Freebie Alert: Free Photoshop Actions from FixThePhoto

Free Photoshop actions are files with saved Photoshop steps that are aimed to perform certain photo retouching techniques. They can be extremely useful when you find yourself performing the same steps over and over on a photograph.

FixThePhoto offers a collection of free Photoshop actions that includes portrait, vintage, wedding, and cross processing actions bundles. Photoshop actions for portraits has free bundles for newborn photography that you can use to enhance the child’s reddish skin and make the colors warm and pastel.

Here you will also find Photoshop actions that improve male and female images made indoors/outdoors: make skin smooth, eyes bright, teeth whiter or add eyelashes. A big range of color settings including rich, grainy b&w, bleach bypass, and some heavy casting effects. Great for experimentation.

free photoshop actions

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All these free Photoshop actions have helped many creative and beginning designers realize their craziest projects and now can be useful for your works. All these photo retouching freebies empower you to design like never before. Don’t waste your time repeating the same steps to achieve an effect – use these Photoshop actions free for personal and commercial purposes.

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How to Create Typography Animation Using Photoshop

Typography animation is a wonderful way to deliver information in text, but in a visually appealing manner. If you want to spread your message in text, but without making it boring and monotonous, then typography animation can prove to be a great marketing medium for you.

It will be effective in delivering your message and at the same time keep the audience entertained. Your readers will definitely like the way letters will be presented to them.

Rendering your text information in a visually appealing way will be fundamental at grabbing the attention of your prospective readers. Moving text in an engaging manner will definitely encourage them to read. They will be intrigued to see what comes next. A large number of advertisements are using the technology of typography animation to promote their company and deliver their message.

Photoshop is one of the programs that I frequently use to create typography animations. Here, I’m going to give you a step-by-step guide to tell you how to create typography animation using Photoshop.

Step 1

The first step is to select the text style as per the type of information you want to deliver. For instance, if you are creating content reflecting a tattoo company, then the color, pattern and style of the font should represent this style too. Photoshop has a whole lot of tattoo fonts that you can use in your animation.

Cut and paste your text in Photoshop, and roughly sketch the combination of words that you want to include in the animation, along with the style and other details. Photoshop is laden with a whole lot of layers and effects.

You can use them to create impressive typography animation for Internet, TV and other media.

Step 1

Step 2

With animation text, you can add effects to your letters and make them fly, move, expand, shrink or float. You may even make them laugh and give expressions just like humans. There are a multitude of backgrounds, colors, designs and patterns in Photoshop that you can use to create your typography animations. Choose animation on the text, and give varied emotions to your characters and letters.

Step 2

Step 3

Open Photoshop and click on File to create a new document. Choose the dimensions as per the individual requirements of your animation. Choose a suitable background for your animation, the pattern and color of which should best suit your typography animation. Select an appropriate font style and type or paste the text that you want to display. Also adjust the size of the text by changing the font size.

Step 3

Step 4

Depending upon the kind of animation that you want to give to your text, create many layers for that text. Select your text, go to Filters, and choose the filter that you want to apply. Photoshop has a whole lot of filters that you can try and apply. You can experiment as much as you want, and then decide the final one as per your personal requirements.

Step 4

Step 5

Photoshop has many brushes that even come with predefined artworks like symbols and emoticons. Keep the text layer at the base, and create more layers to include these brushes in your animation. You can even choose different patterns for different layers, including those for tattoo fonts.

Step 5

Step 6

The final step is to animate your text that you have textured and designed. Go to Windows menu, and open the Animation option. Create different frames for the same content. You may select the time frame and style the animation for all frames.

You may even paste the text and create different backgrounds and layers to them.

Step 6

Step 7

Finally, save your work in a GIF format which is the default format for animation files. Once you have learned how to create typography animation using Photoshop, your imagination will be bound by no limits. You can create any text styles that are available, and animate them to create typography animations.

Step 7

Tips to create a good typography animation

  • Make sure that your typography animation is precise, to the point and not more than 3 minutes in duration. Your viewers will tend to wander away if it plays for too long.
  • Use a high quality audio file to support your animation. The soundtrack that you use should be clear and loud, without any distortions. Although typography animation is basically about seeing, the audio that plays with it need to be impressive too.
  • The video that you render should be exported on highest possible settings. It should be clear and concise. No one would be interested in your animation if they are not able to see it clearly or comprehend what’s written.
  • Spelling mistakes in your text are unforgivable, and it is important to check for typos before saving the final file. This sounds obvious, but you will frequently see animations with spelling and grammatical errors in them. Once you save your file, it’s not possible to go back and correct them, even if you notice the errors afterwards. So, check for typos beforehand to save your impression.


