All right my friends,
First, Colleen has gone on record saying she wants me to stop talking about people wetting themselves. Between the penis thing and the-stuff-that-comes-out-the-penis thing, she’s over it. Admittedly, it’s all enormously juvenile. But, come on, boys are juvenile by definition. So I’m kinda on the fence on this one. (Which is painful.)
Second, news flash: I chose my winner(s). And because, quite honestly, the tips were so Wet-Ur-Self great, I had to come up with a criteria. What tip(s) surprised me? Not was it/they any good, not was/were it/them 100% accurate, but which one(s) did I not know?
Which brought me to 3 — I know, I said only one, but screw off, 3 — by which I mean, 5 winnners:
Megalos, that thing about holding Ctrl/Cmd to override the auto-snap. I knew that, I think, once upon a time, but had forgotten, I think. Plus, you expressed it so well and succinctly. Only problem (and someone correct me if I’m wrong), that seems to be a Control-drag on both platforms. Mac too. Weird. But still, if there was just one winner, it would be you.
flyboy, your thing about the fast zooming. I don’t even want to do that — I wish the zooming was slower — but I can’t believe I hadn’t ever run across it before. I geeked out for a full 25 seconds. I don’t like to geek out — I’d rather do something more productive with my time — and yet you still win. (You want a signed copy? I’m going to sign it, “Stop making me geek out, you son of a birch!” Honestly.)
Gfx-Dzine violated the rules by making a 2nd post. But the moment I tried that 2nd trick out myself, victory was secured. It’s so twisted, so you’ll-never-use-this-in-a-million-years-but-by-God-it-works that, once again, I geeked out. (Also, it doesn’t quite work across platforms, which is splendid!) So here’s the trick (read it all before doing, because it’s learning-impaired):
- First, make sure the Bridge is not running. If it is, quit the damn thing.
- Then go to Photoshop and press Ctrl+Alt+O (Mac: Cmd-Opt-O).
- That sends the Bridge launching.
- On the Mac, immediately release O and keep the other keys down.
- On the PC, release everything and quickly repress Ctrl and Alt.
- The Bridge asks you if you’d like to reset some shit.
- Hit yourself on the head and go, “Why the hell would I want to do that?’ Amswer: Cuz you can.
I know! How often do you need to do such a thing? Why trash your few remaing synapses with such obscure information? But! It’s! Stupid! And! It! Works!
Plus, a 4th person, Bill Guy, wins cuz he threw in some left-handed techniques. Yes, that’s right, just cuz he’s a minority. But you know what? He’s my minority. (Imagine me doing that Black Power thing, but with my left hand. Nice!) Bill Guy also wins bonus points (which are valueless) for violating the rules and submitting three tips. Remember that: Rules are stupid.
And finally, a 5th person, owen-b, wins cuz his spacial-memory tip was excellent. It doesn’t work under Windows (where it’s precisely the opposite) but I like that he’s trying to ascribe space and context to memory. From my perspective (see, again, Spacial), that’s the only way it works.
Winners, contact email@example.com with your mailing address and favorite lynda.com video. (Recommendations? Channels and Masks for most info. Lab for most info most quickly. Sharpening Images for most award-winning.)
The rest of you, really, there wasn’t a single tip in the bunch that didn’t fire my imagination. I loved the exercise, I hope you did too. Better luck next time, and there will be many next times.
Love, peace, and ongoing frustration (cuz we’re all using computers, after all),