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Remapping Mac OS shortcuts

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Video: Remapping Mac OS shortcuts

This exercise is exclusively for Macintosh people. So if you're a Windows user you can just go ahead and skip to the next exercise, and we'll begin work on the color settings inside of Photoshop. Here is the deal though for you Macintosh people. Over time Apple has sort of usurped some keyboard shortcuts that have long belonged to the Adobe family. And you really can't work inside the Creative Suite without these conflicting keyboard shortcuts getting in your way. So I'm going to tell you how to change those keyboard shortcuts so you don't lose anything, you'll still have keyboard shortcuts if you need them, they'll just be different.

Remapping Mac OS shortcuts

This exercise is exclusively for Macintosh people. So if you're a Windows user you can just go ahead and skip to the next exercise, and we'll begin work on the color settings inside of Photoshop. Here is the deal though for you Macintosh people. Over time Apple has sort of usurped some keyboard shortcuts that have long belonged to the Adobe family. And you really can't work inside the Creative Suite without these conflicting keyboard shortcuts getting in your way. So I'm going to tell you how to change those keyboard shortcuts so you don't lose anything, you'll still have keyboard shortcuts if you need them, they'll just be different.

We are going to just be looking at some screenshots here inside of Photoshop as we walk our way through these options. What you're going to do is you're going to go to your Apple menu. Doesn't matter which application is in front, go to the Apple menu and choose the System Preferences command. That'll bring up a dialog box with a bunch of different icons in it. You'll want to click on the one that says Keyboard, or it might say Keyboard and Mouse. So it depends on which version of OS X you have, but either Keyboard or Keyboard and mouse. And then you should see this keyboard tab come up first.

And if you drop down you'll see this first check box. It's named the strangest thing on earth, but it says use all F1, F2 etcetera keys, it means the function keys, as standard function keys. As opposed to having them change the volume and the brightness and that kind of stuff. When this option is selected you press the function key now to use the special features printed on each key. I would recommend you turn this check box on. It is off, by default. Turn it on, but that does mean if you want you change the volume on your machine or the brightness on your screen or any of that stuff.

You'll have to press the function key along with the F key- that is F1, F2, F3 et cetera- in order to make the function work. All right. But you'll be able to display palettes inside of Photoshop just by pressing an F key. Which is actually a really great thing and which I'm assuming as we work our way through the course. The next thing you want to do is you want to remap a few keyboard shortcuts and to do that you are going to have the click on the keyboard shortcuts tab here near the top of the dialog box. It looks different in Leopard, and earlier, than it does in Snow Leopard and later.

So basically Leopard was OS 10.5 and then Snow Leopard is OS 10.6. So if you have the most recent operating system then things are going to look a little different than this. But let's assume just for a moment that you have an older operating system, Leopard or earlier. Then you'd have to scroll down your list until you get to this item right there. Dock, Expos?, and Dashboard, and you'll go ahead and twirl it open by clicking on the triangle to twirl it down so that you can expose this list of items that have to do with the Dock, Expos?, and the Dashboard.

And then you would go to the keyboard shortcut, which is this guy right there and you double-click on it, so by default, I believe it's something like Command+Option+D, and everything shows up this little symbol so there is the command key symbol, There's the option key symbol. Incidentally, this caret means Ctrl. You don't have to type in the symbols in order to change a keyboard shortcut. You just press the keyboard combo on your keyboard. So you should be able to now press, after double-clicking or whatever this was before, Ctrl+D at the same time. And then you'll get this keyboard shortcut.

If that doesn't work- sometimes things are conflicting and things get in the way- you may find it helpful to close out of System Preferences, bring it back up, go back to this panel and try it again. Sometimes that works. But in rare cases where you can't get a keyboard shortcut to work it's because your Mac thinks it's doing something else. It's already occupied elsewhere. All right. Then drop down here to All windows, double-click on it and change it from F9, which it is, by default, to Ctrl+ F9, so you press Ctrl and the F9 key at the same time and so on. Ctrl+F10, Ctrl+F11, Ctrl+F12. I made Spaces Ctrl+F8 but I don't use it.

Spotlight, this thing really gets in the way of navigating inside of Photoshop. So it's basically Command+Spacebar, by default, and that is an old and wonderfully useful zooming technique across all of the Adobe applications. Even though the Spotlight thing does look like a magnifying glass, which is what the tool looks like inside of Photoshop, Apple is the one who stole this keyboard shortcut. So I say give it back to Adobe. And what that means is in my case I'm recommending you press Command+Ctrl+ F1 for the Spotlight search field, and to show the spotlight window you'd add Option.