No doubt, animation is impressive and attractive. It has much more capability to grab attention of the viewers than plain text. A large number of graphic designers, creative artists, web designers and creative directors use the power of typography animation to give a distinctive look to their creations.

After going through this tutorial, you will be able to give an impressive animation effect to your text message, whether for personal or professional use.

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Recreating Photoshop Effects in CSS – Part 1 – The PSD

Freelancers and agencies both require a smooth design workflow. This typically starts out with drafting wireframes that eventually turn into full mockups. These mockups are coded into HTML/CSS layouts that are finalized and handed off to the client.

It may seem daunting but if you want to understand the full creation process then it’s worth learning both the design & development side of building websites.

In this two-part series I’ll explain how to design some buttons from scratch and code them into CSS. This first part will focus solely on Photoshop, explaining how to create vector buttons and layer effects from scratch. Once the PSD is complete we can move onto part 2 and code these buttons into CSS.

Creating the Document

Since this project isn’t going to be a full website, the document dimensions are of lesser importance. I’m going to create a document 900px wide by 500px high at 72ppi.

create new document photoshop

For the background let’s create a radial gradient extending from the center. Then we can add noise as a smart filter for a bit of texture. Select the gradient tool(shortcut G) and then change your foreground color to #b8e0ee and your background to #8cbdce.

Click & drag from anywhere in the center of the document to create the radial effect. Then right-click on this layer and select “create smart object”. Now if we go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise…

noise background smart filter

These settings will be saved as smart filters on the background. This means that you can always go back and tweak the noise settings, or completely remove the filter to get back to the clean gradient.

add noise background filter

Next I’ll make a text layer at the top for some heading text. I’ve chosen a lighter background gradient with a slight drop shadow effect, but you can try out some different techniques since this text won’t affect the buttons.

text color gradient

text drop shadow effect

Button Set #1

The first button style is somewhat basic yet fits perfectly into any design. These buttons are loosely based on Google’s newer button style that uses soft blue gradients and soft borders without many shadows or interactive effects.

Grab the rounded rectangle tool and set a 200px width, 40px height, and 5px border radius. Click to create this button anywhere on the document.

create new rounded rectangle ps

We only need 2 different layer styles for this design: a gradient coupled with an outer stroke for the border. You can use the following settings.

stroke color button

gradient overlay button shape

For the button text I’ll be using Open Sans which you can download & install on your computer. Realistically any sans-serif font should work fine.

Add some label text and give it drop shadow with the color #3d628f. This helps the text stand out against the button and remain crisp.

drop shadow text effect style

With this first button created we can duplicate the layer and make changes to accommodate for the hover & active states. It would also be a good idea to create individual groups for these button states.

hover states button photoshop cs6

For the hover state I’ve only slightly changed the gradient color. Double-click the gradient layer effect and change the colors to match these:

hover button gradient

The active click-event button style will update the gradient along with a new inner shadow + inner glow. The text color also changes to #94adc9 so it darkens with the button.

Duplicate the layer again to create a new active button. When editing the active button remove the stroke and make the following changes to your layer styles. Be sure to add the inner glow/shadow effects as well.

inner shadow button design style

inner glow layer style

gradient change active button

And with these changes we’ve wrapped up the first button set. Huzzah!

Now we can move onto the 2nd button set which uses a typical Vista-style gradient.

Button Set #2

On a new layer grab your rounded rectangle tool and use 200px width, 50px height with a 3px radius. This will look similar to the other button with tighter edges and a bit more height.

preview button 2nd style shape

Let’s start off with the layer styles. For this button we want to create multiple gradient stops for the top glossy shine effect. Add a gradient overlay to your button and use these settings:

gradient glossy shine effect

Lastly we need to add a drop shadow, outer stroke, and a slight inner shadow as well. The inner shadow is used to create a small 1px gloss at the very top of the button. Follow along and duplicate these settings:

stroke color outline button

inner shadow glossy effect

drop shadow button layer style

Finally try duplicating the original text from the first button set and drag this on top of your new button. We can keep the same text but just change the shadow a bit. The drop shadow color on the text should now be #2b4e60 which is a darker shade of blue.

Here’s what we’ve got so far:

blue gradient style completed button

The next step is to group this button & text together into a new layer group. You can select both layers and either click the small folder icon at the bottom of the palette, or use the keyboard shortcut CTRL/CMD+G.

Now duplicate this layer group twice to get templates for the hover and active classes. Feel free to rename these groups accordingly.

