the layers palette to make a selection based on the contents of the layer. In previous versions, you
need to do nothing more than Command Click on the layer, to select its contents. Not true for CS
2,. They've made it a bit more precise by requiring a Command Click on the layer thumbnail. It
took me quite a while to figure that one out. Another cool addition to the layers palette is the
removal of the need to constantly link and unlink layers to transform or edit them, now you can
commend click each layer you need, transform them and move on to a new layer without having
to un link them.
By far the most welcome addition is that there is now a
sample preview next to the name of the Font so you no
longer have to one by one drag through your fonts
when you're not sure which one you want to use.
Another addition to Photoshop is Smart
Objects, otherwise known as lossless
scaling. Most of Adobe's tutorials
demonstrate Smart Objects using vector
data, which is mostly what the general public will use it for, but you can also use raster data for
Smart Objects and still retain line detail. Granted there are more limitations to the severity of the
scaling with Raster data, but it's a welcomed improvement. You can also select multiple layers
and group them into a Smart object. The best thing about that being that you can `explode' the
group again to work with the individual layers again. The downfall with smart objects is that
your data is embedded into the PSD, adding whatever the original data size for the smart object
was, to the overall size of the PSD.
Have you ever had to mock up a design on a coffee mug, or any other slightly non flat surface?
If you're a Photoshop veteran, you'll know that tasks like these have the possibility of taking
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