On every panels on Photoshop there’s this little icon which can hide a lot of magic inside.
One option that you should definitely check out on every panel is the Panel Options.
On the Layers Panel for example, you get these options:
I guess the fact that I write this blog makes it obvious how much I love Photoshop. It’s my tool of choice for designing icons and complex UI.
The new Photoshop CC will bring one new amazing feature, editable rounded rectangles! But there are a few more features that would make Photoshop even better for UI and Graphic Designers:
On any number field on any panel, you can hold ⌘ ⌥ and then drag left to decrease and right to increase the value by 0.10.
You can also drag on the field’s label to increase/decrease by 1.
Hold ⌥ and click between two layers to create a clipping mask.
As of CS6 you can also create clipping masks on groups! But you can’t make a group into a clipping mask. :-(
You can quickly combine and subtract shapes by selecting a shape and pressing + or –.
Example: Draw a shape layer, then holding ⇧ draw another shape layer. This will create 2 shapes in 1 layer. Now select one of the shapes and press –. This will subtract it.
And if you hold ⌥ while drawing another shape it’ll subtract it from the shape. Holding ⌥ + ⇧ will intersect.
Also, remember that as of CS6, you can merge two shape layers without having them rasterize. It’ll just merge the two layers into one shape layer. Just select two shape layers and press ⌘ E.