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All right, so presumably by now you've gone ahead and installed my custom DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts in the Photoshop. However, if you're working on a Mac, you need to change some of Apple's OS-level keyboard shortcuts, not to avoid conflict with my custom keyboard shortcuts, but rather to avoid conflict with Photoshop's native shortcuts. We are going to be taking advantage of those shortcuts an awful lot inside this series. Now these are my recommended changes, you can of course go your own way. Step one is to go up to the Apple menu and choose the System Preferences Command. Next, you locate the Keyboard icon right there and click on it.
in order to access the keyboard functions. Notice this check box right here. If you want to take advantage of function keys inside of Photoshop, which I recommend you do, then you need to turn on this check box, the one that says Use all F1, F2, et cetera, keys as standard function keys, that way they won't turn the volume up and down and change the brightness of your monitor and all that jazz. You can still get to those features however, by pressing the Fn key, that's in the bottom left corner of American keyboards, while pressing a function key. Notice if you're missing this check box, it's because you're using a keyboard that doesn't have function keys, just note that.
All right, next switchover to Keyboard Shortcuts and I'm working I should tell you inside of Snow Leopard that is OS X 10.6, which is a little different than the previous operating systems, I just want you to know that. We'll start off here at Dashboard & Dock and we're going to change this first keyboard shortcut by clicking on it and then clicking on it again and that goes ahead and highlights the shortcut. Then I want you to press Ctrl+D that is, the Ctrl key in the bottom left corner of your keyboard, by the way, not Command.
Next, go to Dashboard, click on it, click on it a second time and press Ctrl+F12. All right, now let's switchover to Expose & Spaces, if you don't want Expose, I am not the biggest fan of it these days. You can just turn it off, just to get rid of that functionality. However, if you want to leave it on, that's fine. If you use it, great! Do go ahead and change the shortcuts however, and what I recommend for each one of these is just stick with the default keyboard shortcut almost. We'll just add Ctrl, so Ctrl+F9 for the first one. For application windows, we'll change that to Ctrl+F10 and for Desktop, we'll change that with the Ctrl+F11.
All right next, you can go ahead and drop all the way down to Spotlight and note that of all the keyboard shortcuts, these are the ones that are the most important to change, because Spotlight uses the same shortcuts that Adobe uses for zooming in and out inside of Photoshop. So I'll go ahead and change, Show Spotlight search field from Command+Space to Command+Ctrl+F1, so a totally different shortcut. Again, you can choose something different if you like, but you got to get away from that Spacebar. Then go ahead and click on the second item right there, and I am going to change it to Command+Ctrl+Option+F1, like so.
All right, having done that, now I am going to dropdown to Universal Access and there is not really any reason to turn the zoom on or off. So you can go ahead and turn off that check box if you want to. I really love these zoom out and zoom in functions. I think they rock as they allow you to zoom in on your screen display and make words larger if you can't see an interface item or something like that. But these keyboard shortcuts once again step all over Photoshop. So, here are the changes I am going to make. I am going to click on the Zoom out shortcut and I'm going to change it to Command+Ctrl+Option+Minus, and then I am going to click on this Zoom in shortcut and change it to Command+Ctrl+Option+Plus.
It's going to show up as equals, because it's really the equal's key. But we're thinking plus as we are using it. All right, presumably after that you are going to want to turn off Reverse black and white and turn off VoiceOver. Those are both items for hard of seeing people. If you're hard of seeing yourself, perhaps you want to leave them turned on, but Photoshop doesn't lend itself to hard of seeing folks. So my guess is, if you want to turn both off, and that is it. Now at this point you can go ahead and close out of System Preferences by clicking on the Close button and you are now ready to use all the keyboard shortcuts inside of Photoshop, both the native ones and the ones I gave you without any interference from your operating system.
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