The Best Photoshop CC Tools Cheat Sheet and Quick Reference Sheet is a collection of important Photoshop CC tips, tricks, gallery colors, etc. that you should remember. It contains useful shortcuts, troubleshooting tips, and tricks for Photoshop CC. The Quick Reference Sheet is quite handy for keeping close as you work in Photoshop CC. Over time you will memorize most if not all of these. However, it is good to have the Quick Reference Sheet close. They can be printed, laminated and kept on your work area. You can have it in a file on your computer’s desktop for quick reference. A mix of both a physical and a digital copy would be good.
Photoshop CC Tools and Reference Cheat Sheet
This Quick Reference Sheet is handy to keep nearby when you’re working in Photoshop as a quick reference to selection tricks, layer-merging tricks, filter gallery colors, and troubleshooting tips.
- Selection Tricks
- Layer-merging tricks
- Filter Gallery Colors
1] Troubleshooting Photoshop CC
When you run into a problem with Photoshop CC, like the program won’t do what you want it to, or Photoshop simply won’t do anything, try these quick fixes to troubleshoot:
When Photoshop tools don’t work
- Deselect. Unless you’re trying to work within an active selection, press Ctrl + D to deselect. An active selection elsewhere may be restricting your work.
- Reset the tool. Right-click on the tool icon at the left end of the Options bar and select choose Reset Tool from the drop-down menu.
- Check the Layers and Channels panels. Make sure you have the correct layer active and that the layer (not a layer mask) is active. Check the Channels panel to make sure you have the color channels active.
When Photoshop commands aren’t available
When the command you want is grayed out, your next stop should be the Image then Mode menu. Check to make sure that the image’s color mode and color depth are appropriate for the command you want to use. (Many of Photoshop’s filters, for example, can be used only with 8-bit/RGB images.)
When Photoshop just won’t work properly, try replacing the Preferences file by using this procedure:
- Open Photoshop and save your custom settings. Choose Edit then Presets then Preset Manager to save sets of styles, brushes, and other custom settings you created. Use the Save Actions command in the Actions panel menu to save any sets of custom Actions. you can also go to the Photoshop folder on your computer and save the preferences to another location. That you can put them back later if you need them. When you remove Photoshop Preferences, they are replaced when you close Photoshop.
- Review your Preferences. Open Photoshop’s Preferences and go through each pane, noting your preferred settings so that you can restore your work environment later.
- Quit Photoshop. You then restart the program like this:
- Restart Photoshop and then immediately press and hold down Ctrl + Shift + Alt. When prompted, release the modifier keys and confirm, that yes, you do want to replace the Photoshop settings.
2] Photoshop CC Selection Tricks
If you want to work on a part, or selection, of an image instead of the whole photo. Photoshop CC has a large group of selection commands and tools. Here are a few tricks to add to your repertoire:
|Make a selection of all pixels on a layer||Ctrl + click the layer thumbnail.|
|Load a layer mask as a selection||Ctrl + click the mask thumbnail.|
|Load an alpha channel as a selection||Ctrl + click the channel thumbnail.|
|Load all pixels according to luminosity||Ctrl + click the RGB channel thumbnail.|
3] Photoshop CC Layer-merging tricks
Here are some tricks for working with layers in Photoshop CC if the Layers palette gets too crowded, or if you need to apply the same filter to multiple layers, streamline your Layers palette, or work with multiple layers as a single entity:
|Merge the active layer into the layer below||Ctrl + E|
|Merge all visible layers into the active layer||Ctrl + Shift + E|
|Merge a copy of all visible layers into a new layer||Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E|
4] Photoshop CC Filter gallery colors
Many of Photoshop CC’s creative filters use foreground color, background color, or both, and you should select these colors before you get into the Filter gallery. Use this list for important Photoshop filters and the colors they use:
|Artistic→Colored Pencil||Background||Sketch→Graphic Pen||Foreground + background|
|Artistic→Neon Glow||Foreground + background||Sketch→Halftone Pattern||Foreground + background|
|Brush Strokes→Accented Edges||Foreground + background||Sketch→Note Paper||Foreground + background|
|Distort→Diffuse Glow||Background||Sketch→Photocopy||Foreground + background|
|Sketch→Plaster||Foreground + background|
|Sketch→Reticulation||Foreground + background|
|Sketch→Bas Relief||Foreground + background||Sketch→Stamp||Foreground + background|
|Sketch→Chalk & Charcoal||Foreground + background||Sketch→Torn Edges||Foreground + background|
|Sketch→Conte Crayon||Foreground + background||Texture→Stained Glass||Foreground|
Two filters that are not in the Filter Gallery use Foreground and Background colors. They are:
- Filter→ Render → Clouds
- Filter → Render → Fibers.
What is the Photoshop CC Quick Reference Sheet?
The Photoshop CC Quick Reference Sheet is a sheet with important Photoshop knowledge that designers constantly use. These can be printed pr kept on the computer’s desktop for quick reference. They can be an important tool for beginners and professionals alike. They will decrease the time wasted searching for answers to common Photoshop CC questions.
Why is the Photoshop Quick Reference Sheet Important?
The Photoshop Quick Reference Sheet is important because it contains a short list of the most important things you need in Photoshop. The quick reference sheet does not contain all, but it contains the most used things in Photoshop. Having the reference sheet handy will make you work faster and correct errors in a short time. You can also modify the sheet so that it contains your list of most used and needed references.
What Version of Photoshop are these References Compatible With?
The article covers the quick references for Photoshop CC. however, some things in the article may be compatible with Photoshop CS6. If you are using Photoshop CS6 then you can modify the list and put the references that would be compatible with Photoshop CS6. In any case, you would know the things that you do very often in Photoshop, and you can add them to the list.