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Photoshop CS4 offers an abundance of helpful shortcuts and hidden tricks that allow designers and photographers to get more done in less time. In Photoshop CS4 Power Shortcuts, Michael Ninness reveals hundreds of tips to boost productivity, including the top 20 power shortcuts every Photoshop user must know. He covers strategies for better document and panel management, and offers techniques for becoming quicker and more nimble when using layers, adjustment layers, and layer masks. Exercise files accompany the course.
Download the keyboard shortcut guide from the Exercise Files tab.
So the trick of using the Crop tool to add canvas to your image is pretty cool. But sometimes you actually need to add canvas, a specific amount. So, like I want one inch from the top, two inches on either side or something like that. And sometimes the Crop tool is just isn't going to give you that type of control. So, that's when you will go to Image > Canvas Size. If you are just starting out you might figure out to do the math and like okay, I want this to be an additional inch on each sides so I'll make the width you know, 34.444. But if you want to just make it easier, there is this little check box that a lot of people ignore and it's called Relative. This means you don't have to do the math. Just add 2 inches to my width, which means it will put one inch on either side. It will figure out what the math is.
Or if I want one-and-a-half inches on each side, then I'll put three inches, and it will spot the difference for me. Same for the height. If I want the height to have, let's say, two-and-a- half inches on each sides, I'll put five. I'm just going to be adding this much canvas to the existing sides. Go ahead and click OK and I get exactly what I wanted. So, save yourself the headache of cracking out a calculator. Use the Relative check box when you know how much space you specifically want to add to either side of your canvas.
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