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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.
Download the keyboard shortcut guide from the Exercise Files tab.
All right Photoshoppers, here's another bonus shortcut for you and it has to deal with choosing different Color Ramps. So, here's the thing. In most cases, a lot of people go to the foreground or background color chips, they click on that color chip to bring up the Color Picker and they choose colors this way through this modal dialog box. Sometimes though when you're in a hurry, it's just easier to do it without bringing up that dialog, if you're using the Color panel. You can have that docked or behind your dock or just floating or whatever. So, currently this is showing me my foreground and background colors just like at the bottom of the Tools panel and there's a Color Ramp down the bottom.
The default Color Ramp is set to show you RGB colors plus solid white and solid black. If you hold down the Shift key and click on the Color Ramp, the first time you click, you get a CMYK color ramp. If you Shift-click again, you get a Gray Scale Gradient from black to white and if you Shift-click one more time, you get a custom gradient made up of your current colors. So, if you use the fly-out menu for the panel, you'll see those are those four choices, RGB, CMYK, Gray Scale and Current Colors. Shift-clicking is just a lot faster to cycle you through those different color ramps. That helps you make really quick color choices without having to open up that dialog box.
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