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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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When it comes to loading selections for use in a document, the textbook method if you have any saved selections-- So if I go take a look at the Channels panel, I have a saved selection here, it's called Alpha 1. And if I wanted to load that as a selection, typically what the textbook would tell you is go to the Select menu, choose Load Selection and then you would choose your Alpha channel or whichever channel you wanted. And you click OK and that's loaded as a selection. So you can then turn that into a layer mask or transform that, whatever you are going to do to that selected content.
So I'm going to go ahead deselect, Command+D. That's the boring way, okay. There is a much faster way to do that. And that's holding down the Command key on the Mac or the Ctrl key on Windows. If I have an Alpha channel in my Channels panel then I can just Command- click on it or Ctrl-click on it and you see I get a little special cursor there. That will load that channel as a selection. And it works for these channels as well. So if I do Command-click on the red channel, it loads that as a selection or the green channel or the blue channel, or whatever. Incidentally, this shortcut works if you have paths as well. If you had a path in here and you Command-click on it or Ctrl-click on it, it would load that path as a selection. Same thing if you have a layer. So if I just going to make a Shape layer real quick. Just use the Rectangle tool here and just make a just a little rectangle here. If I Command- click on that layer, it loads that layer as a selection as well. So a very quick easy way is to Load Selections without having to go to the Select menu. Just Command or Ctrl-click on the thing that you want to load, whether it be a path, a channel, or a layer.
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