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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.
Download the keyboard shortcut guide from the Exercise Files tab.
So, in addition to being able to cycle through the blend modes by just hitting Shift+Plus and Shift+Plus, when you had the Move tool selected every blend mode has its own keyboard shortcuts. Yes, it's true. So, let's set this up. I'm going to go ahead and duplicate this layer, Command+J or Ctrl+J, just to create a duplicate copy here. We are going to blur this just so we have something to blend back down to the original layer here. So I'll do Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and sure, why not? 15 pixels are good. Okay, so now the Blend Mode list over here. So, we can go choose the blend mode we want but let's try the shortcut method instead. With the Move tool selected, holding on Option+Shift on the Mac or Alt+Shift on Windows and then just type a letter. Most of them make sense. So, if you want to Multiply, I'm just going to hold these two keys down, Shift+Option, Shift+Alt, and just start typing letters. So M would be Multiply, O would be Overlay, S would be Screen, N would be Back to Normal, Y is Luminosity, K is Darken, G is Lighten and so on.
I haven't memorized every single one of these, but I have memorized the one's I use most often. So, and that would be the one's I've just write above. So, Screen S, Multiply M, Overlay O, G for Lighten, K for darken, and then of course N for Normal. So, when in doubt, just hold down these two modifier keys and then press a letter to see what blend mode you get. You will end up memorizing the shortcuts for the blend modes you use the most.
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