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Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts


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Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advanced

with Deke McClelland

Video: Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts

All right gang, before we embark on a 200 plus movies that make up Photoshop CS4 One-on-One Advanced, I want to give you the opportunity to load a few settings here. Both my Deke Keys keyboard shortcuts and my Best Workflow CS4 color settings and the idea is this. These files keep Photoshop running at top form and the keyboard shortcuts allow us to access some really common commands much more easily than digging through the menu system. Of course Best Workflow CS4 ensures that we have consistent color across different applications, but also I want you and I to be on the same page, so that we are minimizing any potential points of confusion.
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  1. 22m 32s
    1. Welcome to Photoshop CS4 One-on-One Advanced
      1m 43s
    2. Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      6m 17s
    3. Resetting the function keys on a Mac
      3m 51s
    4. Installing the CS4 color settings
      4m 37s
    5. Setting up the CS4 color settings
      6m 4s
  2. 2h 43m
    1. Highlights, shadows, and midtones
      49s
    2. Low contrast, bad meter
      5m 57s
    3. Auto tone, contrast, and color
      8m 1s
    4. Cache levels and the Histogram palette
      7m 16s
    5. How the auto commands work
      10m 15s
    6. A first look at Levels
      6m 11s
    7. Target colors and clipping
      9m 6s
    8. Modifying input levels
      9m 44s
    9. Adjusting the gamma value
      7m 34s
    10. Previewing clipping
      7m 17s
    11. The futility of output levels
      4m 56s
    12. Channel-by-channel edits
      11m 54s
    13. When levels fail
      4m 34s
    14. A first look at Curves
      8m 46s
    15. Static Curves layer tricks
      7m 45s
    16. Dynamic Curves layer tricks
      7m 25s
    17. Correcting the composite image
      8m 30s
    18. Neutralizing a color cast
      6m 52s
    19. The Target Adjustment tool in Curves
      8m 29s
    20. Correcting an image in Lab
      10m 7s
    21. The Shadows/Highlights filter
      4m 18s
    22. Radius and tonal width
      8m 11s
  3. 1h 48m
    1. Edge-enhancement tricks
      1m 13s
    2. How sharpening works
      3m 48s
    3. The single-shot sharpeners
      4m 29s
    4. The Unsharp Mask filter
      7m 57s
    5. Understanding the Radius value
      6m 25s
    6. Gauging the best settings
      7m 47s
    7. Previewing how sharpening will print
      3m 37s
    8. Measuring and setting screen resolution
      6m 56s
    9. Tweaking the screen resolution
      4m 28s
    10. Sharpening the luminance data
      8m 23s
    11. USM vs. Smart Sharpen
      4m 23s
    12. Smart Sharpen's Remove settings
      5m 50s
    13. High-resolution sharpening
      6m 16s
    14. When to leave More Accurate off
      3m 48s
    15. When to turn More Accurate on
      4m 23s
    16. The advanced options
      7m 57s
    17. Saving Smart Sharpen settings
      4m 23s
    18. Accounting for camera shake
      7m 7s
    19. Sharpening with the High Pass filter
      9m 8s
  4. 2h 16m
    1. Why would you blur?
      1m 8s
    2. Fading after an undo
      3m 27s
    3. The "bell-shaped" Gaussian Blur
      5m 43s
    4. The linear Box Blur
      3m 6s
    5. Add Noise vs. Median
      4m 50s
    6. Despeckle vs. Dust & Scratches
      6m 31s
    7. Smart Blur vs. Surface Blur
      8m 13s
    8. The Motion Blur filter
      4m 33s
    9. Radial Blur's Spin and Zoom variations
      5m 48s
    10. Mixing filtered effects
      3m 56s
    11. The "Captain Kirk in Love" effect
      5m 4s
    12. Diffusing focus with Blur and Overlay
      8m 50s
    13. Simulating Vaseline and film grain
      8m 2s
    14. Filling a layer with a neutral color
      2m 55s
    15. Old-school contrast reduction
      3m 39s
    16. Three steps to diffused focus
      7m 36s
    17. Averaging skin tones
      9m 45s
    18. Addressing the stubborn patches
      5m 26s
    19. Combining Gaussian Blur and Average
      6m 1s
    20. Blurring surface details
      3m 2s
    21. Smoothing blemishes while matching noise
      8m 6s
    22. Reducing digital noise
      8m 47s
    23. Striking a smooth/sharpen compromise
      4m 36s
    24. Smoothing over JPEG artifacts
      7m 38s
  5. 2h 31m
    1. Independent layers of color adjustment
      1m 7s
    2. Undersea color channels
      4m 2s
    3. Inventing a Red channel with Lab
      8m 20s
    4. Mixing color channels
      6m 55s
    5. Making shadows with Levels
      7m 5s
    6. Applying small color adjustments
      6m 0s
    7. Further modifying Levels in Lab
      8m 50s
    8. Creating a dynamic fill layer
      4m 38s
    9. Brushing and blending color
      4m 42s
    10. Working with "found masks"
      7m 31s
    11. Saturation, sharpen, and crop
      8m 9s
    12. Mixing a monochromatic image
      7m 2s
    13. Masking an adjustment layer
      4m 45s
    14. Working with Opacity and blend modes
      3m 39s
    15. Adding a black-and-white adjustment
      5m 53s
    16. The Target Adjustment tool in black and white
      6m 12s
    17. Tinting a monochrome photo
      3m 19s
    18. Introducing Gradient Map
      4m 17s
    19. Adjusting both color and luminance
      5m 44s
    20. Infusing elements with different colors
      6m 22s
    21. Adjustment layers as creative tools
      4m 33s
    22. Inverting and brightening the background
      5m 14s
    23. Blurring live, editable type
      5m 43s
    24. Hue, saturation, and darkness
      6m 51s
    25. Filling type with a color adjustment
      3m 24s
    26. Using one adjustment to modify another
      3m 21s
    27. Breathing color into the title
      3m 38s
    28. The Hue/Saturation humanoid
      3m 44s
  6. 1h 48m
    1. Parametric operations
      1m 23s
