PhotoshopTip: The Shortcut to the Monster Keyboard Shortcut

Hi Folks,
I’m working on my class for Photoshop World today but thought I’d take a quick coffee break to share a Photoshop Tip with you that’s more of a…Did you know?

At some point during your editing you’ll likely find yourself creating what’s called a Merged or Combined Layer and that generally involves the Monster Keyboard Shortcut of pressing the Command + Option + Shift + E keys on your keyboard if you’re a Mac user or  the CTRL + ALT + Shift + E keys if you’re a Windows user. But, did you know that rather than having your fingers stretched all over the keyboard , if you just held down the ALT/OPTION key and clicked on Merge Visible from the Layer Menu it does exactly the same thing?

Hey if you knew it then great but if not then you no longer need to keep attending those Contortionist Classes.


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  • February 28, 2012 - 6:31 pm

    Miguel Campos - I can’t tell you how many times I use that shortcut.
    However I can tell you that I use it a lot!!!
    Cool tip anyway ;)
    Cheers buddy

  • February 28, 2012 - 10:11 pm

    Kevin Halliburton - Cool tip Glyn, but dominating my keyboard into submission with “the claw” makes me feel like such a man!

  • February 28, 2012 - 10:53 pm

    Glyn - @Kevin…I hear you mate :) lol

  • February 29, 2012 - 10:47 am

    DaveT - Mega useful Glyn. Stretching your fingers to hit all those keys at once is a bit like that Startrek thing that Spock does – awkward.

    Live Long and Prosper my friend !


  • March 1, 2012 - 9:20 pm

    Glyn - @DaveT…lol :)

A Psycho Surgeon & Photoshop for the iPad…and it’s only Monday

Hey Folks how’s things?

How was your weekend?

I spent the day with a great bunch of people yesterday at my Creative Compositing Workshop over at the Wokingham Studio and with our models for the day my Buddy Dave ‘Slasher’ Clayton and Steve ‘Look at the size of his arms’ Lewington

I’ll post a run through of yesterday’s events real soon (I admit I was too tired last night) but in the meantime, just incase you missed it…

Photoshop Touch
Adobe today announced the launch of Photoshop Touch for the iPad 2.

I managed to get a brief look at the App a few weeks back but nowhere near enough to write anything other that “Wow” so to get a closer look check out the video below by Adobe’s very own John Nack:

To find out more you may also want to head on over to John Nack’s blog [Link] where he’s got links to yet more videos and information; looks pretty cool though huh:)

Photoshop Touch for the iPad 2 is available from iTunes Store [Link] and is currently priced at £6.99; incredible!

One more thing…albeit nothing to do with Photography or Photoshop…
When I finally got home last night I caught the pilot episode of American TV series ‘Grimm‘ and loved it; have you seen it?

It’s certainly got the ole grey matter thinking of possibilities as to what I’ll now do to the shots I took of Dave at the workshop yesterday:)

Right that’s all for now so enjoy the rest of your Monday and I’ll catch you later,

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  • February 28, 2012 - 1:44 pm

    DaveT - The ‘Touch’ app looks interesting. It’ll be on my list for when I get my Ipad (next generation due soon?)

    As for Grimm – well some of us like to sleep with the lights off ;-)

    Have a good week Glyn


  • February 28, 2012 - 11:01 pm

    Glyn - @DaveT…Oooppss! I was watching Grimm and having cheese and crackers for supper; nightmares for me :/

  • March 1, 2012 - 9:14 pm

    Justin - Hey there Glyn,
    Great stuff! I check in on your blog from time to time. Random question: in the photo above of all of you at your Compositing Workshop, there is a great bluish hue to the photo. I know sooo many ways to get color casts and color grading…but I was wondering how you specifically tinted that one. Just has a really nice finish and feel to it.
    I know…of all the stuff we do to our photos, that is the question I ask! I just love color and it’s probably my favorite and last step of my editing.


