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The Ultimate Guide for switching from a PC to a Mac
(Part 2 - coming soon)

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Layers in Photoshop!

This tip is for both 10.4 Tiger and 10.5 Leopard (it probably also works on the PC version, but I don't know the shortcut!). The layers in Photoshop is really what makes this application so powerful. When you are working on a multi-layer project, you often switch the visibility on and off to get an idea of what is changing. There is a way that lets you quickly switch a bunch of layers to visible or not visible. It is done by holding down "Command" and clicking on the button that turns it off and dragging down to make them all not visible. It is somewhat hard to explain it like this. You'll get a much better idea from this video screenshot:

9 Comments:

Blogger Greg said...

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November 6, 2007 at 11:24 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

*sigh*
if only I had the $$$ to drop on Photoshop...


-Greg Loesch
http://greg.loeschfam.com

November 6, 2007 at 11:24 PM  
Blogger kevin said...

do you know how much time you've just saved me?!?!

November 7, 2007 at 12:52 AM  
Blogger Andy said...

you don't need to hold down the command key - it is working by simply holding down the mousekey and moving a long the eye-icons.

November 7, 2007 at 2:16 AM  
Blogger Nicola Strumia said...

it works on a PC (Win) too: use Ctrl instead of Command of course

November 7, 2007 at 8:09 AM  
Blogger Sheffield said...

also, you can hold down alt, and click on a layer. that hides all the other layers. if you want to show them all, just do it again.

November 7, 2007 at 11:38 AM  
Blogger Hesonit said...

That works very well, but it may be easier to make a new layer set, drag all the layers into it, then you have only one button to click the set on/off.

November 7, 2007 at 2:39 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Here is another Spaces and Expose tip. I didn't know how to send it in to you so I thought I'd leave it as a comment.
People may know it but I haven't seen it on here and I just discovered it and thought it was cool.
I use active screen corners for expose and spaces. However you use them though, use a hot key or an active corner to show your spaces, while your four (or however many you have) spaces are open, you can then use your "all windows" hotkey or active corner to separate and show each open window while still showing all four spaces. So it is showing every window in every space you have open. This works Vice versa as well. I just think it is cool cause sometimes even with spaces, windows can get hidden and you may forget what space to go to, this shows you every open window so you can find whatever you want. Hope that makes sense, it's pretty cool.
It may not be easier than just clicking the app icon in the dock, but it's still pretty cool


thanks for the great tips, I check every day, keep up the good work!

November 7, 2007 at 3:32 PM  
Blogger daniel said...

I don't know about you guys/girls, but I don't have to hold down cmd and drag, just clicking and dragging works for me.

Oh whoops, i see Andy has already pointed that out :D

But didn't use the Alt one, that's just as handy!

November 7, 2007 at 5:43 PM  

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