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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 is a lot to be said for the interface in Photoshop, the tabbed panels and the docking panels and whatnot. But every once in a while, the way this interface is laid out can get in your way, when you are dealing with Ruler Guides and Rulers and whatnot. So let's turn on rulers. So I'm going to Command+R or Ctrl+R, and you can see there they are and I can see my rulers just fine. That's because my document is not set to the Full Screen Mode. I'm seeing my rulers inside the document window. If I were to float this window, I'll go to the Arrange Documents widget here and just say Float All in Windows. Then you can see the guide; the rulers are drawn inside the document window.
However, if I put my document in the Full Screen Mode, I'll just press the letter F for that. I tend to work in this mode probably 90% of the time because it maximizes my screen real estate and then I can pan the image around inside the window, just holding on the Spacebar to do that. But you will see when I put the document in the Full Screen Mode, my ruler now goes behind the toolbar, which is kind of annoying because that only leaves this very small region to go get a vertical guide from. I know what some people will do to mitigate that is they float their Tools panel. They'll just drag it away from the edge of their screen and they put it there. But then that's kind of problematic because if I re-float the document, I'll just press F until I get to the Normal Screen Mode. Now I have lost some screen real estate here.
So I'm going to re-dock my Tools panel and snap it to the edge of the screen here just by dragging it. I'm going to put my document back in the Full Screen Mode. There is kind of an elegant solution here actually. I can see my horizontal ruler bar at the top just fine. So I'm going to start dragging a ruler guide from it by clicking and dragging. If I want this to be a vertical guide, all I need to do is hold down the Option key or the Alt key on Windows while I'm dragging and that will turn the horizontal guide into a vertical guide. It's kind of a handy trick there. Let's go ahead and drag out horizontal guide now. And if you decide that you want an existing guide to be converted to a different orientation as well.
Again, hold down the Option key or the Alt key on Windows and click on the existing guide and it will change the existing guide, in this case a vertical guide to horizontal. Or in this case a horizontal to a vertical. So I can just hold that key down while you are dragging, let go of the mouse first and you can change the orientation of your guides. Pretty handy!
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