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In Photoshop CS6 for Photographers, author, photographer, and teacher Chris Orwig explores Photoshop from the perspective of the photographer.
The course details the features and techniques behind enhancing and retouching photos, preparing them for print and online publishing, and much more. Chris demonstrates how to make basic edits in Camera Raw, develop and save color profiles, work with layers and selections, tone and sharpen, and retouch images while retaining their natural character.
Chris also shares some creative tips and project ideas, such as converting a photo to black-and-white and enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks. The course also covers workflow details, such as organizing images in Bridge and Mini Bridge, optimizing Photoshop preferences, and calibrating your monitor.
In our conversation in the previous movie, I started to mention shortcuts, and I talked about how we can start to work with shortcuts. And here, I want to continue that conversation, and I want to focus in on how we can create our own custom shortcuts and also how we can customize the Photoshop menus. Let's start off by taking a look at the menus and then next, talk about shortcuts. Well, one of the things that you'll discover is that when you navigate to a menu, say like the Filter menu, you're going to see a lot of different options. Yet let's say that you find a menu item, like this one here, Oil Paint, and you realize--you know what? You are never going to use that particular filter.
Well, you can always hide that option, and you can do this by navigating to a location where you can change the visibility of menu items and also keyboard shortcuts. Let me show you how you can access this and do this. You can either go to your Edit pulldown menu, by doing so you can then select Keyboard Shortcuts or menus, or you can go to the Window pulldown menu, Workspaces, and then make that same selection here. Either way it'll open up this dialog where we can modify keyboard shortcuts, or if we click on this tab, menus.
Remember I mentioned that Filter menu? Let's expand this little Filter dialog and then scroll down. What you can do is find the filter or whatever the menu item is that you don't want to see, that's just distracting, that you're never going to use. You could then click on this Eye icon and go ahead and click OK. Well, now when you go back to that Filter menu, that particular option, well, it's hidden. To bring it back, just go back to Window > Workspace > Keyboard Shortcuts & Menus...
and here we can scroll down. I'll go ahead and scroll back to that option, and turn the visibility of that one back on, because I might want to use that at some point. Here, I just want a highlight how you can customize these menus here. If you ever find items that you want to hide, well, just go to this location. Next, let's talk about keyboard shortcuts. I'm going to go ahead and click OK to apply that. If you go to your File pulldown menu, you'll notice you have a number of different shortcuts for creating New documents, Opening documents, Browsing in Bridge.
But there isn't a shortcut for Browse in Mini Bridge. In Mini Bridge, in this version of Photoshop, well, it's a really handy tool. It allows you to quickly view and preview and open up your images. So I really want to create a shortcut for this menu item. To do this, we'll go back to that dialog. Go to Window, choose Workspace, and then select Keyboard Shortcuts & Menus... Here, what we're going to do is click on Keyboard Shortcuts, and then we'll go to our File menu.
In the File menu, if you navigate down to Browse in Bridge, you actually notice that there are two shortcuts associated with this. We can either press Option+Command+O or Shift+Command+O on a Mac, and that would be Alt+Ctrl+O or Shift+Ctrl+O on Windows. Well, let's say that what we want to do is actually use one of those shortcuts for Browse in Mini Bridge. Well, let me show you how we could do this and also how we can resolve conflicts when those arise if we create a shortcut key which is already in use for another menu item.
Well, here I'll go ahead and click into this field for Browse in Mini Bridge. I'll press Shift and then Command and then O on a Mac, or Shift+Ctrl+O on Windows. When I do that, it says, "Hey, you know what? This key combination, it's already in use, and it will be removed from this particular File menu, File > Browse in Bridge, if you accept that." Here, what we can do is click Accept and Go to Conflict, if we really want to do that, and it will then take us to where the conflict was previously.
In this case, it's showing me it was for Browse in Bridge. Well, there's not really a problem with this because I'm using this other shortcut here. So what I could then do is simply remove this, I could delete the shortcut, or I could accept what's happened here by clicking on Accept. It would then remove that. You'll notice that now my shortcuts have been modified. The Photoshop defaults are now no longer default, they're rather modified. If ever you need to go back to the original defaults, you can always just select that here. Well, let's go ahead and Apply this and then click OK in order to save that out.
Now when we go our File pulldown menu, next to Browse in Mini Bridge will be the shortcut that we just created or that we added. This is our custom shortcut, Shift+Command+O or Shift+Ctrl+O on Windows. To use that, we can just go ahead and press those keys together. You notice now that that will open up Mini Bridge, and this gives us a really handy way to open up Bridge, rather than always having to double-click on that little tab in order to open it up. The point here isn't just the Mini Bridge, although this shortcut is really helpful and it's one that I use on my own version of Photoshop so that I can open Mini Bridge.
Rather the point is, is that if you're ever working with Photoshop and if you're ever going to a menu over and over again, and you notice that there isn't a shortcut associated with that menu item, well, you can always create one of your own in order to access that particular item.
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