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Deke's Techniques is a collection of short Photoshop and Illustrator projects and creative effects that can be completed in ten minutes or less. The series is taught by computer graphics guru Deke McClelland, and presented in his signature step-by-step style. The intent is to reveal how various Photoshop and Illustrator features can be combined and leveraged in real-world examples so that they can be applied to creative projects right away.
Hey, gang. This is Deke McClelland. Welcome to Deke's Techniques. Today, a very brief movie, in which I'm going to show you how to auto-hide iconic panels inside of Photoshop. And if I were you I'd be like, what are you talking about, Deke? Well here's the idea. Notice the properties panel right here. Notice that it's coming out of this column of icons, specifically this icon right there. So you click that icon to make that panel come out, but if you want to then hide the panel so it's not covering up the image window, you have to click on that tiny little double arrow icon, or, you can watch this movie and find out how to make these panels disappear automatically, here, let me show you exactly how it works.
So, here's the idea. I'm looking at that image that I created last week. And if I double-click on this icon for this the level's adjustment layer. And, you'll see the icon. By the way, you'll see it nice and big like this. If you go to the Layer's panel fly out menu, and choose panel options, and then you'd want to select the largest thumbnail size right here. We're going to cancel that because I've already done that. And that way you can just very easily double-click on the icon to bring up the Properties panel. And then, I can make some sort of change. For example, I could increase the brightness by reducing the white point value.
And then, I press the Enter key. Or the Return key on a Mac, and what'd be nice is if I then went about my business here, did something different inside of Photoshop like I draw a selection, then the properties panel would disappear so it's not in my way all the time. But by default, it remains on screen until I click on this little double arrow icon. Well, what if you wanted it automatically disappear? Then, what you do is you press Ctrl+K or Cmd+K on the Mac, in order to bring up the preferences dialog box, and then you switch to the next option down interface, and you turn on this check box right there.
Auto collapse iconic panels. And that way, as soon as you click Okay, if we once again double-click on that Levels thumbnail right there to bring up the Properties panel. And I think to myself, gosh. I don't really want this to be set to 120. I want this white point to be set to 140, like I had it before. And then if you press the Enter key, or the Return key on a Mac to accept your change, at this point the panel does not disappear, but as soon as you click anywhere inside the software, then the panel is going to disappear automatically.
So again, it's less a technique, and it's more of a secret handshake. Inside of Photoshop. And one more thing, just in case you don't know about this one. If I once again double-click on this thumbnail to bring the properties panel. Lets say, you want to automatically select the first numerical value inside the properties panel specifically, and it doesn't matter what kind of adjustment layer you're working with. You press Shift+Enter, here on a PC, or Shift+Return on the Mac. And that's going to select that first value, and then you can just tab your way through the values, make any changes you like.
Press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac in order to accept your changes. And then click off, and once again Photoshop will automatically hide that panel, assuming it's associated with one of the icons. Here in this column of icons that you can save as workspace. And that friends is my hopefully helpful trick for the day. If you're a member of lynda.com, then I have a follow up movie in which I show you how to create your very own custom toolbox in Illustrator CC. One that contains just those tools that you use on a regular basis.
If you're waiting for next weeks movie. I'm going to show you how to create the perfect passport photo in photoshop. And this is a prime example. It is a copy of my actual passport. Deke's techniques, each and every week. Keep watching.
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