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I am going to be teaching you a lot of skills in Photoshop. One of those skill sets I'd really like you to learn is how to work fast. Watch this. So, how did you like that? Would you like to be able to work that fast? Well if you would, first of all, you are going to have to quit mousing around and you are going to have to start working from your keyboard. Come on, look over my shoulder and I'll show you how I work fast from the keyboard. Notice that my hands are starting on the keyboard. Not with one hand on the mouse and one hand on the keyboard. That's the starting position for most people. So I really want you to reach this step. When you start to stand at your keyboard from now on, put both hands right here on the bottom of your keyboard in the middle of your alpha keys.
All right, so that's the step up of how we want to position our hands on our keyboard. Now let's talk about, let me give you Taz's four main tips for actually manipulating the keyboard shortcuts. The first one is you are always going to use two hands and it's the right hand, if you are right hander, or left hand, if you're a left hander, is going to stay away from that mouse. You are always going to be using two hands, they are always going to be active, not just one but both of them. Then tip number two is I want you to make an imaginary dividing line on the middle of your keyboard, so that the left hand will be never cross over that and the right hand will never cross over that.
So I never want to see you working over like this or over like this. It takes time for that hand to cross over and you'd be surprised. You add up thousands of those and that's 50 or 60 kayaking strokes and I'll wait for you a little while out in the fjord, but not for long. All right, third tip is the action keys. Is one hand is going to be on the action keys and the other is on the alpha numeric. This is probably the most difficult habit to break because so many people are used to going Command+Z, Command+X or Command+Option+Shift and then A or something like that and then look at the position that your hands gets in.
You get crippled by the end of the day, never mind by the end of the year, and again it's very exhausting. Doing this Command+Z might be real fast for that one keyboard shortcut but overall, it's going to be much faster if you Command+Z, Command+X and then if the other alpha key is on this side, you just do a quick shift, Command+P, Command+O, Command+L, Command+K, like that. So your hands are making small shifts back and forth depending from whether they are working on the action keys or the alphanumeric keys. So one hand is on the action keys, and the other is doing alphanumeric.
It's going to be a little slow at first until you get used to it but hang in there because once your hands get the hang of it, they will just fly around those keys. And then finally the fourth of Taz's tips is that you always want to try to assign your fingers to individual keys. So for instance, thumb typically goes on the Spacebar and that's for most people. I'll talk about a variation to that in just one second. So the thumb will always be here and then the index fingers will go to the Command keys, which are the Alt keys on the Windows keyboard, and then the middle finger will go to the Option, which is the Ctrl keys on the Windows keyboard, and then the ring fingers will go to the Shift key.
Most peoples' pinkies, unless you are really good typist and if you are a touch typist, don't work all that great. But one variation of this is some people who have big hands or kind of stubby fingers and they don't real fit real well doing this when you have to do Command+Option+Shift or Ctrl+Alt+Shift is you can do a starting position where index finger goes on the Spacebar, middle finger Command, or Alt on Windows, ring finger on the Option or Ctrl in Windows and then you can move the pinky on to the Shift key so that you are like this. But whichever one works for you, start with it and then stick with it.
I like to use my thumbs on my Spacebar and then use Command, Option, and then Shift and then my pinkies are kind of free. So that's the positions and that's Taz's four main tips for positioning and then navigating and coordinating on your keyboard. So that's how I work fast on the keyboard and I would like to encourage you to do the same thing. Even during your training, I'd like you to start thinking about adopting that hand position, not crossing over your hands, using both hands. It will be little slow and cumbersome at first because you are not used to it, but in no time at all, you will be working faster and faster, faster than you have ever worked before.
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