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10 Best & Worst Things About Photoshop CC

September 6, 2019


Hey everybody, welcome to this video tutorial. Nathaniel Dodson. Tutvid.com. Today I want to talk about the 10 best
and the 10 worst features in Photoshop. Now, obviously they’re my personal 10
best in 10 worst features in Photoshop but I really tried to think through this
and it gets sort of the best and the worst features whether you’re a
photographer or a graphic designer using Photoshop. There’s a ton of
great stuff in Photoshop, I really had to whittle my list down and actually honestly
it was a little bit of a struggle to come up with ten really bad things about
Photoshop. I think you might be impressed when
you see the list of the 10 worst things because they’re really not all that bad
they are annoying don’t get me wrong, but they’re really
not that bad. So without further ado let’s jump into Photoshop. Alright, now the first and the number
one feature in Photoshop, as I have contended for quite some time is curves. I think just overall it is the most
powerful, earth shattering feature in Photoshop. You can find it up here under
image>adjustments>curves. We’ve got this image here of this monastery
or whatever it is, a convent maybe and we need to increase contrast, no big deal,
pull down, make a little S curve here and voila! We have increased contrast. Oh, but
the client says whoop, wrong thing here under channels, oh but the client says
there’s not enough cyan in the image well voila! We can drop some cyan in
there maybe they need a little bit more green.
BOOM! Throw more green in there or maybe they need more yellow. Yellow is the
opposite of blue so we pull down on blue it’s gonna pump some yellow into there.
Maybe they need more blue. Pull up on blue and we get more blue. There’s so much you can do with curves.
You’ve got this histogram overlay. I have an entire tutorial that I did,
I’ve done several tutorials on curves, the most recent one is one you should
check out, in fact as I go through this maybe i’ll include links to every
feature that I’ve done a full tutorial on so you can really check them out in
depth, but curves my number one favorite feature in Photoshop. Now over here and
on image number two, my second favorite feature in Photoshop is smart object.
Smart objects are amazing they allow you to take the graphic or graphics or image
like this that you have on screen, bundle it up and sort of lock it in. So you can
see here I’ve got this background image. I’m just going to right-click on it and
choose convert to smart object, that’s how you get your first to smart object
for the most part. Go ahead and convert to smart object. Alright, you can see we get that little icon. It’s now a smart object. Well what we can do
at this point is we can do something like command or ctrl + T to bring up our
free transform handles, and I’m just going to tell Photoshop, look set the
width of this to ten percent of the original image and also the height ten
percent of the original image. Commit that change and we have a much smaller
image. Now typically if this was not a smart object, let’s go back to command or
ctrl + T and let’s set this back, well first of all notice that it’s
remembering that hey this is only a 10-percent width and height change, this
is not the original one hundred percent of the image. So we can say, look
Photoshop, go back to one hundred percent of the image and the entire
image is preserved it brings back with all the sharpness clarity and detail of
our original image because it’s a smart object. We can copy smart objects across
multiple files even. If you double-click on a smart object, it’s going to open up a .PSB file. You
can see here layer0.PSB, and this is sort of the guts of the smart object. You
can apply layers within a smart object built out almost like individual files
and the cool thing is if let’s say we have five of the smart object placed
over here in our document, right, and you go into the .PSB and you edit it and you
say like I just want a big black mark across it, right, and then you save the
PSB back over an original file, it’s going to have the big black mark and in every
other file where this smart object is placed. So that’s pretty cool. I am going to undo
that though and I’m going to save that. I’m just going to close the PSB and
there we go back to our just be jpg and you can see there is our image. One of the
other great things about smart objects is that filters become non destructive. You can go and you can edit them you can get rid of them you can mask them. So if we say, look let’s go pixelate and
mosaic, right, we’re just gonna have a little fun, ww’ll do kind of this crazy 60
square cell size. Go ahead and hit okay and then we realize, you know what, that kind of
destroys the integrity of the image. We can hit this little drop-down, and number
one, we can just the eyeball in turn the whole thing off temporarily. We can always delete it. We can double
click it, which will bring up the dialogue and allow us to change the cell size, make it
bigger or smaller. Alright, you can also hit the little a double
slider here and you can reduce the opacity of the effect, which is kind of
neat, or you can apply a blend mode. We can do like overlay and it’s gonna give us this high contrast kinda crazy-looking effect. Alright so
that’s that. That’s all kind of cool. You can hit okay.
But also you can just straight up mask the effect. Now we’re going to talk about
masks in a moment because that’s another one of the great features of Photoshop, but like
it’s just a white mask, if we grab the brush tool and we’re painting with the color
black, we can do something like just go in here
and paint away all of the, you know, mosaicness over here above the church
building and maybe on some of the hill behind it. So smart filters within or
attached to smart objects are amazing. Smart Objects basically allow you to
work non-destructively in Photoshop and they’re incredible because of that. Now just a quick note, some of the downsides,
or perceived downsides, of smart objects are, if I just select the smart object, I
can’t paint on it. See all the paint brush, it’s just the little cross icon. I can’t paint.
If i click it’s gonna say, look you can’t, this smart object must be rasterized
before proceeding, edit content with no longer available, blah blah blah. The main and most important point here is when you rasterize a smart
object, you lose your smart filter, you don’t lose it is just sort of applied to
the image, and it’s no longer a smart object. So if I hit okay. You’re gonna look
and see we still have our filter but there’s nothing there. And more importantly, if I go and I like
size this image way down, alright, and I commit it, and I’m like oh
shoot, you know what, I actually need to size that back up, and I size it
way back up look at how much detail we’ve lost! It’s a
