Monday, September 29th, 2014
Learn a handy keyboard shortcut to merge two layers in Photoshop
One simple trick but one that comes in handy constantly for me is merging two layers into one in Photoshop. This trick can save your life with so many Photoshop projects that require two images to be merged to a single layer.
Make sure the layers you wish to merge are on top of each other in the Layers palette. Click on the thumbnail of the top most layer of the two you want to merge.
Press Control/Command + E.
Now your layers are merged.
Something to keep in mind is the new layer when it does merge will take the name of the layer on the top.
Labels: images, keyboard shortcut, Layers, merge, merging layers, Photoshop, tips
Categories:Mackenzie Tip, photoshop
Friday, September 19th, 2014
Image Credit: © 2014 freeimages.com, anitab0000
Help! How to center a layer’s contents in Photoshop
Whether you’re making a simple document, newsletter or editing a photo a necessity is being able to center your layers. This task took me by surprise as to how challenging it was but in a few steps it can easily be done.
First press Control and click the layer thumbnail for the layer you want to center in your Layers panel.
Click Select > All (Control/Command + A). This makes all of your layers selected. You can tell this is done by the marching ants around your full image.
Click Layer >Align Layers to Selection > Horizontal Centers.
Notice that your layer is now centered.
Press Control/Command + D to deselect your layers.
Now your layer content is deselected and aligned horizontally and you’re free to continue editing.
Labels: alignment, center layer, Center text, Layers, Photoshop
Categories:Mackenzie Tip, photoshop
Wednesday, September 10th, 2014
Need to check what you didn’t pick in Lightroom – here’s how!
My workflow for choosing the best of my photos in Lightroom is to go through the photos in a folder and either click the Pick flag, the Reject flag or simply move past the photo onto the next one. Now sometimes I’d like to review the photos that I haven’t picked – they aren’t the best but they aren’t rejects. I will do this just in case there are some good images I have overlooked.
So, how do you display only the unflagged photos? Luckily it’s dead easy to do this.
These icons across the top of the filmstrip are, from right to left: Show Flagged Photos (ie Pick Flag is on), Show Unflagged photos (no flag present) and Show Rejected photos (Reject flag on).
So, click the middle flag to see only those photos that don’t have either the Pick or Reject flags enabled.
Now, if you add a Pick (or Reject) flag to one of the images it will immediately disappear from view – that’s because this filter is a live filter – it only shows the unflagged photos and as soon as a photo has a flag it no longer matches the filter so it is removed from view.
Of course, when you are done, make sure to select Filters Off from the Filters: list (or click the same flag a second time) to return to viewing all your photos.
Labels: clear filter, filter, flagged, Lightroom, rejected, show unflagged photos, unflagged
Tuesday, September 9th, 2014
Need to manage your Microsoft Office templates but can’t find them?
It’s not easy to find the templates folder on your Mac. You might know it is My Templates but a typical search in Finder won’t turn it up.
Luckily help is at hand. Launch Finder and choose Go > Go to Folder. Now paste this folder name into the search box to go to your My Templates folder where you can now see and manage your templates!
~/Library/Application Support/Microsoft/Office/User Templates/My Templates
Labels: mac, manage templates, Microsoft Office, Office, osx, template, template folder