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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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So when you start working with a layered document, it's got a whole lot of layers and a whole lot of groups, maybe a lot of layers styles on it. You might want some ways to quickly interact with those layers groups, especially if you inherit a file from someone else and they've done all the structure. You may want a way to just quickly expand or collapse everything in the document. So, by default, when you click on a triangle for a group, it twirls it down and you would see what's inside that group, but it is a one group at a time, all right. So let's turn that back up. If you hold down the Command key on the Mac and Ctrl key on Windows, and then click on the triangle. You'll expand all the groups that are on that same level.
So here is Sisters and Background Texture were at the same level. So they both expand when I Command-click on them or Ctrl-click. Notice that the children groups did not expand. If you want to force everything to expand, well, first let's take look what's in Group 2. So I turn that down and I see there is two layers there. And then I turn down Group 1 and there is two layers there. So we'll re-expand those or re-collapse them. If you hold on the Command key or Ctrl key and click on an expanded group, then that will collapse everything at that same level. If you want to force every layer and every layer group to expand an entire document, then hold down Command and Option or Ctrl and Alt and click on this closure triangle here.
Watch what happens now. That turns open every single sub-group and it also expands every single layer to reveal its effects. So here you actually see in the Drop Shadows and the Strokes. So if I Command+Option or Ctrl+Alt- click on this group here, 2, it collapses just that group now and it just collapses that group. So if I re-expand those and Command+Option-click or Ctrl+Alt- click one of the top level groups, that will collapse everything in the document. So you've a quick way to go everything expanded and everything collapsed by holding down Command+Option or Ctrl+ Alt and clicking at the top level there.
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