20 Most Important Photoshop Shortcuts

Today Photoshop Shortcuts has been the program on which most of the graphic designers are highly dependent on. Though there is some other useful software available to them, this one has proved to be of the greatest use. Professional find almost all possible image related solution in Photoshop. But one important thing is the shortcuts they usually use in this program. The importance of these shortcut remains in the efficiency of work with this program. Doubtlessly they gear up the regular work flow of the creative designers. These are used with a view to making the work faster. While working in Photoshop, small tasks may appear as a big hindrance to the work. So a professional must know about these shortcuts of Photoshop. Her we will see how the common but very crucial works can be done within just a few key pressing on the key board.

1.Fill a Layer: When an image editor needs to fill an empty layer with any specific color he may take the help of a nice short way and this is to press Alt+Delete on the foreground and Ctrl+Delete on the background.

fill a layer shortcut 2.Flatten Layers: At times the working professional want to flatten the layers. After adding a new, empty layer there lies the necessity of flatten those. To do it one can take the easy way of pressing Ctrl+Alt+Shift+E

Flatten Layers image

3.Merge Visible Layers: Another thing is that many a times designers want to create a single layer comprising all other layers created before. But this work may be a difficult job by clicking mouse buttons. Easy way of this is pressing Ctrl, Shift and E altogether.

Merge Visible Layers Image

4.New Layer via Copy: in the case of the need for a new layer one can just press Ctrl+J and the target is fulfilled. It’s so easy in this way and gives one the chance for continuous working.

New Layer via Copy
5.Bring Layer to top of stack: Not all layers are equally important for the work. On the other hand some are highly preferred that they are needed to be on the top of other layers. So just one thing that the designer needs to do is to press Ctrl+Shift+]

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6.Send Layer to Bottom of stack: In the same way of taking layer at the bottom a designer can take that at the bottom as well. For that he has to do nothing special but the same thing apar from the third bracket. He must press Ctrl+Shift+[.

Send Layer to Bottom of stack
7.Bring Layer Forward: A small work of Photoshop is to bring any selected layer forward. But if you are working on keyboard, you don’t need to touch the mouse. Rather, only pressing Ctrl+] will make your work done.

Bring Layer to top of stack

8.Send Layer Back: As it may seem to be of necessity to move the layer back to the others, it can be also done with a quicker way by taping the key board short cut Ctrl+[

Send Layer Back Image9.Copy Multiple Layers: Copying multiple layers is a usual work for any image manipulator. For doing this drawing a selection must be done and then use the command of Shift+Ctrl+C to take every layer into the clipping, rather than taking only the current layer selection.

Copy Multiple Layers Image

10. Reselect: In case of accidental moving away from reselection one can easily be back from there using a nice keyboard short cut. He has to press Ctrl+Shift+D. By this means the earlier selection will be back.


11.Invert Selection: Sometimes the professionals need to select objects around an already pre-selected image. This mainly helps to work on the main focused part without loosing the remaing parts of it.

Photoshop Invert Selection Image12.Select All Layers: Manipulating the overall image needs the total selection. But if one is thinking it by mouch it may haper the regular work flow. But there is a solution for it. He can press Ctrl+Alt+A.

Select All Layers Image

13.Select Bottom Layer: If someone want to select the last ever layer of his project, a small technique can be proved very handy for him. Alt+Comma(,) will select the bottom layer within just the time of taping the buttons.

Select Bottom Layer Image14.Select Top Layer: In the same way of selecting bottom layer, selecting the top layer is also possible within very short time and in a convenient manner. For this the designer has to just press Alt+Period(.). It will immediately select the upmost layer.

Select Top Layer

15.Deselect from the Selection Area: Provided that one needs to deselect certain part of the image, one easy way can be hitting the keys Alt+drag.

Deselect from the Selection Area

16.Deselect all but the Intersected Area: Professional designers know the importance of deselecting all but a certain part. For doing it he may take the help of the easy way of clicking Shift+Alt+drag.

Deselect all but the Intersected Area

17.Deselect the Entire image: When getting away from the image is necessary, a nice way is arranged for the professionals in Photoshop. They can just hit Ctrl+D to satisfy their need.