  • March 1, 2012 - 9:22 pm

    Glyn - @Justin…Thanks for stopping and also for checking in from time to time; very much appreciated :)
    As for the colouring on the picture I did it using a Selective Color Adjustment Layer. When you choose one change from Reds to Neutrals and play around with the sliders to create the look you’re after.

    Hope that helps,
    Glyn :)

  • March 1, 2012 - 9:31 pm

    Justin - Thanks a ton for the quick response. Funny…that’s exactly the adjustment I was thinking if it wasn’t a plug in. I typically like to do all my own coloring just to have complete control over it. I do a few things and Selective is one of them. I wouldn’t have thought the neutrals though. I do play around in there but I always thought that “look” had more to do with the reds! There is always this purplish hue to the reds that I love.
    Next time I’ll play with the Neutrals!
    Thanks again

  • March 1, 2012 - 9:33 pm

    Glyn - @Justin…You’re welcome, enjoy :)

News and some other stuff :)

Hi Folks,
Well it’s that Friday feeling so here’s some odds n’ sods as we head into the weekend…

Guest Post on Scott Kelby’s Blog
Wednesday this week I was invited to write a Guest Post on Scott Kelby’s Photoshop Insider Blog so I went for the honesty is best policy approach:)
You can check out the full post here [Link]

Pictures Magazine
Really excited that I have a front cover and article coming out in the March edition of Pictures Magazine. Makes me smile thinking that my best mate Dave Clayton has gone from not really liking having his photo taken to now gracing the cover of a magazine:)

Photoshop Sneak Peek #5
Yet more sneak peeks at Photoshop CS6 have been shared on the internet this past week so just incase you’ve missed it here’s the latest:

Frizoo App
There’sc alot going on behind the scenes with my new iPhone App Frizoo. We decided to do a soft launch this week sending the App out to a limited number of people to pick holes in it before it goes to all of the official reviewers. Feedback has been very constructive I’m glad to say so we’re making a few alterations to a couple of things and hope to have the next build ready real soon.

You can keep up to date with all the progress over on the Frizoo Facebook here [Link]

Ok that’s all for now so whatever you’re up to this weekend have a good one and I’ll see you back here in a couple of days,

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  • February 25, 2012 - 5:31 pm

    Sebastian - Congrats Glyn, you’re doing well mate!

Transform: Thank God…Finally someone is telling the truth!

Hi Folks,
First off I just want to say a huge thanks to everyone who commented, tweeted, posted on Facebook, Google+ and emailed yesterday following my Guest post over on Scott Kelby’s blog; it’s very much appreciated and means a heck of alot that people related to it.

In the post I mentioned about when Zack Arias released his Transform video and it was like ‘Thank God…finally someone is telling the truth!’ and knowing that I wasn’t the only one who had feelings like this made a huge difference to me and was definitely one of the turning points.

So for today I just want to share Zack’s Transform video with you which I make a point of watching maybe once a month. So if you’ve seen it before or if you’ve not I urge you to take 9 minutes and 49 seconds out of your day to do so; powerful, honest and very moving.


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  • February 23, 2012 - 11:27 am

    Ian - Thanks for the reminder. It moved me when I first watched it and it moved me again today.

  • February 23, 2012 - 2:57 pm

    Law Smith - Ok first of all Zack rules lol, this totally makes up for the money I wasted yesterday watching “Ghost Rider Vengeance”That really sucked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!But on a serious note,I found this son inspiration on two levels, one for my photography,which I will be the first to admit is not the greatest but I keep trying AND LEARNING! Secondly to stop and acknowledge the really important things in life,family,love,friends and the greatest that God’s created in this earth.
    Once again thank you Zack and Glyn for posting this!

  • February 23, 2012 - 9:27 pm

    Jonathan Thompson - Once again I’ve been moved, mesmerised, comforted & inspired, yesterdays blog post & this video…. I’m not alone & I’m not crazy. You never think anyone else could be feeling the way you do then suddenly there’s a ton of you because it’s normal & part of the journey.
    A big thank you to Zack for creating this & Glyn for all your help, encouragement & pointing me to this film.
    I’m off to watch this again.. :)

  • February 24, 2012 - 10:01 am

    _______ - Thank’s Glyn I just love Transform! Only problem is is I’m 47 and still don’t know who I am or what I want to be. I’m not a photographer and will probably sell my cameras this year. All I do know is I’m an over active under achiever and this year I must find some direction for my life the clocks ticking and I can’t take another winter of funk as Zack put it.