big blurry mass now because we don’t have the smart object locking everything in. Smart
Objects, insanely powerful. There is no reason you shouldn’t be using them
whether you’re a photographer or a web designer or a graphic designer. If you’re using Photoshop, you should be
using Smart Objects. Now the next thing up and the next thing that I want to talk
about are adjustment layers. Adjustment layers or one of my personal favorites as
well, up there with curves. Adjustment layers are amazing because they are the
epitome of non-destructive editing in Photoshop. They allow you, instead of
applying your curves directly to your image they allow you to stack it on a layer
above your original image, so you never actually edit the original image or do
any damage to the original image. You isolate the curves onto its own
adjustment layer then you can apply the curves, and those curves sort of
trickle-down, imagine like pouring a paint bucket down your layers panel. Well that’s what curves is doing, i’ts pouring a paint bucket down your layers panel and
applying that curves adjustment to every layer beneath it. You can also a mask that specific
adjustment layer, and again, we haven’t touched on masking yet, I know. You can
apply a blend mode, you can reduce opacity and really dial your setting in,
and most importantly you can go back a day, a month, a year later and you can
readjust that curves adjustment layer, and maybe change the tone curve a little
bit or maybe add a little more red or green or blue or whatever you need to
do. Let’s check it out! So adjustment layers are
simple. You just go window>adjustments I already have my adjustments panel open,
and it’s this guy right here. Now these are all of our adjustment
layers. You can also see the adjustment layers by going layer>new adjustment
layer. We have all these different adjustment layers. Alright, this may be easier to begin with
because you can see, oh look there’s vibrance, or there’s curves, levels, etc.,
etc., etc. All of these different icons represent one of them. So brightness,
contrast, levels, curves, yadda yadda yadda. Let’s go with the vibrance, that’s a
pretty simple adjustment layer, and you can see when I apply an adjustment layer I get a layer above my original layer
and I’ve got some slider, so just this is pretty simple increase vibrance. Let’s go
ahead increase saturation and there we go! Just like that! Now if I come back, you
know, six hours later after I’ve saved the image, I’ve closed it, I’ve reopened it, I don’t
like it, I can shut it off. I can just go ahead and reduce the
opacity. I can go ahead and mask something in. Maybe I really only want to
increase the vibrance and saturation up here in this part of the image, right. If
I wanted to do that select the mask, fill it with black, edit>
fill, and we’ll just choose to fill this sucker with black. Hit okay. I’m going to
move the adjustments panel back where it belongs. And then I can just take my brush tool and paint
with the color white and paint over this part of the sky where I want to
apply that vibrance and saturation adjustment, you can see there it is. There’s before, there’s after. So adjustment layers are
incredibly powerful. I cannot overstate them enough, I can’t overstate them period, I should say. They’re insanely powerful and incredibly useful. Now the next feature is the pen tool. The
pen tool, and I’m not going to spend a lot of time on this because again I’ve done many
many tutorials on this tool, but it is a path drawing tool and it is quite
possibly the single most powerful selection tool in Photoshop. It allows
you to create incredibly precise and very editable selections, and oh by the way, over here in the paths panel you can
save the paths so you can always load the selection later, you can just hold on your command or ctrl key
and click on that work path, load it as a selection, command or ctrl D to deselect
and look, hey, we can always reload it as a selection right there. So that’s pretty cool. The pen tool and
how it works. Oh by the way, you can draw shapes as
well, or just straight up pixels and it, again, a tutorial, a little link appeared up in
the corner and I talk about all the stuff in the tutorials I’ve done on the
pen tool. It is an absolute must know tool if you’re a web designer or an
image retoucher in Photoshop. Ridiculously useful. So segwaying beautifully off of
the pen tool discussion, one of the things that I do love about
Photoshop, and this is more of an abstract concept of Photoshop and not
necessarily specific tool, is the fact that you can save a selection. So of
course you can draw a path and it’s going to appear on the paths panel as we
just saw. You can also just save the straight-up selection. So if we go like a
quick selection tool and we’re just gonna do a very rough selection here over this
helicopter, alright, something like this, and we
decided you know what that’s close enough. That’s an ok
selection. It’s actually not, it’s an awful
selection, but we don’t have time. Alright so let’s say we have this awful
selection of this helicopter, and we realize, you know what, I actually want to
go down here and increase the contrast down here before I mess around the
helicopter at all, but I’ve got this amazing precise selection that I spent
maybe, you know, five, ten, twenty sometimes an hour, creating a selection, so
instead of just hitting, you know command or control D to deselect and get
rid of it, gotta undo to bring my selection back, you can right-click
within your selection and just choose to save the selection. Now Photoshop is
going to save the selection as a channel, so we can just call this like you know
heli for helicopter, ok. And if we go over to our channels panel,
there it is. The selection has been saved and again just like with the paths panel,
just command or control click on that channel to load the selection, or you can
always go select and choose load selection, and then choose the channel
which you want to load. In this case we just have one that we’ve created and it’s
heli. Great! Hit ok and it loads the selection.
Now once you’ve created selections, once you’ve decided that you’ve got
selections that you want, whether you’ve created with the pen tool, or a quick
selection tool, and maybe even save them for use later on, you’re probably going to want to use these selections at least part of the time to create
masks. Masks allow us to apply an effect or only show part of an image at any
given time. Let’s take a look at masking right here
right now. So here we’re gonna move over to this next image, and what I’m gonna do
is I’m going to create a mask which is going to isolate these canoes and allow
me to change the color just of these canoes. Now is there a better way to
change the color of these canoes? Absolutely, but it’s not going to help us
explain the idea of masks any better. So here’s what we’re gonna do… we’re
