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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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Sometimes selecting the text in a layer to edit it or act on it can be a little frustrating. So let me give you a few tips there on how to make that task easier. So I'm going to press T, for the Text tool here and I'm going to try to click into a particular text layer. Now, if you take a look at the Layers panel, these actually are two different text layers. The blue text is one layer and the black text is another. If I click kind of in between, I'm not really paying the close attention, you end up creating a new text layer. All right, you see Layer 1 here, because I didn't click exactly in that text frame. So I'm going to hit Escape to make that go away. If I click in the black text, okay, I'm pretty sure to get that text. If I click in the blue text, but see now I'm in that text frame, I can't click into the blue text frame.
So I'm going to hit Escape again and then I click on the blue. So you can see it gets problematic sometimes. A better way to do it, even when you don't have the Text tool as the active tool. If you take a look at the Layers panel, if you double-click on the T, little thumbnail of the text layer that you want to jump into. So let's say I want to get to the, This is point text layer, if you just double-click on the T, that actually selects all the text of that text layer for you, so it's highlighted and it automatically switches you to your Type tool. So I find that's just a much more accurate method of getting to the exact text layer that you want and automatically switching to the Text tool.
When I double-click on the T for the second text layer here, the Sofija at Red Lake, again it switches to that text layer, selects all the text in there for me and actually switches you to the Text tool. Now one little other additional tip here. If all you want to do is a global text change on a given layer, meaning you want to make the same edit on all the characters on that layer, you don't just want one word to be different, then you don't actually need to select or highlight the text specifically, you just need to have the type layer chosen as the active layer in the Layers panel.
If I press the T key in my keyboard, that switches you to the Text tool. Now anything I do in the Options Bar up here for the Text tool will apply to the entire text layer. So if I want to change it's color, for instance, to red or whatever, you'll see that I actually get a live preview here, only that text layer is changing but all the text on that layer is actually changing at the same time. So again, if I change the Point size to 30, the basic take away here is that you don't actually have to bother highlighting the text if you just want to change all the text on that layer.
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