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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.
This movie is specifically designed for Macintosh folks. So, if you're working on a PC, go ahead and skip to the next movie. The idea here is I am going to show you how to change our OS level keyboard shortcuts, so that everything works as advertised inside of Photoshop. Now I happened to be working in OS 10.7 that is to say, Lion, if you're working in Snow Leopard or earlier, or some later version of the operating system, then things may work a little differently, but at least you will have a sense for the options that you are looking for. So I am going to start things off here at the Finder level.
Your Desktop maybe a little more cluttered, that's nothing to worry about. Go up to the Apple menu and choose System Preferences. And then you want to click on the icon labeled Keyboard. Now the first thing you want to do is turn on this checkbox, Use all, F1, F2, et cetera, keys as standard function keys, that way these keys will bring up panels and so forth inside of Photoshop as opposed to, for example, changing the volume. If you do want to change the volume on your computer, then you just go ahead and press the Fn key along with for example F12 in order to raise the volume that is.
Next I am going to switch over to the Keyboard Shortcuts panel and we'll start off with this very first option Launchpad and Dock and I want you to click on this keyboard shortcut for turning the dock hiding on and off. By default it's set to Cmd+Opt+D. You want to click on it a couple of times there, so that it's active like so and then I recommend you press Ctrl+D, that is the Ctrl key the one that's labeled Ctrl along with D at the same time and that should change your keyboard shortcut, so it looks like a little caret (^) which indicates the Ctrl key along with D.
Next, click on Mission Control and I want you to click on Show Desktop right there and go ahead and click a second time on F11 in order to make it active and press Ctrl+F11 instead and then do the same thing for Show Dashboard, that is click on F12 a couple of times to make it active and then press Ctrl+F12. Now switch to Spotlight, and this one can really get in the way, by the way. The fact that it's Cmd+Space along with Cmd+Opt+Space, those are both shortcuts for the Zoom tool inside Photoshop. So go ahead and click on Cmd+Space a couple of times there, and press Cmd+Ctrl+Space instead and then click on Cmd+Opt+Space a couple of times, and press Cmd+Ctrl+Opt+Space, so that you end up seeing a caret followed by the little Options symbol followed by the Cloverleaf and then the word Space.
Finally, click on Application Shortcuts and it may appear truncated as it does on my screen, but you can drag this middle bar here in order to expand this left-hand list and I want you to click on this keyboard shortcut for Show Help menu and by default it's Cmd+Shift+/, go ahead and click a couple of times on that keyboard shortcut and change it to Ctrl+/ or something along those lines and so in my case, I am seeing the caret symbol along with the Slash (/) key and that's all there is to it. Now you can go ahead and close the System Preferences in order to Escape as well as save your changes.
And that's how you set up your OS level keyboard shortcuts here on the Mac, so that you can take advantage of my custom keyboard shortcuts as well as Adobe's factory default shortcuts inside Photoshop.
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