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Spring-loaded tools

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Video: Spring-loaded tools

Now I want to show you a really tiny new feature, tiny and hidden new feature inside of Photoshop CS4; its spring-loaded tools. And the idea is you can press and hold a keyboard shortcut in order to temporarily access a tool. So for example let's say I want to take this image from Joseph Jean Rolland Dube and I want to lighten the lips a little bit using the Dodge tool. So I'd go ahead and select the Dodge tool by pressing the O key. So just a tap on the O key gets me the Dodge tool just like it has in the past.

Spring-loaded tools

Now I want to show you a really tiny new feature, tiny and hidden new feature inside of Photoshop CS4; its spring-loaded tools. And the idea is you can press and hold a keyboard shortcut in order to temporarily access a tool. So for example let's say I want to take this image from Joseph Jean Rolland Dube and I want to lighten the lips a little bit using the Dodge tool. So I'd go ahead and select the Dodge tool by pressing the O key. So just a tap on the O key gets me the Dodge tool just like it has in the past.

And that's a standard tool selection right? But I'm thinking gosh, if I just start painting in on these lips it's going to be hard to get into these corners here, unless I make the brush really small. So I think I'll go ahead and define a selection, and I can quickly select those lips using the Quick Selection tool and here's an even quicker way to get to that tool. That tool's keyboard shortcut, by the way, let me show it to you, is the W key. All right, so here's what I do. The Dodge tool's still active. I press and hold the W key. That temporarily switches me over to the Quick Selection tool here.

Then I would paint inside the lips. I still have that W key down. I release the mouse button, so I'm completely done using the tool. Then I release the W key and watch what happens. I switch right back to that Dodge tool there then I'll press Ctrl+H or Command+H on a Mac to hide those selection edges. Then I'll paint inside of the lips in order to lighten them and there you go. That quickly, we're able to both select and lighten those lips using two different tools without actually having to go back and fourth to the toolbox. Now of course that assumes that the tool has a keyboard shortcut and I should mention that one group of tools has lost its keyboard shortcut. These guys right here.

Blur, Sharpen and Smudge, not really Photoshop's greatest tools in the first place, no longer have a keyboard shortcut of R. That now goes ahead and selects the new Rotate View tool right here. So you can select tools from the keyboard by pressing a key or you can press and hold the key in order to temporarily get that tool, here inside of Photoshop CS4.

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