Is there anything that can’t be achieved using Adobe Photoshop? Probably not, given all of the wonderful features available to users. The trick lies in getting to know the ins and outs of this software, so you’ll know exactly what it’s capable of.
As promised in our previous post, here are 4 more awesome Adobe Photoshop features, along with the version of software they debuted in:
Layer Styles (Debut: 6)
Creating halos, drop shadows, embossing effects and such are made easy using this layered approach. However, this interface is hidden away and the way to find it is as follows: Place the content that you’d like to stylize on a layer of its own, double-click the blank space on the right of that layer’s name in the layer list. Once you do this, the “Layer Styles” window will open, allowing you to apply twelve kinds of non-destructive effects to your content.
Adjust Vibrance (Debut: CS4)
All too often, altering an image saturation results in vivid areas becoming too harsh. The better
way to adjust your image saturation to follow is to select Image | Adjustments | Vibrance. This will enhance the areas with lower saturation without making the vibrant colours too intense. This is especially beneficial when working with skin tones. What’s more, you’ll be able to achieve the perfect saturation thanks to the nifty slider the dialog has.
Proof Colours (Debut: 5)
Once View | Proof Colours is checked, Adobe Photoshop displays the image as it will look in the colour profile you’ve chosen, instead of how it will appear on your monitor by default. When it comes to images to be printed, selecting View | Proof Setup | Working CMYK will prompt Photoshop CC to simulate a CMYK depiction of the picture, while letting you continue to work in RGB mode. Select View | Gamut Warning for colours that cannot be portrayed in the profile you’ve selected, to be marked in grey, allowing you to rectify them by hand. Alternatively, you can convert your image to CMYK and those colours will be recoloured to the closest shade.
Variables (Debut: 7)
If creating several variations of an image is something you want to do, this Photoshop CC feature is perfect. To begin, create the base image and set the variable item on a separate layer. Select Image | Variables | Define and, should you want the layer’s visibility and/or contents to change, select “Pixel Replacement”. Click the “Data Sets” tab to set a position for the “Variable” layer. Now you’ll be able to switch between positions by selecting Image | Variables| Apply Data Set. To export a set of files that correspond to the data sets you’ve created, select File | Export | Data Sets as files. You can also import data sets that you’ve created in Excel and Notepad, using the CSV format.
We hope this article has provided you with a few “Aha” moments. Keep a lookout for our next post, where we’ll share even more Adobe Photoshop features.