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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.
Download the keyboard shortcut guide from the Exercise Files tab.
There is another adjustment layer that also has the Targeted Adjustment feature similar to what you may have seen in Curves, and that's Hue/Saturation. I'm going to click on the Hue/Sat adjustment layer icon here in the Adjustments panel. That creates a new Hue/ Saturation adjustment layer. And yes, you can try to dial in the specific color that you want to change before you actually start using the slider or you can just use the new adjustment variation here, the Targeted Adjustment tool. I am going to click on that and now when I come into my image, I know that these reds are too hot. They are too saturated so I'm just going to click right on the red and start dragging left or right. And you see the little cursor gives you a little finger and that a double arrow and it's pointing the direction you are supposed to drag. So if I drag to the left, I desaturate, if I drag to the right, I over saturate, in this example.
Okay, so that's just the basic default behavior there, left and right. If you hold down the Command key or the Ctrl key on Windows and now drag, you will actually be shifting the Hue slider instead. So, if I don't want to just to go from lighter red to more saturated red, but I actually want it to be an orange or yellow or some weird green color, I can just hold down the Command key until I get the Hue that I'm looking for. I may go to shift it slightly orange, okay. And then, because I have shifted the Hue, maybe I want to shift the Saturation again. So I just let go of the Command or Ctrl key and I can just bring the Saturation back up again.
Again, if you want to see the before and after, just hold down the Backslash key on your keyboard, pause for a brief second and you will see the before image. When you let go, you will see the after image.
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