Here is another one of those simple, universal time savers for Adobe Photoshop CS and CS2. It may be easier to show than it is to describe.

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In almost any Photoshop dialog box you can quickly adjust values by clicking on the name of a value and dragging the cursor side-to-side to “scrub” to a larger or smaller value. A quick way to fine-tune any settings.

Tip #1: When your cursor is above a name that can be scrubbed, the cursor icon will change to a hand with two arrows: PS-ScrubbingIcon.gif

Tip #2: If you have a mouse with a scroll wheel, once you click on the name you can adjust with the wheel. Plus, with a mouse that has horizontal scrolling, you can also adjust in larger increments than with the vertical scrolling. Cool!

Tip #3: Add the Shift-key while dragging (or using a scroll wheel) and Photoshop adjusts the values in larger increments.

This technique should work with almost any Photoshop CS or CS2 dialog that uses numerical data.

Source: This tip comes up occasionally during one-on-one Photoshop coaching sessions. The scroll wheel tip was contributed by Russ Alman with Alternative Business Solutions, specializing in Daylite based sales/marekting systems in the Olympia-Tacoma area. The Shift-Key tip comes from a comment by Alan Degasis. Thanks for contributing!

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