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Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts

From: Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals

Video: Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts

In this exercise, I'm going to have you load up some custom keyboard shortcuts that I've created for you. And these shortcuts are known as dekeKeys. I've been providing them for years and years now, only I changed them. I modified them quite a bit for CS5 and my rationale is this. First of all, I want you and I to be in the same page. So we should have the same keyboard shortcuts as we work through this series. But also, as you become more experienced inside of Photoshop, I want you to be able to move through the program very fluidly without having to hunt for a lot of different commands.

Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts

In this exercise, I'm going to have you load up some custom keyboard shortcuts that I've created for you. And these shortcuts are known as dekeKeys. I've been providing them for years and years now, only I changed them. I modified them quite a bit for CS5 and my rationale is this. First of all, I want you and I to be in the same page. So we should have the same keyboard shortcuts as we work through this series. But also, as you become more experienced inside of Photoshop, I want you to be able to move through the program very fluidly without having to hunt for a lot of different commands.

In that way, you can expand your creative energies on the task at hand. Now the reason I modified the keyboard shortcuts this time around, I used to be pretty careful about not stepping on any keyboard shortcuts that Adobe had already assigned inside of Photoshop. This time I decided to pick a few keyboard shortcuts that I don't think are very useful that Adobe has pre- assigned and assigned them elsewhere. So I've actually done some juggling of the keyboard shortcuts. And to great effect I think, as I'll explain to you.

You can always send them back though if you disagree with me later, so it's very easy to do. So here's what I want you to do. If you're looking at your exercise_ files folder, go into the 00_setup folder, therein you'll find a subfolder called dekekeysPsCS51on1, go ahead and double-click on it, and you'll see three files, two HTML files, we'll come back to those, and this .kys file. This is the one that we are going to open up inside of Photoshop. It's called dekekeysPsCS51on1.kys. It is the keyboard shortcuts file. Now if you can see Photoshop in the background with that gray application frame covering up everything, then you can just do a drag and drop, but it only works this way on the Mac if you have the application frame turned on under the Window menu.

But anyway, here's what you do you grab the keyboard shortcuts and you just drop them in there, so just do a drag and drop and that will copy the keyboard over. Another way to work is to just double- click on the file, but if you double-click on the file it could open in Premiere, if you have that application installed. So it's probably not a good idea to just double-click, better, just to make sure it opens up inside of Photoshop, is to right-click on the file and then choose the Open with command. And you may see a list of applications and you could just choose Photoshop, or if it brings up a dialog box, try to find Photoshop in here, it's very easy for me to find.

It's my one and only recommended program. You might have to click this down pointing arrow head to see other programs, whatever, and then you would just go ahead and click OK, after you specify that Photoshop gets to open the file. Now you might get a warning at this point that says, hey, do you want to save the changes to your previous keyboard shortcuts, and then you would say yes, and update your changes, so that you don't lose anything while you open up mine. However, if you've never changed a keyboard shortcut before you won't see anything, it's as if Photoshop just totally ignored you. But you can confirm that something happened by going over to the File menu and check out this Place commanded.

It's dimmed, but you should see a keyboard shortcut of Control+Shift+Alt+D. And I read the shortcuts in the opposite order that they appear in your menus, forgive me for that, but Adobe's wrong, is basically what it comes down to. Everybody out there says Control or Command first, Shift second, and Alt or Option third, but anyway, that's the standard convention. But they appear backwards here. That's okay. So it's Ctrl+Shift+Alt+D or Command+ Shift+Option+D on the Mac, as long as you see that keyboard shortcut, you've loaded dekeKeys. Now we need to go ahead and name the keyboard shortcuts.

So go up to the Edit menu and choose the Keyboard Shortcuts Command, which has its own shortcut. This is assigned by Adobe, Ctrl+Shift+Alt +K or Command+Shift+Option+K on the Mac. And by the way, when you're pressing keyboard shortcuts, you press all those keys at the same time, but you go ahead and press the modifier keys typically first, so you'd mash your fist down there on Ctrl+Shift+Alt, and then hit K to bring up keyboard shortcuts or Command+Shift+Option, then K on the Mac. But you basically want to have all keys down simultaneously. Then notice up here inside the keyboard shortcuts dialog box that we have set, set to Photoshop defaults modified, or it may say your keyboard shortcuts modified, whatever it says, you want to click on this little floppy disk icon, the small one, which does the Save As, and that's going to bring up this dialog box right here.