    2. The power of blend modes
      6m 16s
    3. Changing the Opacity value
      5m 46s
    4. Opacity vs. Fill Opacity
      4m 37s
    5. Meet the blend modes
      6m 4s
    6. Blend mode shortcuts
      7m 8s
    7. Darken, Multiply, and the Burn modes
      6m 33s
    8. Tempering a Burn effect with Fill
      4m 43s
    9. Saving a blended state
      4m 18s
    10. Lighten, Screen, and the Dodge modes
      8m 22s
    11. Linear Burn = Add minus white
      5m 31s
    12. Overlay and the contrast modes
      6m 52s
    13. Fill Opacity takes priority
      6m 19s
    14. Difference and exclusion
      5m 21s
    15. Using difference for golden highlights
      4m 2s
    16. The composite (HSL) modes
      6m 8s
    17. The brush-only modes: Behind and Clear
      10m 31s
    18. Layer groups and the Pass Through mode
      8m 54s
  7. 1h 53m
    1. It's all about the presentation
      58s
    2. Moving a layer a specific number of pixels
      6m 59s
    3. Adding a pixel mask to a layer
      5m 48s
    4. Editing a layer mask
      7m 19s
    5. Combining layers into a clipping mask
      6m 19s
    6. Introducing the Advanced Blending options
      4m 45s
    7. Using the luminance blending sliders
      7m 26s
    8. Forcing through underlying luminance
      4m 32s
    9. Masking with a path outline
      5m 45s
    10. Refining a mask from the Masks palette
      7m 18s
    11. Creating and modifying a layer group
      3m 29s
    12. Establishing a knockout group
      5m 29s
    13. Fixing last-minute problems
      6m 23s
    14. Introducing layer comps
      6m 40s
    15. Exploring layered states
      6m 43s
    16. Deleting layers and updating comps
      6m 18s
    17. Saving a basic composition
      6m 21s
    18. Assigning and saving appearance attributes
      7m 15s
    19. Layer comps dos and don'ts
      7m 27s
  8. 1h 56m
    1. Type: The great imaging exception
      56s
    2. Establishing default formatting attributes
      4m 5s
    3. Saving formatting attributes as a preset
      8m 5s
    4. Making a point text layer
      6m 18s
    5. Editing size and leading
      6m 44s
    6. Working with vector-based text
      6m 12s
    7. Formatting area text
      4m 16s
    8. Creating a layer of area text
      3m 20s
    9. Resizing the text frame
      4m 34s
    10. Changing the anti-aliasing setting
      3m 58s
    11. Obscure but important formatting options
      6m 31s
    12. Text editing tricks and shortcuts
      8m 44s
    13. Creating a cast shadow
      6m 1s
    14. Blurred shadows and beveled text
      7m 16s
    15. Drawing a path outline
      4m 51s
    16. Creating type on a path
      6m 39s
    17. Flipping text across a circle
      3m 18s
    18. Vertical alignment with baseline shift
      4m 16s
    19. Warping text
      4m 57s
    20. Scaling your text to taste
      3m 33s
    21. Applying a custom warp
      6m 24s
    22. Creating an engraved text effect
      5m 11s
  9. 2h 17m
    1. Bending an image to fit your needs
      53s
    2. Creating a canvas texture
      6m 48s
    3. Masking objects against a white background
      5m 42s
    4. Scaling an image to fit a composition
      8m 9s
    5. Aligning one layer to fit another
      3m 51s
    6. Changing the Image Interpolation
      8m 10s
    7. Merging faces
      5m 32s
    8. Rotating the first clock hand
      7m 17s
    9. Adding hands and pasting styles
      6m 40s
    10. Series duplication in Photoshop
      4m 35s
    11. Masking objects against a black background
      6m 34s
    12. Skews and perspective distortions
      7m 57s
    13. Envelope-style warps
      9m 2s
    14. Old-school distortion filters
      8m 50s
    15. Introducing the Liquify filter
      4m 9s
    16. Reconstructing an image
      6m 55s
    17. Using the Warp tool
      5m 16s
    18. The Pucker and Bloat tools
      5m 53s
    19. Push, Turbulence, and Twirl
      6m 41s
    20. The Freeze and Thaw mask tools
      5m 45s
    21. Saving and loading a mesh file
      3m 59s
    22. Creating and applying a texture layer
      8m 30s
  10. 1h 28m
    1. Effects vs. styles
      1m 11s
    2. Of layer styles and masks
      4m 37s
    3. Everything about drop shadow
      8m 2s
    4. Adding a directional glow
      4m 39s
    5. Colorizing with Color Overlay
      5m 18s
    6. Stroke and fill opacity
      5m 48s
    7. Creating a multicolor Outer Glow
      9m 22s
    8. Introducing Bevel and Emboss
      7m 48s
    9. Contour and Texture
      4m 35s
    10. Simulating liquid reflections
      6m 28s
    11. Saving layer styles
      6m 18s
    12. Applying and appending styles
      4m 36s
    13. Saving and swapping style presets
      3m 16s
    14. The five effect helpers
      3m 47s
    15. Blending the effect before the layer
      5m 1s
    16. Colorizing a signature
      3m 30s
    17. Clipping an effect with a mask
      4m 5s
  11. 1h 50m
    1. Welcome to the digital darkroom
      1m 46s
    2. Opening Camera Raw in the Bridge
      5m 44s
    3. The Camera Raw 5 interface
      4m 39s
    4. Adjusting the white balance
      5m 0s
    5. Finessing and saving changes
      7m 55s
    6. Using the White Balance tool
      2m 43s
    7. Working with the Exposure controls
      7m 34s
    8. Straightening and cropping a raw image
      5m 53s
    9. Applying automatic exposure adjustments
      6m 6s
    10. Exposure warnings
      5m 44s
    11. Clarity, Vibrance, and Saturation
      4m 47s
    12. Using the Graduated Filter tool
      3m 33s
    13. Dodging with the Adjustment brush
      9m 24s
    14. Tone Curve adjustments
      6m 54s
    15. Using the Spot Removal tool
      2m 48s
    16. Removing noise and sharpening detail
      4m 5s
    17. Adjusting HSL values
      4m 18s
    18. Adjusting luminance, color by color
      4m 14s
    19. Black and white and split toning
      5m 16s
    20. Camera Raw tips and tricks
      7m 32s
    21. Correcting JPEG and TIFF images
      4m 42s
  12. 57s
    1. Until next time
      57s