Deselect the Entire image18.Find the Sizing Handles: One difficult activity that Photoshop experts regularly experience is that pasting a layer or selection into a Photoshop image. In such cases finding the sizing handles becomes a tough job. The command of hitting Ctrl+T and then Ctrl+O selects Transform and fits the image inside the window.

Find the Sizing Handles Image19.Move a Selection: If any designer wants to move a selected part easily he just needs to press and hold the space bar and keep on doing so until the selected part reaches to the place that it is intended to reach. So the shortcut for it is Spacebar+Marquee Tool.

Move a Selection20.Select Individual channels: Selecting with Photoshop Channels is a wonderful way of work in this program. It makes a complex object removed from the background. Though there is several other ways by which the same job can be accomplished, it is much easier. And using the shortcut of Ctrl+3(red), 4(green), 5(blue) makes it even simpler.

Select Individual channels

There are several professional designers who are doubtlessly creative but they waste a huge time in the processing of their desired Photoshop Shortcuts command. Adopting the above mentioned short-cuts the designer may decrease the wastage of his time.

 Most Important 20 Photoshop Shortcuts


Read This To Change How You Like Design

In presence we see many of the design. According to our time in our society we have to maintain our standard or quality. For that reason we like design. I told about the dress, ornaments and jewelery, shoes and different kind of fashion design.

Design or fashion is the art. It is not limited only for fashion. But for the all type of work we need design. From the start of our life in every phase we necessitate the design. Design has different connotations from different side. There are so many way to define it. Also have so many types for design. Like graphics design, art, visual art, antiques art, painting, drawing and so on.

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Learn about Glossy Text Effect

How to create a Glossy Text Effect in Photoshop

Open a new document in Photoshop. Size maintain between 1152 x 864 pixels. Foreground and background will be #5e4a3f and #271509. From the Gradient tool option bar select Linear Gradient Icon. From top to bottom in the canvas drag it.

Now add noise through go to Filter to Noise and Add Noise. The amount will be 1 also select the Gaussian distribution.

Now write a text on the canvas. With the font of RiotSquad and font color is #c7c7c7 and font size will 365.

Copy this text layer. Change the duplicate’s fill value at 0. After that, duplicate this copy layer.

Go to Layer style or double click on Layer to apply the below Layer style.

Bevel and Emboss

Structure: Style – Inner Bevel, Technique – Smooth, Depth – 30%, Direction – UP, Size – 15px, Soften – 0%.

Shading: Angles – 120 degree, Altitude at 30 degree. Highlight Mode – Vivid Light with # e0e0e0 and Opacity – 75%, Shadow Mode Multiply with # 4f3a11 and Opacity – 75%,

Then press OK.

Inner Shadow

Structure: Set Blend Mode to Multiply with color #78614b, Opacity – 75%, Angle at (120) degree, Distance – 0px, Spread – 0%, Size 16px.

Quality: Noise – 0% and Contour.

Pattern Overlay

Pattern: Blend Mode atNormal, Opacity at 100% Pattern – Snap to Origin, Scale – 100% also Link with Layer.

Here have to confirm by Click OK.

Drop Shadow

Structure: Set Blend Mode to multiply with color #804d2e, Opacity – 75%,

Angle at 120 degree, Distance set to 7px, spread of 10%, Size is 10px.

Quality: Contour, Noise – 0% and Contour.

Now press OK.

This will create marble textured effect on the text.

Again double click on the 1st copy text layer for the following setting

Bevel and Emboss

Structure: Style – Inner Bevel, Technique – Smooth, Depth – 30%, Direction – UP, Change Size – 16px, Soften – 0%.

Shading: Angles – 120 degree and un-check the use Global, Altitude at 30 degree. Highlight Mode – Vivid Light, Opacity – 75%, Shadow Mode Multiply with # 393939 and Opacity – 75%,

Then press OK.


Elements: Range 50% and Anti-aliased (Half Round).


Elements: MMarble Pattern, Scale at 100%, Depth – (+242%) and Link with Layer.

These add simply 3D texture on the Pattern.

Then again right click on the 1st copy text, next click on 2nd and select paste Layer Style.

