Common Issues in Adobe Photoshop Now Solved: A Reference Guide

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Common Issues in Adobe Photoshop Now Solved: A Reference Guide

Hello everyone, today I’m going to be going over a few problems in Photoshop that I certainly experienced when I was starting out with the program and throughout I have heard people mention them to me aswell, I am sure with enough Photoshop experience, you will have or will already have had a few of these problems occur while working.

A lot of these are easy to over come and when you know what they are and how to fix them I doubt in the future you will even start to notice them anymore.

So our goal today is to make these Photoshop problems just disappear into thin air with these tutorials.

The first problem we’re going to be looking at is a common one with the Move Tool and the first one that you will doubt experience.

Ok so when you open and image from scratch you go to File – Open and you choose your image from where ever you have your images saved in my case it was my desktop as this is only an example image but I would suggest you have a nice hard drive or online resource to keep all your files safe and sound, unlike a certain person I know that has had a few hard drives with all his stuff on it pack in and loose everything, but we’ll er not talk about him…

By now you should have your file opened and it should be on the desktop area of Photoshop

To activate the Move Tool press the letter V on your keyboard, V is the shortcut to the Move Tool and by learning these shortcuts it is much more faster than actively searching with your mouse.

Then when you click on your image and try to move it this below in our example image is what will happen.

Ok so “Could not use the move tool because the layer is locked”

Um! ok what does this mean, why is this coming appearing??

Well I haven’t actually ever read exactly why this happens but from an experienced Photoshoper the reason why this was done is because when you start to get to work, you generally only want to be working on a copy of your image and not the original in case any mistakes are made so then you will always have a back up to fall on if you make any horrendous mistakes.

The way to fix this is to go over to your layers panel and double click on the empty part of the layer beside the name and the layer image.

Then that will unlock your image and you just click ok in the panel that appears.

Now I wouldn’t say this is the best option that you should choose, what I would do is to make a copy of the layer that way you still have that layer underneath as a back up.

You do that by dragging the layer to where I have indicated below and release, then this will make the copy for you.

Ok so now I’m going to be giving you a little advice while we’re on the subject of Layers.

Once you start really getting into things you will soon start to build up a tonne of layers which can start to get a bit crazy and you don’t know what’s what and who belongs to who.

This is why I suggest starting to name your layers as you work and start adding Layers into groups so you are able to keep track of everything. so if you look at the image below I have 7 layers, now I’m just using the one image for now, but in actual real application you will have depending on what you are doing anywhere from 10 to 50 Layers, or even more…

So the first way to release yourself of clutter problems is to Double Click on your Layer where on my image it says “Background copy 7” or whatever that layer would be named on your computer.

Rewrite where the text is highlighted and press return.

Now your Layer has been renamed.

Next I want to group a few layers together that belong in a group. so what I do is click on the first layer of the group weather it be the top one or bottom doesn’t matter.

Then hold shift and click the bottom one, quick note, you can also shift the layers around, all you have to do is click and drag and you can change their position on the layers panel.

So once you have highlighted all the layers you want to group you use the shortcut Ctrl G

All your layers that you selected should now be nicely grouped together, and you can rename the group layer just like we did with the individual layer.

What you see on your desktop is small compared to what is underneath the many layers that Photoshop has, metaphorical layers not actually Photoshop layers so lets not get that mixed up.

Usually when you click on a Shortcut you will get the Tool that is visible on the Photoshop Desktop.

For example if you were to key in (L) on your Laptop or Desktop you will see the Lasso Tool being activated, but there is two more options that are hidden.

On the icon on the left hand side you will see a little arrow to indicate this, but this can be so easily missed.

The Lasso Tool isn’t all you’ve been provided with, so if you then click and hold a little drop down menu will appear with the other options.

Then while holding you can slide across to which ever option you want to use.

This is the same for all the Tools on the Left hand side with that little arrow on it, so keep an eye open for that because you may miss the exact Tool you are looking for and if you’re not too sure what the Tool does then just google in the name as Photoshop helpfully provides them beside the icon.

Ok so lets move on.

What we’re going to move onto now is issues people have with zooming in.

Now I have to admit infront of you all here today and yes I am ashamed to say it but we were all beginners once.

So right at the very start I remember zooming in to an image and for the love of me could not figure out how to zoom back out, especially if I’d hit something accidentally and ended up zoomed right in.

I’m going to be showing you all a few options with this that I actually personally use, I will be leaving out some because there is some options that I never ever use at all.

But I do have to include this first one even though I never really use it now.

If you hit Z on your Keyboard you will see the zoom option now appear.

What you get with that is a little cursor with a plus symbol on it, now here is the problem, at the start when I used this I would click on my image to Zoom in, but I’d have no idea how to Zoom back out, then panic set in etc haha.

But really it’s very simple, all I had to do was hold Alt on my keyboard and I’d be able to Zoom back out.

So I just wanted to make you aware of that just to start you off.

Now what I do to actually zoom in is I use the Plus + and Minus – Keys on my keyboard.

When you hold down Ctrl and use either + or – you will be able to Zoom in mid action, or in simpler terms when you are in the middle of something, then I use it with a combination of holding the Space bar so I can move around my image, so take a few minute there to check those options out and get used to them, don’t worry it might take you a few goes to figure out but when you do you will be flying.

The last little tip I’m going to be giving you is to just make your image fit your Photoshop desktop in one little action.

So instead of having to Zoom out what I do is hold Ctrl and hit Zero (0) on my keyboard, you image will then zoom right back out to fit your Photoshop Desktop perfectly.

So these are all pretty simple fixes that you now know how to deal with so you’ll never have to worry about them again.

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Graduated from college in 2002 with a degree in Art & Design, I started exploring my way in Graphic Design and Professional Post Production. Full-time freelancer since 2011.

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