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Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advanced
20h 57m Intermediate May 01, 2009

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Photoshop is one of the world’s most powerful image editors, and it can be daunting to try to use skillfully. Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advanced, the second part of the popular and comprehensive series, follows internationally renowned Photoshop guru Deke McClelland as he dives into the workings of Photoshop. He explores such digital-age wonders as the Levels and Curves commands, edge-detection filters, advanced compositing techniques, vector-based text, the Liquify filter, and Camera Raw. Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details, smoothing over wrinkles and imperfections, and enhancing colors without harming the original image. Exercise files accompany the course.

Recommended prerequisite: Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals.

Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts and color settings for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.

Topics include:
  • Using blend modes, adjustment layers, and layer styles
  • Organizing a layered composition so it is fluid and editable
  • Creating and editing type in Photoshop
  • Using blur effectively
  • Using adjustment layers to add color
  • Combining layers into a clipping mask
  • Working with Camera Raw
Subjects:
Design Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Deke McClelland

Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts

All right gang, before we embark on a 200 plus movies that make up Photoshop CS4 One-on-One Advanced, I want to give you the opportunity to load a few settings here. Both my Deke Keys keyboard shortcuts and my Best Workflow CS4 color settings and the idea is this. These files keep Photoshop running at top form and the keyboard shortcuts allow us to access some really common commands much more easily than digging through the menu system. Of course Best Workflow CS4 ensures that we have consistent color across different applications, but also I want you and I to be on the same page, so that we are minimizing any potential points of confusion.

