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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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Another way to duplicate a layer in a Photoshop file is to Option+drag or Alt+drag the layer and you can do that either in the image window itself or in the Layers panel. It doesn't matter. I'm going to hold down the Option key on the Mac or Alt on Windows and if you look at the cursor, it changes from the Move tool cursor to a Duplicate cursor. And just as a reminder that you do need to be in the Move tool to work on layers and duplicate them. So I'm going to hold down the Option key or Alt and just drag, if you hold down the Shift key, it constrains the drag as you move it. So it stays lined up. So you can Option+drag or Alt+drag that way. You can also Option or Alt+drag from the actual Layers panel itself. Once you start dragging by holding the Option or Alt key down, you will see that duplicate cursor and the advantage of this technique as doing in the Layers panel is that it lets you insert the copy where you want it in the layers stack. So I'd like go with it, pulls down to there. So Option+drag or Alt+drag is yet another way to duplicate a layer.
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