I Didn’t Know PSE Could Do That!

I love to use PhotoShop Elements to scrap and to design, and hopefully, I can surprise you with something new that you can try.

You have an element on your page, but you want it in the direct center. Do ctrl+a, ctrl+c, ctrl+v, and then throw away the layer with the element that isn’t centered.

Do you want to change the size of a layer but keep it in the same location on your page? Hold down the alt key while you pull the corner in or out.  Cool, huh?

Would you like a slightly different perspective to an element or a photo? Play with ctrl+shift, alt+ctrl+shift, alt+ctrl, or just the ctrl key by itself while you move an element (or photo) by the corner. Each of these will tilt the element in a different way, and you can get amazing looks with these controls. Just for fun, you might try making a photo box like this one I made of my 3 kitties. I added a soft shadow shape below it to make it appear to be floating in the air. :)

Hope you had fun!


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  • fernm

    This is so cool! I didn’t know if could do that either! What a fun way to use your photos!

    March 16, 2012
  • Franghurst

    What a neat tip. I’m going to be doing a lot of “cubing” this weekend. TU.

    March 17, 2012
  • Kathryn Estry

    It takes some tweaking ~ pulling corners, etc., but it’s a fun thing to add to a layout. Thanks for your comments!

    March 17, 2012
  • djhixson

    poor instructions for a newbie

    March 20, 2012
  • Cass

    Knew some of these, but a really big thanks for the centering tip, you have just saved my so much time.

    March 20, 2012
  • Kathryn Estry

    That’s great, Cass! It’s the little things that really help. :)

    March 20, 2012

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