For the hover effect I’m going to go a little darker on this style. In our previous button the hover effect was lighter but it can actually look great both ways. So for the hover button change the gradient style to match these settings:

active button gradient effect

All the other settings are fine so we can leave them alone. But moving onto the active button state there are many differences.

The active button gradient removes the inner stops and uses a simple 2-point gradient. We also remove the dark drop shadow for an inset shadow to make the button appear recessed into the page. I’m also removing the button stroke to help this recessed light stand out against the background.

inner shadow glossy effect

gradient glossy active button

button drop shadow effect

And now everything is done! Both of our buttons are completed and they look fantastic.

Here’s what my final button sets look like together.

button design final package preview

Download the PSD

Onward to Part 2!

With both of these buttons finished you may want to go back and update group/layer names. Since the PSD is finished we’re ready to move onto part 2 and start coding in CSS.

For those who would rather download the completed PSD you can grab my project file here and use this as a base for the CSS code. See you in the next tutorial!

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Recreating Photoshop Effects in CSS – Part 2 – The CSS Code

In part 1 of this tutorial series I demonstrated how to create vector shape buttons with layer styles in Photoshop. For part 2 I’ll explain how to write code to recreate these layer styles in CSS.

Modern development techniques have advanced along with browser support to make CSS3 a viable option for everyone. Photoshop layer styles such as drop shadows and gradients originally required images. Now it’s possible to create these effects with nothing more than CSS3.

css3 buttons final preview screenshot

If you want to see the final outcome check out my preview on CodePen which you can edit and reuse for your own project work.

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HTML/CSS Document Structure

First we need to create the document for housing this code. It’s a good idea to use the HTML5 doctype and possibly create a new stylesheet for the CSS code.

<!doctype html> <html lang="en-US"> <head>   <meta charset="utf-8">   <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html">   <title>SpyreStudios Buttons in CSS3</title> </head>  <body> </body> </html> 

Notice I have a very barren header with only the essentials. This is going to be a really simple document because we’re just creating a few buttons, so there really isn’t a lot to worry about.

In the page body we need a couple elements for containing the buttons. I’m creating an outer container with the ID #wrapper to center everything on the page. Inside the wrapper are two containers with the class .btnrow.

Each button row holds an individual button. We actually could use anchor elements but I’ve gone the traditional route and used HTML button elements. Here’s what my body HTML looks like:

<body>   <div id="wrapper">     <div class="btnrow">       <button class="btn1">Click Me</button>     </div>          <div class="btnrow">       <button class="btn2">Click Me</button>     </div>   </div>  </body> 

Now that each button has been defined with a unique class we can go ahead and work in CSS.

Styling Button Set #1

During the CSS development process it will help to keep your PSD file open as a reference. This way you can check layer style values for shadow sizes and gradient colors.

My first button class .btn1 is 200px wide and 40px tall. Obviously in CSS this is flexible, but in Photoshop we used these numbers just because we needed to pick something.

.btn1 {   cursor: pointer;   width: 200px;   height: 40px;   text-align: center;   color: #fff;   font-size: 16px;   font-weight: bold;   text-shadow: 1px 1px 0 #3d628f;   border: 1px solid #3980d2;   background: #68a2f0;   background: -moz-linear-gradient(top,  #68a2f0 0%, #4b83c3 100%);   background: -webkit-gradient(linear, left top, left bottom, color-stop(0%,#68a2f0), color-stop(100%,#4b83c3));   background: -webkit-linear-gradient(top,  #68a2f0 0%,#4b83c3 100%);   background: -o-linear-gradient(top,  #68a2f0 0%,#4b83c3 100%);   background: -ms-linear-gradient(top,  #68a2f0 0%,#4b83c3 100%);   background: linear-gradient(to bottom,  #68a2f0 0%,#4b83c3 100%);   filter: progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.gradient( startColorstr='#68a2f0', endColorstr='#4b83c3',GradientType=0 );   border-radius: 5px;   outline: none; } 

First off each button needs to give the impression of a natural link hover. This is created by forcing the cursor to look like a pointer hand at all times. Next I’ve defined text colors and text shadow effects.

The gradient is undoubtedly the trickiest part. CSS3 has various prefixes for gradients that allow developers to maintain integrity dating back to IE6. I’ve used the ColorZilla Generator to create the base code for this tutorial.

Just select your button’s layer styles and open the gradient editor. From here you can copy both color values into Notepad or a blank document and then copy them into the ColorZilla webapp. This way you’ll save time and generate more accurate gradients.

