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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.
Download the keyboard shortcut guide from the Exercise Files tab.
So I'd like to give you a couple of tips if you are opening images from Bridge, using that in conjunction with Photoshop. Just to clarify before I move on though, this is a Mac-only tip because it's not relevant on the Windows version of Bridge and Photoshop. I am going to go ahead and double- click on image right from Bridge and that will pop it open in Photoshop, nothing magical there. But because I have the Application Frame turned on, I can't see through to the other applications that are hiding behind Photoshop per se. It puts this gray background that you can't click through. If I turn the Application Frame off, and it's off by default, so this is what you would see on a Mac. When you open up a file you still see Bridge in the background. Some people like that, some people don't. It's really a personal choice there.
I am going to close this document though. And if I click back in a Bridge, that brings that application forward. If I want to hide Bridge as I open a file then remember our friend, the make better key. If I hold down the Option key and double-click on the image, that will launch the image but hide Bridge in the background, so now you are just seeing your desktop. What most people do, if they don't like the Application Frame, their documents open in floating windows and if they want to protect themselves from accidentally clicking outside of Photoshop, they just press the F key to put your image into Full Screen mode. You can just press F multiple times until you get back to the Floating Window option.
To get back to Bridge, there is the Open command, Command+O or Ctrl+O, and that just brings up your standard open dialog box. But if you want to open from Bridge or browse it's a slight variant. It's Command+Shift or Ctrl+Shift+O that actually takes you back to Bridge. So I just find that seeing the thumbnails in a particular directory that I'm in is a lot easier to identify the file I'm using. So I actually hardly ever use Command+O anymore. I just do Command+ Shift+O. So I double-click on here. Want to get another file, Command+Shift+O, Ctrl+Shift+O takes me right to Bridge where I can grab my other file.
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