going to go select>color range and I am going to choose, choose none here for
the selection preview. I’m going to just click on these canoes
and I’m going to hold down my shift key. I’m going to click across them a couple
times and it’s gonna sort of pick up all the red that’s in this image. You can see
our selection kind of sort of being built out a little bit by Photoshop. I’m
just going to move over this. And we can increase the fuzziness a little bit to just
kind of bring that selection, I don’t know, as perfectly as we can, and
the nice thing about color range is it’s even gonna pick up the canoe down
there on the water. Go ahead and hit OK. And we have a general selection here of our
canoes, alright. It’s not perfect, but don’t worry about
that. Again this is just an example, just an example. We’re going to go select we’re going to
save this selection and we’re going to call this, let’s call it cra- or no color,
what am I thinking. I’m going to call this color because we’re going to change the
color, it’s pretty much the only like real vibrant color in the in the photo here.
Now what we’re going to do is load a hue/saturation adjustment layer. We’ve
talked about adjustment layers, sure enough we have a mask, now what we
want to do here with our hue/saturation adjustment layer is just shift the hue. So let’s just take it this way, okay we
got some green canoes. Maybe we want the canoes to be more like
blue or something like that right there. We go blue little too vibrant so let’s
knock down the wall saturation a little bit and increase the now I’m not gonna
mess with the brightness just going to leave the brightness at zero alright so we’ve got a hue/saturation
that’s great so now what we do is we select the mask and we need to fill the
mask with black see the mask right now for this adjustment layer is white which
means everything is showing right if I just select the mask in the hot key to
quickly flip from black to white is command or control I just you know inverts the white and
the opposite of white is black so boom it’s all covered up now we can do go to our channels adjust what are good or channels panel excuse
me and command or control click on our color channel there and then go back to
our adjustment layer make sure by the way see the default is to select like
the layer and you can see the little white marks that means you have the hue
saturation layer selected we actually make sure we select the mask and we’re
going to fill this bit of the mask with white so we’re going to edit fill and
then choose contents white hit OK and then hit command or ctrl D and you can
see that our canoes haven’t changed the color purple hue saturation adjustment
layer is only affecting that part of the image we selected now we can see it’s
not nearly a perfect selection but again that wasn’t the point of this little
exercise this is to show you how masking works
now you can apply a mask any layer you like so if we just create a new layer
here when we can shoot the new layer icon you can always add a layer mask by
hitting a little add layer mask icon right down here and then while long we
have it right there we have a single layer mask applied to a
layer so anytime you need to mask something or constrict to a certain area
of the image masks are your friend and that’s how you use them easily one of
the most useful and powerful features in Photoshop so moving right off of masks I want to
talk about quick mask in the quick mask mode one of my personal favorites it’s the ability basically to paint the
selection and and sometimes it can be tricky because if you know about masks
you like oh this is just a hide stuff for not hide stuff quick mask right no no don’t think about quick mask mode
that way think about quick mask mode in terms of painting a selection that’s all you do is quick mask mode so
it actually may be nice if adobe would change the name of it speaking of best / worst things quick
mask mode you can click this little icon right here in fact one of things I like
to do before I even start using quick mask mode is double click the quick mask
mode icon and make sure that i have color indicates set to selected areas this means that the areas that I paint
that those you can be the areas that are selected masked areas the areas you
paint are the only areas that aren’t selected so it’s a little kind of
counterintuitive if you use it the way that I use it so I
grabbed the brush tool and we’re going to turn on quick mask mode right now are
our two color choices are black or white we’re gonna paint with black make my
brush to a little bit smaller you can right-click and just downsize it I’m downside is actually a little more
than this and we’ll just quickly paint over this camera here it’s going to be a
you know rough selection but it’s a very quick and dirty way to go in and get a
selection and of something like this and because
we have a soft edge brush the edges of our selection are going to be a soft as
our brush so that’s all kind of cool you can use a hard edge brush and by the way
if you don’t have to get a hard edge brush right click and the hardness up to
give you a nice sharp edge to your selection alright once you have your area selected
simply hit the letter Q by the way the letter Q will bring you into the quick
mask mode and it takes you out of quick mask mode and in this case when you jump
out of quick mask mode it’s going to load the selection that
you painted go ahead with the letter Q and you can see wawa loaded our
selection all right once we’ve done that we can do
something like I don’t know commander control j-pop the camera up onto a new
layer or a copy of it we can drag it right over so you can see we quickly
made a selection with quick mask mode it’s an amazing little tool when you
need to go in and quickly paint and create a selection just like that by the way it does help to have a walk
them tablet or a really a tablet of any kind that works well for quickly going
in with a quick mask mode and grabbing selections it’s just really nice to have one of
these things now next up i want to talk about the rotate view tool rotate view
tool is super cool let’s say we need to paint a line along
the top of this Ridge here maybe we change the color of the sky or
something and then the sky is now green and purple or maybe that’s not too
realistic something like this i don’t know whatever and we flip the mask and
make it solid black and we just want to paint that color in just along this
Ridgeline well see sometimes when I’m painting
with the brush tool I tend to like to paint up and down not side to side side
decide to me doesn’t feel I don’t know it doesn’t feel the same i don’t feel
like i have the same level of precision this is where i love the rotate view
tool note the hot key is the letter R right here underneath the hands will be
click and hold on the hand tool choose rotate view tool what you can do is you can drag your
