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Hi there, my name is Justin Seeley, and I'm going to welcome you back to another installment of Creative Quick Tips. This week we're talking about tool shortcuts in Adobe Photoshop and how you can use those to help speed up your workflow. Now, in a traditional workflow, probably what you're doing every time you need to switch tools is you're coming over here to the Tools panel an you're finding the tool you need, like, let's say the Brush tool. And you're clicking on it, and then you're coming back out into the canvas area and you're making changes or whatnot. And then you're going back, and you're finding another tool and you're making changes, etcetera.
However, that's not the most efficient way to work. And this week, the series is all about helping you get more efficient in creative apps like Photoshop. So, we're going to talk about this little tool Shortcut that you have available to you. First things first, I'm going to drag out the Tools panel so you can see it. And I'll go double wide so we can see all of the tools at once. And when you're inside of the Tools Panel. If you hover over a tool, you're going to notice that Photoshop by default, shows you the name of the tool, and then in parenthesis, it shows you a letter. That letter corresponds to a key on your keyboard that will instantly invoke that tool.
So for instance, for the Move tool, press the letter V. Now, in most cases, some of the letters correspond to the tools and they make sense, like P for Pen, B for Brush, T for Text. But you just have to learn the ones that you use most often. So, V for Move, B for Brush, C for Crop, L for Lasso, M for Marquee, I for Eyedropper, and all of these have different shortcuts associated with them. Just hover over them and see what's in parenthesis. That'll be the letter that you hit on your keyboard each time you want to invoke that tool.
Now, if a tool contains more than one tool like, let's say, the Healing tools. Spot Healing Brush, Healing Brush, Patch tool, Content Aware tool, Red Eye tool, all that stuff. How do you access those? Because if I just press J on my keyboard repeatedly, nothing is happening. Well, in order to access those sub tools you have to hold down the Shift key and then, press the keyboard shortcut. So, in this case I could go from the Patch tool to the Content or Move tool. To Spot Healing Brush, to the Healing Brush just by holding the Shift and then pressing the letter J.
This is how I quickly cycle through something like custom shapes for instance. So, I'll press the letter U, to access the Shape tools and then, I'll press Shift+U until I get the shape that I'm looking for. So, if I wanted a rectangle I'd stop right there and then I'll come out and draw a rectangle and then I could press Shift+U a couple of times. And draw out an elipse and then few more times draw a line. And then, a few more times. And, I can draw out one of the custom shapes like that. So, as you can see, using these tool shortcuts makes it really easy to speed up your workflow without having to actually leave the area you're working on.
Out here inside of your document window. Try to work some of these in for the tools that you use most often, I think that you'll be really happy that you did because you'll become much more quick and efficient in your digital workflow.
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