I was talking with our intern and I was surprised she did not know a few old hat tricks for Photoshop. After a short discussion I was able to put together the top 10 tips that all designers need to know.
When Photoshop opens most of it's dialogue boxes it offers you the ability to click OK or Cancel to accept or cancel the task. Some of Photoshop's dialogue boxes offer a hidden "Reset" option. Items like Levels, Curves, and Hue & Saturation. Holding the Option key changes the Cancel to a Reset, allowing you to reset the dialogue box without having to cancel, and re-open the box every time you want to start over.
Did you know that you can drag any file ID can place normally right from an application, or the finder?
If you have a folder full of images and text, select them all and drag them to an open ID window. Wherever your mouse is when you let go, that's where ID will start displaying the images/text (it will cascade them down the page). As you are dragging the files from the finder, you should notice a ghosted icon for each file over the ID window as you drag it around.
Here is a handy time saving tip I found very useful within my own work flow. Many times when I am working I create elements all on separate layers. Well then I decide much later on that I want to apply a style to those layers. Normally, you may just recreate the effect over and over again on each layer individually. What if you have 20 layers with 4 or 5 layer effects?! Thats more work than what I am up for.
Sometimes our job in advertising and design is really tough. Apparently advertising is the second most stressful profession, right after stock broker. On top of that there is a strong culture for poking each other. Creative poke client servicing, client servicing pokes creative. Clients poke everybody. Let's take a look at the bright side. If you have the "right" attitude this job can be fun.
Adobe brought transparency to the Illustrator world back with version 9. One of the many complaints about the poor-selling AI9 (and believe me, if you used it, you could see why nobody liked it after only 5 minutes of use!) was the inability of linked spot color EPS photos to interact with all the transparency features.