image and just rotate the entire view now this is not actually rotated the
image in fact you are to do something like save for the web you’re going to see here and it’s a
massive image which is trying to say for the web the image is still straight we
haven’t actually rotated the image this is not like going to you know image image rotation and choosing you
know one of these options are arbitrary and setting it to you know some pixel
counter and pixel count some degree count this is just rotating your view of the
image and I can come in here and quickly paint along the ridge whatever is
easiest for me the letter R go back to the rotate view
tool choose to reset the view boom pop them right back to the straight and
image and I can move on and finish retouching my image save it out and
they’ll all is good with the world i love this tool because it’s it’s so fast
it’s so easy and it really helps especially i should say this tool
especially when I’m retouching me moving along the contour somebody’s face
cutting out hair anything where I’m moving in close and
getting in and really checking out the details the rotate view tool credible now one of
the other features that I really like and this is maybe sort of an unsung hero it’s more of a pet peeve of mine when
you zoom in on an image in photoshop i’m just gonna zoom and just command or ctrl
+ + hold down the spacebar and you can move around with a hand tool in fact you
can move the image to you see almost none of it on screen that’s pretty cool now one of the things
that you can’t do is when you have the image zoomed out right where you’re not
zoomed in beyond what the photoshop you I or photoshop canvas can handle hold down the spacebar key you can’t
move your image around I sometimes like to be able to move the
image around because maybe I have a big graphic placed in the corner and I go
eat free transform it all right i create a big bold red blob
here and I size that red blob up this is a better example and I rotate
that red blob and I move that red blob over something like that right and then I am assuming in and i’m
working on this image and I decided you know what I want to free transform this
blob again well you can see the only free transform
handle I can see is right here and I can’t move my image to see anything else
so the only option left with is zooming way out and trying to work with my a big
transform handle this way so that i can just you know kind of scale it down a
little bit and there we go well this feature in photoshop now and i
have described the problem we go photoshop or if you’re on Windows you go
edit preferences photoshop preferences and we go down here to tools there it is right there tools and in
tools we take on over scroll go ahead and hit ok now that we’ve over
scroll turned on you can see that even when I’m not zoomed in I can move my
image anywhere on the canvas I love this particularly when i’m trying
to check out the image pretty large and I decided you know what I need to change
this so i can adjust my image so i can see the full transform handles like right click i can choose to store
and I can skew and distort my little graphic or whatever it is any which way I like this is just a
personal thing that I absolutely love about photoshop it’s one of those little
things that I find so helpful and I thought this would be a perfect time to
share with you guys over scroll in the Preferences menu you’re gonna love it have you ever used
smart guides in Photoshop because that’s the number ten thing on my list of the
10 best things in Photoshop smart guides and even like the pixel precision you
get a pixel grid things like that let’s check it out real quick number one if we go up to view and we
turn on show pixel grid the pixel grid doesn’t appear
right away the pixel grid only appears when you zoom way into your image and
then you can see the pixel grid pixel grid obviously is going to be much more
useful for web designers graphic designers even some UI designers if you
find that you can even use photoshop for that kind of thing it’s really helpful for just getting
things aligned and quite frankly pixel perfect sometimes photoshop applies a little bit
of anti-aliasing to the edges of things and it really kind of fouls you up when
you’re trying to just create a design that’s just simple and pixel perfect well pixel grid will help you solve that
allow you to create really really precise selections and one of the other
things that works nicely with this tool and just nicely in general something I
almost always turn on under view show are the smart guides and these are a
real winner this is something that you’re really
going to enjoy here let me just drag out a shape and show you kind of what
happens here so i create the shape and it’s it’s a hideous shape whatever it’s
just it’s it’s a rectangle Oh as i’m dragging it around you can see
I’m getting these guides that are popping up in fact that showing me the
horizontal center of my image and then eventually I’ll have one at some point
that’ll show me the vertical center of my image one of the cool things about this is
it’s a duplicate the shape hold down the alt or option can just drag the straight
down right it’s telling me how far off the top of the shape i’m dragging it and
then how far the sort of gutter is between the two shapes about 70 69
pixels there but check this out if i drag another copy of the son of holding
down alt and shift here it tells me look here you go you got both shapes now in
exactly sixty nine pixels apart and it gives you some snapping it gives you
some leeway there in terms of setting that up and I could drink another one
out right and I think what I messed that up but
see I can just adjust it pull it down a little bit if I if I move it over here
like a number one snap just side to side so it snaps in line with my other shapes
and right there are 69 pixels between all four of my shapes so smart guides it is so insanely useful
right there we go there’s our vertical center there’s a horizontal center so we’ve
created these shapes with align them all nicely and with aligning perfectly to
even the center of our document smart guides they are a must have although some people do find them to be
annoying when all the little you know little pink lines or whatever color you
set preferences from all those lines keep appearing but hey if it works for
you it works go with it I want to leave you here with
one bonus tip one bonus favorite thing that i have in Photoshop and it’s just a
big time saver when you close photoshop and you have a bunch of open documents
maybe you’ve just opened a bunch of images to preview them and photoshop
sometimes will prompt you depending on the file type and if you’ve gone and
actually done anything but it’s going to prompt you hey would you like to save this document
and let’s see if 30 documents open photoshop every single one of your going
