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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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If you work with a lot of open documents in Photoshop at the same time, you are going to be using these Arrange commands constantly. So to review, you've got the Arrange Documents widget up here in the app bar. If you have got that turned off, the app bar that is, you know you've got at the Window > Arrange commands here as well. Notice that the commands that you are going to use all the time don't have keyboard shortcuts. So specifically the Float All in Windows, the Consolidate All to Tabs are two commands and maybe the Tile option as well. So yes, I can use this widget. I can do Consolidate All. I can do, you know, Tile them, or use the Float All in Windows menu command, but I want to be able to do that through the keyboard. I dream in keyboard shortcuts. It's just a faster way to work. So let's take care of the fact that Photoshop doesn't have keyboard shortcuts assigned to these common commands. We'll create our own using the keyboard shortcut editor under Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts. We just need to find which menu command these commands are under. They are under the Window menu, under Arrange.
So let's do this kind of conceptually. I want to tile them. So I'm going to think T for Tile and I just need to figure out a keyboard combination that I might want to use. For demo purposes, you are going to come up with your own keyboard shortcut here but I'm going to do Command+Option+Shift or Ctrl+Alt+Shift+T and assign that to the Tile command. You will see it's already in use and I may decide to overwrite that or come up with something else. But for this video we'll just go ahead and stick with Command+Option+Shift+T. For the Float All in Windows, Command+ Option+Shift+F, Ctrl+Alt+Shift+F and then finally the Consolidate All to Tabs, we'll do Command+Option+Shift+C or Ctrl+Alt+Shift+C on Windows.
So I have now got three keyboard shortcuts, custom keyboard shortcuts for these three Arrange menu commands that I use all the time. I'm going to go ahead and click OK and let's go ahead and try them out. So Command+Option+Shift+C for consolidate all of the open documents into one window as tabs. Command+Option+Shift+T for Tile and Command+Option+Shift+F to float them all into separate windows. So if you like this notion, go ahead and assign keyboard shortcuts to your taste and you will find that if you actually commit to them, it'd be much quicker way of going back and forth between that various arrange document options.
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