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Photoshop has become an indispensible tool for photographers, designers, and all other creative professionals, as well as students. Photoshop CS4 Essential Training teaches a broad spectrum of core skills that are common to many creative fields: working with layers and selections; adjusting, manipulating, and retouching photos; painting; adding text; automating; preparing files for output; and more. Instructor Jan Kabili demonstrates established techniques as well as those made possible by some of the new features unique to Photoshop CS4. This course is indispensable to those who are new to the application, just learning this version, or expanding their skills. Example files accompany the course.
As you get more familiar with Photoshop, you're going to want to use keyboard shortcuts to make your work faster and more efficient. In Photoshop, you can customize your own keyboard shortcuts. Let's say for example that you often duplicate images. If you go to the Image menu at the top of the screen, you'll see that some of the commands have keyboard shortcuts listed next to them. But the Duplicate command does not have a keyboard shortcut. So you can make your own. To do that, go to the Edit menu at the top of the screen and all the way down to Keyboard Shortcuts.
In the Keyboard Shortcuts dialog box, all of the shortcuts for all of the commands are listed. I'm going to start by going to the Set field and clicking this icon to the right of that field to create a new set of keyboard shortcuts so I don't mess up my original Photoshop defaults. I'll click Save and then I'm going to go down to the Image menu here, make sure that it's arrow is pointed down, and then I'm going to click and drag so I can see all the commands that are in the Image menu until I find a Duplicate and I see there is no Shortcut there for Duplicate.
So I'm going to click in the Shortcut column and in this empty field, I'm going to come up with a shortcut. Duplicate starts with a D, maybe Cmd+D. But I can't use Cmd+D, because as Photoshop tells me Cmd+D is already in use. And if I want you to use it here, I have to remove it from the command where it's being used which is an important one, Select > Deselect. So I'm not going to use this shortcut. Instead I'll undo the changes from this button at the bottom and I'll try something else.
How about Shift+Cmd+C? Well, I'm told that Shift+Cmd+C is also being used for this command, Edit > Copy Merged. That's not something I often do. So I don't mind removing that shortcut and using it for Duplicate instead. So I'm just going to click Accept and then I can see that shortcut has been assigned to the Duplicate command, so I'll click OK. And then back in Photoshop, if I do go to the Image menu and I look at Duplicate, I can see that my new shortcut is assigned to that command.
Let's try this one out. On a Mac, I'm going to press Shift+ Cmd+C and indeed Photoshop begins to duplicate my image. I'll click OK and I now have not only the original image but the copy as well. Now, if you are in a PC, you would have made an equivalent shortcut there, Shift+Ctrl+C, and that Shortcut would appear in your Image menu. Think about the commands that you use most often, and if they don't already have shortcuts then make your own personalized shortcut from the Keyboard Shortcuts dialog box.
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