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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
In this movie, we are going to continue to work with the same file that we used in the last movie, except this time what we are going to do is press the Tab key to get rid of most of the interface, then press Command+Plus to zoom in. Now to navigate through this file you can go to the Window pulldown menu and then choose Layer Comps and you can click the arrow keys to go through the different Layer Comps that we will be looking at and here you can see I'm scrolling through those. Now I have a shortcut setup in order to go through those Layer Comps. So I'm going to go ahead and hide that for a moment. Although you can use that panel if you need to, if you want to go back to this file to review these shortcuts on your own.
All right, well the first side that I obviously want to start with is this one. Now I want to start with this one because a lot of times what happens when you learn shortcuts is they all blend together, they all mush together and it's hard to make sense of all these different shortcuts. So let's break these out and let's take a couple of moments to review them. Now one of the most important shortcuts is a shortcut to take your layer and to copy that to a new layer or to duplicate the layer and the shortcut is Command+J on the Mac or Ctrl+J on a PC. It's definitely one of those shortcuts you want to jot down. Now there are another set of shortcuts which are important and these allow you to reorder your layers or to select/target your layers. And on the Mac/it's Command+ Brackets; on the PC that's Ctrl+Brackets for reordering. on the Mac/Option+ Brackets, PC Alt+Brackets, for selecting or targeting. Again, some of that will be probably worthwhile to write down.
Now how do you create that layer clipping mask? Well, on the Mac/what you do is you hold down the Option key, in a PC that's the Alt key. You then click between the two layers when you see the double circle icon. That will then create a layer clipping mask. Now if you create a layer clipping mask and you want to remove it, you can hover over that dividing line, pressing the shortcut key as well. Click again, you will then remove the layer clipping mask. All right, another important shortcut that we learned early on was how you can group layers together. This is really helpful because a lot of times your Layers palette just gets disorganized, you have so many layers, and it's hard to make sense of everything. So we looked at that shortcut where you could select multiple layers and then press Command+G, they will then be included in a group and that group will be collapsed. Again, it's just kind of a nice way to say, you know what, I'm not going to think about those for a while, I'm not going to think about I actually need to.
A couple of more shortcuts for you. Creating new layers, now there is one shortcut, which allows you to create a new layer with the dialog and then the other one without the dialog. Now the advantage of using the dialog is that you can determine a layer name, you can also determine a label color and a blend mode. So again, what shortcut you use will really depend on your workflow and what you trying to accomplish. All right, so here is the shortcut. To create a new layer with the dialog, Shift+Command+N on the Mac/Shift+Ctrl +N on a PC. Now just to create a new layer without the dialog, on a Mac/ Shift+Option+Command+N, on a PC Shift+Alt+Ctrl+N. So the only difference really is that Option and Alt key between those two shortcuts.
All right, one more for you. You can press the F7 key. I'll do that one now to open and close the Layers palette. Now that's really handy especially if you have hidden the Layers palette. So again, that F7 key will help you open and close that. All right, while in closing, you maybe thinking, gosh! I'm kind of starting this, but it's a little bit confusing. Well, if you feel like it's still a little bit confusing, don't lose heart because throughout this training, I'm going to be saying these shortcuts over and over again. And one of the things that I have find, especially when I'm teaching in a classroom is the first few times when I say a shortcut, there is no retention at all. People are simply just hearing something for the first time. But then after the third or the fourth time and then after they actually use a shortcut, maybe the fifth time, then it starts to sink in. There definitely is a process of learning and there is a learning curve with these.
Now I also know that there is kind of two camps of people. Some people who love shortcuts and some people who hate shortcuts. Now if you like shortcuts, great, hopefully this is helpful. Now if you don't like shortcuts, no big deal, because they are always ways to do the same things without those shortcuts.
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