15 Cool Tricks to Help Your Become More Efficient with Photoshop

If you just started learning Photoshop, you may wonder: what can I do to be more efficient with Photoshop? There are many secrets and hidden funtions (well, not exactly hidden, but you do need to pay close attention to find them) in Photoshop, you just need to discover and learn to apply them into your workflow.

In this post, I will share 15 Cool Tricks to Help Your Become More Efficient with Photoshop. These are the tips I shared of PSD Vault Facebook Page on a weekly basis, you can simply become a fan and get the latest Photoshop tips there.

Trick 1:  You can use the “Automate” feature to perform batch tasks quickly and effectively.

You can use the "Automate" feature to perform batch tasks quickly and effectively.

Trick 2: You can press “F5” to bring up the Brush Options Window. Experiment with the settings and they will add extra styles to your brush.

Brush Options

Trick 3: Try adjust the Brush Tool opacity and flow for the optimum painting result in Photoshop.

brush flow and opacity

Trick 4: When using the Dodge and Burn Tool in Photoshop, set Exposure to a lower value for a nice, subtle airbrushing effect.


Trick 5: Use Crop Tool to effectively remove anything outside its selected area. Use its option bar settings to perform cropping and resizing at the same time.

crop tool

Trick 6: Try adjusting the feather setting for selection Tool (Lasso, Rectangular, etc) to change the edge smoothness.

Feather Setting

Trick 7: While using the move tool, press the spacebar key to switch between hand tool and move tool.


Trick 8: Hold down “Shift” Key and left mouse click to select multiple layers at once in Photoshop.

select multiple layers at once

Trick 9: You can customize your Photoshop Keyboard shortcuts via Edit > Keyboard Shortcut or Press Ctrl + Alt + Shift + K. There is also a “Summarize” function to export shortcuts into a .html file.


Trick 10: Convert Layer into Smart Object and use the Smart Filters feature for non-destructive editing.

smart object

Trick 11: Use The Trim Tool to remove unwanted Transparent Pixels quickly and effectively.


Trick 12: Learn to arrange your Photoshop Workspace to improve your efficiency.


Trick 13: Want to make a particular color stand-out from the rest? Try using the selective color image adjustment tool.

selective colour

Trick 14: Remember to use Adjustment Layers for non-destructive editing in Photoshop.


Trick 15: When the Zoom Tool is selected, you can left-click and hold, then move the mouse left or right to Zoom in or out.


That’s it for this post! Hope you enjoy these tricks and find them useful. If you have your own tips you wish to share, simply drop a comment below.


  • My name is James and I have been using Photoshop since version 5.0 (long time ago!). PSD Vault is my spare time hobby and I write majority of the Photoshop tutorials and articles here. I hope you enjoy my blog, and feel free to leave a comment or contact me if you have any questions.

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