Tag Archives: Photoshop


Macs and Adobe are amazing – the things we can do! But how many of us change our settings?

I was watching a retouching class, full of top tips (CreativeLive – Pratik Naik – brilliant!), but I wanted to share this one because the whole room went ‘oh yeah, why don’t I do that!’

To speed up your photoshop retouching, go to edit/keyboard shortcuts and change the default settings to suit you. Allocate the actions you use the most (heal, clone, zoom, brush, brush size…) to keys close together on the left side of the keyboard, leaving your right hand free to draw (if you’re right handed). Here’s the best bit though. Make one of the keys the rotate command. Yes, you can rotate the canvas. This is the thing nobody was doing! When you’re using strokes to retouch, your hand has a natural arc. Now you can easily rotate the canvas to fit your stroke, not the other way round. And when you’re done, there’s a button at the top to reset it straight. Who knew!



‘The camera never lies’.

This is another post rescued from my old blog – well worth repeating.

A few of the papers picked up on this story back in September 2014. Maybe you saw this catchy headline in the Metro?

Student fakes five-week dream holiday using Photoshop and Facebook

The story is about Dutch student, Zilla van den Born, who told her friends and family she was having a five week vacation around south east Asia.

She was, in fact, at home having photoshop fun, creating and sharing her ‘journey’ on social media (Link to the full Metro story below). I love this project. What a great challenge and she’s done it really well! Personally, I’d rather do the retouching than the travelling! So, where shall I go this summer?

In the Metro:

Zilla’s design site: