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This movie is something of a throw away, buy I want to share with you how to create custom keyboard shortcuts, for the most important forms of adjustment layers. Including levels for example, because where as anybody teaches Photoshop tells everybody who listens to them that adjustment layers are the way to go. Not a single one of them has a keyboard shortcut by default. Where as the static adjustments that we're all told to stay clear off. Lot's of them have keyboard shortcuts. And I'm not suggesting we get rid of Ctrl+L for levels for example.
Because levels can be very useful for editing masks, and you have to use static adjustments for that. However we might as well add a few shortcuts for the adjustment layer versions of those commands. So to do so go up to the edit menu and choose keyboard shortcuts and then assuming your seeing shortcuts for application menus. Go ahead and twirl open image and scroll down the list here until you find levels, curves and so forth. Now I'm mostly pretty fond of these keyboard shortcuts, except for color balance which I don't use often enough to have a shortcut for it.
So I go ahead and associate ctrl B or cmd B on the mac. To black and white right below it. So you just click on the exisiting keyboard shortcut and enter the new one and then go ahead and click on the accept button in order to move on. Alright now for the adjustment layers go ahead and click on the shortcuts for popup menu and switch it to panel menus. And then you want to twirl open adjustments and scroll down this list here until you find levels for example. And what I'm going to do is just add shift to the standard keyboard shortcuts so I'll press Ctrl shift L for levels that's Cmd shift L on a mac.
Photoshop goes ahead and tells me hey, you're going to lose the shortcut for auto tone, which I never use so that's fine. Go ahead and click the accept button. Then click on the shortcut curves, press ctrl shift m, cmd shift m on the Mac, which amazingly goes unused in the program. Click the shortcut for hue saturation, press Ctrl shift u or Cmd shift u on the Mac. Now this this the only one you might disagree with me about, not sure. Basically, if you go with this, you'll lose the keyboard shortcuts for the desaturate command.
Some people use that Cmd in order to remove the saturation from an image. I don't really recommend that that's the way you work. You're better off going with an adjustment level for it as well. So, I'll go ahead and click on accept, and then I'll scroll down the list to black and white. Click on its keyboard shortcut, press Ctrl > Shift > b, Cmd > Shift > b on a Mac. I'm going to lose the shortcut for auto color. Do not care. Click on Accept. And now what you want to do is go to this second icon over that looks like a little hard drive. It's not floppy disk anymore with the dot dot dot after it.
And you'll be directed automatically to the proper keyboard shortcuts folder, and I'm going to call my keyboard shortcuts D keys, but you can call them whatever you want. Then click on the save button, and you will see the file name up here, next to the word set. And in the future, if you decide to change some more shortcuts, you can just click on this first hard drive, to update that file. Then go ahead and click OK in order to accept those changes And now, notice over here, in the layers panel, if I press Ctrl Shift L or Cmd Shift L on a Mac, not only do I create a new adjustment layer, but I'm also prompted to go ahead and give it a name.
Such as, if I was working on the previous movie. Something like neutralizer and then click okay and in order to create that layer and move on to the adjustment. And that's how you create custom keyboard shortcuts to generate adjustment layers.
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