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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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One of the nice things about the Layers panel in Photoshop is that you can create Layer Groups. You can use groups to organize your layers just to group things that are associated together or create a before and after folder or whatever you want to use the grouping metaphor for. I'm going to go ahead and select these four layers by just clicking on the first one and then Shift-clicking on the last one here. These were all my image layers and I want to put them in their own group. So Command+G on the Mac or Ctrl+G on Windows will group those selected layers and put them in a generic name and called group one. Of course you can always name that and I'm call it the Sisters, so by double clicking on the name and then hitting Return. The layers look like they are disappeared. They have just been put in this folder. You can turn down the disclosure triangle and see the individual layers listed there.
Now, you can actually create subgroups as well. A lot of people don't realize that. You can have groups within groups. You can have nester groups up to five deep. So I'm going to select these two layers here to Shift-click it again. Then I'll do Command+G or Ctrl+G and that's now group one. I'll select these two and do Command+G again, or Ctrl+G, and now I have got a group of these two images and another group of those two images and I can twirl them down to see their structure in there and there you have it. Creating groups is pretty simple. If you want to ungroup them, you just click on the Group inside the Layers panel and Command+Shift+G or Ctrl+Shift+G on Windows and that's how you can ungroup them. Command+Shift+G, Ctrl+Shift+G and you can ungroup them just as easily as you grouped them. Okay, there you have it.
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