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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.
Most files when you open them in Photoshop have a Background layer, especially if you are bringing them in straight off a camera. The Background layer of course especially can't be moved. It's locked. It can't be transformed. When you make a selection, you hit Delete. You are not actually deleting those pixels; you are filling them with your background color, which happens to white now. So I'm going to undo that. If you want to do anything to this image like delete the transparency, or change it's layer stack or manipulate it in any way, you have to convert the layer to something other than a Background layer. Now the standard textbook way is just to double click on the Word Background, give it a different name.
Click OK. I'm going to undo that. The quicker way to do it when you don't care about the name, just hold on the Option key or the Alt key and double click on the name with that modifier key down. And it just converts it. So, it's just a quicker way to do it when you don't care about the layer name. Option or Alt+double-click on the Word Background and you are good to go.
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