The creative tutorial home of image wrangler, Lesa Snider.
So you've made that perfect drop shadow and tweaked it to your heart's conent. Now you need to add it to another layer. What do you do?
Instead of Control clicking the Layer Style icon to conjure up a contextual menu where you can copy and paste it, just press and hold the Option key and *drag* the effect onto another layer, as shown above.
Here's a handy keyboard shortcut I picked up recently while visiting the InDesign User Group in Orlando, FL. When using the Free Transform tool to resize an object, you probably all know that you can hold the Shift key while dragging a handle to resize the object proportionately, but did you know that you can also hold down the Option key to affect all handles at once? Please allow me to illustrate.
Without the Option key:
*With* the Option key:
This is a terrific tip for those of you with a scroll-wheel on your mouse, and even better for those with a sideways scroll "pea" (like that on Apple's Mighty Mouse).
Just choose Photoshop (or Elements) > Preferences > General and check the Zoom with Scroll Wheel box as shown below. Sweet!
Sometimes good software just goes bad. If that ever happens to your beloved Photoshop, and you begin to experience weirdness in various forms, it may be time to rebuild its preferences.
Though, instead of rooting around your hard drive to zap this file on your own you can make Photoshop do it all by itself. The trick is to hold the Command, Option, and Shift keys (PC: Control-Alt-Shift) when you first launch the program.