Now you do not have to load these files. It's not compulsory. They are just there if you need them. Those of you who dutifully worked your way through the nearly 200 movies that make up Photoshop CS4 One on One Fundamentals and you already loaded Deke Keys in Best Workflow CS4 in Chapter 3, you don't have to do it again. These are the exact same files, so you are good to go, you can skip ahead to Chapter 13, levels and Curves and get started. All right, so here is a deal. I have got this image open in Photoshop, it's just a preview of coming attractions just little bit of eye candy, you do not need to have it open, it has nothing to do with this exercise. But if you want to look at it, it's called Warped clock.psd. Anyway having answered that burning question, this is the folder you want to make sure you are in. If you are a premium member or you have access to the DVD, you go to your exercise_files folder and you go to the 00_settings folder and therein you will find a folder called dekeKeys PsCS41on1.

We are going to start with Deke Keys in this exercise, move onto Best Workflow CS4 in the next exercise. I'm going to go ahead and open up this Deke Keys folder right there. Therein you will find two files, one for the Mac and one for Windows and it doesn't matter whether you are using Windows Vista or Windows XP, it works for Windows. Now here is how you go ahead and load these files, it's the easiest way to do it. You should be able to just double- click one of these files, the one that corresponds to your platform, that's very important of course, and then Photoshop will go ahead and launch, if it's not already running or it will come to front, and then it will go ahead and load your keyboard shortcuts.

But we have had users experienced a few problems. Either the wrong version Photoshop loads or the completely wrong application loads like Adobe Premier. So just to be on the safe side, here is what you do. You right-click on the file you want to use, and I'm working under Windows Vista, so I'd would right-click in this file right here, the Windows file. If you don't have a right mouse button on the Mac then you would press the Ctrl key and then click and then choose the Open With command, on the Mac you should see a sub-menu that will list Photoshop CS4. Go ahead and choose it. Then wait a moment, while I tell the PC people what to do. If you are on the PC, you choose the Open With command and then you should see Adobe Photoshop CS4 perhaps along with some other applications right there, click on it.

If you can't see it, then you have got to go ahead and click in the Browse button and you should find Photoshop if you did a default installation on your C drive in the Program Files folder inside the Adobe folder and then dig your way into the Adobe Photoshop CS4 folder and you will find the application. That's a pain in the neck, but you will have to do it if you don't see it. Hopefully you will see it right there and you will just click on OK. Now if Photoshop is not running, you should see it launched. If Photoshop is running it will probably come to front but there is no guaranty. It certainly will not beep or flash or give you any indication that anything has happened.

Here is how you determine that something has happened. You go to the Edit menu, you choose the Keyboard Shortcuts command or you press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+K, Command+Shift+Option+K on the Mac, and up comes the Keyboard Shortcuts dialog box and you should see this. Photoshop Defaults (modified). That tells you, you just got through modifying the keyboard shortcuts, hopefully they were modified correctly, let's check. Go ahead and click on this twirly triangle in front of File to twirl that open and then scroll your way down until you come to this item right there, Place, and you should see a keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+Shift+Alt+D, Command+Shift+Option+D on the Mac, in case you are wondering why you like keep saying the keyboard shortcuts backward, it's because the industry standard is to say Ctrl or Command first, Shift second, Alt or Option third, not in this strange way that Adobe decides to list its keyboard shortcuts, but I digress, it really doesn't matter.

Anyway, you should see that, keyboard shortcut right there. If so, everything is grand, I'm going to go ahead and twirl this close for the sake of tidiness. Then we will save off our keyboard shortcut by clicking on the Floppy Disk icon because after all that's what we all use to save things. Do not change the directory. You want to make sure that you are saving in the keyboard shortcuts folder that is mired deep in the bowels of your hard drive. Now the exact path is going to be different on the Mac or under Windows XP. Just leave it alone. All right, instead what you are going to do is go ahead and name this file and I propose that you call it dekeKeys CS4 but I really don't care what you call it. Call it Fred keys for all I care, or name it after yourself, that's fine they are just keyboard shortcuts. Click on the Save button and you are done. You should see the set right there, good to go, click OK and now you can get to some really great commands from the keyboard.

For example, some really common filters. Normally you have to dig for filters by going to the Filter menu, choosing the sub-menu name and then choosing the filter and things like Smart Sharpen and Unsharp Mask are so essential that you may find yourself using them on a daily basis. So why not have keyboard shortcuts and I go ahead and give all of what I consider to the best filters, all six of them, there are six filters that I recommend you use pretty frequently and I go ahead and give them Shift plus a Function key with my Deke Keys shortcuts.

Now I tell you what, that isn't necessarily going to work just right out of the bag for those of you who are Macintosh users, because of the way that Mac is set up. So if you are PC people though, you should be fine, you should be good to go, go ahead now, having gotten this to work. Skip ahead two exercises to my discussion of installing the Best Workflow CS4 Color Settings. If you are a Mac person though, I want you to stick tight; I want you to watch the next exercise in which I'll show you how to make sure that you can use your function keys inside of Photoshop.

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