So Command+Ctrl+Option+F1. Up to you what you reassign, but that's what I suggest. Now it works differently under Snow Leopard as I was saying. Not all that different, but here's what the Keyboard Shortcuts panel looks like. It's divided into a bunch of groups, like so. So you first start by going to Dashboard and Dock and you set the dock hiding to Ctrl+D, and it's the same thing. You double-click on this item right there on the keyboard shortcut, incidentally, not over here on the words, on the keyboard shortcut, and type in a new one and for Dashboard I go with Ctrl+F12.

The next group is Expos? and Spaces, so you click here, you'd go and twirl open Expos? if necessary and you change your keyboard shortcuts: Ctrl+F9, Ctrl+F10 and Ctrl+F11. The next group is Spotlight. You drop down to Spotlight here- the other ones don't matter for our purposes, it's up to you. I turn on Front Row. I really like that function, but it has nothing to do with Photoshop. Drop down to Spotlight and then change the Spotlight keyboard shortcuts the same way I just directed a moment ago. So you double-click it's Command+ Ctrl+F1 to show the search field, its Command+Ctrl+Option+F1 to show the window.

And then our next guy is Universal Access. If it's turned- on you may have Universal Access working, you may not- if you do, you want to make sure that Zoom in and Zoom out are not set to anything that overlap what's happening in Photoshop. So what I recommend is for Zoom out, this would be Command+Ctrl+Option+Minus, and for zooming in that would be Command+Ctrl+Option+Plus, the Equals key being the same as the Plus key on the keyboard. And then finally, what I recommend, totally up to you on this one, as you switch down to Application Shortcuts and you go ahead and give yourself- this has nothing to do with Photoshop once again- but you give yourself a keyboard shortcut as long as you're here for System Preferences.

So that you can open up System Preferences from the keyboard because it's a very useful thing to do. And bear in mind System Preferences is where we are right now. And what you do is you click on this little Plus sign right there, and that'll bring up this dialog box and then you have to manually type in System Preferences. Make sure you type it exactly right. You have to type every letter correctly, and then either type "?" so three periods in a row, that's got to be there, or you can use an ellipses instead and that's Option+Semicolon will get you the ellipses symbol.

And so that's three dots in a row that's just one character. Either one is going to work for you. And then I made the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+F1. Now I should say, I had problems making this work at first. I couldn't get Ctrl+F1 to take. And so I had to close out and try it again, so sometimes that stuff happens. I didn't have to restart the machine or anything. I just had to re-launch System Preferences. Also, for some reason, I couldn't get it to work inside of Photoshop. So if Photoshop was open, I couldn't get Ctrl+F1 to work, but if any other application was in the foreground, then the keyboard shortcut works fine.

So, these things are a little weird, but the good news is by remapping them you won't have any conflicts with Photoshop, and you'll be able to work away inside Photoshop to great effect.

