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How to use springloaded shortcuts in Photoshop

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How to use springloaded shortcuts in Photoshop

Hey there. Welcome back to another episode of Creative Quick Tips. My name is Justin Seeley and this week I'm going to be talking about springloaded tool short cuts inside of Adobe Photoshop. Now what exactly is a springloaded tool shortcut? Well, let's take a look. Let's say that I'm working on this flower, and I'll zoom in here. And I'm going to be using, let's say the Dodge or the Burn tool. So I'll just go over here and grab the Burn tool. And you already know that you can instantly switch tools in Photoshop by pressing a letter on your keyboard. So if I wanted to switch from the Burn tool to the Text tool, I could press the letter t, and then if I wanted to move to the Move tool.

Hit the letter v, et cetera. But did you also know that you can temporarily hold down the keyboard shortcut key for any given tool while you're working in Photoshop and invoke that tool for the duration of the time that you hold down the key? And then as soon as you let go, you can go right back to using the tool that you were using before? It's a really interesting way to work, and if you can commit to it, it makes life so much easier. Now you don't even have to worry about pressing multiple keys. You just hold one down and then release it any time you don't need it. So let's say for instance, that I'm burning some areas in here.

And I'll just do some random burns around the outside of this flower. I'm not really worried about if it looks good or not, I'm just making some. Adjustments for demonstration purposes and once I do this, let's say that I get down here to the bottom and I realize all of a sudden, you know what, the Spot Healing brush would work really well right here. Instead of invoking the Spot Healing brush completely or instead of going over and clicking on it. What I'm going to do is just temporarily hold down the letter J. When I do that, you see the brush size changes? That's because I'm temporarily invoking the Spot Healing brush, I can now make adjustments with the Spot Healing brush just like this to get rid of these little spots down here.

And then I can go right back to dodging and burning just by releasing the letter j on my keyboard. Let's say that I needed to create a layer mask on this, so let's go here, I'll just duplicate this layer. Let's go ahead an add a layer mask to it. An then what we're going to do here is I'm just going to, remove the color value from that. Shift+Cmd+U to do that. So now I've got this layer mask, and let's say that I'm still dodging an burning, on the layer itself. But I really want to make this sort of a selective color, composition. But I don't want to have to take my mouse away and all that kind of stuff.

Okay? So I'll just select this. I'm still dodging and burning. And then all of a sudden I'll just switch over to my Brush tool. And then I can start bringing back in the color. Like this, just by holding down the letter B on my keyboard to brush back in some of the color information on this. If I want to go back to dodging and burning, that's really easy to do. Just release the B key on my keyboard. I'm right back to dodging and burning on this layer. So again, these spring-loaded tool shortcuts make it really easy to go from tool to tool without actually having to switch over to that tool completely.

Now, it should be noted that you need to have the tool that you want to use. Already lined up in the tool bar. So for instance, you can't access subtools this way. So if I needed to access say, the Healing brush for instance, I need to make sure that's the top level tool. I also need to make sure that the presets for the tool are the way I want them to be. So what I'm going to do before I even start, I'm going to define my project scope, see exactly what tools I think I might need, and then I'm just going to keep those in a reference in my head, or even write them down. That way you can quickly just switch between them on the keyboard. It really makes you work a lot faster and a lot more efficient.