to say no don’t say it don’t say it don’t say it don’t say but if you use
the clothes all come and check this out so I have all these images open and a
few of them I’ve made changes to attract all the images up to where we are have
made changes to in fact just to make it fair i’m going to just make some changes
to this image here boom a big blob of red alright so we’ve got all these images
that changes have been made to and we want to close things so if we just
directly close photoshop it takes a long time but we go file and choose clothes
all we have this little apply to all checkbox highly underrated and it’s a
great time-saving feature in Photoshop one of my personal favorites because
there’s nothing it’s more annoying than having to sit here and click don’t save
35 times in a row because you don’t want to save any of these images you’ve
created i’m going to choose apply to all choose
don’t save and give it a second voilà gone done out of the way all right well it took a little while to
go through the best of the best because I want to kind of explain a little bit
along the way how to use each of those features a little bit but like i said
where I’ve done tutorials i’m going to try to link those tutorials in that part
of the video up and you know kind of this corner of the video you’ll see a
little little bit white circle appear you can click on that check out this
tutorial now I want to talk about the 10 worst features in Photoshop and again if I’ve done tutorials any of these i’ll
also include the link up in the corner when i get to that point hey guys wait a
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now the first thing i want to talk about here are just the default styles
swatches like gradients watches things like that in Photoshop whoever designed
these they are truly awful there’s some like film action presets in
the Styles panel i mean if we look here under styles some just truly awful truly
awful styles that really have no business being in Photoshop anymore it’s
not the mid-nineties any longer who who uses this stuff the only thing that this does is when a
new designer or a new photoshop user happens upon this in Photoshop this is
this is really cool I don’t know how they do this and they
think that going and applying you know a style like this is actually a
good-looking piece of art or I let’s undo that maybe something like that
that’s a winner right there I’ll tell you what you want some graphic design
contest with that about that oh yes so just generally the default
styles and even in the gradients panel the default gradients are just kind of
lackluster there are a few good ones but for the
most part if i can get the Styles panel to click back into place before the most
part it’s just really really bad really ugly very unusable stuff photoshop it’s not photoshop furs or
Adobe it’s not photoshopped version for any more we could use an update in terms of like
the default styles and everything the stroke layer style however no longer
defaults to the color red so that is that is an improvement one of the other things speaking of
layer styles is the idea that we have non scaling layer style so let’s just
check this out if i create here shape and i’m going to
give it no stroke and I’m just gonna make it light blue alright so i have a square that I draw
out right here in the middle of my document you can see it’s up on a new
layer great single layer layer style she’s blending options and I look
through here are some scaling options nope not any scaling options let’s go ahead and just apply a stroke
to this we’re gonna go stroke and i’m going to set the size to 15 pixels and
i’m going to choose into oh this is actually another side note here the
outside positioning you will never be able to get squared corners or as a
Photoshop CC 2015 . 5 no ability to get squared corners in fact let’s go ahead
and over print nope doesn’t help positioning center nope doesn’t help
what’s the only way to get square sharp corners is to go inside which means
again if you’re working with a pixel perfect very precise layout you need to account for 15 pixels of
stroke on either side of your shape and make your original shape 30 pixels wide
and 30 pixels taller to account for a stroke which you want to have perfectly
sharp corners you know you have adobe illustrator you
can choose the end cap whether or not you want to be mitre rounded or straight
. i don’t know why they don’t have a feature in Photoshop it’s a little annoying but anyway that’s
not even the most annoying thing check this out let’s set the size i know that i’m
thinking about it to something like 30 which want to be a little bit bigger and
let’s go something hideous let’s go back to the default is not quite default read
but just read make it really really nasty-looking all right now we take the
shape and we decided you know what I need to make this shape bigger we’re gonna go command or ctrl T to free
transform and i’m just going to scale this image up much much larger well as I scale the
image up my stroke does not scale with the layer which is pretty annoying what I have to do is I need to look up
in my free transform policy ok 230 2.99 basically two hundred and
thirty-three percent on the width and height you can go ahead and check and
then with this layer still selected I need to go to layer this is no joke here
layer layer style scale effects and choose to scale them two hundred and
thirty-three percent and then i can hit okay and they’re my
stroke has scaled up to the size of the shape which I have just transformed it
would be nice to have something we could take on like in the blending options
dialog box or something that allows our blending or excuse not blending our
layer styles to scale with the artwork which we’re scaling could be a big time
saver alright so let’s delete that let’s move
on to the next thing here which is Oh tell me you haven’t fallen in love
with the magnetic lasso tool and there’s so many different features up here from
frequency in contrast and with and everything else honestly i’ve used the magnetic lasso
tool about two or three times and I hated it every time and I don’t even I
can’t even tell you what good conscience I know what all of these little features
of the control bar do i can take a guess at them but it’s just an awful tool the
idea is that it’s automatically going to stick to the edges of whatever you’re
drawing around but I mean look at this it doesn’t even get a clean selection
around this guy and it’s just it’s just really crappy so I’m just going to hold
down my commander control key as I just did and click and it completes the
selection it’s absolute garbage so the magnetic lasso tool it’s just a
terrible feature in Photoshop it’s an awful tool something that needs
to go far far away next up we have the content aware move
tool and this is a fancy tool that’s been introduced it’s actually somewhat
