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Painter's customized keys facility enables you to reprogram existing shortcuts to match your, or another application's preferences. If you find a particular keyboard command difficult to remember, customized keys lets you replace it with a combination that works for you. Let's visit this useful painter facility. You'll find this up in the Painter menu and we go to Preferences > Customize Keys, let's open this up; this is going to be in the Application Menus shortcuts.
We also have Palette Menus, Tools and Other, and I'll get back to this a little bit later. If we go to the Layers palette, and go down here to moving layers in the layers stack, up and down, right here, move to the bottom, move to the top, move down one layer and up one layer. In Photoshop, they use the Command or Ctrl plus the left and right brackets to do this, and in the case of moving all the way to the top or bottom, you add the addition of the Shift key, and we don't have that here at all, there is no way to do that.
So it's kind of the long way around in Painter to do something that's very simple to do in Photoshop. So I'm going to assign those Photoshop keyboard shortcuts to these actions in Painter. So if I want to move this to the bottom, I just click on it, you see how there's that little blue field now. Now it's waiting for me to enter a keyboard shortcut. So for this I'm going to enter Command+ Shift, in Windows it would be Ctrl+Shift, and to go all the way to the bottom that would be the left bracket.
Now to move it to the top, I'm going to do Command or Ctrl plus Shift and the right bracket, and to move down one layer, all I need to do is Command or Ctrl and do the left bracket. Now you'll see this is where sometimes you'll find there's already a keyboard shortcut that this works with, and you have to make a decision here. Now in my case I look at this and what would we be eliminating if I accept this keyboard shortcut, Set Shape Attributes.
Now I've got to tell you I never use Set Shape Attributes, so in this case I don't care if that doesn't have a keyboard command anymore. So I'm going to go ahead and say Accept, it's true, you could find that there is a conflict, in that case you're going to have to kind of rethink things. Maybe you want to change the other keyboard shortcut in favor of using that keyboard shortcut for something that is more important to you, or as I just did here, it's a keyboard shortcut I'm never going to use, so there's nothing wrong in eliminating it from the use of keyboard shortcuts at all.
So now I'm going to go to Move Up One Layer, and let's go ahead and in this case that'll be Ctrl or Command and the right bracket key. And once again, here's another one that I got to tell you, I never use the Duplicate Command, so I'm going to Accept it. And when I say OK, I've now got a way to control my layers in a fashion that I couldn't do before. When I move back and forth between Photoshop and Painter, I don't have to relearn a new set of commands. The same commands that are used in Photoshop layers are now used in Painter's layers, so that's a way to be able to add functionality in places that it didn't even exist.
Be sure that when you are in the Customized Keys, you want to look into Other. The Other category has some interesting things in it that you wouldn't even realize could possibly have a keyboard shortcut. So rather than having to learn and memorize a jumble of new shortcuts, Customize Keys lets you create your own, or use those found in other applications. Take advantage of this feature to improve your workflow.
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