There are many ways to make selections in Photoshop. Some are easy, some can get tricky. I find one of the easiest and fastest ways to select text for example, whether it’s been rasterized or not, and as long as it’s in its own layer is by holding down the APPLE (Command) key and clicking on the text layer. This method is more accurate than say using the MagicWand, especially if you’ve added effects or blending options. The same goes for selecting artwork in other layers.
This tip has come in handy many a times.
Here’s a quick tip I learned a few years back and still amazes me.
Cut 4 – 5×7 Mats out of 1 – 12×12 paper or cardstock and have a bonus journal square left over.
1. Using a cutter like Fiskar’s Personal Trimmer, open the swing arm and line up your 12×12 paper on the 7″ mark (fig. A).
2. Proceed to cut taking the blade down to the 7″ mark along the blade guide (fig. A).
3. Next turn the 12×12 paper 90º Clockwise, and repeat steps 1. and 2. (fig. B)
4. Turn the 12×12 paper another 90º Clockwise, and repeat steps 1. and 2. (fig. C)
5. Once again, turn the 12×12 paper 90º clockwise and repeat steps 1. and 2 (fig. D)
6. That’s it! You should have 4 perfect 5×7 mats and 1 journal square (fig. E)
Matting your 4×6 pictures couldn’t be any easier! Amazing!!