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Photoshop CS4 offers an abundance of helpful shortcuts and hidden tricks that allow designers and photographers to get more done in less time. In Photoshop CS4 Power Shortcuts, Michael Ninness reveals hundreds of tips to boost productivity, including the top 20 power shortcuts every Photoshop user must know. He covers strategies for better document and panel management, and offers techniques for becoming quicker and more nimble when using layers, adjustment layers, and layer masks. Exercise files accompany the course.
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The Move tool is the tool you probably use the most in Photoshop. It's the way you select things and adjust their position and transform things and whatnot. So you probably want to know quick ways to get to the Move tool regardless of what tool you are currently in. So if I were to be doing some brushing or retouching on this particular layer here and I wanted to switch to a different layer, I want to be able to quickly get to my Move tool to be able to do that or to reposition the current layer that I have selected. So I'm in my Brush tool right now. Normally, in previous versions, we held down the Command key or the Ctrl key on Windows, you can see the cursor change right away.
It's now temporarily switching to the Move tool. I don't actually like this method anymore, even though it's been around for years. You will see that it doesn't actually show you that you have switched to the Move tool in the Tools panel. It still shows you that you are in the Brush tool. You don't get any of the Move tool options when you hold down the Command or Ctrl key within any other tool. It does still work to be able to drag the layer that I have currently selected by holding down the Command or Ctrl key. But I like the new method instead. Taking advantage of the spring loaded tool shortcuts. So we know that the shortcut for the Move tool is V. If I were to press and tap the V key, it would literally switch to that tool. I'm going to go back to the Brush tool. If I hold the V key down, it's kind of the same thing as holding down the Command key or the Ctrl key but it's better because the icon actually reflects that you are temporarily in the Move tool. And you also get the Move tool's options in the Options bar.
So I just find that to be a much better way in CS4 to temporarily switch to the Move tool from within any other tool. Just hold down the V key.
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