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Join Justin Seeley, lynda.com staff author and design enthusiast, each week for a new 5-minute, self-contained tutorial that you can use to instantly improve your design workflow. This series covers techniques for print, digital, and web design, addressing the tools that creative professionals like you use most. Learn new ways to leverage layer styles and vector shapes in Adobe Photoshop, work more efficiently with text in Illustrator, and embed videos and even tweets in WordPress posts, and much more. Check back each week for a new installment, and a new design hack.
Hey everybody. Welcome back to another installment of Creative Quick Tips. My name is Justin Sealy, and in this video, I'm going to be continuing my look at ways to automate the Photoshop workflow, by talking a little bit about how to change layer opacity by just using your keyboard. This is something many people know about, but some people don't, and when I tell it to' em, they're like, oh wow, I didn't know that you could actually do that. So, traditionally when you want to change layer opacity, you're over here in the layers panel. And, I'll bring this out so you can see it. And you're just dialing in the opacity, either by using the scrubby slider, like this, or by just entering in a value manually, and then hitting enter, and that can be quite cumbersome, when you're wanting to change a layer opacity very quickly.
And so, there's actually keyboard shortcuts associated with that, and watch, I can just do it right here to turn that back to 100%. And all I did was press the number zero, on my keyboard. So, anytime you press a number on the keyboard, it corresponds to a layer opacity value, but you do have to make sure that you A, have the move tool selected and B, have the layer you want to change selected as well. So select the move tool, select the layer you want to change, and then on the keyboard, lets say you wanted this at 50% opacity, I'll select the number five. And it changes it to 50%.
If I want it back up to say, 70, press seven, and it's back up to 70. And you might be saying, well, yeah, okay Justin, but what if I wanted it at 75? That's okay. Just be really quick about it, and type out 75, and it increases the number to 75 or, in this case, let's say I wanted to go to 22. I'll tap 22 really quick and it takes it down, to 22. So, anytime you want, just go ahead and modify the layer opacity, by hitting a number. So, eight for 80, five for 50, or two taps for something like 66.
Or, to get it back to 100%, press zero on the keyboard, and it goes right back to 100% opacity.
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