    This blog post and your “Never Give Up!!!” have inspired me to get off my ass and spend the day cleaning out my garage, this may not sound like much but it is where I do all my thinking and planning and before this day is done it will be mine again. Once again thanks for your post Glyn.

  • February 24, 2012 - 2:46 pm

    Glyn - Alan…Thanks so much for your comment which is incredibly honest. Totally know what you mean about clearing the garage being thinking time. All the best to you mate and thanks again ;)

  • February 24, 2012 - 2:47 pm

    Glyn - Ian…Powerful stuff huh

  • February 24, 2012 - 2:47 pm

    Glyn - Jonathan…One thing is for sure you’re not alone. Sounds like an episode of the Twilight Zone but you know what I mean ;)

  • March 1, 2012 - 7:14 pm

    Derek - Thanks for all you provide but thanks so much for sharing that. I hadn’t seen it before and it is great!

  • March 1, 2012 - 9:20 pm

    Glyn - @Derek…You’re very welcome; powerful stuff huh

Scott Kelby’s Guest Blogger Wednesday

Hey Folks,
I’m really excited and honoured to have been invited to be today’s Guest over on Scott Kelby’s Blog [Link]

Following in the footpaths of some of my Photography & Photoshop hero’s there was always the question of what would I write about. So, I decided to focus on something that eluded me for quite some time i.e. What am I? and Who I am? when it comes to my Photography and Photoshop and also ‘Style’ or to be more specific ‘How do you get one?’

It’s an honest account of how I started out, the excitement, the frustrations and numerous tips and advice I’ve been given that has helped and continues to help along the way in this wonderful creative industry.

Huge thanks to both Scott Kelby and Brad Moore for inviting me onto the blog…it means a heck of alot!
Hope you like it,

*You can check out my Guest Blog post here [Link]

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  • February 22, 2012 - 6:31 am

    david rogers - This doesn’t happen by accident.
    Consistent persistent behavior in the right direction with the right intentions.
    Enjoy the journey.

  • February 22, 2012 - 6:46 am

    Glyn - Thanks so much David for the support, the advice and guidance; you sir are a very wise man!

  • February 22, 2012 - 6:53 am

    DaveT - What a wonderful opportunity. Your journey is clearly heading in the right direction and as David said, it’s the result of your persistent efforts. It’s great to see the rewards coming your way. Congratulations Glyn!


  • February 22, 2012 - 8:44 am

    Dan Davies - Incredibly cool, I only wonder why it took Kelby Media so long!

    Thanks for all the advice and inspiration.


  • February 22, 2012 - 8:28 pm

    TIm Pursall - Great read Glyn. I’ll never make the living out of photography that you are but people like you inspire me to persevere if only to improve on a hobby basis. Well done!

  • February 23, 2012 - 8:41 am

    Glyn - @Tim…Thanks so much mate

  • February 23, 2012 - 8:41 am

    Glyn - @Dan…Thanks to you too mate for all the support ;)

  • February 23, 2012 - 8:41 am

    Glyn - @DaveT…Cheers Buddy

  • February 23, 2012 - 8:42 am

    Glyn - @DadidRogers…I still remember (very clearly) our chats when you were over from the US last year; thanks so much for the encouragement and the ‘kick up the backside’ ;)

  • February 23, 2012 - 5:45 pm

    Neil Holmes - Hi Glyn,

    Just catching up on your blog, great to see you were guest blogger on Scott Kelby’s site yesterday, you wrote a good piece too!

    Keep up the good work.

    Cheers Neil

  • February 24, 2012 - 2:46 pm

    Glyn - Cheers Neil :)