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Old 11-11-2013, 06:48 PM   #1
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I just got CS6 and i have never used photoshop before... (besides the early early versions for photo editing)

Tips and tricks please?!

Maybe point me towards a tutorial on how to hotkey with my wacom buttons and such



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Old 11-12-2013, 11:29 PM   #2
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Haven't used it at all?

First off, Wacom hotkey buttons aren't handled by Photoshop. Look for the drivers you installed (you did install them, yes?), open up the config, and there should be a tab that'll let you assign hotkeys to whatever you want.

I never use them, so you'll have to figure out what works for you.

Hmm... the first thing you'll want to get familiar with is the Brush palette. Open up a new blank document, and go to Window > Brush (hotkey F5). Switch to the brush tool on the left-hand tool palette (hotkey B)

There are a lot of settings in here, but it's not as complicated as it looks.

Brush tip shape is fairly straightforwards, except for maybe the concept of hardness. Hardness is easiest to see with a round brush. 'Soft' brushes are fuzzy and almost airbrushed. 'Hard' brushes have, well, hard edges. You can change size and hardness of your brush here, or by the hotkeys (square bracket for size, curly braces for hardness), or use Alt + Right Click for a visual representation.

I just realized, I use a PC, so all of my hotkeys will be given in Windows format. If you're using a Mac, Option replaces Ctrl, and Control-click replaces right click.

Shape Dynamics: Whenever I hear people complaining their shiny new tablet doesn't have pressure sensitivity, it's usually because they haven't enabled it. Under the Size Jitter bar, there will be a dropdown box labeled control. Flip it over to Pen Pressure. There is a shortcut toggle on the top when the brush is selected to quickly flip pen pressure on and off, it looks like a pen pointing at two concentric circles.

Scattering is self-explanatory if you play with it.

Texture is less self-explanatory, but you can still make cool effects with it really quickly.

Dual Brush is similar to Texture, but uses brush tips instead of textures.

Color Dynamics lets you add odd hue shifts and things like that into your brush. I use it rarely.

Transfer is the other big thing you'll probably use a lot. Transfer controls how opaque or transparent your brush is, similar to how size dynamics controls size. It also has a quick shortcut key, the pen pointing at the checkered circle.

If you have a tilt-capable tablet pen, you'll see an option labeled Brush Pose. It basically controls how tilting your pen affects your virtual brush tip.

The easiest way to learn Photoshop, though, is just to play with it. Start a blank canvas, get rid of windows you don't understand, and just play with things. Eventually you'll settle into your own workflow, and as you get more experienced, subtle things like hand positioning on the keyboard (this is why I can't use Macs anymore) and custom action groups.
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Old 11-13-2013, 02:08 AM   #3
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Instead of tablet buttons I usually use the keyboard shortcuts. I use more or less the classic shortcuts that are predefined in photoshop. One exception is changing the size of the brush for which I bind N and M. I have also bound "," and "." for hardness but never use them. I think that having the brush size control on the keyboard adds much more control than the shape dynamics option that messes things up once you combine it with transfer (which is so badass and I'm not giving up on it).

So transfer on pen pressure and brush size (ie. shape dynamics) on the keyboard.

Adjustment layers are pretty cool too. (The black/white circle in the layers window) this is one for experimenting and having fun, without frustration.

What I often do is open the painting in 2 windows (Window > arrange > new window for XXXX.psd (some sort of disturbing porn I am painting at that precise moment). Window > arrange > vertical/horizontal (I think). I usually zoom one of the windows to have the whole painting in scope, the other is for detail work. They update simultaneously.

Holding shift enables you to draw straight lines. Dot>shift+Dot it allows even diagonals (turn transfer off while doing this, to get bold lines).

Ok, one last thing. selection tool > right click > free transform > warp (for occasions when something just needs a little push to look great. It helps to fix little issues in the perspective or anatomy or in adding weight where necessary.
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Old 11-13-2013, 09:35 AM   #4
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Thanks guys! I'm gonna check out your suggestions soon the reason I don't want to use keyboard is because I only have a laptop so I set that up on a table and hold my tablet in my lap. It's annoying to reach up and find the buttons when I could do it quickly on the tablet. I'm lazy harhar

I'll check it out when I work on another doodle later today. Gonna be in a hangout in about 2 hours
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I paint exclusively on a laptop too. Tablet goes in place of a mousepad, and the left hand stays near the shift / ctrl / alt / space keys.

Ctrl, Alt, and Shift are quick shortcuts to the most common tasks for the selected tool, e.g. Alt with the Brush turns it into the color picker.

If you choose to be just use the tablet only, bind three keys to those. And probably a fourth to spacebar, which goes from any tool to Pan / Scroll.
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i got set up with useful hotkeys for the tablet its so much easier now! if i had a lot of space, i would just use the keyboard, but i dont...so i cant....


gonna be doing some speedpaintings for a facebook group to get better/more used to PS.... very exciting! :P
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Yes yes, shimmy explained most of the basic functions and some more complex things that I'd never heard of. Helped me map my tablet keys and all. Very very helpful, thank you shim
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Can you help with relationship issues shim?
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I have an intuos 5 tablet and that generally has all the vital stuff bound to it already like zoom , brush sizes, alt key, layer change and that jaz.

I'm trying to get to grips with Photoshop myself and there are times when i feel like i'm banging my head against a wall as i struggle to get my head around it and make the adjustments to my drawings in photoshop. I generally now draw either with the standard round brush or a square brush for everything (my last drawing on my sketchbook was with a square chalk brush).


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Lamb, if you mean your girlfriend is unsatisfied. Yes, yes I can satisfy her.

Side note, my kickstarter is funded. It's pretty cool having strangers give you all their money.
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Alas! How high can some people think of themselves.

I wish it were that simple though

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Side note, my kickstarter is funded. It's pretty cool having strangers give you all their money.
Congrats man. I wanted to return to the thread once I'd decided how much I actually wanted to give you, but somehow forgot about it. I'm glad you made it without me. Whoopsie.
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