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Here are a few Adobe Photoshop tips I’ve been compiling over the past few months:

View fonts fast


Select your text with the text tool. Now press the Enter key (not the Return key) on your keyboard twice, then use the Up and Down arrow keys on your keyboard to scroll through your fonts. The selected font will be applied to your text instantly and you can continue to see the results without the ugly highlighting that normally accompanies text selection in Photoshop.

The beauty of this tip is that it doesn’t require a trip to the menu bar or the Type panel, and it doesn’t cover the type with a giant black selection bar, interfering with your view of the font choice. Of course, if you have 2,000 fonts active, you’re going to wear out your arrow keys quickly!

Quick Copy layer effects in Photoshop

With Photoshop CS2 and CS3, doing the above will move the layer effect (or group of effects) to the other layer. To copy layer effects, you must now hold down the Option key before you click and drag the layer effect to another layer to copy it.

Free layer styles

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Scale Layer Styles and Effects

A brief but informative tutorial from CreativeTechs shows you how to scale your Layer Styles and Effects easily. Scaling the effects allows you achieve the same look and feel on larger, high-resolution objects as you get on smaller objects.

Along with customized Photoshop brushes, Layer Styles and Effects are among the easiest ways to add that little bit of pizzazz that completes your image. Of course, going overboard with them can also achieve the opposite affect, so use them wisely.

[James Dempsey runs the Creative Guy blog, which offers tips, tricks and opinion on a variety of design and Mac OS X topics.]

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