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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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Okay Photoshopers, here are some power shortcuts for creating new documents. If I do Command+N, Ctrl+N, brings up the New Document dialog, pretty easy. But you will notice that every once in a while you get some weird interesting numbers and you are like where did those come from? Here it's showing me my new document is going to be 167x18 pixels and I'm like "ah, that doesn't make any sense." Because Photoshop assumes that the last thing you've copied to the Clipboard is what you want your new document to be sized at. Sometimes that's exactly what you want. Other times it could be an hour ago that you copied something to the Clipboard, so that doesn't make sense.
So I'm going to hit Escape to cancel that. We want to override that default desire to go back to the Clipboard as your new document setting. So the make better key is going to come to the rescue. We are going to do Command+Option+N or Ctrl+Alt +N and that brings up the New Document dialog and presents me with the last settings that I actually entered into the dialog. So last time I created a new document, I chose 6x4 at 300 pixels per inch. So it's a nice way to override that Clipboard value. If you want to steal dimensions or attributes from an open document to match your new document against, you will notice that the Window menu is still available.
So I can go to the Window menu and any open document that I want to steal from will be listed at the bottom of the Window menu. I'll choose this open document and when I do that, it populates the New Document dialog with those values. So there you have it, three power shortcuts for creating new documents.
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