newer but let’s just basically the way it’s supposed to work as you draw a
selection around something and you drag it and it’s going to copy that selection
and sort of help blend it into place so and this is maybe an unfair image to use
because it’s gonna be a tough image for photoshop to do much with but let’s just
put this tool through its paces may I make a selection around this guy
and I click and drag him over and i’m going to hold down my shift key keep it
nice and level and let’s just well let’s let go and you can see here it’s going
to analyze analyze analyze remove some stuff let’s see if it finds the edge of his
jacket I know so what it’s done is it has moved him
entirely over to the edge it’s chopped out a big front portion of
the desk there’s some blurry stuff the color doesn’t really match up correctly
the color doesn’t match on the background either it’s extra noise it’s more grainy than
the original image was and just generally and in the front edge over
here we’re supposed to meet just looks really bad now again I didn’t copy the
front of the table so you know I’ll get photoshop a break for that but I mean
here it’s even the grey is not blended in well over here around his hair
content aware move I’ve played around a lot with this i’ve
done an entire tutorial on this tool it’s just a bad feature in Photoshop it
doesn’t work right the idea is solid but the execution is pretty atrocious it’s just this is not that good now one
of the other things that is really annoying and photoshop is when you have
all of your open image is consolidated up here as tabs sometimes you may want to let’s say move
the Oh image over here in place of the end image in which case you can click
and drag it and pop it will move into place but then if you use the hotkey control
tab to move to the next image it doesn’t move to the next image in
line it was the next image like as was chronologically opened and then if I go
control tab again it’s going to jump back to 0 because 0 is technically after
em so be nice if this was just kind of like automatically visually detected or
detected and and whatever the visual order you place these tabs in would work the other thing that’s annoying is if
you as you’re dragging you need to hover straight over the tabs if you move the
document out here it breaks the image out of the tab and when you put it back
in the tab it automatically snaps right to the end so that’s just super duper annoying
there we go i dragged back into place the only real solution i found for this
is just learn to use your mouse really well and be careful with where you’re
dragging its annoying it’s not perfect maybe photoshop can
find a creative solution to that is that kind of understand why it works the way
it works but it leaves a bit to be desired as well now one of the other annoying things in
Photoshop is the browse in bridge button located on file browse in bridge I don’t know if you ever accidentally
click this button bridge has a lot of detractors people that absolutely hate
bridge I I appreciate bridge for the couple
things it does well but it’s such a bloated fat program
now they did they get kind of trim it down a little bit but it’s just it’s so
slow and if you accidentally open browse in
bridge particularly if it opens to a folder full of video files or something
like that it’s incredibly slow so a couple of
solutions to avoid this our number 1 i’ll get a faster computer or number two
somewhat cheaper as go edit menus and you can go to file and browse in bridge
you can just take the visibility off hit OK and under file it’s no longer
there for you to accidentally hit so that’s super cool one of the other
annoying things is there still no really great way to measure in Photoshop the
rectangular marquee tool is so fast and so easy you can drag out a big selection and you
can see ok your little tool tip says that that’s a with about 1,300 1,400
pixels right 13 90 something like that if you leave a selection there you can
always open the info panel and see all right there’s the with 1397 and there’s
a height if I’m interested in getting the height now the reason and maybe you’re
screaming at your computer a car come on idiot there is a ruler tool and yes
there is a ruler tool to measure like the the with his glasses here right and
say hey those are 621 pixels across the problem with the ruler tool is while it
works for smaller objects like this I’m going to clear the ruler sometimes
you’re looking to check the distance between a few square objects or maybe a
couple pieces of a UI that you’ve created and and having that long edge of
the rectangular marquee tool you can drag against your you know UI element
and then drag it over against another piece of you I elysee of a a big text
box here on a big text box over here it can be really helpful to just get
things lined up and it’s just so fast easy and a rectangular marquee tool boom
it’s right there and you just drag it out get the selection there you go 2025
pixels i’m on my way it’s so fast and easy so the fact that
that’s still the best in the fastest way to create a selection in Photoshop something’s not right about that the
ruler tool needs to be updated it needs to be upgraded I have an entire tutorial I didn’t ruler
tool but it needs some help oh and I should also mention that when
you’re using the rectangular marquee tool if it’s not outputting pixels as a
unit of measure one of the ways you can change that really quickly of course you can go to the unit of measures area of of
preferences you can also just bring up the rulers commander control our and
right click on the ruler and choose whatever unit of measure you want to see
so right now – at the pixels so that’s what i’m getting commander control our
to hide those and how those rulers that is and they go away that’s just a quick way to you know
change the unit of measure your viewing all right let’s go over here to the next
image I copy CSS up here under where is it I
don’t even know where else under layer right yeah layer copy CSS so the idea
behind copy CSS i’m not even going to demo it because it’s awful it is
atrocious i’ve done an entire tutorial on it where
I take the code and bring it into Dreamweaver which isn’t the greatest
editor i get but I take it into Dreamweaver we try to make this button
in Photoshop and then bring it over and have all the CSS placed into this bit of
HTML code for us the CSS is dismal it doesn’t give you
exactly what you see in Photoshop and it’s just really badly written code i
mean really badly written code it’s messy it’s bloated it’s just terrible and photoshop for a
long time has been bad writing deck dreamweaver doesn’t even write great
code and that’s Adobe’s HTML editor so you know you got a problem when
you’re coming into Photoshop and trying to copy CSS out of it it’s still something that I feel like
has some promise there’s got to be a way to make it work there has to be a way to