The last point to make is my use of the outline property. In certain WebKit browsers(particularly Chrome) a blue outline is added to active elements. This is distracting and takes away from the inset shadow effect, so I’ve remove the outline entirely. In most cases you should remove the outline globally using a CSS reset snippet like Eric Meyer’s template.

.btn1:hover {   background: #8cbaf8;   background: -moz-linear-gradient(top,  #8cbaf8 0%, #5c93d5 100%);   background: -webkit-gradient(linear, left top, left bottom, color-stop(0%,#8cbaf8), color-stop(100%,#5c93d5));   background: -webkit-linear-gradient(top,  #8cbaf8 0%,#5c93d5 100%);   background: -o-linear-gradient(top,  #8cbaf8 0%,#5c93d5 100%);   background: -ms-linear-gradient(top,  #8cbaf8 0%,#5c93d5 100%);   background: linear-gradient(to bottom,  #8cbaf8 0%,#5c93d5 100%);   filter: progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.gradient( startColorstr='#8cbaf8', endColorstr='#5c93d5',GradientType=0 ); } .btn1:active {   color: #afc3da;   border: 0;   background: #2e4a6b;   background: -moz-linear-gradient(top,  #2e4a6b 0%, #34639a 100%);   background: -webkit-gradient(linear, left top, left bottom, color-stop(0%,#2e4a6b), color-stop(100%,#34639a));   background: -webkit-linear-gradient(top,  #2e4a6b 0%,#34639a 100%);   background: -o-linear-gradient(top,  #2e4a6b 0%,#34639a 100%);   background: -ms-linear-gradient(top,  #2e4a6b 0%,#34639a 100%);   background: linear-gradient(to bottom,  #2e4a6b 0%,#34639a 100%);   filter: progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.gradient( startColorstr='#2e4a6b', endColorstr='#34639a',GradientType=0 );   -webkit-box-shadow: inset 3px 0 10px #21364f;   -moz-box-shadow: inset 3px 0 10px #21364f;   box-shadow: inset 3px 0 10px #21364f; } 

Both hover & active states are created using very similar syntax. Gradients are updated when the user clicks or hovers over the button. Additionally during the active state the text color changes and the button gains an inner shadow.

If you don’t need all of these gradient properties feel free to removes the extraneous ones. I’ve written this code to be as compatible as possible to reach the widest audience of Internet users.

Styling Button Set #2

The second button style is a bit more complicated, but follows many of the same rules. We’re using the typical HTML button attribute with a class of .btn2.

I’ve copied many of the same styles for text color, button size, and mouse cursor icon. One major difference is the gradient code which now includes two distinct stops around 50%.

.btn2 {   cursor: pointer;   width: 200px;   height: 50px;   text-align: center;   color: #fff;   font-size: 20px;   font-weight: bold;   text-shadow: 2px 1px 1px #386379;   border: 1px solid #3180a7;   background: #6dbfe8;   background: -moz-linear-gradient(top,  #6dbfe8 0%, #28a1de 50%, #28a1de 50%, #1f8cc2 51%, #1f8cc2 51%, #33a0d6 100%);   background: -webkit-gradient(linear, left top, left bottom, color-stop(0%,#6dbfe8), color-stop(50%,#28a1de), color-stop(50%,#28a1de), color-stop(51%,#1f8cc2), color-stop(51%,#1f8cc2), color-stop(100%,#33a0d6));   background: -webkit-linear-gradient(top,  #6dbfe8 0%,#28a1de 50%,#28a1de 50%,#1f8cc2 51%,#1f8cc2 51%,#33a0d6 100%);   background: -o-linear-gradient(top,  #6dbfe8 0%,#28a1de 50%,#28a1de 50%,#1f8cc2 51%,#1f8cc2 51%,#33a0d6 100%);   background: -ms-linear-gradient(top,  #6dbfe8 0%,#28a1de 50%,#28a1de 50%,#1f8cc2 51%,#1f8cc2 51%,#33a0d6 100%);   background: linear-gradient(to bottom,  #6dbfe8 0%,#28a1de 50%,#28a1de 50%,#1f8cc2 51%,#1f8cc2 51%,#33a0d6 100%);   filter: progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.gradient( startColorstr='#6dbfe8', endColorstr='#33a0d6',GradientType=0 );   border-radius: 3px;   outline: none;   box-shadow: inset 0 1px 1px rgba(255,255,255,0.7); } 

Take note that CSS gradient syntax is very flexible and allows for anything you can imagine. It works very much like Photoshop where you can specifically force certain colors to appear at certain intervals.

