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Photoshop CS4 offers an abundance of helpful shortcuts and hidden tricks that allow designers and photographers to get more done in less time. In Photoshop CS4 Power Shortcuts, Michael Ninness reveals hundreds of tips to boost productivity, including the top 20 power shortcuts every Photoshop user must know. He covers strategies for better document and panel management, and offers techniques for becoming quicker and more nimble when using layers, adjustment layers, and layer masks. Exercise files accompany the course.
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Here is a trick for when you know exactly the font that you want to use. So, I've selected my text tool here. I'll just press T for Type tool, I have got the layer that I want to change chosen in the Layers panel, the active layer. If you hit the Enter key in this situation that puts the focus up into that Type field and the Font field here up in the Options bar. Yes, you can use your arrow keys to jump down and up in the list, but when you know that name of the font that you want, you can just start typing that name. So, I know that I want Rockwell, so when I start typing RO and look it automatically jumps to the first closest match there. If there was a font that started with ROS or something like that, if I type S, then it'll jump to Rosewood.
So, if I press the Enter key now, you see this method though when you're using the Arrow keys up and down, it actually changes your text on screen. When you are typing the name of the font, your text on your screen and your text layer doesn't actually change until you apply it by hitting the Enter key. So, if I hit Enter, now that type layer actually changes. That's not the font I want. I actually wanted Rockwell, so I'm going to hit Enter. It puts the focus up there again. Again I'm going to type in Rockwell. I'm going to hit Enter again. Now, that changes that. Now, one of the nice things about using the arrow keys like I said you get the live preview. As you arrow up and down through the list, you see a text change right away. If you want to experiment between two known fonts like between Rockwell and say Myriad or Minion.
There is a trick for that as well. So, Enter again puts the focus on the Font field. I'm going to type in Minion. I'm going to finish it for Minion Pro. I'm not sure I want to use this, so Enter would apply it and change my text. That is a slight variant here. If I do Shift+Enter, it does the application but puts the focus or keeps the focus in the Font field, so I can type in another name. So there is what it looks like in Minion; here is what it looks with Rockwell. Shift+Enter applies it but keeps the focus in that field so I can type another name and experiment with that.
So, I just find that much more intuitive way. When I don't know by choice between two or three fonts, I just want to experiment with it but keep the focus in there, Shift+Enter instead of Enter and incidentally this works in any text input field. So if I hit my Tab key, it jumps to the next field in the list. In this case it's the font style, so bold, italic whatever. If I hit the Tab key one more time, it takes me to the Font Size. If I type in 36, again it doesn't actually change that text until I hit the Enter key. So if I do that, there my text is now at 36 point. Okay, if I hit the Enter key again, it puts the focus back into the first field of the Options bar. I'm going to hit my Tab key twice to go back to the Font Size. If I type in 24, if I hit Enter, again it's going to apply that.
If I want to keep my focus in that type size field because I might want to try different number, then Shift+Enter. It applies it but keeps the focus in there. So, maybe I want this to be 20 points instead. Now, I'll just hit Shift+Enter. Okay, I like that, so I'm ready to commit to that. I just press the Enter key one last time and I have taken focus back out of that Font field. So, nice interactive ways to experiment between one or two or even more known fonts. Just hit Shift+Enter if you want to keep experimenting. When you are finally done, hit the Enter key.
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