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Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Advanced

with Deke McClelland

Video: Loading the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts

Follow industry pro Deke McClelland as he plunges into the workings of Photoshop, from Smart Objects and sharpening to smart selections.
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  1. 30m 4s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 19s
    2. Loading the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      6m 5s
    3. Remapping your Macintosh OS shortcuts
      3m 4s
    4. Adjusting a few general preferences
      4m 3s
    5. Using the visual HUD color picker
      2m 2s
    6. The interface and performance settings
      5m 31s
    7. Adjusting the color settings in Photoshop
      7m 0s
  2. 47m 0s
    1. Smart Objects
      1m 36s
    2. Three ways to place a Smart Object
      3m 6s
    3. Copying and pasting from Adobe Illustrator
      4m 11s
    4. Transforming and warping a vector object
      4m 48s
    5. Blending a Smart Object into a photograph
      3m 10s
    6. Blurring with a nested Smart Filter
      4m 57s
    7. Editing a Smart Object in Illustrator
      3m 20s
    8. Creating "true clones"
      3m 50s
    9. Duplicating a group of clones
      2m 53s
    10. Breaking the Smart Object link
      2m 53s
    11. Styling and blending Smart Objects
      2m 44s
    12. Editing originals; updating clones
      3m 41s
    13. Removing people from a scene with Median
      5m 51s
  3. 29m 59s
    1. Luminance meets sharpening
      1m 2s
    2. Correcting for lens distortion
      4m 39s
    3. Introducing Shadows/Highlights
      3m 54s
    4. Mitigating halos with Radius values
      4m 19s
    5. Enhancing the effects of Midtone Contrast
      3m 18s
    6. Creating a "bounce" with Gaussian Blur
      3m 29s
    7. Sharpening on top of blur
      2m 47s
    8. Masking a group of Smart Filters
      2m 53s
    9. Reducing the density of a layer mask
      3m 38s
  4. 49m 10s
    1. Using Curves
      2m 40s
    2. Introducing the Curves adjustment
      7m 36s
    3. Adding and editing points on a curve
      6m 27s
    4. Winning Curves tips and tricks
      8m 12s
    5. Correcting a challenging image
      6m 33s
    6. Selecting and darkening highlights
      4m 39s
    7. Neutralizing colors and smoothing transitions
      6m 6s
    8. The new automatic Curves function
      6m 57s
  5. 1h 31m
    1. Camera Raw
      2m 11s
    2. Opening and editing multiple images
      8m 1s
    3. Correcting white balance
      4m 8s
    4. The revamped Exposure controls
      8m 8s
    5. Working with archival images
      7m 54s
    6. The Spot Removal and Graduated Filter tools
      6m 4s
    7. Painting edits with the Adjustment Brush
      7m 23s
    8. Tone Curves (and why you don't need them)
      5m 57s
    9. Straighten, crop, and geometric distortions
      5m 17s
    10. Applying manual lens corrections
      5m 14s
    11. Vignette, chromatic aberration, and fringe
      6m 49s
    12. Selective hue, saturation, and luminance
      6m 36s
    13. Working with JPEG and TIFF images
      6m 36s
    14. Camera Raw Smart Objects
      6m 48s
    15. Editing Camera Raw images from Bridge
      4m 24s
  6. 32m 30s
    1. Duotones
      1m 23s
    2. Creating a professional-quality sepia tone
      4m 18s
    3. Introducing the Gradient Map adjustment
      5m 42s
    4. Loading a library of custom gradients
      3m 48s
    5. Creating a custom quadtone
      5m 48s
    6. Colorizing with blend modes and Opacity
      4m 6s
    7. Creating a faux-color, high-key effect
      7m 25s
  7. 1h 6m
    1. Noise vs. Details
      1m 28s
    2. Introducing the Reduce Noise filter
      7m 29s
    3. Correcting a noisy photo
      5m 33s
    4. Smoothing over high-contrast noise
      5m 50s
    5. Protecting details with an edge mask
      4m 52s
    6. Adjusting overly saturated shadows
      3m 35s
    7. Correcting with High Pass and Lens Blur
      3m 45s
    8. Brushing away blur and sharpening
      6m 42s
    9. Creating texture by adding noise
      5m 28s
    10. The Camera Raw Detail panel
      7m 8s
    11. Correcting noise and detail in Camera Raw
      8m 10s
    12. Adding noise grain and vignetting effects
      6m 47s
  8. 44m 30s
    1. Blur Gallery
      1m 36s
    2. Creating depth-of-field effects in post
      5m 29s
    3. Modifying your Field Blur settings
      4m 57s
    4. Editing and exporting a Field Blur mask
      6m 15s
    5. Adding a synthetic light bokeh
      3m 52s
    6. Using the Selection Bleed option
      7m 29s
    7. Creating a radial blur with Iris Blur
      6m 59s
    8. Creating "fake miniatures" with Tilt-Shift
      4m 35s
    9. Combining multiple Blur Gallery effects
      3m 18s
  9. 1h 34m
    1. Blend Modes
      1m 16s
    2. Using the Dissolve mode
      9m 47s
    3. Multiply and the darken modes
      8m 30s
    4. Screen and the lighten modes
      8m 10s
    5. Cleaning up and integrating a bad photo
      6m 38s
    6. Blending inside blend modes
      6m 55s
    7. Overlay and the contrast modes
      6m 53s
    8. A few great uses for the contrast modes
      9m 7s
    9. Difference, Exclusion, Subtract, and Divide
      5m 5s
    10. Capturing the differences between images
      4m 18s
    11. Hue, Saturation, Color, and Luminosity
      4m 45s
    12. Blend mode shortcuts
      6m 21s
    13. The Fill Opacity Eight
      8m 57s
    14. Using the luminance-exclusion slider bars
      8m 8s
  10. 44m 20s
    1. Color Range
      1m 14s
    2. Introducing the Color Range command
      7m 24s
    3. Selecting a complex image with Color Range
      5m 49s
    4. Refining a selection in the Quick Mask mode
      7m 4s
    5. Viewing a mask with or without its image
      4m 24s
    6. Painting directly inside an alpha channel
      5m 39s
    7. Correcting fringes around a masked layer
      8m 5s
    8. Turning a layer into a knockout
      4m 41s
  11. 59m 43s
    1. Refine Edges
      1m 28s
    2. Laying down a base layer mask
      6m 49s
    3. Introducing the Refine Edge/Mask command
      7m 57s
    4. Edge detection and Smart Radius
      4m 42s
    5. Using the Refine Radius tool
      7m 31s
    6. The transformative power of Refine Edge
      3m 37s
    7. Perfecting a mask with overlay painting
      10m 58s
    8. Combining Quick Selection with Refine Mask
      10m 37s
    9. Bolstering and integrating hair
      6m 4s
  12. 1h 18m
    1. The Pen tool
      1m 50s
    2. Pixel-based masking versus the Pen tool
      6m 45s
    3. Drawing a straight-sided path outline
      6m 59s
    4. Moving, deleting, and adding anchor points
      6m 10s
    5. Dragging control handles to modify curves
      5m 27s
    6. Converting a path outline to a vector mask
      5m 36s
    7. Customizing a geometric shape
      5m 53s
    8. How to position points and control handles
      7m 7s
    9. Drawing smooth points with the Pen tool
      8m 7s
    10. Duplicating and scaling a vector mask
      5m 21s
    11. Cusp points and the Rubber Band option
      6m 51s
    12. Setting anchor points in the pasteboard
      6m 8s
    13. Using the Convert Point tool
      6m 43s

