Photoshop CS2 was first released in 2005, but it is still a reliable workhorse in the Photoshop stable. Even today, there is so much that you can do with Photoshop CS2 as long as you are familiar with all the following tips and tricks.
One of the biggest advances that Photoshop CS2 brought to the world of image editing is working in layers. Here are some great tips for starting to work with layers. Selecting layers in CS2 couldn’t be easier. Hold down the control key and then click on the thumbnail of the layer you wish to select. If you wish to select multiple layers, press and hold the shift key and while selecting your second layer. All the layers between your first and second selections will now be highlighted. However, if you don’t want all of the intermediate layers selected, just press control and click on them.
Layers are a great way to edit a photo without disturbing the original image. For instance, let’s say you want to add color to a black and white photograph. First, create a new layer. Then change your layer mode to multiply. If you do this, you can view your changes on the original image but keep all of the modifications in a separate layer. Then you can use your paintbrush tool to paint in your colors however you chose. If you don’t like them, you won’t have affected the original photo.
Brushes are also a great improvement to Photoshop CS2. There are millions of customized sizes and shapes to download. However, it can be cumbersome to go to the brushes palette to switch between brush types in the middle of a project. Employ this quick tip to quickly change between preset brushes: when your mouse is on your drawing canvas, hold down the control key and right click. Directly beneath your cursor a brush picker will appear.
Camera Raw is also a recent addition to the Adobe’s Photoshop CS2 arsenal. A Camera Raw file is like a jpeg file, but without the auto corrections and compressions of the latter. However, every time you open an image in Camera Raw there are automatic corrections made. Here are two tips for eliminating auto correction. If you want to permanently turn it off, open a photo in Camera Raw, deselect the four auto correction options and then click on “save the new camera raw defaults” in the fly-out menu. If you want you simply view the photo before the auto corrections were made, type control + U to flip back and forth. Camera Raw has also made deleting images very easy. Just click on the thumbnail on the right hand side of the screen and a red x will appear on the image you wish to delete. Saving or closing the program will automatically delete the selected photos.
Photoshop CS2 is full of special features. Perhaps the best tip of all for using Photoshop to its greatest potential is to check out all the free tutorials available on the Internet.
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