make this kind of feature work right now it is just flat-out doesn’t it’s a
terrible future it’s awful again i’ve done a tutorial on
this feature or we test it out we kind of play around with it see what we can
do get the best we can with it but all things considered a truly awful feature
copy CSS so one of the things that kind of annoyed me when photoshop was updated
i believe this Photoshop CC 2015 when they initially updated to that was they
move the save for web and devices which just originally was saved for web a long
time ago down here under export save for web
legacy and it’s got this really like you feel like you’re playing twister with
your fingers to get the hot key command shift option s control shift all s on
the pc which is you know it’s great having a hotkey but it’s a difficult
hotkey and you’re buried you know two menus deep and a lot of time save for
web is what you’re going to use when you just want to save out a file that’s no
small and optimized as best as possible save for web i still use it over export
as a lot of the time just because it’s so fast and so easy and it’s just there
and it and it’s got you know just an easy ball hockey that I’ve memorized not
necessarily easy hockey to get with your fingers and until you stretch them out
but I so I wish there was an easier way to just do like this whole save for web
thing I know export as is there but save for web is
it’s it’s the original it’s the it’s the legacy version it’s the the way that and
I prefer doing it I wish there was a way to move this menu
item out of the submenu and back over to hear that would be great I’m of course you can always go edit
down here to keyboard shortcuts and choose a new keyboard shortcut but it
would be great if there was a way as well to just move the button back up
here so if there’s a way to get save for web boom back out here that would be
incredible now one of the other things that
photoshop is truly awful at is UI design it’s a terrible tool for like web facing
graphic designers people who are doing UI design may be doing app development I know they’ve introduced artboards all
kinds of other things but it’s still a terrible tool for designing you I it’s
just not made for it to like sketch there’s a lot of people that love that
and use it and it’s very effective fast it’s lightweight it’s everything that it
should be and everything certainly the photoshop is not in the UI realm now
adobe seems to me they seem to understand that you’ve created a new
tool here it’s called Adobe XD in fact i’m going
to bring it up if I can hear there we go adobe XD adobe experience design CC and
you basically being always be you create you is you create websites and a
anything like that you can choose a device to work on let’s just go to 1920
x 1080 can see we’ve got a little document here and you draw shapes you
got your pencil you’ve got text you got lines and it’s just very precise right
it’s very it’s very perfect you need to move this here and then if
we well one of the cool things you can do is you can draw a repeating grid and
you can just repeat this time and time or you know this is the two to the left
or to the right and then up and down and you’ve got all these shapes just like
that you’ve created right you can’t do that photoshop there’s all kind of
different things as far as exactly positioning the X&Y cool magnets adjusting the width and height
rotation a lot of things that you can do in here that are very clunky not nearly
as smooth not nearly as fast this is so lightweight it’s so fast you feel like you’re working in like a
true wire frame type application adobe XD if you haven’t checked it out
you should check it out if you have a Creative Cloud subscription I believe currently it’s free to anybody
who has any kind of Creative Cloud subscription i may be wrong about that
it might only be for the full the full subscribers but i think it’s free for
pretty much anybody adobe XD if you’re doing you I web
design mobile apps anything like that you got it got it got it got to check it
out there’s a lot of stuff you can do with this little application i’m going
to close it for now no don’t need to save it in fact I’ll just close the whole thing
now one of the other things in Photoshop that I really really don’t like is an
actually this is echo to me but somebody on twitter is funny I the implementation of actions in
photoshop very clunky it just feels very archaic here i’m going to open up the
actions panel your window actions and you can see it’s just this stack of
folders and in order to actually execute an action you have to open up the
actions folder you to select the action you have to hit the play button and then
you get the action and it does its thing and there we go we have an action that’s
applied now you can flip it over into button
mode and you when you flip the button mode all you have to do is you know click once on the button and bam it runs
the action which of course yes is much faster I’m a little bit easier than having to
go open up a folder and and do all that rigmarole for you are for or no room in
order i should say in order to run your action ham stumble over my words that’s how confusing it is though I
can’t even describe it so I wish there was a way to and at number one make it
look a little bit nicer and and just make it actually work a little bit
better than it does because it’s just kind of a pain in the neck so you know the actions panel you I I
don’t know just general complaints about the actions value I and I should also
give you a double bonus that was a bonus that was the 11th worst thing about
photoshop another thing that’s really annoying and if I just closed all of my
files here in Photoshop schools closed all here I’m gonna go with my apply all feature
that we discussed earlier I really don’t like this new opening
scene in Photoshop this new start area or whatever they call it i’m going to open up my preferences here
and under general you can shut this off see this show start work space with no
documents are open I want to shut that off hit OK and then
you have to restart photoshop and when you restart photoshop you will have just
a classic blank canvas looking area that you’re accustomed to in photoshop so
this is basically it this is it for photoshop they will not
it for photoshop and indesign and photoshop that’s it for this tutorial
talk about the 10 best in 10 worst things in Photoshop we discussed 11
things that i love about photoshop 12 things that I really don’t like about
photoshop and they’re not crazy serious things that there’s there’s ways to work
around all of them but they’re definitely probably the worst of the
worst things in Photoshop but hey it could be a lot worse gud nit so there’s a lot I think we take for
granted photoshop but yeah a lot of great stuff a lot of bad stuff I hope you’ve enjoyed it make sure you
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21 Comments