Bevel and Emboss

Structure: Style – Inner Bevel, Technique – Smooth, Depth – 100%, Direction – UP, Change Size – 40px, Soften – 0%.

Shading: Angles – 45 degree and un-check the use Global, Altitude at 74 degree. Highlight Mode – Vivid Light, Opacity – 75%, Shadow Mode Multiply and Opacity – 75%,

Then press OK.

By these we can see a glossy top layer.

In this step take the rush Tool. Choose a 15px and hard round Brush. Then set foreground color of #a5a5a5. On all of Layers create a new Layer. Named it as D, apply the following settings on this Layer.

Bevel and Emboss

Structure: Style – Inner Bevel, Technique – Chisel Hard, Depth – 100%, Direction – UP, Size – 5px, Soften – 0%.

Shading: Angles – 120 degree use Global Light, Altitude at 30 degree. Highlight Mode – Linear Light and Opacity – 75%, Shadow Mode at Multiply and Opacity – 35%,

Then press OK.


Elements: Range 50% and Anti-aliased.


Elements: Concrete wall 2, Scale at 100%, Depth (+508%) and Link with Layer.

Drop Shadow

Structure: Set Blend Mode to multiply with color #804d2e, Opacity – 55%,

Angle at 120 degree, select Global Light, Distance set to 5px, spread of 0%, Size is 5px.

Quality: Contour, Noise – 0%, Contour and Layer Knocks Out Drop Shadow.

Now press OK.

Through use of brush tool add some Dots to create diamond. The tutorial is ready.


Neon Effect in Photoshop Tutorial

To create a Photoshop image we have to open to make an image. So open the Adobe Photoshop. Create a document size with 1200 x 600 and save it as a .PSD file. It will be in RGB mode and 72 Dpi. Open a brick wall texture in the Photoshop. Through transform (Ctrl+T) change the texture and resize as you want. Make it darker by go to levels > Image > Adjustments > Levels or Command/Ctrl+L.

The figure is:

Make the text with the font “Impact”. Character set by 320pt, (Auto), 80% and 150%. And layer Opacity – 100% with Fill – 100%. The figure is given below:

Here I will apply a few layer styles. To open Layer Styles double Click on the text layer and elect Stroke. In stroke set structure with size 18%, position at outside, opacity 100%. And the color will be #0f140d. To confirm it press OK. Then set the drop shadow. The Structure and Quality 0f drop shadow settings given below:

Structure: Set Blend Mode to Multiply, Opacity – 100%, Angle – 120 degree (Use Global Light), color at black, Distance 15px, Spread 55%, Size at 24px.

Quality: Noise – 0% and Layer Knock Out Drop Shadow.

In this step we will make the neon effect on the text of GIMP. For this reason copy the text layer. By right click on the text layer select the “Duplicate Layer”.  By right click on the layer select the “Clear Layer Styles”, to remove the layer styles in this layer. Set like below in this step.

Stroke: In structure set size 10px, position set in the canter, Blend Mode set at Normal and Opacity at 100%. Fill Type Color set the Black and click on OK.

Select Create Layer through right click on “fx” of this text layer. Now make the layer styles of these GIMP texts. Set like below:

Drop Shadow:

  • Structure: Set Blend Mode to multiply with color #000000, Opacity – 100%, Angle at 120 degree and Use Global Light, Distance set to 12px, spread of 0%, Size is 9px.
  • Quality: Contour, Noise – 0% and Layer Knocks Out Drop Shadow.

And press OK to confirm it.

Inner Glow:

  • Structure: Set Blend Mode to Linear Dodge (Add) color of white, Opacity – 20%, Noise – 0 %.
  • Elements: Technique at Softer, Source to Center, Choke – 0%, Size at 5px.
  • Quality: Contour, Range – 50%, Jitter – 0%.

Outer Glow:

  • Structure: Set Blend Mode to Linear Dodge (Add) color of #3afa06, Opacity – 50%, Noise – 3%.
  • Elements: Technique at softer, Spread – 0%, Size at 15px.
  • Quality: Contour, Range – 50%, Jitter – 0%.

Now press OK to confirm it. Don’t forget, otherwise everything may damaged.

