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Photoshop is one of the world’s most powerful image editors, and it can be daunting to try to use skillfully. Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advanced, the second part of the popular and comprehensive series, follows internationally renowned Photoshop guru Deke McClelland as he dives into the workings of Photoshop. He explores such digital-age wonders as the Levels and Curves commands, edge-detection filters, advanced compositing techniques, vector-based text, the Liquify filter, and Camera Raw. Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details, smoothing over wrinkles and imperfections, and enhancing colors without harming the original image. Exercise files accompany the course.
Recommended prerequisite: Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals.
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 would to 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, an 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 the PC. I didn't film this movie on the Mac. I filmed it on a PC but I have given you Macintosh users something to work with here.
Notice this first screen-shot. By the way these screens are included with the exercise files that are available to 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 as 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 and 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 checkbox right there. Use all F1 and 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 the 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, go ahead and twirl it open. That's called Dock, Expos?, 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 caret symbol means, your Ctrl key. It actually features the word Control on it and you press Ctrl key along with D, then 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 Control 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 the startup being, it cannot be Command+Spacebar and Command+Options+Spacebar which is what I believe they are by default. Instead I went ahead and set mind 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're good to go. And of course that was just for Macintosh people. I hope I didn't snag a Windows person as soon as they are watching this. You're fine. You didn't have to do anything. In the next exercise I'm going to show you had to install the Best Workflow CS4 color settings.
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