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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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There are some nice shortcuts here for dealing with layer visibility. You know it's quite common that you will have a document with multiple layers. I have five layers here. You can have up to 100 layers or even more depending on how complex your document is. So being able to isolate a given layer is pretty important and being able to go back and forth. So obviously, if you just click where the eye is in the Layers column that actually turns that layers on and off, just changes the visibility. But if I wanted to see every layer but the Running layer turned off, I want to keep the Running layer on and turn everything else off. So I'm going to hold down the Option key or the Alt key on Windows and click on the eye of the layer that I want to isolate, kind of call this the Isolation mode here.
So now all the other layers have been turned off, just leaving the Running layer turned on. Hit the Toggle, so if I Option-click or Alt-click again, all those other layers come back. Now it's actually smarter than that, it actually remembers which layers were hidden and which layers were visible when you do the toggle. So if I turn off the Running layer and the Falling layer, and then Option or Alt-click on this middle layer here, the Hugging layer, that turns them all off, except the one, the Hugging layer there that I clicked on. But if I Option or Alt-click again, it doesn't bring them all back on. It remembers that these two had been turned off previously.
Now if you want to reset your entire layer stack, either turn them all off or turn them all on. You can just Ctrl- click or right-click on one of the visible eyes here and choose Show/Hide all other layers. That will turn them all off, but them one. But if I go back and choose it again, that will turn them all back on. So it's kind of a way to just globally reset the visibility of the entire layers stack.
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