Tips & Technique Thursdays - Another Workflow Tip

Thursday, December 22, 2011

This is a Tip within a Tip post! Like that?
I subscribe to Planet Photoshop's Tip of the Day and each day I get a nice little Tip in my inbox.  Now I have to say, after working with Photoshop since before it was Photoshop somewhere in the late 80s, I thought I had a pretty good idea of all it could do.  But it never ceases to amaze me how Planet Photoshop consistently has tips that make me sit back and say, "I didn't know that!" Highly recommend you check them out there.  Those guys are pretty smart cookies!

Here's a good example of one from this past year.

Bypass The New Layer Dialog 
Pressing Command-Shift-N (PC: Ctrl-Shift-N) creates a new layer and brings up the New Layer dialog so you can name it. Personally, I find it kind of annoying and not a lot faster than clicking on the Create a New Layer icon. However, if you throw the Option (PC: Alt) key into the mix, it'll bypass the New Layer dialog and just create a new blank layer.
Provided by Matt Kloskowski

I'm a HUGE fan of hotkeys and shortcut keys in any computer program… anything to make my workflow faster I'm all there.  So this simple addition of a keystroke is perfect for me!  As a designer I don't really care what the layer name is and have always been irritated by the pop up Dialog Box and could not for the life of me figure a way around it… so I just put up with it…. for years! 

I will say, when I design templates, I do use the Dialog Box so I can name the layers fitting to what it is to make life easier for my customers, but it's nice to know that when I don't care, I can get to designing faster now.

I also have a NEW Techniques Tutorial at Digitals this week in case you are not a Newsletter Subscriber there or missed it.  Creating Layers of Realistic Shadows

This is an excerpt from a Workshop I am working on called Shadow Study to be released in  2o12.  It gets you started on the basics of how I use shadows on my layers to make the whole layout more realistic looking and almost "touchable" when printed. Hope you enjoy and would love to hear your comments after you read it. Everyone loves comments right?  Well, I do, but love even more what I can help you with to learn.

Also, feel free to let me know what you would like to learn more about with Shadows and I'll be sure and try and cover that in my Workshop. :)

On another note, I have a new kit in the shop today and it is 25% off today through Christmas.
If you are a newsletter subscriber, Twitter follower or Facebook friend, you received a little gift from me this morning in celebration of my birthday today. :) Better go and check and download it before Christmas!  

Here is a preview of the newest kit.

Hope everyone has a very Merry and Joyous Holiday!


  1. CBH said...:

    Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 4 post on Dec. 23, 2011. Thanks again.

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