Photoshop CS 3 Interface Tips

Video Transcript

Alright. Welcome. In this movie what I want to do is go through this file, that we have here in front of us, and this is an image I created just for the fun of it. I brought in some content and some blending, and some interesting brushes. And I want to walk through this file, in order to share with you some tips and tricks about getting the most out of Photoshop CS 3 in particular we’re gonna pick up some tips and tricks on blend modes, brushes as well as some other stuff.

Alright, I’m gonna press “Tab” to bring everything back and then I’m gonna press F to go back to full screen view mode. Now, I’m gonna need to reset my pallets over there or press F7 to bring back my Layers palette. So F7 is the shortcut to open and close the Layers palette. Mine was for some reason closed there. So that was a good shortcut to pick up. The next thing that I want to do is look at how we can change our background color. You know a lot of times when I’m working in Photoshop what I like to do is press “Tab” to go to full screen view mode. And then press F7 to bring back my Layers palette. And then begin to work on my image in this context. So I’m clearing off all the clutter in Photoshop yet how can I control this background color because if this is black it’s gonna make my colors look a little bit contrast-y, a little bit saturated. What I can do is I can right click and choose grey here. Now that’s a pretty light grey. Let’s zoom out a little bit. Command - Minus. So we can see what’s happening… or I can choose black or I can choose custom. Now, Custom is pretty interesting. In this case that’s blue that doesn’t look very good. Let’s look at how we can modify that. Press “Tab” to bring everything back. Grab our paint bucket and then I’m gonna choose middle grey. Click ‘Okay’ and then Shift click that background color. Now, that’s my custom color so I can toggle between black, between grey, and also that custom color which looks really nice. I like that middle grey color there. Press F7. And take this back to this full screen view mode. I like that because it’s a pretty nice neutral environment. Of course if I know this is going to be in a darker context, I can just change that by right clicking. And as a side-note: this is a great way to play a practical joke on someone you work with or maybe a friend, because you can always choose a background color like neon green. And then grab your paint bucket tool and Shift click. And they’re gonna have no idea how to fix that. Alright, well let’s go ahead and go back to - let’s just say - grey. That’ll work fine for us. I have to go to the full screen view mode here. And then “Tab” to get rid of everything. F7 brings back our Layers palette. Alright, well so far we’ve picked up a couple of valuable tips and trick about working with the interface, changing our background color. And we’ve learnt that shortcut key, the F7 key, to show and hide the Layers palette as well as the ‘Tab’ key. It brings back our palette’s shift tab is the one that’s set everything back to normal. Alright, well now that we’re back to normal and that we reviewed those short tips and tricks let’s dig deeper into this file and will do that the next movie. See you then.