Bevel and Emboss:

  • Structure: Style – Inner Bevel, Technique – Smooth, Depth – 100%, Direction – Up, Size – 9px, Soften – 0%.
  • Shading: Angles – 120 degree, Altitude at 30 degree. Highlight Mode – Screen with White and Opacity – 75%, Shadow Mode Multiply Color with # 093500 and Opacity – 75%,


  • Structure: Blend Mode at Color Dodge with White, Opacity at 45%, Angle of 19 degree, Distance – 5px, Size – 6px, Contour – Invert.

Color Overlay:

  • Color: Blend Mode at Normal Color of #46fc06, Opacity will be 65%.

For a realistic look erase some of the parts of image by select the “Eraser Tool” (e). It can also draw with a hard Brush.

The final Image is given Below:

Neon Effect in Photoshop


Design a texts drop in water typography effect in photoshop

Using Typographic Effect in Photoshop I design text which is “Letter Drops into Water”. Let it try. Here we will apply custom brush, free transform tool and liquefy filter.

Design a texts drop in water typography effect in photoshop

At first you have to download Photoshop software means PSD file. You have to search at Google through free download Photoshop CS3 or if you want latest version that will better for you.

Following stocks and complete this tutorial: Font, Water Texture, Water Brushes, this tutorial for intermediate level.

Now I decide on the black surroundings, and type something like you want on the canvas. Rotate the text an angle as your aspiration.

Apply the Bevel and Emboss layer blending option on this text layer. Then select style as inner Bevel, technique as smooth, depth as your wish, where I choose 480%, direction-up, size-1, and soften-0. Above this will go to the structure option.

In the shading I choose angle-63, attitude-42, gloss contour, highlights mode- Screen, opacity-92%, shadow mode- multiply, opaity-75.

And in the gradient overlay blend mode- normal, opacity-100%, select gradient, style- Linear, angle-106, scale-100.

Now I will create an effortless water surface. By using water brush and paint a little drops lying on the canvas and using free transform rotate it usually. On these water drops use liquefy filter, through forward warping tool and produce soft water effect. Make use of a flexible eraser to erase a few parts and the edges of the water to include depth and the overall effect is looking too cool. Just like real water.

Create some abstract lines around the text. Now on water surface to give it a flowing effect. It will do through a round brush. After creating new layer paint a dot on it, to manipulate this dot into a line shape use the liquefy filter.

These abstract line layers duplicate a few times then put all layers under the text layer. Again duplicate more abstract lines and shift them above text layer.

At first select an image for copy water. Over onto the text copy and paste the selection, with the free transform tool adjust the shape, and erase the others area with a soft eraser to reveal the text bottom.

Attach the following 2 adjustment layers as clipping mask to this water texture layer:

At Levels set custom, RGB-auto (68, .77, 255), and output level 0 and 255. In the custom settings I set red-22, yellow-200, green–200, cyan-112, blue-22, magenta-55.

Supplementary erase the water surface with a small flexible eraser since the areas indicated. For several finishing touches, I added a little more water flow surface around the text, through duplicating the water stream layer done in the previous step.

Using the water brush add some splashing water on top of the water. Use free transform tool to adjust its shape and angle. Add a little cloud/smoke in the region of the text for superfluous effect use the cloud filter or a cloud brush. Further added some color effect on the image with selective colors and image adjustment layer.


Light effects of Photoshop

Lights or enlightenment is the on purpose use of light to accomplish a matter-of-fact or artistic effect. Apposite illumination preserve enhance chore of performance, progress the outward show of an area, or have positive psychosomatic effects on occupants.

Illumination is classified by anticipated use as common, enunciation, or chore illumination, depending for the most part on the circulation of the light produced by the fixture.

Photoshop luminosity implementation tutorial is imperative to discern intended for every designer.

On first open the Photoshop software. Go off to file click on new. You can open by ctrl+N. Create a new Layer and apply a Layer style on the background Layer. From Layer style you have to select Gradient Overlay and a Pattern Overlay.

In Gradient Overlay you can see Blend mode, Opacity, Gradient, style, angle, angle etc. You can choose your own style. But I choose Blend mode-multiply, Opacity-100, Gradient-100, style-Radial, angle-90, scale-66.

For pattern overlay you can choose Blend mode-Normal, Opacity-100, scale-66.