  • Reply Krabbel8beiner July 15, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    First!!

  • Reply Spartasaurus Rex July 15, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    tutvid what camera did you use to film yourself ?

  • Reply Extreme Is Awesome July 15, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Hey tutvid! At #9 of the best features, you can use the "F" key instead. Press once and you can use the spacebar for positioning. Press twice for fullscreen. Press a third time to get to the original viewpoint.

  • Reply Continuum7 July 15, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Its not just photoshop specific but adobe in general: I am sad they no longer have a perpetual license I can buy. I've never been a fan of subscribing to software where I only rent it. I miss the old days when I would buy like the Adobe Video Collection bundle and it meant it was mine for life (and still is). Having to subscribe to the software is costing more in the long run than just buying a perpetual license and you only feel like renewing it every 5-7 years.

  • Reply Retro radio July 15, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Thank you for showing me the overscroll feature. Really handy.

  • Reply Michael P. Shipley July 16, 2016 at 1:12 am

    I've had a lot more trouble with Adobe Premiere. Constant crashes. PS is a rock by comparison.

  • Reply gamespecies July 16, 2016 at 1:38 am

    Fam do you lift?

  • Reply Phoebe July 16, 2016 at 4:45 am

    Great video! Very informative

  • Reply Andreas Sihm July 16, 2016 at 5:46 am

    Magnetic lasso tool is super effective in an automated workflow that I use. Can't find any other automated till that can do the same for me – I like the tool 🙂

  • Reply Wiam R. Mhanna July 16, 2016 at 6:44 am

    hello, what monitor are you using?
    thanks for all the great tips

  • Reply Mr.A7 July 16, 2016 at 7:07 am

    Hey, what's that pen you are using? Do you have a tutorial on that? How to use the pen and combine that with our daily workflow on Photoshop?

  • Reply jon bilson July 16, 2016 at 9:15 am

    What about the awful spot color support?

  • Reply Bear Hawk July 16, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Here is a couple of things I hate. When you have photoshop up on your monitor it does not let you monitor shut down. It stays on all night and in theory burns your monitor. Also, I do not like the way it keeps automatically becoming my default image file opener.

  • Reply Dwlady717 July 16, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    Can you do a tutorial on how to properly size a person or car when placed in a composite. I watched ur perspective video more then once, that really taught me a lot. But for some reason I still feel like once I place in my image its to big or the person is to small. I need help so I can move pass this point..

  • Reply inefekt69 July 17, 2016 at 3:34 am

    The magnetic lasso tool won't be very effective on the photo you used as an example ie a grey jacket on a grey background. You need a much higher contrast between selection and background for it to work effectively. But even then you need to manually select a lot of the control points and then use the history tool to fix up any bits you might have messed up. Given enough time and patience it would do a much better job even with your grey-on-grey selection than the other free hand or polygonal lasso tools.

  • Reply CreeDorofl July 17, 2016 at 4:05 am

    small correction, pen tool can do paths and shapes but not draw pixels. the pixels option is there but always grayed out.

  • Reply cyberwasp461 July 17, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    I noticed you didn't cover the new "Select and Mask," tool. Have you had as much difficulty with it as the hundred or so on adobe forums have. Crashing, Deselecting prior selection?

  • Reply Rokibul Hasan July 19, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    The Only Use I found for Magnetic Lasso Tool is for Creating Abstract Artwork.

  • Reply Marilynn DeSilva July 20, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    Thanks for the video. I never paid attention to Rotate View but I see how it can be very useful. (There are a lot of tools I am unfamiliar with, since I have to get stuff done quickly and naturally go to the ones I know best.)

    Actually the Content Aware Move tool works quite well with certain images. Like some of PS's more esoteric tools, it has limited use but occasionally it's the perfect choice for a specific job. It's also not in the way and unlikely to be selected by accident.

  • Reply Boris Zajíček July 26, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Oh men, how can you work with that terrible unstable and shivery table. Your monitor shakes like leaf in the wind when you just talk and do some gestures (about 6-7 min)… Unbelivable 🙂

  • Reply equipment studios July 31, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Hey Nate,

    I would suggest you to take you camera on a different table or stop lean on the table – every move makes some cam movement. Some people might don't see, some don't care, but I think it's not that nice 😉

    You 10/10 are definitely great / worse features! Nice summary! 🙂

    Kindly regards,
    Florian

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