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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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One of the options for the Shape tools is to have arrowheads on the Line tool, and I've found that I actually end up having to use that quite a bit to do call-outs. So it's kind of a buried feature. A lot of people don't realize it's there. So I've clicked on the Shape tool or pressed U to go to the Shape tool tool slot, and here I'm going to click on the Line tool. You can see that the weight is set to 25 pixels here. If you use your Right and Left Bracket keys, you can change the weight of that stroke, before you actually draw it. So I'm going to take it down to say 5 pixels. Then again if you click on the little pop-up menu, there's a little blue indicator for the given tool.
You'll see that each tool has some options. So on the Polygon tool, you've got the Star and the Smoothing options and the Corner Radius and whatnot, the Elliptical tool, you've got the ability to draw a perfect circle or put in specific width and height and whatnot. For the Line tool, you'll get the options that have arrowheads, either at the start or at the end. So I'm going to have it at the end. You can change the width, the length and the concavity. That's kind of a geeky term. I have no idea what these things actually look like until you draw it. So sometimes it's just easier to actually draw one and say Oh! Okay, do I like that arrowhead? It's kind of a long arrowhead. So I'm going to undo that. Well, I'll leave it here just for the compare, and we'll change the Length from 1000% to 500%.
We'll draw a new one. You can see that I get a much shorter arrowhead. So you can customize the look of that arrowhead and of course change its color as well, and have that arrow go wherever you want it. Since the arrowhead is at the end, if you want to point at that duck, you would draw an end of the duck or whatever. So that's arrowheads on the Line tool, kind of a hidden feature but just look in that little hidden pop-up menu, and you can customize it to your hearts content.
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