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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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When you are working with text layers inside Photoshop, there are two keystrokes that you definitely want to memorize that can help you out. So first of all, if I go ahead and get my Text tool, press T, and I click into a particular text layer here and I started doing some edits, this is point text or whatever and I realized that I just changed my mind. This is the wrong text layer or I just want to get rid of this edit. If you just hit the Escape key, the Escape key just cancels whatever edit you had done in there. It just ignores it. It cancels it. Same thing if you accidentally create a new text layer. You forgot that you are in the Text tool and you actually started clicking and then you went to go and say switch to the Move tool and you realized that you ended up with the V on your screen. I don't know about you but that happens to me a lot. And you are like, "I was in the Type tool!" Just hit the Escape key. It's like it never happened. If you end up with the text layer when you didn't intended, just hit the Escape key, it goes away. Then you can press the V key to switch back to the Move tool or whatever.
To apply a text edit, so if I get my Text tool again and let's say it's a Green Lake, it's at the Red Lake, whatever. When you actually want to apply that change, then you would hit the Enter key. Now most keyboards have either a Return key or an Enter key towards the right hand side of your regular keypad. But there is also on numeric keyboards where there is a separate number pad on the far right, there is another Enter key there and that's the Apply key. The Apply button, if you will. Hitting the Return key or the Enter key that's on the normal keyboard, will do a line break, all right, I just hit Return there. That actually broke that, so I'm going to hit Delete to undo that. The Enter key will do the apply.
So slight difference there and in some keyboards it's confusing because the Return key might be labeled the Enter key, so in that case, just use the separate Enter key on the far right hand side of your keyboard where the number pad is and if you are on the laptop, there is typically a separate Enter key on the bottom row where you can use that to apply as oppose to doing a line break. So, Escape and Enter. Two very helpful keyboard shortcuts as you are working with text layers.
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