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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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When it comes to naming text layers in Photoshop, they are little bit different than other layers. What I mean is Photoshop by default tries to name the layer with the letters or the first few words of that actual text in that layer. So you can see here, it's says Green Lake, Seattle and here it says A chilly morning at the lake... Because that's as much text will fit on that line. Now there is a subtle difference here about how you change or edit a text layer. If you go in and you double- click on T, like say I'm going to just change this description here, this top layer, that highlights all your text and switches you to that Text tool but you also have invoked a dynamic edit change here.
So if I change my description to 'A fall morning at the lake' and then hit the Enter key. You will see that dynamic name of the text layer updates to be the actual text. That's fine. Most of the time you actually want it to be that way but if you wanted this to be more like a template or you wanted this to be a generic layer name like this would be the description layer and this would be the location layer, then double clicking on the actual layer name is a way to generalize that text layer name. So I'm going to name this Description and hit Enter and then I'll double-click on the name of this layer and call it Location.
Now if I go double-click on the T of the Location layer and change this to say Boise Idaho and hit Enter, you'll see the text layer's name doesn't become Boise Idaho. It remains Location. So the summary is if you want your text layer names to remain dynamic, always edit the text by double-clicking on the T and leaving the layer name alone and that layer name will just always automatically update. If you want a very specific layer name to always stay there until you change it manually, double-click on the actual text layer name and give it generic name that will stay fixed.
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