I have stick in the office, technical problems with Overground again, and that’s why I can post another small tip. Something that annoyed me in PS – the Pixel Grid when you zoom in over 600%. It is turned on by default probably since CS5.
How to turn it off:
1. Permanently: select View > Show > Pixel Grid. To turn it off make sure Pixel Grid is unchecked. Photoshop will remember that setting.
2.Temporarily: select View >Extras or press Ctrl+h (Command + h on Mac)
This will also turn off Grids, Guides, Layer Edges… everything under the Show menu. Next time when you open PS they will be turned on.
If you don’t see the pixel grid menu option, then you most likely haven’t got OpenGL enabled in your Photoshop preferences. To fix this, select the Edit > Preferences > Performance… menu option. Make sure that Enable OpenGL Drawing is checked.
This issue was brought up during a project I was working on buck in Poland. Very simple little tip that I think will help many people using lots of other crazy workarounds.
1.Go to Properties/Underlay and choose the level (above) on which is the object you want to show as overhead.
2.From Modify tab choose “Linework” tool (LW).
3.Select desired line style.
4.Amend desired overhead (hidden) lines with that tool.
5 No you can switch off Underlay by choosing “None” and overhead (or hidden) lines will stay on your plan even if you amend the object they are showing.
Did you ever created a block with attributes and wanted to amend them? AutoCad doesn’t update your changes to a block. I usually was creating a new block from the beginning to have it like I want. But there is a way – easy to remember – I call it Batman. You need to type a command BATTMAN. It opens Block Attribute Manager. All you need to do is to choose your block from the extendable list and click “Sync” button. Changes you made to your block will be implemented.
(Don’t ask me why it’s not done automatically after block amendments!)
Recently in my work for a different graphic designer I needed to remove from my B&W render with lights only (Vray Raw Lightning channel) all black color leaving only white light with a transparent background. I couldn’t render it but after some search I have found a way how to do it in Photoshop. This is how to:
1.Copy your image to a new layer. Optionally, place empty layer below.
2.Double-click the new layer thumbnail to open the Blending Options dialog.
3.In the “Blend If” section, drag the “This Layer” black slider to the right to remove the completely black background, then hold down Alt (Option on Mac) and drag the right half of that slider further to the right until you see the effect you’re looking for. (See the attached image)
4.Select All (Ctl/Cmd-A) and Copy Merged (Ctl/Cmd-Shift-C) then paste wherever you need the new layer with transparent background. (NOTE: If you have other layers below this layer, turn them off before copying so that all you retain the is transparency.) Optionally, Merge Down with empty layer.
5. At the end with Levels (Ctr-L) shift all grays to white.
I did it for shadows also (Vray Raw Shadows channel) I hope my readers will find application for this trick.