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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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You can also use the Free Transform mode to skew an image. So let's bring open the Free Transform mode. Command+T or Ctrl+T to put the active layer in Free Transform mode. Again by the default behavior, if you just grab a corner handle you are going be arbitrarily scaling that. So to skew it instead, hold down Command+Shift on the Mac or Ctrl+Shift on Windows. This time I'm going to go from a middle handle up here at the top because I want to skew it along the horizontal axis here. So holding down Command+Shift/Ctrl+ Shift lets me skew and distort the image that way. If I do it from the corner handle, I can skew from the corner as well.
It looks kind of funky to do that. So typically skew most of the time is done along one axis. Skew it vertically or you can skew it horizontally. Again when you are happy with the results just hit the Enter key to apply that and undo, Command+Z or Ctrl+Z, to get back to where we started from.
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