Using Vector Shape as Layer Mask in Photoshop

If you’ve ever wanted to use a vector shape to mask any of your layers in Photoshop, look no further! It’s incredibly easy and quite useful. The video is pretty self-explanatory, but here are text instructions regardless: Select the layer you wish to mask Hold down ctrl (command on Mac, probably), left-click and hold on the shape, and drag it … Read More

Eliminate Banding in Gradient Layer Masks – Photoshop

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This one had me stumped for quite a while. Whenever I used gradients in my layer mask for an image later, I would end up with really obvious banding, which really just ruined the photo in my case. Even with dithering enabled and using 16-bit color mode as all the identical online “solutions” suggested, I was still getting the banding … Read More

Eyedropper Changes Secondary Color Swatch – Photoshop Solution

Sometimes in Photoshop (CS5 in my case), inexplicably, every time you use the eyedropper to get a color, it will change the secondary or background color swatch and not the primary color swatch. It can be truly maddening trying to figure this out, since the solution is far from easy to find. Googling it won’t do you much good unless … Read More

How to Open Layer By Itself in New Document – Photoshop

One thing that comes up a lot for me while building websites based off Photoshop designs, is that I need the ability to quickly and easily edit a layer by itself, as its own document, and then be able to export that file by itself as well. So how can we do that? I am using Photoshop CS5 though this … Read More

How to Remove the Bezier Handle in Photoshop CS5

If you are like me, you have spent many frustrating hours working with Photoshop and the pen tool trying to figure out the same thing. How can you get rid of, delete, or otherwise remove the Bezier Handles attached to an anchor point?

Use Photo as Layer Mask in Photoshop: Tutorial

Have you ever wondered how to use an image as a mask in Photoshop but just couldn’t figure out how to do it? The solution is actually fairly simple, but Adobe hasn’t done you any favors with how unintuitive it is. With just a few easy steps, you can use any picture or graphic to mask specific parts of a … Read More

Deblur Feature in Photoshop CS6 Beta Absent

Edit 02-12-2013 –¬†According to prodesigntools.com, based on something the Adobe CEO said during an interview back in October 2012, they are still developing the deblur tool, and will most likely be featuring it ONLY in the cloud subscription-based versions of the software. Bad news if you are a perpetual license owner! Looks like those of us who forked over the … Read More