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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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Photoshop has an option to help you organize your layers in addition to layer groups, so putting to your collection of layers into a particular folder and giving that a name. It's one way to organize. You can also color code your layers, so if you right-click or Ctrl- click with a one-button mouse on the eye of a particular layer, you get a little pop up menu that way you could assign a color. So if I want this to be violet or gray, you just kind of have to come up with your own meaning for what these colors mean, but you will see what it does is it actually puts a color strip here in the eye column. So if I right-click or Ctrl-click there and make that one green, and make this one green as well maybe I'll right or Ctrl-click and make that one red. So there, it's a nice option if you need that level organization as long as you know what those colors mean it's a nice way to actually color code your layers.
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