.btn2:hover {   background: #5ba8d5;   background: -moz-linear-gradient(top,  #5ba8d5 0%, #2c8cc0 50%, #267eac 51%, #3190c2 100%);   background: -webkit-gradient(linear, left top, left bottom, color-stop(0%,#5ba8d5), color-stop(50%,#2c8cc0), color-stop(51%,#267eac), color-stop(100%,#3190c2));   background: -webkit-linear-gradient(top,  #5ba8d5 0%,#2c8cc0 50%,#267eac 51%,#3190c2 100%);   background: -o-linear-gradient(top,  #5ba8d5 0%,#2c8cc0 50%,#267eac 51%,#3190c2 100%);   background: -ms-linear-gradient(top,  #5ba8d5 0%,#2c8cc0 50%,#267eac 51%,#3190c2 100%);   background: linear-gradient(to bottom,  #5ba8d5 0%,#2c8cc0 50%,#267eac 51%,#3190c2 100%);   filter: progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.gradient( startColorstr='#5ba8d5', endColorstr='#3190c2',GradientType=0 ); } .btn2:active {   color: #add1e4;   border: 0;   background: #155f86;   background: -moz-linear-gradient(top,  #155f86 0%, #2880ae 75%);   background: -webkit-gradient(linear, left top, left bottom, color-stop(0%,#155f86), color-stop(75%,#2880ae));   background: -webkit-linear-gradient(top,  #155f86 0%,#2880ae 75%);   background: -o-linear-gradient(top,  #155f86 0%,#2880ae 75%);   background: -ms-linear-gradient(top,  #155f86 0%,#2880ae 75%);   background: linear-gradient(to bottom,  #155f86 0%,#2880ae 75%);   filter: progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.gradient( startColorstr='#155f86', endColorstr='#2880ae',GradientType=0 );   box-shadow: inset 0 4px 15px rgba(0,0,0,0.3), 0 1px 0 0 rgba(255,255,255,0.7);   } 

The hover class basically uses the exact same code but with a darker gradient.

Looking over the :active pseudo-class you’ll notice that it’s got a few interesting properties. I’ve updated the text color and shadow just like in the first button.

The button border has also been removed to create the effect of recession into the page.

What’s different this time is that I’m using two distinct box shadow effects. The first is an inset shadow which spreads out at 15px blur streaming down from the top. It makes the button feel more 3D as if a shadow is being cast on top of the gradient.

The secondary outer shadow becomes a thin 1px edge at the very bottom of the button. This represents a glossy lip at the corner of an edge which becomes more noticeable when the button “moves down” into the page.

All-in-all it’s pretty darn simple to recreate Photoshop styles once you get the hang of CSS3 syntax.


In this two-part series I’ve demonstrated how to create stylish buttons from a blank canvas and then transform them into working buttons via CSS3. If you want to improve your design/dev workflow then practice by making little interfaces similar to the buttons we created here.

Also feel free to download a copy of the PSD or edit my HTML/CSS source directly.

With this simple demonstration you should have a much better idea of the steps and skills required to create interactive elements for the web.

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Adobe Keyboard Mapper Showcases Hundreds of Keyboard Shortcuts for Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign

Editor’s note: This post was written by John,  a design enthusiast with a passion for blogging, too. He regularly writes on the subject of design on his own blog, along with a number of other popular publications. He is also a design freelancer.

If you’re a photographer, web designer, developer, blogger, magazine designer/editor, or even a print designer, chances are that Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign are three applications you couldn’t live without.

I’ve been doing graphic design for a few years now, and there’s no way I could live without these three applications (at least not without Photoshop and Illustrator); I simply couldn’t produce such quality work without them, as they’re just so powerful and feature-packed.

While these three applications are ridiculously powerful, however, I’ve realised over the last few years that power isn’t everything: you’ve also got to know how to harness that power in a way that makes financial sense.

Let me give you an example of what I mean: I do a lot of graphic design work on behalf of clients, and recently, I realised that simple, somewhat mundane tasks were taking up a lot of my time.

I charge most of my clients on an hourly basis, and therefore, time is money, literally.

So, I started investigating ways to cut-down the time I spent on these tasks, without it affecting the quality of my work, and I stumbled across a whole host of keyboard shortcuts that I hadn’t been using.

After integrating these shortcuts into my workflow, I cut my time down (on average) by around 17%.

The problem was that it took me hours of sifting through boring documentation to find the shortcuts that were useful to me.

So, I started looking for a better way and stumbled across this incredible tool from FastPrint.