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Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Advanced
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The third part of the popular and comprehensive series Photoshop CS6 One-on-One follows industry pro Deke McClelland as he plunges into the inner workings of Adobe Photoshop. He shows how to adjust your color, interface, and performance settings to get the best out of your images and the most out of Photoshop, and explores the power of Smart Objects, Shadows/Highlights, and Curves for making subtle, nondestructive adjustments. The course dives into Camera Raw to experiment with the editing toolset there, and returns to Photoshop to discuss toning, blur, and blend modes. Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details and reducing noise, as well as creating quick and accurate selections with Quick Mask, Color Range, and Refine Edge commands.

Topics include:
  • Adjusting the color settings in Photoshop
  • Placing and blending Smart Objects in a scene
  • Transforming and warping vector objects
  • Correcting for lens distortion
  • Mitigating halos and enhancing contrast with Shadows/Highlights
  • Adding and editing points on a curve
  • Editing multiple images in Camera Raw
  • Creating a pro-quality sepia tone or quadtone
  • Colorizing with blend modes and opacity
  • Reducing and smoothing over noise
  • Creating depth-of-field effects with blur
  • Selecting with Color Range and Quick Mask
  • Perfecting a mask with Refine Edge
  • Drawing paths with the Pen tool
  • Converting path outlines to vector masks
Photoshop Camera Raw

Loading the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts

In this movie, I'll show you how to load my custom keyboard shortcuts which are known as dekeKeys. And I'll also walk you through the new shortcuts that are available to you. What you want to do if you're working along with me is go to the 23_settings folder inside the Exercise Files folder. And those of you by the way, who are not premium members, you can still download these dekeKeys from the site. Then you want to locate the file called dekeKeys.PsCS6.kys and right-click on it and then choose Open with and choose Adobe Photoshop CS6 and that will prevent the shortcut file from accidentally opening inside Premiere.

That should go ahead and automatically switch you to Photoshop as it has in my case. Now you won't see anything different, until you go up to the Edit menu and choose the Keyboard Shortcuts command which as you can see has its own shortcut of mash your fist K, so Ctrl+Shift+Alt+K on the PC or Cmd+Shift+Opt+K on the Mac. And you will see that your Set has switched to Photoshop Defaults (modified). And what you want to do is click on the little hard drive with the dot dot dot (...) that's your Save As icon and as you can see I have already saved a dekeKeys file, I did that back in the intermediate course.