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  1. 39m 52s
    1. Welcome to Photoshop CS5 One-on-One
      1m 49s
    2. Making Photoshop your default image editor
      7m 43s
    3. Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      8m 10s
    4. Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
      7m 37s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 31s
    6. The color settings explained
      6m 54s
    7. Loading the CS5 color settings in Bridge
      3m 8s
  2. 53m 36s
    1. There is nothing you can't do
      2m 1s
    2. The power of Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Duplicating a layer
      4m 49s
    4. Liquifying an image
      4m 43s
    5. Adding a layer mask
      5m 54s
    6. Loading an alpha channel
      7m 42s
    7. Selecting with Color Range
      4m 10s
    8. Making a Hue/Saturation layer
      2m 53s
    9. Luminance blending
      7m 21s
    10. Mask density
      5m 9s
    11. Making a knockout layer
      4m 11s
  3. 51m 23s
    1. The best way to work
      41s
    2. Setting General preferences
      5m 33s
    3. Changing the pasteboard color
      5m 41s
    4. File handling, performance, and units
      7m 25s
    5. Touring the Photoshop interface
      11m 5s
    6. Creating and saving a workspace
      7m 21s
    7. Changing settings and updating the workspace
      6m 4s
    8. Resetting the preferences
      7m 33s
  4. 2h 46m
    1. The amazing Adobe Bridge
      1m 17s
    2. Making a new image
      5m 11s
    3. Opening an image
      7m 7s
    4. Opening and closing multiple images
      5m 24s
    5. Opening a problem image
      4m 23s
    6. Adding file information
      8m 37s
    7. Introducing Adobe Bridge
      7m 37s
    8. A whirlwind tour of Bridge
      7m 21s
    9. Adjusting the interface and thumbnails
      8m 18s
    10. Using the full-screen preview
      8m 5s
    11. Rotating images on their sides
      5m 38s
    12. Assigning star ratings and labels
      8m 40s
    13. Filtering thumbnails in the Contents panel
      9m 13s
    14. Moving, copying, and deleting files
      6m 34s
    15. Creating and assigning keywords
      6m 38s
    16. Searches and collections
      7m 3s
    17. Batch-exporting JPEG files
      8m 57s
    18. Batch-renaming
      7m 15s
    19. String substitution and regular expressions
      8m 50s
    20. Grouping images into stacks
      7m 21s
    21. Comparing images in Review mode
      5m 58s
    22. Playing images in a slideshow
      4m 49s
    23. Customizing and saving the workspace
      7m 17s
    24. Using Mini Bridge in Photoshop CS5
      8m 36s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. Learning to swim inside an image
      37s
    2. The tabbed-window interface
      5m 19s
    3. Arranging image windows
      4m 26s
    4. Common ways to zoom
      5m 31s
    5. New zoom tricks in Photoshop CS5
      4m 24s
    6. Hidden old-school zoom tricks
      4m 34s
    7. Scrolling and panning images
      4m 8s
    8. Viewing the image at print size
      6m 42s
    9. The Navigator and "bird's-eye" scrolling
      2m 56s
    10. Nudging the screen from the keyboard
      2m 39s
    11. Scroll wheel tricks
      3m 41s
    12. The Rotate View tool
      3m 36s
    13. Cycling between screen modes
      6m 17s
    14. Using the numerical zoom value
      6m 14s
  6. 1h 6m
    1. Imaging fundamentals
      58s
    2. What is image size?
      7m 45s
    3. The Image Size command
      6m 0s
    4. Selecting an interpolation option
      4m 56s
    5. Upsampling versus "real" pixels
      5m 22s
    6. The penalty of pixels
      5m 35s
    7. Print size and resolution
      7m 26s
    8. Downsampling for print
      6m 39s
    9. Downsampling for email
      7m 28s
    10. Options for upsampling
      8m 13s
    11. Better ways to make a big image
      6m 1s
  7. 44m 43s
    1. Frame wide, crop tight
      1m 2s
    2. Using the Crop tool
      8m 8s
    3. Fixing out-of-canvas wedges
      5m 31s
    4. Crop tool presets
      6m 53s
    5. Previewing the crop angle
      4m 24s
    6. The Crop command
      4m 47s
    7. Straightening with the Ruler tool
      4m 18s
    8. Cropping without clipping
      5m 1s
    9. Perspective cropping
      4m 39s
  8. 1h 41m
    1. Making drab colors look better
      1m 20s
    2. Brightness and contrast
      4m 10s
    3. Adjusting numerical values
      4m 26s
    4. Introducing adjustment layers
      5m 17s
    5. Editing adjustment layers
      2m 51s
    6. Saving adjustment layers
      4m 35s
    7. Adding a quick layer mask
      4m 23s
    8. Introducing the Histogram
      4m 34s
    9. Working with the Histogram panel
      6m 27s
    10. Using Color Balance
      7m 18s
    11. Introducing the Variations command
      4m 51s
    12. Luminance and saturation controls
      3m 54s
    13. Fading a static adjustment
      3m 21s
    14. How hue and saturation work
      4m 28s
