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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 this next trick isn't something you will do every day, but when you do need to measure a particular angle, sure it comes in handy. So let's say I want to know what the angle is of this intersection here. So we'll get our friend, the Ruler tool. By default you click and drag straight line segments here to measure that distance. So I'm going to line it up with the start of the angle there and then to pull that out to become a protractor, if you hold down the Option key or the Alt key, and go to where that line segment end, you will see the cursor changes to kind of an angle indicator. Click and start dragging again and you actually pull off a second segment which then measures the angle between the two lines. If you take a look at the Options bar, it tells you exactly what that angle is as well as showing you what the length of each of those segments are.
So you can pull out a protractor by Option or Alt dragging from the previous, and the line segment, and drag out a new line segment to create that angle measurement.
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