By default, Photoshop is going to put you inside of a Keyboard Shortcuts folder that's nested several folders deep inside of your system. That's great. That's where you want it. Now let's go ahead and name this guy, and I'm going to rename this file dekeKeys, but you can do as you want, you can call them anything you want. PsCS51on1, and there it is, and we're good to go. Click Save, and now you can see that that's the name of your set, and you can take a look at your keyboard shortcuts. You can riff on them. You can change them.

You can do whatever you like. You can even come over here and click on the Summarize button, which will go ahead and save out an HTML file that lists all your keyboard shortcuts if you like, but you don't have to, because I have already gone and done it for you. And I've done something a little better incidentally, so I'll click OK in order to accept those changes. And now if we switch back to that folder, you'll see those two HTML documents. One ends in Mac, and the other ends in Windows. So we've got the Macintosh keyboard shortcuts in one file, and the Window shortcuts in another file.

I've already open those up inside of my Web browser right here, and that brings up in my case, Firefox, and I'm looking at the contents of both of these HTML document. So right now what I have open in front of me is the Macintosh keystrokes, and the other file right there is the Windows keystrokes. So when you first open the file, you'll see it that it says dekeKeys for Photoshop CS5 All keyboard shortcuts are listed in the document. My revised keyboard shortcuts are in red, and if you scroll down you'll see that the first revised keyboard shortcut is indeed Control+Shift+Alt+D or Command+Shift+Option+D for the Place command.

Now something I want you to see, those of you who are a little bit familiar with Photoshop know a thing or two about the program, that one of the things I'm really proud of here is that I've given the main Adjustment layers keyboard shortcuts. So not only can you press Ctrl+L or Command+L on the Mac to bring up the static levels command or Ctrl or Command+M for Curves or Ctrl or Command+U for Hue/Saturation, longtime old -school keyboard shortcuts, but if you just throw Shift into the mix now, you'll create an Adjustment layer as well.

Now that does mean I stole the keyboard shortcut from another command, so if we were to go back to Photoshop, and I went to the Image menu, you'd see that Auto Tone no longer has a keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+Shift+L or Command+Shift+L on the Mac. Now I don't think it deserves a keyboard shortcut. I don't know when the last time I actually used that command was. I teach it a lot, but I don't use it on a regular basis. And I doubt you will either. It's an interesting learning tool that's about it. Now if you disagree, if you use that command all the time and you miss that keyboard shortcut, you can always reassign it by going to the Edit menu, choosing the Keyboard Shortcuts command, then you would just have to twirl open the Image menu by clicking on the triangle, just to the left of the word Image.

And you're going to have to go down the list quite a bit. You have to get beyond the Color Adjustments, and you'll see Auto Tone right there, click in its shortcut, and you could re-establish Ctrl+Shift+L or Command+Shift+L on the Mac. Now it's going to tell you that that's already in use for New Adjustment Layer > Levels. However, if you just go ahead and accept this modification by clicking on the Accept button, then you'll override my keyboard shortcut. Totally up to you. The other thing you can do is you can go back to Photoshop Defaults if you like. You can just switch back to the way Photoshop was when it was first installed.

This is telling me, hey, did you want to save your changes, because I just made a change there, to the Auto Tone command? And I am going to say, No, but you could say Yes or anything you want to at that point, and that's going to reestablish all of your keyboard shortcuts once again. I'm going to Cancel out, because I am happy with dekeKeys. I find them to be very helpful. In the next exercise, just for Macintosh people, I'm going to show you Mac folks how to change some system level keyboard shortcuts, so that they don't conflict with Photoshop.

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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals

