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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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Every once in a while, you may grab a tool in Photoshop and start working with it, and it isn't really acting the way you expected. Perhaps, it's got a setting there that you've forgotten about or maybe you're sharing the machine with someone and they've customized that particular tool and you're just like ah! I just want to get it back to the default. So here's a case in point. I've got my Brush tool and it's got this wacky Leaf Brush on it and I start painting. It's not doing anything, like I would have expected. So, I'm going to undo that. What we want to do is reset our tool and the easiest way to do this is to go up to the tool icon in the Options bar, up here in the far left corner of your screen here.
If you right-click or Ctrl-click, if you don't have a two-button mouse, on the actual tool icon, you get two options. Reset the current tool or hey, let's reset all the tools back to their default settings. Click OK and that's just a really nice, easy way to get yourself back oriented to the way Photoshop was out of the box. So now I have my Regular Brush tool. I can make my brush size larger by using my Right Bracket key. If I want to paint with black, I press D to go to back to default black and white. Now I've kind of reoriented my tool back to the defaults. So reset your tool prefs by right-clicking on the tool icon in the upper left-hand corner.
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