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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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In this video I want to teach you some power shortcuts on how to be more efficient when you are inside a dialog box inside Photoshop. So for instance let's say I was going to sharpen this image. We'd go to Filter > Sharpen and Unsharp Mask. This isn't relevant to just as one particular filter. This applies to anytime you open up a dialog box where you've got some values. They're going to change and then you'll see a preview in the back behind the dialog box. So let's go ahead and change the values here. We'll make the value 200% for the Amount and the Radius 1.5 and Threshold 4. I'm just hitting my Tab key to jump from field to field.
Now here, I may want to see my before and after and you see there is a Preview checkbox, which of course I can turn that on and off manually by clicking the checkbox or I can press the P key. Anytime you see a Preview inside a dialog box, pressing the P key will toggle that on and off. So that's just a very quick way to see before and after. If I want to get back to my defaults, I may not be happy with these values, I can only undo the last thing I did in the dialog box. So I want to reset this back to the defaults. Again the make better key, hold down Option on the Mac, Alt on PC, changes the Cancel button to a Reset button. So we'll go and reset that.
If I change my mind, I just want to get out of here and forget any adjustments that I have made, I just hit the Escape key to activate the Cancel button. That will reopen that dialog. And of course, if I like my change and want to apply that, wow, that's a pretty dramatic sharpening there. We'll take that back down. We'll undo that, Command+Z, Ctrl+Z. And when I like my effect I just press Return. So P for Preview, Escape for Cancel, Option or Alt to turn Cancel into Reset, and then Enter or Return for the OK button to apply. This works in any dialog box inside Photoshop.
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