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Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts

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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 expend 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 set 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 Cmd 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 Cmd+ 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 Cmd, which has its own shortcut. This is assigned by Adobe, Ctrl+Shift+Alt +K or Cmd+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 Cmd+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 opened 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 documents. 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 Cmd+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 Cmd+L on the Mac to bring up the static levels command or Ctrl or Cmd+M for Curves or Ctrl or Cmd+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 Cmd+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 Cmd+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: Mastery

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Deke McClelland

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  1. 40m 45s
    1. Welcome
      2m 45s
    2. Making Photoshop your default image editor
      7m 43s
    3. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      8m 10s
    4. Remapping 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 5s
  2. 1h 11m
    1. Your creative range continues to expand
      1m 46s
    2. The Avatar project so far
      2m 38s
    3. Painting on a photograph
      7m 50s
    4. Adding texture and depth
      6m 14s
    5. Simulating chalky white paint
      7m 23s
    6. Masking and placing an image
      7m 20s
    7. Upsampling and Lens Blur
      5m 9s
    8. Blending blurry elements
      3m 48s
    9. Making a Smart Object
      6m 46s
    10. Placing an image as a Smart Object
      3m 22s
    11. Blending away a background
      5m 56s
    12. Applying Smart Filters
      4m 34s
    13. Creating a glow with Lens Flare
      3m 45s
    14. Blending and masking a glow
      5m 3s
  3. 1h 26m
    1. Using the image to select itself
      1m 53s
    2. Introducing masking
      6m 32s
    3. Making an alpha channel
      6m 54s
    4. Using the Calculations command
      6m 48s
    5. Add, Subtract, Offset, and Scale
      5m 54s
    6. Prepping an image with the Dodge tool
      6m 55s
    7. Fixing mistakes before they get too big
      6m 32s
    8. Painting in the Overlay mode
      5m 51s
    9. Exaggerating and selecting flesh tones
      7m 39s
    10. Smudge, Median, and the Blur tool
      6m 59s
    11. Masking low-contrast details
      6m 7s
    12. Creating a flesh-and-clothing mask
      5m 45s
    13. Masking and compositing the foreground
      5m 27s
    14. Finessing the final composition
      7m 39s
  4. 2h 24m
    1. Connecting the dots
      1m 40s
    2. The Pen tool and the Paths panel
      6m 32s
    3. Drawing a straight-sided outline
      6m 25s
    4. Editing a path outline
      6m 36s
    5. Adding and editing smooth points
      5m 35s
    6. Creating vector masks with the shape tools
      4m 59s
    7. Building a complex outline from shapes
      4m 26s
    8. Subtracting and transforming shapes
      6m 45s
    9. Cloning, flipping, and combining shapes
      8m 58s
    10. Roughing in non-symmetrical paths
      7m 41s
    11. Finessing a complex outline
      9m 15s
    12. Masking a layer effect
      8m 26s
    13. Isolating an image element
      6m 8s
    14. Smooth points and control handles
      9m 3s
    15. Stretching curved segments
      7m 49s
    16. Using the Rubber Band option
      9m 33s
    17. Drawing smooth points with the Pen tool
      6m 59s
    18. Shading an isolated object
      3m 45s
    19. Drawing cusp points
      7m 14s
    20. Setting points in the pasteboard
      9m 57s
    21. Using the Convert Point tool
      6m 42s
  5. 2h 57m
    1. Everything you need to know about blending
      1m 45s
    2. Photoshop CS5's blend modes
      7m 21s
    3. Cycling between blend modes
      6m 15s
    4. Darken and Lighten and their derivatives
      6m 3s
    5. The blend mode shortcuts
      8m 6s
    6. The Multiply and Burn modes
      4m 28s
    7. The Screen and Dodge modes
      6m 0s
    8. How opposite blend modes work
      8m 24s
    9. Why Multiply darkens and Divide lightens
      5m 23s
    10. Cleaning up a client's bad art
      5m 3s
    11. Dropping out a white background
      5m 56s
    12. Blending inside blend modes
      8m 3s
    13. Overlay, Soft Light, and Hard Light
      6m 26s
    14. Vivid, Linear, and Pin Light (and Hard Mix)
      6m 35s
    15. Difference, Exclusion, Subtract, and Divide
      7m 34s
    16. Great uses for the Difference mode
      6m 18s
    17. Promising uses for the Divide mode
      9m 6s
    18. Hue, Saturation, Color, and Luminosity
      7m 0s
    19. Blending an inverted layer
      3m 32s
    20. The "Fill Opacity Eight"
      7m 25s
    21. Making bad blend modes good
      5m 16s
    22. Making a knockout layer
      6m 53s
    23. Blending in the CMYK mode
      8m 3s
    24. Overprinting black text
      8m 29s
    25. Using the Luminance slider
      5m 24s
    26. Parametric luminance masking
      6m 21s
    27. Adjusting the behavior of luminance effects
      10m 8s
  6. 2h 2m
    1. Smart Objects = protective containers
      1m 35s
    2. Placing an Illustrator graphic
      6m 30s
    3. Vector copy and paste options
      6m 56s
    4. Applying Puppet Warp to vectors
      8m 9s
