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Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts

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All right gang, I want to give you the opportunity to load a few settings here, both my dekeKeys 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. And 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 is not compulsory; they are just there if you need them.

Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts

All right gang, I want to give you the opportunity to load a few settings here, both my dekeKeys 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. And 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 is 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 dekeKeys and 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. 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 there and you'll find a folder dekeKeys PsCS4 One-on-One. I am going to go ahead and open up this dekeKeys folder right there. Therein you will find two files, one for the Mac, and one for Windows, so it doesn't matter whether you are using Windows Vista, or Windows XP, it works for Windows.

Now, here's how you go ahead and load these files. This is the easiest way to do it. You should be able to just double-click on one of these files. So one that corresponds to your platform, that's very important of course. And then Photoshop, we'll 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've had users experience a few problems, either the wrong version of Photoshop Loads, or the completely wrong application loads like Adobe Premiere. So just be on a safe side, here's what you do. You right-click on the file you want to use, and I'm working under Windows Vista, so I'd right-click on this file; right here on the Windows file.

If you don't have a right-mouse button on the Mac, then you would press the Ctrl key and 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. And 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've got to go ahead and click on 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'll have to do it if you don't see it. Hopefully you'll see it right there, and you'll just click on OK.

Now Photoshop is not running, you should see it launch. If Photoshop is running, it will probably come to front but there is no guarantee. It certainly will not beep or flash or give you any indication that anything has happened. Here's 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'll 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 Freight Keys for all like here; 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 considered to be 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 dekeKey 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 the Mac is setup.

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 you use your function keys inside of Photoshop.

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Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Mastery