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  1. 39m 52s
    1. Welcome to Photoshop CS5 One-on-One
      1m 49s
    2. Making Photoshop your default image editor
      7m 43s
    3. Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      8m 10s
    4. Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
      7m 37s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 31s
    6. The color settings explained
      6m 54s
    7. Loading the CS5 color settings in Bridge
      3m 8s
  2. 53m 36s
    1. There is nothing you can't do
      2m 1s
    2. The power of Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Duplicating a layer
      4m 49s
    4. Liquifying an image
      4m 43s
    5. Adding a layer mask
      5m 54s
    6. Loading an alpha channel
      7m 42s
    7. Selecting with Color Range
      4m 10s
    8. Making a Hue/Saturation layer
      2m 53s
    9. Luminance blending
      7m 21s
    10. Mask density
      5m 9s
    11. Making a knockout layer
      4m 11s
  3. 51m 23s
    1. The best way to work
      41s
    2. Setting General preferences
      5m 33s
    3. Changing the pasteboard color
      5m 41s
    4. File handling, performance, and units
      7m 25s
    5. Touring the Photoshop interface
      11m 5s
    6. Creating and saving a workspace
      7m 21s
    7. Changing settings and updating the workspace
      6m 4s
    8. Resetting the preferences
      7m 33s
  4. 2h 46m
    1. The amazing Adobe Bridge
      1m 17s
    2. Making a new image
      5m 11s
    3. Opening an image
      7m 7s
    4. Opening and closing multiple images
      5m 24s
    5. Opening a problem image
      4m 23s
    6. Adding file information
      8m 37s
    7. Introducing Adobe Bridge
      7m 37s
    8. A whirlwind tour of Bridge
      7m 21s
    9. Adjusting the interface and thumbnails
      8m 18s
    10. Using the full-screen preview
      8m 5s
    11. Rotating images on their sides
      5m 38s
    12. Assigning star ratings and labels
      8m 40s
    13. Filtering thumbnails in the Contents panel
      9m 13s
    14. Moving, copying, and deleting files
      6m 34s
    15. Creating and assigning keywords
      6m 38s
    16. Searches and collections
      7m 3s
    17. Batch-exporting JPEG files
      8m 57s
    18. Batch-renaming
      7m 15s
    19. String substitution and regular expressions
      8m 50s
    20. Grouping images into stacks
      7m 21s
    21. Comparing images in Review mode
      5m 58s
    22. Playing images in a slideshow
      4m 49s
    23. Customizing and saving the workspace
      7m 17s
    24. Using Mini Bridge in Photoshop CS5
      8m 36s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. Learning to swim inside an image
      37s
    2. The tabbed-window interface
      5m 19s
    3. Arranging image windows
      4m 26s
    4. Common ways to zoom
      5m 31s
    5. New zoom tricks in Photoshop CS5
      4m 24s
    6. Hidden old-school zoom tricks
      4m 34s
    7. Scrolling and panning images
      4m 8s
    8. Viewing the image at print size
      6m 42s
    9. The Navigator and "bird's-eye" scrolling
      2m 56s
    10. Nudging the screen from the keyboard
      2m 39s
    11. Scroll wheel tricks
      3m 41s
    12. The Rotate View tool
      3m 36s
    13. Cycling between screen modes
      6m 17s
    14. Using the numerical zoom value
      6m 14s
  6. 1h 6m
    1. Imaging fundamentals
      58s
    2. What is image size?
      7m 45s
    3. The Image Size command
      6m 0s
    4. Selecting an interpolation option
      4m 56s
    5. Upsampling versus "real" pixels
      5m 22s
    6. The penalty of pixels
      5m 35s
    7. Print size and resolution
      7m 26s
    8. Downsampling for print
      6m 39s
    9. Downsampling for email
      7m 28s
    10. Options for upsampling
      8m 13s
    11. Better ways to make a big image
      6m 1s
  7. 44m 43s
    1. Frame wide, crop tight
      1m 2s
    2. Using the Crop tool
      8m 8s
    3. Fixing out-of-canvas wedges
      5m 31s
    4. Crop tool presets
      6m 53s
    5. Previewing the crop angle
      4m 24s
    6. The Crop command
      4m 47s
    7. Straightening with the Ruler tool
      4m 18s
    8. Cropping without clipping
      5m 1s
    9. Perspective cropping
      4m 39s
  8. 1h 41m
    1. Making drab colors look better
      1m 20s
    2. Brightness and contrast
      4m 10s
    3. Adjusting numerical values
      4m 26s
    4. Introducing adjustment layers
      5m 17s
    5. Editing adjustment layers
      2m 51s
    6. Saving adjustment layers
      4m 35s
    7. Adding a quick layer mask
      4m 23s
    8. Introducing the Histogram
      4m 34s
    9. Working with the Histogram panel
      6m 27s
    10. Using Color Balance
      7m 18s
    11. Introducing the Variations command
      4m 51s
    12. Luminance and saturation controls
      3m 54s
    13. Fading a static adjustment
      3m 21s
    14. How hue and saturation work
      4m 28s