I am going to name this guy, so I don't save over it, dekeKeys PsCS6, like so, and then click the Save button. You can call your shortcuts anything you like, by the way. And then just to make sure the shortcuts have loaded successfully, go ahead and twirl open the File menu and you should see that Open as Smart Object now has a keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+Shift+Alt+O or Cmd+Shift+Opt+O on the Mac. Assuming that's the case, go ahead and click OK and you now have my shortcuts loaded. All right. Let's talk about what that means. I'll go ahead and minimize Photoshop and notice in this 23_settings folder, we also have a couple of HTML files, one is a list of the Macintosh shortcuts and the other is the list of the Windows shortcuts.

We'll go ahead and minimize this folder window as well, so that you can see that I've loaded both shortcut files in the background. And notice that the PC shortcuts over here in the left-hand side and the Mac shortcuts over on the right-hand side are organized differently, because the Macintosh version of Photoshop includes a Photoshop menu which does not appear on the PC. I have gone ahead and annotated the Command key using the Cloverleaf character which actually appears on the keyboard, and I've listed every single shortcut that's available to you whether I created it or not. My custom keyboard shortcuts appear in red throughout the table.

So let's walk through a few of them here. First of all, you can open an image as a Smart Object by using that shortcut. Then I've given you a shortcut for the Place command as well and if you scroll down a little bit, you will see that I altered the shortcut for Paste in Place to Ctrl+Alt+V instead of Ctrl+Shift+V that would be Cmd+Opt+V on the Mac and that allowed me to assign Ctrl+Shift+V or Cmd+Shift+V on the Mac to creating a Variations Adjustment layer. I have given you a shortcut for the Stroke command under the Edit menu as well, very useful command, and Ctrl+Shift+P or Cmd+Shift+P on the Mac will now bring up the Preset Manager, we have got a couple of shortcuts to assign or convert to color profiles.

I have created a new shortcut for Brightness/ Contrast which is Ctrl+/ that's Cmd+/ on the Mac and if we keep going down here, you will see right there is Ctrl+Alt+H or Cmd+Opt+H for Shadows/Highlights. On the Mac, Cmd+Opt+H or Ctrl+Alt+H normally invokes the Hide Others command which is why I've adjusted that keyboard shortcut for you. You just need to add the Ctrl key now, so it's Cmd+Ctrl+Opt+H in order to hide others and also notice Cmd+Ctrl+H will hide Photoshop and that's because Cmd+H or Ctrl+H on the PC hides a selection outline.

I have given you a new shortcut for Desaturate which is mash your fist U, so Ctrl+Shift+Alt+U on the PC, Cmd+Shift+Opt+U on the Mac. You can see that we have got a slew of shortcuts for whole image operations, such as rotating the image clockwise which is mash your fist right bracket (]), that's Ctrl+Shift+Alt+] on a PC or Cmd on the Mac. I've given you a shortcut for the Trim command which is Ctrl+Shift+Alt+C, that C is for cropping away the blank pixels, that's Cmd+Shift+Opt+C on the Mac. We've got Ctrl+Shift+Alt+D or Cmd+Shift+Opt+D for duplicate and Ctrl+Shift+Alt+L or Cmd+Shift+Opt+L for the Calculations command which is this advanced masking function which we'll take a look at in the mastery course.

Moving right along here, we've got Ctrl+Shift+O or Cmd+Shift+O for Blending Options and notice here I've given you a shortcut for deleting the Filter Mask, just because Photoshop always gives you a Filter Mask and you may or may not want to use it and that's Ctrl+Alt+Q here on the PC or Cmd+Opt+Q on the Mac. We've now got Ctrl+Shift or Cmd+Shift keyboard shortcuts for the best of the Adjustment layers, so that should come in handy for you. We have got Ctrl+, and some variations that's Cmd+, on the Mac in order to convert an image to a Smart Object and you can see down here, Ctrl+Alt+[ or Cmd+Opt+[ on the Mac will go ahead and reverse the order of selected layers and then finally, where the commands are concerned, I've given you Ctrl+Shift+Alt+A or Cmd+Shift+Opt+A on the Mac to flatten the image.

In the past, I've used Ctrl+Shift+Alt+F or Cmd+Shift+Opt+F, however that's been reassigned to Finding layers inside Photoshop CS6, so my reasoning was the A is for flatten all. I am going to go ahead and skip all the way down here to the tools and you can look through your chart, if you like to see what else has changed. But notice that I've given you the N key to switch between the Blur, Sharpen and Smudge tools because by default, they don't have shortcuts and the N key goes unused and then finally, way down here, if you're working inside a Hue/Saturation, Black and White or Curves Adjustment layer then you have access to this thing called the Targeted Adjustment tool and I've given it a keyboard shortcut of K because K was the only key left. All right.

So that takes care of your new custom shortcuts. You should be able to power through the software that much more efficiently. In the next movie, I'll show you Macintosh folks how to adjust your operating system level shortcuts so that they don't interfere with Photoshop so everybody gets along. Those of you working on a PC can skip ahead to the movie after that in which we'll take a look at preference settings.

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