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Photoshop mastery can be elusive, but in Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Mastery, best-selling author and video trainer Deke McClelland teaches the most powerful, unconventional, and flexible features of the program. In this third and final installment of the popular and comprehensive series, Deke delves into the strongest features that Photoshop has to offer, including scalable vector graphics, Smart Objects, and Photomerge. Exercise files accompany the course.
Recommended prerequisites: Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals and Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advanced, both part of the lynda.com Online Training Library®.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts and color settings for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.
Hello Macintosh users! All right, for those of you who'd like to access function keys inside of Photoshop, instead of having your function keys do silly things like change the volume, and change the brightness of the screen or the keyboard or something along those lines. Here's what you do. Because I find it easier to go ahead and use the function keys by themselves inside of Photoshop. Because I'm using Photoshop on a regular basis and if I want to change the volume from the keyboard, then I can press Fn, that Fn key along with the Function key, because that's a secondary item in my world anyway.
And if you feel the same way, here's what you have to do. Now I'm working on a PC, I didn't film this movie on a Mac, I filmed it on the PC, but I have given you Macintosh users something to work with here. Notice this first screenshot, and by the way these screens are included with the exercise files that are available to you premium members and DVD people, and they are inside of this folder right here called Mac Fkeys inside the 00_settings, sub-folder inside the exercise_files folder. just so you know. And the first one shows the Keyboard and Mouse preferences. To get to this particular dialog box, you go up to the Apple menu in the upper-left corner of the screen, and you choose System Preferences. And then you'll see an icon that says Keyboard & Mouse, and you go ahead and click on it.
And it can be in any number of different locations depending on how many system preferences you have. Anyway, you'll see it, click on it. The first screen you come to is this Keyboard screen, and if you are not seeing it then you click on the word Keyboard, and you will see this check-box right there, Use all F1, F2 etcetera keys as standard function keys, when this option is selected press the Fn key to use the special features printed on each key. What I want you to do is turn that On, it's Off by default, go ahead and turn it On, and that will make your function keys accessible to Photoshop, and then if you want to change things like Volume, you press that Fn key just like it says, along with the function key.
All right, secondly, I want you to go ahead and click on that Keyboard Shortcuts button, and that will take you to this screen right here. I want you to scroll down the list, like so, come to this area. You go ahead and twirl it open. That's called Dock, Expose, and Dashboard. And I want you to change all of the keyboard shortcuts to what you see right here. So what you do is you click in this little area to make it active, and then instead of pressing -- I believe it's Command+D or Command+Option+D or something like that by default. I want you to press your Ctrl key. That's what that little Carrot symbol means, your Ctrl key; it actually features the word Ctrl on it. And you press Ctrl along with D and for all Windows you go Ctrl+F9, Ctrl+F10, Ctrl+F11, I had one guy, I think this is a pretty rare problem, but he was trying to type-in like Ctrl and then like a Carrot and then F and then 9, you don't do that. You press the Ctrl key along with the F9 key, in order to apply that keyboard shortcut.
And then for Dashboard I recommend you go with Ctrl+F12. That way you can use the F12 key in order to revert your images, which is a really great thing to do. Then move down here, to the Spotlight options which conflict with zooming inside of Photoshop. And I recommend you go with these keyboard shortcuts, but you can change them to anything you like. As long as they are not what they start off being. They cannot be Command+Spacebar and Command+Option+Spacebar, which is what I believe they are by default. Instead I went ahead and set mine to Command+Ctrl+F1 and Command+Option+Ctrl+F1. So Apple goes ahead and adheres to this backward keyboard strategy as well.
But I'm telling you, nobody else does this. Anyway, that's it. That's what you do, and then you go up here and you close the window and that goes in and saves your changes and you are good to go. And of course that was just for Macintosh people. I hope I didn't snag a Windows person as soon they are watching this. You are fine. You didn't have to do anything. In the next exercise, I'm going to show you how to install the Best Workflow CS4 Color Settings.
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