    5. "Gluing" vector art for Puppet Warp
      5m 50s
    6. Warping art onto the surface of an image
      8m 7s
    7. Blending a Smart Object
      4m 30s
    8. Blurring and blending a Smart Object
      6m 8s
    9. Making changes in Illustrator
      5m 57s
    10. Creating "true clones"
      7m 18s
    11. Double-flipping text
      4m 44s
    12. Applying effects to multiple layers
      3m 24s
    13. Updating true clones in one operation
      7m 36s
    14. Editing JPEGs as Camera Raw objects
      5m 49s
    15. Creating a double-exposure effect
      7m 15s
    16. Masking and shading transitions
      7m 47s
    17. Applying and repeating Camera Raw edits
      6m 9s
    18. Copying vs. cloning a Smart Object
      5m 18s
    19. Flipping a Smart Object and its mask
      3m 42s
    20. Adjusting multiple Camera Raw clones
      3m 53s
    21. Text that inverts everything behind it
      5m 34s
  7. 1h 59m
    1. This time, "smart" means dynamic
      1m 37s
    2. Introducing Smart Filters
      6m 28s
    3. Traditional High Pass sharpening
      5m 17s
    4. Smart High Pass in the Lab mode
      7m 57s
    5. Sharpening a high-frequency image
      7m 46s
    6. Retroactively reducing noise
      7m 31s
    7. Which filters are Smart Filters?
      6m 20s
    8. Shadows/Highlights as a Smart Filter
      4m 37s
    9. Nesting one Smart Object inside another
      7m 11s
    10. Drawing a mask from a nested Smart Object
      8m 7s
    11. Better Shadows/Highlights inside Lab
      9m 16s
    12. Tempering saturation values in Lab
      7m 0s
    13. Filtering live, editable text
      9m 2s
    14. Enhancing filters with layer effects
      4m 33s
    15. Applying a filter multiple times
      5m 0s
    16. Creating a synthetic star field
      7m 7s
    17. Making a stucco or drywall pattern
      6m 28s
    18. Land, sea, and clouds
      8m 30s
  8. 2h 50m
    1. Photoshop's advanced painting tools
      2m 3s
    2. Canvas texture and brush libraries
      6m 40s
    3. Painting with a predefined custom brush
      9m 21s
    4. Dissecting a custom brush
      11m 9s
    5. Designing and using a custom brush
      4m 54s
    6. Saving and loading brush presets
      5m 27s
    7. The ten styles of bristle brushes
      9m 47s
    8. Size, Spacing, and Angle
      7m 2s
    9. Using the Bristle Brush preview
      7m 53s
    10. Bristles, Length, Thickness, and Stiffness
      6m 53s
    11. Stylus tilt and mouse behavior
      5m 25s
    12. Stroking a path outline with a brush
      4m 0s
    13. Troubleshooting a stylus
      5m 49s
    14. Introducing the Mixer Brush
      7m 22s
    15. The Load, Mix, and Wet values
      5m 1s
    16. Cleaning and loading a brush
      6m 26s
    17. Shading a piece of graphic art
      6m 34s
    18. Shading with color
      7m 53s
    19. Mixing a photographic portrait
      6m 11s
    20. Tracing the fine details in an image
      5m 52s
    21. Crosshatching and brush size
      5m 53s
    22. Covering up and augmenting details
      7m 36s
    23. Painting in hair and fabric
      5m 54s
    24. Painting and scaling very fine hairs
      8m 7s
    25. Adding texture with the Emboss filter
      8m 31s
    26. Exploiting a "happy accident"
      2m 46s
  9. 1h 40m
    1. Artificial intelligence that works
      1m 22s
    2. The Auto-Align Layers command
      7m 25s
    3. The Auto-Blend Layers command
      3m 54s
    4. Masking auto-aligned layers
      4m 50s
    5. The Geometric Distortion setting
      6m 44s
    6. The Seamless Tones and Colors checkbox
      4m 8s
    7. Creating the best possible layer mask
      9m 18s
    8. Auto-blending depths of field
      5m 54s
    9. Finessing masks, accepting imperfections
      6m 29s
    10. Shooting and downsampling panorama images
      5m 54s
    11. Introducing the Photomerge command
      6m 40s
    12. Evaluating the Layout settings
      6m 47s
    13. Loading, aligning, and blending with Photomerge
      5m 36s
    14. Tracing and extracting seams
      7m 18s
    15. Adding a masked element into a panorama
      5m 55s
    16. Simplifying and correcting a panorama
      5m 58s
    17. Smart Filters and nondestructive cropping
      6m 43s
  10. 1h 18m
    1. The most mysterious of mysterious topics
      2m 29s
    2. Introducing HDR Toning
      6m 43s
    3. Reigning in clipped highlights
      5m 54s
    4. The Local Adaptation options
      9m 5s
    5. Nondestructive editing with HDR Toning
      8m 22s
    6. Using the HDR Toning Curve
      7m 2s
    7. HDR Toning vs. Shadows/Highlights
      6m 0s
    8. Merging multiple exposures
      7m 14s
    9. A first look at HDR Pro
      6m 24s
    10. Removing ghosts, correcting backlighting
      7m 11s
    11. Generating and editing an HDR comp
      7m 0s
    12. HDR rendered to completion
      5m 19s
  11. 1h 27m
    1. Processing hundreds of files in no time
      1m 43s
    2. Creating an action set
      6m 37s
    3. Making an action
      7m 7s
    4. Stop, Delete, and Record
      7m 12s
    5. Add, Undo, and Rerecord
      6m 40s
    6. Playing and testing an action
      6m 31s
    7. Playing and editing a specific operation
      6m 39s
    8. Permitting the user to change settings
      4m 58s
    9. Explaining an action with a custom stop
      5m 0s
    10. Batch-processing multiple images
      7m 22s
    11. Adding a Save As operation
      6m 34s
    12. Creating an action to save web graphics
      7m 59s
    13. Batching two actions into one
      7m 15s
    14. Saving and loading actions
      5m 30s
  12. 1m 19s
    1. See ya
      1m 19s

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