Now have to choose an icon from a cool site. But you can choose like your aspiration. Then select the Ellipse tool and cerate a shape which may like circle and apply Gaussian Blur. For applying Gaussian Blur you have to go to Filter-Blur-Gaussian Blur and select radius with 30px.

In the name of Light Effects create a folder. Like before change it mode to Color Dodge, and created ellipse move to this folder.

For create sparkle we can use the marvelous brush tool. Inside the Light Effects Layer add new layer. For color selection you have to choose white. And the following tools may have to use like: select shape dynamics, scattering, smoothing, protect texture, master diameter-9 PX, angle-0, roundness-100%, spacing-0, hardness-0, pen pressure-minimum diameter 4%, angle jitter-0%, control-off, roundness jitter-0%, scatter-both access, count-2, count jitter-100%, control off.

In layer style I add an outer glow to the sparks. Where have to set opacity-99, noise-0, in elements technique-softer, spread-0, size-5, and in quality option choose Contour range-50, jitter-0.

Add some smoke. Take a new layer, set blend mode to Color Dodge and select lasso tool. Where feather set at 40px and create a selection like after that make sure foreground is white and the background is black then apply a Filter-Render-Clouds. Continue applying the filter until you get a hold the best clouds. Then add text and again use layer style. Create a nice overwhelming effect. Just place your logo.

Necessary Tips on Graphic Design

Graphic design is not a software but it is an art. It is the main process of create any artistic or design-able elements. For this creative work have many software, such Adobe CS ( Illustrator and Photoshop), Coral Drew, Quark Express. These are most popular for graphic designing. For this software need manual operate to create any design.


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But in online have many automatic graphic designing software. There have many pre-design portrait and you need to change on any color. These software are very easy to operate. You can do it without any training, only read some instructions.

But there has no credit to create any design. In online, there have many website and tools for image editing, blending, conversion. You will find many software’s for image to text, HTML file image to JPEG image and so more conversion software.

But as a creative graphic design we mean only Adobe CS, Coral Drew and Quark Express. Now I will write on Adobe CS.

Adobe CS is a graphic designing software by Adobe Corporation. They have two types software for creative designing. They are Illustrator and Photoshop.

For any kinds of art works you can draw it by Illustrator. It has huge tools for create any kinds of art works. Every Beginner can do it normal id card, business cart, weeding card or any wishing card. But it has huge amount of works for professionals.

Adobe Photoshop is for beginner and as well as for professionals. It has also more tools for do more creative works. It’s main uses for clipping and color path, image conversion, retouching & restoration, neck joint, masking, ad design etc.

And it is not for beginners, for these creative works need highly experienced. Now you must want to learn it. You can go web for search tutorials on Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Also have many video tutorials on graphic design from begin to professional level.


Advantages of Using Vector Image

When an image is used for billboard, signboard, brochure, catalog, print media, digital media, e-commerce site, website as logo design/ display or printed version, this image is re-created by vector conversion. For this the image quality remains 100%, unchanged and clear.

At present, all kinds of manual books are created by vector graphic designer using these vector images so that a product’s shape, size, design can easily be displayed for customers. It also makes possible to represent a product and its functions menu step by step without product photography. For example- Vector drawing is used for mobile, motor parts, electronic item, furniture, product, machinery product, garment product, plastic products etc.

Vector color may be in black and white or multi-color. But in case of logo design, raster to vector image conversion; more than one color is used. For example- red, green, blue, black, white, yellow etc. Besides, in case of different vector line drawing, usually black and white color is used. For example- T-shirt, mobile, chair, table, bottle, mug, monitor, CAD drawing etc.


For any kind of vector design, fill color, stock color, gradient color, mash color etc. are combined and applied for a complete vector design, logo and art work etc according to customer’s demand.

Vector files are useful for storing images composed of line-based elements such as lines and polygons, or those that can be decomposed into simple geometrical objects, such as text. More sophisticated formats can also store 3D objects such as polyhedrons and wire-frame models.

Vector data can be easily scaled and otherwise manipulated to accommodate the resolution of a spectrum of output devices.

Many vector files containing only ASCII-format data can be modified with simple text editing tools. Individual elements may be added, removed, or changed without affecting other objects in the image.