    15. Rotating hues and adjusting saturation
      6m 4s
    16. Creating a quick and dirty sepia tone
      4m 42s
    17. Adjusting hues selectively
      5m 32s
    18. The Target Adjustment tool
      4m 24s
    19. Photoshop CS5 Target Adjustment enhancements
      53s
    20. Adjusting the color of clothing
      8m 44s
    21. Enhancing a low-saturation image
      4m 23s
    22. Refining saturation with Vibrance
      5m 1s
  9. 1h 57m
    1. Photoshop versus the real world
      1m 21s
    2. Meet the selection tools
      10m 26s
    3. Marking the center of an image
      4m 9s
    4. Drawing a geometric selection outline
      4m 45s
    5. Blurring a selection outline with Feather
      6m 8s
    6. Copy and paste versus drag and drop
      5m 31s
    7. Creating a graduated selection
      4m 29s
    8. Aligning one image with another
      4m 45s
    9. Accessing the Move tool on the fly
      3m 34s
    10. Invert and Match Colors
      5m 4s
    11. Matching colors selectively
      3m 52s
    12. Feathering and filling a selection
      5m 14s
    13. Dressing up a composition with effects
      5m 34s
    14. The incredible image rotation trick
      2m 18s
    15. The Magic Wand tool
      4m 12s
    16. Tolerance and other options
      7m 7s
    17. Grow, Similar, and Inverse
      5m 39s
    18. Quick selection and the Magnetic Lasso
      7m 27s
    19. Evaluating a selection in Quick Mask
      8m 52s
    20. Saving and loading selections
      6m 14s
    21. Placing an image with a layer mask
      3m 23s
    22. Eliminating edge fringing
      7m 43s
  10. 1h 58m
    1. Brushing to correct
      56s
    2. How brushing works
      4m 52s
    3. Working with spacing
      7m 32s
    4. Changing size and hardness
      7m 45s
    5. The heads-up Color Picker
      7m 17s
    6. Flipping a mirror image
      3m 33s
    7. Setting the source for the History brush
      3m 42s
    8. Brightening details with the Dodge tool
      7m 49s
    9. Darkening details with the Burn tool
      3m 5s
    10. The Sponge tool
      4m 29s
    11. Backing off edits
      8m 4s
    12. Patching eye bags
      8m 57s
    13. Evening out flesh tones
      7m 23s
    14. Smoothing away whiskers
      7m 41s
    15. Reducing shadow noise
      7m 0s
    16. How healing works
      4m 40s
    17. The enhanced Spot Healing brush
      4m 52s
    18. Using the better Healing brush
      4m 23s
    19. Introducing the Clone Source panel
      3m 49s
    20. Cloning from one layer to another
      5m 30s
    21. Working with multiple sources
      4m 44s
  11. 1h 23m
    1. The layered composition
      1m 0s
    2. Making a new background layer
      6m 58s
    3. Working with "big layers"
      6m 24s
    4. Move, Duplicate, and Scale
      4m 11s
    5. Transforming a copy and repeat
      5m 15s
    6. Stacking order and eyedropping a layer
      5m 15s
    7. Adjusting multiple layers at once
      4m 22s
    8. Switching between layers
      4m 56s
    9. Making a digital star field
      5m 9s
    10. Blend mode and clipping mask
      4m 50s
    11. Dragging and dropping from your desktop
      4m 38s
    12. Black + Lens Flare = glow
      6m 16s
    13. Locking transparency
      5m 42s
    14. Adding gradient layers
      8m 12s
    15. Stacking an adjustment layer
      4m 12s
    16. Adding shadow and stroke
      6m 9s
  12. 1h 17m
    1. Outputting from Photoshop and Bridge
      1m 32s
    2. Printing an RGB composite
      5m 31s
    3. Customizing the subjective print file
      3m 15s
    4. Gauging print size
      5m 35s
    5. Scale, position, and page orientation
      5m 6s
    6. Three important printing curiosities
      4m 41s
    7. Introducing the Output options
      5m 34s
    8. Establishing a bleed
      5m 52s
    9. Using the Color Management options
      7m 21s
    10. Generating a PDF contact sheet
      6m 18s
    11. Creating a contact sheet template
      6m 8s
    12. Saving and opening a PDF contact sheet
      4m 18s
    13. Introducing the Web Gallery
      7m 53s
    14. Exporting and editing an HTML site
      3m 58s
    15. The Airtight Photocard site
      4m 56s
  13. 1h 9m
    1. Rules of the web
      1m 1s
    2. Introducing web graphics
      6m 59s
    3. A first look at Save for Web
      5m 47s
    4. Scaling a layered image versus a flat one
      7m 30s
    5. Incremental downsampling
      3m 1s
    6. Adding text, bar, and stroke
      4m 24s
    7. Assigning copyright and metadata
      6m 21s
    8. Comparing GIF, JPEG, and PNG
      4m 59s
    9. Determining the perfect JPEG settings
      6m 31s
    10. Saving metadata
      3m 52s
    11. Working with an unprofiled RGB image
      4m 35s
    12. Downsampling graphic art
      4m 49s
    13. Saving a GIF graphic
      6m 1s
    14. Antiquated GIF versus the better PNG
      4m 6s
  14. 1m 37s
    1. Until next time
      1m 37s

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