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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Advanced, the second part of the popular and comprehensive series, updated for CS5, 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 CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals.
In this exercise, I'm going to have you load up some custom keyboard shortcuts that I've created for you. 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 on the same page, so we should have the same keyboard shortcuts as we work through this series, but also if 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 preassigned and assigned them elsewhere. So I've actually done some juggling of the keyboard shortcuts into 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, there in, you will find a subfolder called dekeKeys PsCS5 1on1. 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're going to open up inside of Photoshop. It's called dekeKeys PsCS5 1on1.kys. It is the keyboard shortcuts file. Now if you can see Photoshop in the background with a 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'll keep the keyboard shortcuts 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.
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 arrowhead to see other programs whatever. Then you will just go ahead and click OK after you specified 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 command. It's dimmed, but you should see a keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+Shift+Alt+D. I read the shortcuts in the opposite order that they appear in your menus, forgive me for that, but Adobe is wrong. It's basically what it comes down to everybody out there, says Ctrl or Command first, Shift second, 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 shortcuts. This is assigned by Adobe, Ctrl+Shift+Alt+K or Command+Shift+Option+K on the Mac. 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, 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.
I'm going to rename this file dekeKeys, but you can do as you want. You can call it anything you want, PsCS5 1on1, 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've already gone and done it for you and I've done something a little better incidentally.
So click OK in order to accept those changes. 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 Windows shortcuts in another file. I've already opened those up inside of my web Browser right here. That brings up in my case Firefox and I'm looking at the contents of both of these HTML documents. So right now, what I have opened in front of me is the Macintosh keystrokes and the other file right there is the Windows keystroke.
So when you first open the file, you'll see that it says dekeKeys for Photoshop CS5. All keyboard shortcuts are listed in the document. My revised keyboard shortcuts are in red. If you scroll-down, you'll see that the first revised keyboard shortcut is indeed Ctrl+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 have 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 use that command once. 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 will just have to twirl-open the Image menu by clicking on the triangle just to the left of the word Image. You're going to have to go down the list quite a bit.
You have to get beyond the color adjustments. You'll see Auto Tone right there. Click in its shortcut and you could reestablish 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! Do you want to save your changes because I've just made a change there to the Auto Tone command? And I'm 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'm happy with the 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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