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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 you are working with Ruler Guides, there are two additional commands that you are going to want to learn and memorize. So let's begin by getting a Ruler turned on, Command or Ctrl+R, and we'll just drag some random guides here. It doesn't really matter where they are at this point. The default behavior when you are moving elements, they snap to that particular guide. Now before recording I have actually turned that off. So the Snap To command, you can see here it's Command+Shift+Semi-Colon or Ctrl+Shift+Semi-Colon. So I'm going to turn that back on and that's the default behavior. You see that in your version of Photoshop most likely.
So now as I move this layer around, you will see when it gets close enough within a certain number of pixels, this text layer is snapping to that guide. Most of the time that's what you want, every once in a while the guides are just visual and you are trying to move something near a guide but not exactly to the guide, and it's getting annoying because it keeps jumping. So we'll just turn off that behavior, Command+Shift+Semi-Colon or Ctrl+Shift+Semi-Colon, and now as I move this text layer around you will see it won't jump to that guide. So it's just nice to know that is an option that can be turned on or off. And I'm going to turn it back on, Command+Shift+Semi-Colon or Ctrl+Shift+Semi-Colon, and see you once again it's jumping.
Now the other behavior is when you create guides, they are by default movable. You can go back and re-move them to a different location to anywhere you want in the document. You may get a grid setup of guides and then you may decide that you actually want to lock those guides down so you can't accidentally move them. So to lock the guides, that's Command+Option or Ctrl+Alt+Semi-Colon. So same key, just a different set of modifier keys. Now if I put my mouse over a guide, you will see the cursor doesn't change into that Special Move guide cursor. So I can't move those guides accidentally.
To unlock them, it's a toggle, so Command+Option or Ctrl+Alt+Semi-Colon. I get that special double arrow cursor, letting me know that I can indeed move those guides.
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