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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.
So one thing that may take getting used to if you are starting to use the new Adjustment panel inside Photoshop CS4 is how to see the individual channels when you are making adjustments to an image. So for example, let's go to the Curves adjustment layer and in the old style of the dialog you had a keyboard shortcut way to view the individual channels or the curve for each individual channel. By default, you are seeing the Composite RGB. And in the dialog version of the command, you would use the Command key or the Ctrl key and type 1, 2 and 3 to view the individual channels.
Because we are not in a dialog anymore we had to kind of switch the keyboard shortcut a little bit. So with that adjustment layer chosen, if I do Option on the Mac or Alt on Windows, Option+3, Option+4 and Option+5, will cycle you through the different channels. If you want to get back to the Composite RGB, that's Option+2. So everything just shifted over two keys. Look at your keyboard, if you want to take a second and take a look at this. Option or Alt and then 2, 3, 4 and 5.
2 for the Composite, 3 for Red, 4 for Green, 5 for Blue and then 2 again to go back to RGB. So, if you did want to set a curve specific to a specific color channel you have that way to toggle to that channel without having to use the pop-up menu. And you can see in the pop-up menu it gives you the little shortcut as a reminder there, if you forget. So there you go. You can navigate to your individual channels even though you are using the Adjustment panel instead of the corresponding dialog box.
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