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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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In addition to being able to change your Brush Size and Hardness with your keyboard, you can actually cycle through the different brushes in your Brushes panel as well. So let's begin by pressing letter B for the Brush tool and I'm going to make my Brush Size larger, so I use the Right Bracket key to make that bigger and Left Bracket key makes it smaller of course. So to cycle through the different brushes, if I take a look at the pop-up panel in the Options bar, you can see there's a number of brushes here. And I've customized my Brushes panel here so you can see I have a leaf in the first brush slot and I have a star in the last slot. That will become important later on. I'll make reference to that but for now just remember those are in the first and last slots.
I just press Return to close that little pop up panel. If I use my period and comma keys, I can cycle through the brushes in the list. So if I use the period key, it goes to the next brush to the right in the list. You can see the cursor changing on screen. As I go with the comma key, I go to the previous brush in the list, okay. If I add the Shift key to this, so if I do Shift+Period, it takes you to the last brush in the list which you can see is that star. Shift+Comma takes you to the first brush in the list.
Now if you want to customize the ordering of those brushes as a reminder, you can do that with the Preset Manager under the Edit menu, Preset Manager. Since, my brush was the selected tool, it pops open the Brushes here. And you can just simply drag these around to change their order. So for some reason I want the grass brush to be the last brush. I can just move that there. And if I want this star shaped type thing here, to be the first brush, I'll move that there. I'll go ahead and click Done. And now when I do Shift+Period, my last brush is the grass, Shift+Comma and my first brush is this funky star shaped thing.
So again, you can still change the size of this new brush cursor using your right and Left Bracket keys. It's just that the period and comma keys let you cycle to the next and previous brush in your list.
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