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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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There are also keyboard shortcuts for changing a layers position in the stacking order. So if you take a look at the Layers panel here, I have a layer here called Hugging and it's in the middle of the layers stack and you can see that there is this Running layer above that and the Hugging layer or the Falling layer is below this current layer. Now, yes, you can click with your mouse and just drag inside the layers stack, inside the Layers palette to reorder the stacking order, if you will. Okay, that's fine and dandy, works just fine. But again similar to selecting layers when you are recording actions, when you click and drag a specific layer and you are recording the name of that specific layer in your action. If you want to do this relatively, so as you are recording, so that it will work on any other document that has multiple layers on it. Then you might want to use the keyboard method instead.
So just like Option or Alt+Left and Right Bracket is used to select layers, the Command key or the Ctrl key and the bracket keys are used to move layers in the stack. So Command+Right or Left Bracket, or Ctrl+Left or Right Bracket. And so if I do Command+Left Bracket, you will see the Hugging layer moves one layer down. It's now beneath this Falling layer here. Command+Left Bracket again doesn't do anything because it's as far at the bottom as it can go. Nothing can go below the Background layer because it's locked and it's flattened.
Command+Right Bracket or Ctrl+Right Bracket will move the layer up in the stack and I can take it all the way up to the top. So now Hugging is the top layer. If you want to move a particular layer all the way to the bottom or all the way to the top of the layers stack, just add Shift to the shortcut. So, Command+Shift+Left Bracket moves it all the way to the bottom or Ctrl+Shift+Left Bracket. Command+Shift+ Right Bracket moves it up to the top of the layers stack or Ctrl+ Shift+Right Bracket on Windows. So there you have it, some useful keyboard shortcuts. It may seem a little obscure, it seemed probably easier to most people just to use the mouse to drag things around. But again, if you are recording actions, these variants actually come in very handy.
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