Planet Photoshop

Stuck In A Field? Here’s How To Escape

This is one of those tips that keeps you from pulling your hair out. Sometimes when you’re editing values in a field (for example, you’re typing numbers in the Opacity field for a layer) and you’ve entered the number you want, Photoshop doesn’t automatically take you out of that field (meaning your cursor is still flashing in the Opacity field). It gets worse if you’ve switched to another layer (besides the Background layer) and you want to use a keyboard shortcut to switch tools. For example, you press the letter T to switch to the Type tool, but instead of getting the Type tool, you get an error sound because your cursor is still in the Opacity field (you can’t type letters in a number field). Here’s how to get around it. Just press the Return (PC: Enter) key on your keyboard to lock in the change in your field and release your keyboard for other tasks.

Posted by Corey Barker

Corey is an education and curriculum developer for KelbyOne. He is a graduate of the Ringling School of Art & Design in Sarasota, FL, with a degree in Illustration. Over the years, Corey has worked as a graphic artist in a variety of disciplines such as illustration, commercial design, large format printing, motion graphics, web design and photography. His expertise in Photoshop and Illustrator have earned him numerous awards in illustration, graphic design and photography. Using Photoshop since version 2, his expertise and creativity have evolved exponentially with every new version, which makes Corey an invaluable addition to the KelbyOne team.