    15. Rotating hues and adjusting saturation
      6m 4s
    16. Creating a quick and dirty sepia tone
      4m 42s
    17. Adjusting hues selectively
      5m 32s
    18. The Target Adjustment tool
      4m 24s
    19. Photoshop CS5 Target Adjustment enhancements
      53s
    20. Adjusting the color of clothing
      8m 44s
    21. Enhancing a low-saturation image
      4m 23s
    22. Refining saturation with Vibrance
      5m 1s
  9. 1h 57m
    1. Photoshop versus the real world
      1m 21s
    2. Meet the selection tools
      10m 26s
    3. Marking the center of an image
      4m 9s
    4. Drawing a geometric selection outline
      4m 45s
    5. Blurring a selection outline with Feather
      6m 8s
    6. Copy and paste versus drag and drop
      5m 31s
    7. Creating a graduated selection
      4m 29s
    8. Aligning one image with another
      4m 45s
    9. Accessing the Move tool on the fly
      3m 34s
    10. Invert and Match Colors
      5m 4s
    11. Matching colors selectively
      3m 52s
    12. Feathering and filling a selection
      5m 14s
    13. Dressing up a composition with effects
      5m 34s
    14. The incredible image rotation trick
      2m 18s
    15. The Magic Wand tool
      4m 12s
    16. Tolerance and other options
      7m 7s
    17. Grow, Similar, and Inverse
      5m 39s
    18. Quick selection and the Magnetic Lasso
      7m 27s
    19. Evaluating a selection in Quick Mask
      8m 52s
    20. Saving and loading selections
      6m 14s
    21. Placing an image with a layer mask
      3m 23s
    22. Eliminating edge fringing
      7m 43s
  10. 1h 58m
    1. Brushing to correct
      56s
    2. How brushing works
      4m 52s
    3. Working with spacing
      7m 32s
    4. Changing size and hardness
      7m 45s
    5. The heads-up Color Picker
      7m 17s
    6. Flipping a mirror image
      3m 33s
    7. Setting the source for the History brush
      3m 42s
    8. Brightening details with the Dodge tool
      7m 49s
    9. Darkening details with the Burn tool
      3m 5s
    10. The Sponge tool
      4m 29s
    11. Backing off edits
      8m 4s
    12. Patching eye bags
      8m 57s
    13. Evening out flesh tones
      7m 23s
    14. Smoothing away whiskers
      7m 41s
    15. Reducing shadow noise
      7m 0s
    16. How healing works
      4m 40s
    17. The enhanced Spot Healing brush
      4m 52s
    18. Using the better Healing brush
      4m 23s
    19. Introducing the Clone Source panel
      3m 49s
    20. Cloning from one layer to another
      5m 30s
    21. Working with multiple sources
      4m 44s
  11. 1h 23m
    1. The layered composition
      1m 0s
    2. Making a new background layer
      6m 58s
    3. Working with "big layers"
      6m 24s
    4. Move, Duplicate, and Scale
      4m 11s
    5. Transforming a copy and repeat
      5m 15s
    6. Stacking order and eyedropping a layer
      5m 15s
    7. Adjusting multiple layers at once
      4m 22s
    8. Switching between layers
      4m 56s
    9. Making a digital star field
      5m 9s
    10. Blend mode and clipping mask
      4m 50s
    11. Dragging and dropping from your desktop
      4m 38s
    12. Black + Lens Flare = glow
      6m 16s
    13. Locking transparency
      5m 42s
    14. Adding gradient layers
      8m 12s
    15. Stacking an adjustment layer
      4m 12s
    16. Adding shadow and stroke
      6m 9s
  12. 1h 17m
    1. Outputting from Photoshop and Bridge
      1m 32s
    2. Printing an RGB composite
      5m 31s
    3. Customizing the subjective print file
      3m 15s
    4. Gauging print size
      5m 35s
    5. Scale, position, and page orientation
      5m 6s
    6. Three important printing curiosities
      4m 41s
    7. Introducing the Output options
      5m 34s
    8. Establishing a bleed
      5m 52s
    9. Using the Color Management options
      7m 21s
    10. Generating a PDF contact sheet
      6m 18s
    11. Creating a contact sheet template
      6m 8s
    12. Saving and opening a PDF contact sheet
      4m 18s
    13. Introducing the Web Gallery
      7m 53s
    14. Exporting and editing an HTML site
      3m 58s
    15. The Airtight Photocard site
      4m 56s
  13. 1h 9m
    1. Rules of the web
      1m 1s
    2. Introducing web graphics
      6m 59s
    3. A first look at Save for Web
      5m 47s
    4. Scaling a layered image versus a flat one
      7m 30s
    5. Incremental downsampling
      3m 1s
    6. Adding text, bar, and stroke
      4m 24s
    7. Assigning copyright and metadata
      6m 21s
    8. Comparing GIF, JPEG, and PNG
      4m 59s
    9. Determining the perfect JPEG settings
      6m 31s
    10. Saving metadata
      3m 52s
    11. Working with an unprofiled RGB image
      4m 35s
    12. Downsampling graphic art
      4m 49s
    13. Saving a GIF graphic
      6m 1s
    14. Antiquated GIF versus the better PNG
      4m 6s
  14. 1m 37s
    1. Until next time
      1m 37s

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