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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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This is a real quick tip for those of you who don't know that it's there. I'm going to transform this layer here Command+T, Ctrl+T. By default, the transformation happens from the center of the layer. That's where the little anchor point is, this little target point. You can of course change that to a different location. You can move it to a different point on the actual box itself. So I can move it to this lower left hand corner. You can even move it outside, so if I want to rotate it relative to the corner on the canvas, I could put my target point there. I'm just clicking and dragging that anchor point directly. Now when I put my mouse over to the outside of this corner handle here and click and drag, I'm rotating in relation to the corner of the document because that's where I moved the transformation point.
I can undo that. Command+Z, Ctrl+Z to undo the last transformation you did before applying, before committing this. If I want, I can drag that center point to a different location, so we'll from the other left corner of the actual layer and click and drag and you can see I can do the transformation from whatever reference point I want. If you Ctrl-click or right-click, you will see that I have got access to all the individual commands. So if I want to do a perspective transformation or a skew or a rotate, that will put that Free Transform mode into this particular version of Free Transform.
So I'll go and hit Escape and then if I want to move this back to the center, I'll just click that little doohickey and it will naturally want to snap back to the center when you drag it there. So there you have it. You can change the origin point as you are doing your Free Transformations.
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