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  1. 21m 17s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
    2. Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      5m 38s
    3. Resetting the Function keys on a Mac
      3m 51s
    4. Installing the CS4 color settings
      4m 34s
    5. Setting up the CS4 color settings
      5m 53s
  2. 2h 31m
    1. Introduction to masking
      51s
    2. Introducing color range
      4m 22s
    3. Adding base colors and adjusting fuzziness
      4m 46s
    4. Localized color clusters
      6m 12s
    5. The Quick Mask mode
      7m 33s
    6. Viewing a quick mask by itself
      6m 40s
    7. Testing the quality of edges
      3m 55s
    8. Introducing the Masks palette
      7m 45s
    9. Editing a layer mask
      6m 18s
    10. Choking a mask with Gaussian Blur and Levels
      6m 44s
    11. Choking a mask with Mask Edge
      7m 43s
    12. Adding a Gradient Overlay shadow
      4m 23s
    13. Using live Density and Feather
      6m 12s
    14. Journeyman masking
      5m 44s
    15. Creating an alpha channel
      7m 6s
    16. Increasing contrast
      7m 15s
    17. Overlay painting
      8m 28s
    18. Cleaning up whites and blacks
      5m 48s
    19. Soft light painting
      5m 47s
    20. Selecting in style
      6m 55s
    21. Employing masks as selections
      5m 2s
    22. Scaling and compositing layers
      6m 30s
    23. Compositing glass
      5m 10s
    24. Selecting glass highlights
      8m 41s
    25. Working with found masks
      5m 46s
  3. 1h 34m
    1. Introduction to vector-based shapes
      1m 10s
    2. Vector-based type outlines
      7m 23s
    3. The benefits of vectors
      6m 27s
    4. Upsampling vs. nondestructive scaling
      7m 35s
    5. Vectors and effects
      8m 7s
    6. Fill Opacity and clipped layers
      4m 24s
    7. Basic shape creation
      3m 15s
    8. Drawing interacting shapes
      6m 21s
    9. Power-duplicating paths
      3m 12s
    10. Combining pixels and vector masks
      5m 19s
    11. Line tool and layer attributes
      7m 5s
    12. Copying and pasting path outlines
      3m 28s
    13. Drawing custom shapes
      3m 59s
    14. Drawing with the Pen tool
      7m 48s
    15. Creating cusp points
      7m 28s
    16. Defining a custom shape
      3m 34s
    17. Assigning a vector mask to an image
      2m 38s
    18. Adding a vector object to a composition
      5m 40s
  4. 1h 23m
    1. Introduction to Vanishing Point
      1m 11s
    2. Creating and saving the first plane
      8m 9s
    3. Creating perpendicular planes
      5m 16s
    4. Healing in perspective
      8m 47s
    5. Cloning and scaling in perspective
      8m 33s
    6. Patching an irregularly shaped area
      6m 59s
    7. Healing between planes
      3m 34s
    8. Importing an image into a 3D scene
      5m 45s
    9. Adding perspective type
      5m 37s
    10. Removing and matching perspective
      5m 36s
    11. Applying a reflection in perspective
      5m 1s
    12. Creating a perspective gradient
      6m 11s
    13. Converting a gradient to a mask
      2m 58s
    14. Swinging planes to custom angles
      4m 32s
    15. Wrapping art around multiple surfaces
      5m 49s
  5. 1h 15m
    1. Introduction to Smart Objects
      58s
    2. Placing a Smart Object
      5m 7s
    3. Saving a PDF-compatible AI file
      4m 27s
    4. Performing nondestructive transformations
      6m 7s
    5. Editing a Smart Object in Illustrator
      6m 50s
    6. Converting an image to a Smart Object
      6m 50s
    7. Cloning Smart Objects
      5m 24s
    8. Creating a multilayer Smart Object
      5m 51s
    9. Updating multiple instances at once
      2m 54s
    10. Creating a Camera Raw Smart Object
      4m 17s
    11. Editing a Camera Raw Smart Object
      3m 25s
    12. Assembling a layered ACR composition
      5m 54s
    13. Using an ACR Smart Object to effect
      3m 41s
    14. Blending multiple ACR portraits
      6m 56s
    15. Live type that inverts everything behind it
      6m 32s
  6. 1h 48m
    1. Introducing nondestructive Smart Filters
      46s
    2. Applying a Smart Filter
      4m 22s
    3. Adjusting filter and blend settings
      4m 25s
    4. Heaping on the Smart Filters
      5m 19s
    5. Smart Filter stacking order
      7m 23s
    6. Resolution and Smart Filter radius
      6m 12s
    7. Masking Smart Filters
      4m 41s
    8. Employing nested Smart Objects
      5m 5s
    9. Dragging and dropping Smart Filters
      6m 31s
    10. Using the Shadows/Highlights filter
      5m 53s
    11. Regaining access to the pixels
      7m 8s
    12. Parametric wonderland
      5m 52s
    13. Working with the Filter Gallery
      6m 28s
    14. Freeform filter jam
      5m 51s
    15. Swapping filters from the Filter Gallery
      3m 45s
    16. Mixing all varieties of parametric effects
      7m 30s
    17. Addressing a few Smart Filter bugs
      3m 11s
    18. Applying a Smart Filter to live type
      5m 30s
    19. Choking letters with Maximum
      3m 7s
    20. Duplicating a Smart Filter
      2m 38s
    21. Enhancing a filter with a layer effect
      6m 30s
  7. 1h 6m
    1. Introduction to Auto-Align, Auto-Blend, and Photomerge
      1m 2s
    2. Merging two shots into one
      3m 49s
    3. Applying Auto-Align layers
      3m 44s
    4. Masking images into a common scene
      1m 38s
    5. Auto-Align plus Auto-Blend
      8m 11s
    6. Assigning weighted Opacity values
      4m 7s
    7. Employing a Difference mask
      7m 17s
    8. Masking smarter, not harder
      3m 53s
    9. Capturing multiple depths of field
      3m 37s
    10. Auto-blending real focus
      8m 31s
    11. Creating a panorama with Photomerge
      7m 27s
    12. Correcting a seamless panorama
      4m 52s
    13. An altogether nondestructive Lab correction
      7m 59s
  8. 1h 44m
    1. Introduction to new CS4 technologies
      1m 1s
    2. Applying Content-Aware Scale
      7m 18s
    3. What works and what doesn't with Content-Aware Scale
      4m 19s
    4. Protecting areas with masks
      7m 31s
    5. Applying incremental edits
      7m 6s
    6. Protecting skin tones
      7m 12s
    7. Scaling around a model with TLC
      9m 0s
    8. Adjusting the scale threshold
      5m 22s
    9. When Content-Aware Scale fails
      4m 2s
    10. Creating a lens distortion effect
      8m 39s
    11. Layer masking the family
      11m 44s
    12. Installing the Pixel Bender
      3m 42s
    13. Introducing Pixel Bender kernels
      6m 50s
    14. Pixel Bender kernel roundup
      7m 24s
    15. Tube View and Ripple Blocks
      3m 58s
    16. Making a seamless pattern with Kaleidoscope
      6m 13s
    17. Introducing the Pixel Bender Toolkit
      3m 24s
  9. 1h 20m
    1. Introduction to actions
      42s
    2. Creating an action
      5m 45s
    3. Recording operations
      5m 12s
    4. Reviewing and editing an action
      4m 45s
    5. Playing an action (the Button Mode)
      4m 50s
    6. Saving and loading actions
      5m 0s
    7. Copying and modifying an action
      4m 8s
    8. Permitting the user to change settings
      5m 50s
    9. The Best Chrome Effect Ever II
      3m 41s
    10. Recording a fail-safe action
      7m 33s
    11. Rounding corners with a mask
      4m 33s
    12. Cleaning up layers
      3m 51s
    13. Automating layer effects
      7m 1s
    14. Applying chrome with Gradient Map
      6m 24s
    15. Action anomalies
      4m 11s
    16. Rendering effects to layers
      5m 1s
    17. Testing that it works
      2m 0s
  10. 1m 14s
    1. See ya
      1m 14s

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