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Typography tips from the pros

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Tips & Tutorials, by Rebecca Greig

Save time when designing typography and logos with these simple pro tips and tricks

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BrandOpus image creation director, Scott Kimble, has been using photoshop for over 20 years, and shares his simple hints and tips to save you time when designing typography and logos

■ By holding down the Shift key and dragging a layer across onto an identical document, it will appear in exactly the same place.

■ Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+T is great if you want to perform exactly the same transform again to a different layer object.

■ Try using Color Range (in the Select menu) rather than the Lasso tool to make a tonal selection. In Color Range, set the Fuzziness to 40 and click on the colour you want to change. You can Shift-click or increase the Fuzziness to around 100 to increase the selection.

■ If you want to re-apply exactly the same Curve or Levels to another image layer without using adjustment layers, simply press Cmd/Ctrl+Opt/Alt+M (or L for Levels) and it will reapply the last Curve or Level again.

■ If you have an image that is slightly pixelated, try using Noise>Median (in the Effect menu) set at 1 or 2 pixels to take the edge off a bit.

■ Masks can be easily transferred to another layer by dragging and holding Opt/Alt to copy.

■ To quickly fill a layer object with a foreground colour, but retain transparency values, press Cmd/Ctrl+Opt/Alt+Shift+Delete at the same time.