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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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Let me give you a shortcut for deleting masks. So let's begin by creating just a simple selection and I'm going to convert this selection into a layer mask for a black and white adjustment layer. It's a little secret there. If you start with a selection, your selection becomes the mask for the adjustment layer. So I'm going to click on the Black & White adjustment layer and that gives me a mask where part of the image is color and part of the image is grayscale. So if I want the opposite of that I can just invert it, Command+I, Ctrl+I. And now if I decide that I don't want this mask, I just want the whole image to be black and white, if I click on the trash can, Photoshop says, hey, are you sure you want to delete that layer mask? Delete or Cancel. Okay, I know that I want this deleted, so just do it Photoshop, please. Hold down the Option key or the Alt key on Windows and then click on the trash can and it just goes ahead and deletes that without throwing up that warning dialog.
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