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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.
Download the keyboard shortcut guide from the Exercise Files tab.
So in this video I'm going to give you a tip on how to add to an existing shape layer. So if I press the U key to switch to my last used Shape tool. In this case, it's the Custom Shape tool, set to the Flower. I've already got a layer here that's got some flowers on it as a single shape layer. By default, when I go grab my tool and drag and draw again, I start drawing, if I want to constrain it, I'll hold down the Shift key. But you'll see that gets added as a new shape layer, not merging or adding that new shape to the existing shape layer. So I'm going to undo that, Command+Z, Ctrl+Z.
To add to an existing shape layer, what you need to do is first target that shape layer that you want to add it to, and hold the Shift key down before you start pressing-and-dragging with your mouse. So I'm going to hold down the Shift key. You can see the cursor actually changes to a little Plus sign. So now when I press-and-drag, I'm adding to my existing shape layer. If I don't want to constrain it, then just let go with the Shift key after you are dragging your mouse. So now you can do it unconstrained. So just hold down the Shift key before you start drawing if you want it to add to your existing shape layer.
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