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Photoshop FAQ 11-20

FAQ 11: Why do I see jaggies in some of my Photoshop designs

All Photoshop versions
A lot of jaggies appear when you don't use anti-alias in Photoshop. Please remember that there are several tools that have this anti-alias option. Some of these are:
  • selection tools
  • paint bucket tool
  • text tool
  • color replacement tool
The tutorial section of this site contains a Photoshop tutorial that shows you how to smooth edges.
 

FAQ 12: Which Windows version should I use?

 
Preferred are Windows 2000/XP because of their better memory managment/support and reliability
 

FAQ 13: Why doesn't Photoshop allow me to do this with the background layer?

All Photoshop versions
The background layer is probably locked. Double click on the background in the layers palette and click ok; this will unlock it
 

FAQ 14: I want to buy a tablet. Who makes the best ones?

 
Wacom
 

FAQ 15: I'm scanning a photograph. Which resolution and file format should I use?

 
Use the highest resolution and save as TIFF.
 

FAQ 16: A Photoshop image that was exported to the web, looks darker in the browser

All Photoshop versions
Go to edit/color settings and select in the top box (that reads 'select') Web Graphics Default.
Select sRGB in the box that has the word RGB in front it. That should solve the problem in most cases.

Also make sure that you have calibrated your monitor with the Adobe Gamma Utility, which can be found in Control Panel on a Windows computer.
 

FAQ 17: I was able to edit my text but not anymore!

All Photoshop versions
You can't edit your text with the text tool once it is rasterized.
 

FAQ 18: Doesn't Photoshop offer a way to preview my fonts?

All Photoshop versions
Photoshop CS2 and higher offers a preview. In earlier versions you have to use a little trick; click on the layer that contains a text and select a font inside the font box ...
Font Box
... and then use the cursor up/down keys on your keyboard to preview the other fonts in your document window.
 

FAQ 19: Ctrl+click (Command+click on the Mac) on layer's name doesn't select all pixels.

All Photoshop versions
Click on the layer's thumbnail instead.
 

FAQ 20: Clipping a layer using Ctrl + G (Control + G on the mac) groups the layer instead

Photoshop CS2
Instead of using Ctrl + G, press Ctrl + Alt + G (Command + Option + G on the Mac)
A different way to clip two layers; hold down the Alt key (option key on the Mac) and move the cursor between the two layers until it changes into two circles:

Clipped Layer

Then click OK and release the Alt key again.

To create a new clipping layer: before clicking on the Create a new layer icon Nw layer in the layers palette, hold down the Alt key (Option key on the Mac). A new window will pop up:

New Layer Window

Select use Previous Layer to Crate Clipping Mask and click OK.

 

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