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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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So I'm really excited to show you this next power shortcut. It's called spring loaded tool shortcuts and it's brand new to Photoshop CS4. Here is the deal. You know about the tool shortcuts where you just tap a letter to switch from tool to tool, so B for the Brush tool, V for the Move tool. Let's go back to B for the Brush tool. So tapping that letter actually switches you to that tool. Spring loaded tool shortcuts lets you switch to any tool from any other tool temporarily. And the way you do it is you just hold that letter instead of tapping it.
So for instance, I'm in the middle of brushing this image, right. And let's say I want to take advantage of another new feature in CS4 called rotating the view. So normally, I tap the R key to get to the Rotate Canvas tool. So I've actually switched to the Rotate tool and now when I let go off the mouse, I'm still in that Rotate tool. So I'm going to go back to the Brush tool, okay. I'm painting, painting, painting, I want to take advantage of the Rotate view. So this time I'm going to hold down the R key and I'm now in the Rotate tool, but the minute I let go of the R key, I'm back to the Brush tool. So again, this let's you switch from any tool to any other tool.
So let's say that I want to paint in this particular area here. I'm just going to ruin this image. Let's say I needed to make a selection to isolate my painting. So I'll undo that paint. I'm going to hold down the M key to temporarily turn to the Marquee tool, right. I let go off the M key and I'm right back in the Brush tool. So it may not seem at first how this is going to save you a lot of time but it really, really does. It basically makes every tool a modifier of the current tool. So spring loaded shortcuts, they are your friend. You are going to learn to love them and wish they were in every Adobe product.
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