Introducing: Interactive Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator Shortcuts  

If, like me, you’re interested in increasing your productivity through the use of keyboard shortcuts, the shortcut visualizer for Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign is the tool you’ve been looking for.

What does the tool do? It maps the hundreds of available keyboard shortcuts for the applications onto a virtual keyboard (displayed on-screen through your web browser of choice).

Why is this useful? Because it means that you don’t have to sift through pages of boring documentation to find useful shortcuts: instead, you can search for them in a visual manner on a virtual keyboard.

Here’s how to get started with the tool:

1: What are you using: Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign?

adobe keyboard mapper

As mentioned, the virtual tool actually maps shortcuts for all three applications, so the first step is to choose the application that you’re actually using.

To do this, navigate to the drop-down menu at the top of the tool and select from Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign.

You’ll see that the colour scheme will change to reflect your choice (i.e. blue for Photoshop, pink for InDesign, etc.).

Once you’ve done this, you’ll see a number of shortcuts corresponding to your chosen application appear on the on-screen keyboard.

2: What are you using: Mac or PC?

adobe keyboard mapper

You’ll notice that if you’re a Mac user, you use the command key rather than the control key in most instances.

On Windows, it’s the other way around.

So, you need to tell the tool which operating system you’re using so that it can make sure to map the shortcuts correctly.

Again, this is done via a selection menu at the top of the browser window.

You’ll notice that the command key disappears if you choose Windows or Linux, but remains if you choose Mac OSX.

3: Where are you? US, UK, or a different country?

adobe keyboard mapper

It’s also important to tell the tool which part of the world you’re in, and which language you’re using, as doing so will ensure that the on-screen keyboard is arranged correctly.

Depending on where you are, there may be subtle differences in the arrangement of certain keys, so make sure to select the location that applies to you.

These are a few locations/languages available, which can be selected via the drop-down: there’s English US and UK, along with a few other choices.

Once you’ve done this, you’re ready to go.

4: How do I view more shortcuts?

adobe keyboard mapper

While you will see a number of shortcuts displayed on the on-screen keyboard by default, you’ll notice that this is only a handful of the total number of shortcuts available for each application.

To view the others, you’ll need to toggle so-called modifier keys (i.e. Alt, Command/Control, and Shift).

Toggling these keys (in any order, might I add) will change the shortcuts mapped to each key.

E.g. If you toggle the Command key (or Control key on Windows/Linux), you’ll notice that the “Z” key now shows the shortcut “Undo”.

5: How do I search for a particular shortcut?

adobe keyboard mapper

Are you looking for a particular keyboard shortcut?

No worries, as there’s search functionality built right into the application.

You’ll notice that this is located just below the virtual keyboard (scroll down if you can’t see it).

To start searching, just start typing in the search bar and you’ll see a list of suggestions appear within milliseconds.

It certainly saves time perusing those lengthy PDFs, doesn’t it?

6: I’m struggling to read the small text, what do I do?

text size

With such a crazy amount of shortcuts mapped onto a single tool, you’ll notice that a lot of the text is pretty small.

If you’re struggling to read this, there’s a quick and easy solution.

Grab your mouse, and roll your cursor over any of the keys on the virtual keyboard: you’ll see the text duplicated in a large font size just below the keyboard itself.

Don’t forget to download the wallpaper(s)


Not only have FastPrint produced the interactive browser-based tool mentioned above, but they’ve also created a series of desktop wallpapers which showcase some of the most popular keyboard shortcuts for each of the applications.

These are available to download from their website.

You can grab the Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign wallpaper, all of which are available for PC and Mac.

Here’s another useful resource:

28 Photo Compositing Tutorials for Adobe Photoshop

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28 Photo Compositing Tutorials for Adobe Photoshop

Many designers use Photoshop as a graphics editing tool or as a tool for creating website mockups. However Photoshop is primarily meant for digital photo editing. One such area of work is compositing which takes two(or more) photos and combines them together into one photo.

Compositing is a difficult skill to pickup but very powerful across many careers. It can be used to create banners, logos, book covers, or even print advertisements. The best way to learn compositing is through repetition and consistent practice. If you don’t know where to get started dig through some of these tutorials which cover very thorough methods of compositing.