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  1. 1m 45s
    1. Welcome to the series
      48s
    2. How to send feedback
      57s
  2. 1m 47s
    1. Using Illustrator to perform calculations NEW
      1m 47s
  3. 11m 50s
    1. How to create layers from Photoshop Layer Styles
      3m 14s
    2. How to turn Illustrator artwork into Shape Layers
      3m 15s
    3. How to combine vector shapes in Photoshop
      2m 49s
    4. How to use text wrapping in Illustrator
      2m 32s
  4. 15m 41s
    1. How to effectively rotate objects in Illustrator
      2m 39s
    2. How to create interlocking shapes in Illustrator
      3m 29s
    3. How to speed up Photoshop's performance
      3m 25s
    4. How to use tool shortcuts in Photoshop
      2m 52s
    5. How to use springloaded shortcuts in Photoshop
      3m 16s
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    2. How to embed videos in WordPress without a plugin
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    3. How to embed real tweets into any WordPress post
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    4. Create your own Photoshop shortcut cheat sheet
      1m 28s
  6. 17m 53s
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    2. How to use keyboard shortcuts in WordPress
      2m 47s
    3. How to add Apple touch icons to your website
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    4. How to use Font Awesome in design applications
      5m 8s
  7. 8m 50s
    1. How to create your own pixel grids
      4m 25s
    2. How to sample colors from anywhere
      2m 5s
    3. How to create diagonal guides in Illustrator
      2m 20s
  8. 13m 48s
    1. How to round individual corners on Illustrator shapes
      3m 21s
    2. How to use Camera Raw as a Smart Filter
      4m 8s
    3. How to use the Shape Builder Tool to recolor artwork
      3m 34s
    4. How to use "Align to Key Object" in Illustrator
      2m 45s
  9. 8m 26s
    1. Exploring the Kuler Panel in Illustrator CC
      1m 50s
    2. How to draw awesome shapes with the tilde key
      2m 12s
    3. How to reset your bounding box in Illustrator
      2m 6s
    4. How to change your artboard color in Illustrator
      2m 18s
  10. 23m 19s
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      4m 1s
    2. How to create scalable rounded rectangles in Illustrator
      4m 16s
    3. How to use the fill commands in Photoshop
      3m 52s
    4. How to accurately space objects in Illustrator
      2m 5s
    5. Ten WordPress plugins that you should know
      9m 5s
  11. 9m 41s
    1. Unlocking background layers in Photoshop
      1m 8s
    2. Using opacity shortcuts in Photoshop
      1m 50s
    3. Using Illustrator's Glyphs Panel for icon fonts
      3m 15s
    4. Creating flexible buttons in Illustrator
      3m 28s
  12. 6m 31s
    1. Locking artwork in Illustrator
      2m 5s
    2. Five free fonts for your next project
      2m 0s
    3. Improving the SEO of your Muse website
      2m 26s
  13. 17m 7s
    1. Fitting content into your InDesign frames
      2m 37s
    2. Setting up your own Autocorrect in InDesign
      2m 33s
    3. Drawing complex shapes in Illustrator
      3m 14s
    4. Using the snapshots feature in Photoshop
      4m 40s
    5. Creating awesome product shots with Placeit
      4m 3s
  14. 18m 10s
    1. How to find free stock photos online
      1m 55s
    2. Using the transform command in Illustrator
      4m 14s
    3. Five tools for wireframing & mockups
      7m 36s
    4. How to convert videos into GIFs using Photoshop
      4m 25s
  15. 16m 10s
    1. Using PNG Hat to export Photoshop assets
      4m 56s
    2. How to setup two-step authentication in WordPress
      3m 50s
    3. Analyzing the speed of your website
      2m 19s
    4. How to create beveled text in Illustrator
      5m 5s
  16. 14m 49s
    1. How to create line shadows in Illustrator
      5m 30s
    2. Using custom keyboard shortcuts in Photoshop
      3m 31s
    3. Automating your InDesign workflow
      3m 26s
    4. How to quickly generate placeholder text in InDesign
      2m 22s
  17. 11m 9s
    1. How to correctly flatten your Photoshop files
      1m 44s
    2. How to create your own document presets in Photoshop
      2m 40s
    3. Generating color schemes with ColourCode
      3m 6s
    4. Five lightweight fonts for your next web project
      3m 39s
  18. 18m 22s
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      3m 36s
    2. Five resources for finding 3D models
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    3. Creating a thumbnail sketch template in Illustrator
      4m 14s
    4. Five text editors for web designers
      4m 45s
  19. 9m 43s
    1. How to use Creative Cloud Libraries
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    2. How to find patterns for your web backgrounds
      1m 58s
    3. Using the width tool in Adobe Illustrator
      3m 9s

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