It is usually easy to render vector data and save it to a bitmap format file, or, alternatively, to convert the data to another vector format, with good results.

The process of creating them is quite simple as well. In fact, using simple drawings we can get complex vector images without a lot of difficulty. Simple and user-friendly programs such as Macromedia Freehand, Corel Draw and Adobe Illustrator can be used for creating simple drawings, which can be converted to vector images.

Some drawbacks of vector files include the following:

Vector files cannot easily be used to store extremely complex images, such as some photographs, where color information is paramount and may vary on a pixel-by-pixel basis.

The appearance of vector images can vary considerably depending upon the application interpreting the image. Factors include the rendering application’s compatibility with the creator application and the sophistication of its toolkit of geometric primitives and drawing operations.

Some drawbacks of vector files include the

Vector data also display best on vectored output devices such as plotters and random scan displays. High-resolution raster displays are needed to display vector graphics as effectively.

Reconstruction of vector data may take considerably longer than that contained in a bitmap file of equivalent complexity, because each image element must be drawn individually and in sequence.

Raster to Vector (R2V) Conversion is a creative graphics & CAD design option which requires the designer to manually replace vector drawing   with various lines, border, rectangular, square, round shaped, oval shaped etc. To do this task, extreme care and attention is necessary. Experienced and Professional Raster to Vector converters can save time without compromising on quality of the conversion.


Ad Graphic Impression for Attractive Web Design

Do you wish to depart an ideal impression on your existing and potential customers online? It is time that you simply take web design style of your business web site seriously. The web site style helps to attract the purchasers to pay a decent quantity of your time on the website.

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This is true that knowledgeable net style can facilitate in transferal practicality to the location however a graphic style can facilitate in golf stroke the proper impression within the 1st time. There are numerous graphic styles that may interact the eye of the guests on-line. a number of them are company logos, visually appealing pictures, banners, colorful icons etc. such graphics compel the visitant to scan the content to know the theme and services of the business. There are 2 prime advantages of getting spectacular graphic styles on your web site. These are:

User Engagement could be a powerful decision to form the readers remain your web site whosoever has found your web site from the search engines. It’s necessary to own visually engaging graphics along side knowledgeable web style. The graphics facilitate to spotlight the most points of the web site to tempt the reader to require the action. Even though a visitant has solely intention to scan the web site, they’re going to not omit any necessary purpose by rummaging the graphic styles.

A unique net style along side quality graphics helps a web site to face out from the competition by giving a competitive edge over the remainder. This can assist you to draw in a lot of customers by increasing your market share.

With the higher than advantages, it’s obvious that graphic styles are Associate in integral a part of an internet style that may assist you build a whole image and attain loyal shopper base.

What will be able to Make as a Graphic Designer?

The question of what makes smart graphic design is one that can’t be answered merely or compactly as there square measure a myriad of things and variables to contemplate once it involves the colorful world of each art and style.

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Good graphic style begins, of course, with a decent graphic designer likewise as a transparent image of the goal or message that is meant to be sent. A designer should savvy to try to do variety of various things so as to form a final product that gets results as well as being trained in typography, page layout and chromatic.

Graphic designers should be not solely artists, however extremely skilled people who pay nice attention to detail whereas understanding what their clients is making an attempt to realize. Any effective graphic style is made by 1st considering the target market. can the representational process used attractiveness to the precise cluster or teams of individuals you are making an attempt to reach? And, equally as vital, is that the message that’s being sent clear and simple to understand?

When photography could be a a part of the equation, smart graphic style includes pictures that are crystal clear and free from any pixelisation or unintentional blurred border. photos ought to be original and distinctive, and ideas ought to be conferred in an exceedingly skilled manner relevant to the product’s main message or purpose. the colors utilized in photos ought to complement the remainder of the project’s image, fastening into the general style whereas maybe employing a contrastive hue for prominence.

In the industry, graphic style is associate integral a part of not solely the scenery and visual effects, however conjointly in tributary to the storytelling side of the piece. It will become valuable once it involves promoting a brand new product, film or TV show mistreatment posters, flyers, junk mail, TV and radio spots, t-shirts, toys, or different promotional means that.