Fantasy City

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Realistic Placement

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Spooky Forest

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Fantasy Matte

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Realistic Train Composite

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Exploding Planet

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Falling Snow

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Paint Splatter

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Sports Composite

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Filter Design

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Extended Depth of Field

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Refine Edge

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Focus Stacking

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Heart shaped Smoke

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Portrait Mask

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Distressed Rust

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Panoramic Composite

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Disaster Scene

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Disintegration Effect

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Fantasy Scene

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Snowy Landscape

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Micro Machines

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Scenic Landscape

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Glassware Composite

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Sinister Haunted House

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Crocodile with a Frog

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Replacing Lipstick

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Battlefield Scene

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38 Easy-to-Follow Photoshop Print Design Tutorials

In this session, you will unearth 38 easy to follow Adobe Photoshop print designs tutorials for your help. Mastering Adobe Photoshop skills is very important for the graphic designers and what else can serve as the best resource other than tutorials to learn Adobe Photoshop. Therefore, we regularly post different types of tutorials to help you learn new skills.

This collection is based on Photoshop tutorials related to print design work. In this collection, you will find everything you need to know about print designing work. Have a look at this collection and enjoy using them in your work. Enjoy!

Design an Eye-Catching Voucher in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to create a nice clean looking design for a present voucher. Follow along to learn some new techniques and basic knowledge when designing artworks for print.

How to Create a Promotional Flyer in Photoshop

This tutorial will take you through the basic steps of creating the eye-catching flyer seen above that can be printed right away in print-shop-ready CMYK colors directly from Photoshop. You can follow this tutorial to make this exact flyer, or tweak the steps with the content and colors you want to get the flyer style you’d like using the same methods.

Make a Soft Grunge Product Ad Design in Photoshop

In this graphic design tutorial, we’ll create a poster with light grunge features centered around a Nike shoe. Graphics designers are often asked to work on advertisement campaigns.

Making a Print-Ready Business Card Using Only Photoshop

In this tutorial, we are going to design up a simple business card in Photoshop and get it ready for print with crop marks and bleed. Normally you’d do some of this with a tool like InDesign, but it is in fact possible to get by with just our trusty old Photoshop.

Create a Shampoo Advertisement in Photoshop

Today we will use the pen tool, some basic shape transformations, and color blending to create a fresh-looking shampoo bottle within the context of an advertisement. Let’s get started!

Design an Album Cover Using Spectrograms

We’ll be using these in designing a cover for a solo piano album entitled The Storm. And to top things off, we’ll also display the cover in a Photoshop enhanced environment.

How to Design a Geometric Poster in Photoshop

In this tutorial we will learn how to design a Geometric Poster in Photoshop.

How to Create a Book Template in InDesign

This tutorial will walk you through the basics of setting up a book template in InDesign including the cover, spine and inside pages. Once you master the techniques, you should be able to apply them to any size book including eBooks and paperback novels.

Create a Fantastic Abstract Fan Poster

In this tutorial, we are going to get creative with layering, lighting, and texture to build fantastic abstract piece. More specifically, we’re going to employ some unusual techniques to make a fan poster for the band Omega Code, but you’ll quickly see many different applications for what is taught here.

How to Design a Folky Gig Poster in Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to use Adobe Illustrator and Wacom Intuos Pro tablet to design and illustrate a poster for a folk music and poetry show.

Packaging Design in InDesign: Create A Grunge-Effect CD Cover

In this tutorial we’ll be creating a basic CD Sleeve template in Adobe InDesign and using a bit of Illustrator too, incorporating some funky vector artwork from Yulia Sokolova as we go.

Create Dimension With Gradients in This Abstract Poster Design

In this tutorial we will learn how to create Dimension With Gradients in This Abstract Poster Design.

How to Create Multiple Page Sizes in One Adobe InDesign File

In this tutorial we will learn how to Create Multiple Page Sizes in One Adobe InDesign File.

Get Yourself Noticed! Create a Simple Business Card in InDesign

In this tutorial we’ll explore how to create high-impact, audience-appropriate business cards for your own promotional purposes.

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How To Create a Retro Style Race Poster in Photoshop

In this tutorial we’ll explore how to create a Retro Style Race Poster in Photoshop.

Create a vibrant colorful alcohol product Ad

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a vibrant, colorful alcoholic product advertisement in Adobe Photoshop, using some easy techniques and quality stock images. You’ll learn how to deal with liquid stock images, how to take a brand image and create elements to match, and how to work with colors and composition for a brilliant result.

Design a Conceptual Album Cover in Photoshop

Album covers are always fun projects to work on. In today’s tutorial we will take a look at the step-by-step process of creating a conceptual album cover in Photoshop. Let’s get started!

Create a Delicious Print Ad Using Photo Manipulation Techniques in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we will continue to develop a character concept from a Cgtuts+ tutorial by Nacho Riesco and show you how to create a print ad by combining photo manipulation techniques with some renders from another tutorial. Let’s get started!

