make images look like miniature models:

miniature_1

Arnold also shows other examples of his technique on his matchbox toy car page, like this one:

Miniature

Arnold wrote a nice tutorial that explains how to make these miniatures.
Correction March 19 2006: it was actually Christopher Phin who wrote that tutorial.

He also added a tips page on which he shows how to make the miniatures look more realistic.

Well done Arnold for coming up with an original concept, supported by well written articles!

Photoshop TV Episode 20So what do the guys at Photoshop TV have in store for us this time in episode 20?

Like in previous episodes Photoshop TV bring us the latest news, latest prize winner/contest and share tips and tutorials;

- Matt Kloskowski shows how to create an antique photo effect
- Scott Kelby explains how to sharpen with the high-pass filter
- Dave Cross shows you how to customize tool presets
- Guest Jack Reznicki has a cool way to change colors using color range, strokes and Gaussian blur

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

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

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.

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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