100 RED HOT & CHILLI TIPS FOR PHOTOSHOP CS4 by Ammar Midani

For the friends and clients of Ammar Midani
These tips are mainly aimed towards PC users although some will work for Mac users.

100 Tips by Ammaro

 

Pick colors from any photo!

sfwcolpalIf you happen to like a photo color scheme, you can use the SFW to pickthos ecolors, here how:
– Open the photo you want its colors
– Go  to file / save for web
– Choose the GIF or PNG-8 format (they both share a 256 color table)
– From the color table fly out menu, choose save color table, this will save the most dominant 256 colors in the image to an *act format
– Now go to Edit/ Preset Manager and from the Preset Type choose swatches, then load the act file

Proofing for Color Blindness

Creates a soft proof that reflects colors visible to a person with color blindness. The two soft proof options, Protanopia and Deuteranopia, approximate color perception for the most common forms of color blindness.

 protonopia

Choose View > Proof Setup > Color Blindness, and then choose either Protanopia-type or Deuteranopia-type.

sRGB

 sRGB

When you color-manage documents that will be viewed exclusively on the web, Adobe recommends that you use the sRGB color space. sRGB is the default working space for most Adobe color settings, but you can verify that sRGB is selected in the Color Settings dialog box (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) or the Color Management preferences (Acrobat). With the working space set to sRGB, any RGB graphics you create will use sRGB as the color space.

Using Photoshop, and inside the Save for web dialog box, make sure Conver for sRGB is checked.

With Illustrator and inside the save for web dialog box the command is under the drop down menu.

Various Photoshop tips & techniques

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Photoshop Revisited: Duplicating Layers:
A great feature is that you can duplicate layers into a new documents. In the duplicate layer dialogue box, you chose a destination. and type a name for the new document. The new file will have no BG layer.

Photoshop Revisited: Styles:
You can drag the style to an object to apply on it.

Photoshop Revisited: Advanced Blending:
When blending layers, you can restrict the blend to exclude channels you need, by ticking in the advanced blending dialogue box.

Photoshop Revisited: Channels:
Did you know that when you delete a channel, then the image is in the multi channel mode.

Photoshop Revisited: Web CMYK:
You can use the save for the web command to sane CMYK images for the web, PS will turn the mode to RGB.

Photoshop Revisited: PDF:
To open an image from a PDF file>> file/import PDF image
To create a new Photoshop file for each page of a multiple-page PDF file>> file/automate/multi-page PDF to PSD. You’ll be asked to chose which color mode and resolution.

Photoshop Revisited: Saving your stuff:
Ever wonder where did that brush, style..went after you’ve create it, well you have to save it the editor you’ve created it with. Cause you may replace the set, made a new one.

Photoshop Revisited: Web Colors:
to make reading the web color number for your colors a little bit easier, click on the eye-dropper icon that appears next to the CMYK readout in the Info palette and select Web Color. Now you’ll get the hexadecimal readouts for each color.

 

 

Add layers fast!

Right click (PC) command-click (Mac) on the new layer icon to add a new layer above the selected layer.

Control-click on the new layer icon to add a new layer underneath the selected layer (not a background).

Color Code Your Layers

Right click (PC) command-click (Mac) on the eye icon on the layers palette to color code a layer fast.