Create an Intense Movie Poster in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we’re going to create a poster for a fictional movie called “Fugitive.” The movie is meant to be a suspenseful thriller that features one’s escape under the cover of darkness, despite man’s attempt to capture the lone hero. Thin and cheesy plot? Check. Awesome opportunity to better your PSD skills? You got it!

Create a Retro Urban Gig Poster in Photoshop

Digital graphics are largely dependent on the software used to create them. Given the clean, pixel-perfect nature of Photoshop, artworks always risk looking too perfect therefore it’s important to learn how to bring nature’s random variations into our digital creations. In this tutorial we’ll create an atmospheric poster for a dance party using the textured, retro look that’s so popular nowadays.

How to Design a Print-Ready Flier with Photoshop and Illustrator

In this tutorial we are going to create 3D text and integrate it in a natural environment. We will not use any 3D programs, so all you need is Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to create this effect.

Design a Sin City Style Poster

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create that effect in Photoshop, but this time we’ll use Illustrator to create the perspectives and text. I’ll walk through the process of creating the effect; However, it’s always good if you play around and test different settings to see how it works. That for me is the best way to learn.

Creating a Shoe Advertisement Poster Using Floral Elements

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create an advertisement poster for your personal shoes. When working on an advertisement you must pay attention to all the details as you publish your poster and prepare it for the whole world to see.

Creating an Old-Collage Effect Poster

In this tutorial we’ll put together a poster where there is a main photograph and a lot of text using the old-collage feel.

How to Create an Ice-cold Poster with 3D Text

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to combine stock images and 3D text into a cool poster. We’ll use an icy theme for it and color it the way we want. You’ll see it’s not that hard to create a simple appealing poster with effective use of text and imagery.

Retro Modernist Poster Design with 3D typography

In this tutorial, you’re going to learn how to create a vintage, retro-modernist poster in Photoshop. You’ll also learn some vintage coloring techniques, retro photo effects, and some cool 3d typographic effects.

Minimalistic Poster Design in Photoshop

In this tutorial we will show you how to create a minimalistic design in Photoshop playing with stock photos, blend modes and filters. We will also use a paper texture to give a nice retro feel to our design.

Create a Retro Metal Text Poster

In this tutorial we are going to create a retro/grunge looking metal text using some basic Photoshop techniques as well as a texture. We are going to then finish off the image using another texture and a few other techniques to bring the whole image together.

Composite an IMAc Render into an Incredible Apple Ad

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to take a 3D render of an iMac, and composite it into a scene. You’ll then learn how to take a variety of 3D abstract elements, textures and images to create an incredible advertisement. You’ll learn about composition, color usage and the use of abstract elements in design.

How to Design an Abstract Business Card in Photoshop

In this tutorial I will teach you how to design an abstract business card using a combination of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. We will be using Photoshop as a base for our business card, all whilst using Illustrator to create some clean, abstract shapes to use in our abstract business cards.

How to Create an Ornate, Vintage, Poster Design in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we will show you how to create a vintage-style poster design, complete with ornate typography and illustration. We’ll look at the whole design process from start to finish, showing how to plan your piece, work up and colour the illustration, design the typography and border, and a few simple tricks to give it a bit of depth and interest.

Make an Inspiring Artistic Poster with Drawn Elements

In this tutorial, we’ll create drawn elements, use design brushes, bring them into Photoshop, and merge them into a unique poster composition that feels hand-made, stylistically unified, and personalized. The techniques here are focused on creating an original artistic illustration. Let’s see how this poster design was created.

Create an Ink Splattering Knight Composition

In this tutorial, we will see how to use Photoshop filters and brushes to create an ink splattering knight composition. This is a relatively simple technique, which yields excellent artistic results.

Design a Retro Inspired Sci-Fi Film Poster

Lets take a look at how we can create our own sci-fi inspired film poster in Photoshop.

Create a Trendy Typographic Poster Design

Using simple shapes can produce some great looking contemporary designs that fit well as impactful posters, a good example being the recent Trendy Geometric Lines tutorial. This time we’ll look at stripping back the tools to creating an interesting and eye-catching poster with a single typographic word.

Inception Poster with Repousse in Photoshop CS5

In this tutorial I will show you how to create the effect of one of the Inception posters, the one with the word Inception made of buildings on an aerial photo of a city.

Creating the ‘Samurai Werewolf’ Poster

During this tutorial, I’ll walk you through my creative process and share some of my favorite Adobe Illustrator tips and tools as I create a poster for that one and only moon-cursed Japanese lycanthrope – the “Samurai Werewolf!”