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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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So there are some keyboard shortcuts you can use to actually load channels as selections as well. As a brief review, you can do Command or Ctrl and then 3, 4, or 5 to view the individual channels. So Command or Ctrl+3 is the red channel, Command or Ctrl+4 is the green channel, Command or Ctrl+5 is the blue channel. And then Command+2 or Ctrl+2 takes you back to the RGB. If I click on the Channels tab you can actually see those keyboard shortcuts are indicated there. And there is an Alpha channel there, listed as Command+6 as well. So if your document has a saved selection like this one, Command+6 here would actually take you and target that channel. So to load those channels and selections just add the Option key on the Mac or the Alt key on the PC to your existing shortcuts.
So if I did Command+Option+6 or Ctrl+Alt +6, I have loaded that Alpha channel as a selection. Now Command+Option+5, Ctrl +Alt+5, I have loaded the blue channel as a selection. But we don't do that very often but your saved selections here are pretty common. Now I just showed you the Channels panel just so you can see what those shortcuts were but the idea is that you can load these channels without actually having to switch to the Channels panel or use the Select > Load Selection command. So I'm going to do Command+D or Ctrl+D to deselect.
I'm going to reload that first Alpha channel, Command+Option+6, Ctrl+Alt+6, and if you had multiple saved channels, you would just add 7, 8, 9, and so forth to select those additional channels. You obviously can only go up as far as 10. It would be 0. And but if you have got a few saved selections, this is just a quick way to quickly re-access them and load them as part of your document.
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