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Text editing tricks and shortcuts


Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advanced

with Deke McClelland

Video: Text editing tricks and shortcuts

I have gone ahead and saved my progress so far as Pixel-text power.psd. I'm going to show you some of the myriad keyboard shortcuts that are available to you when formatting text inside of Photoshop. Now we've only talked about the Ctrl+Shift+L for flush left text, Command+Shift+L on the Mac, and so on and so on. Let's see some more, why don't we? I'm going to switch to this document. It's called Text edit tricks.psd. And it is a ginormous table for your viewing pleasure.
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  1. 22m 25s
    1. Welcome to Photoshop CS4 One-on-One Advanced
      1m 43s
    2. Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      6m 9s
    3. Resetting the function keys on a Mac
      3m 51s
    4. Installing the CS4 color settings
      4m 37s
    5. Setting up the CS4 color settings
      6m 5s
  2. 2h 44m
    1. Highlights, shadows, and midtones
    2. Low contrast, bad meter
      5m 57s
    3. Auto tone, contrast, and color
      8m 1s
    4. Cache levels and the Histogram palette
      7m 16s
    5. How the auto commands work
      10m 15s
    6. A first look at Levels
      6m 11s
    7. Target colors and clipping
      9m 6s
    8. Modifying input levels
      9m 44s
    9. Adjusting the gamma value
      7m 35s
    10. Previewing clipping
      7m 18s
    11. The futility of output levels
      4m 56s
    12. Channel-by-channel edits
      11m 54s
    13. When levels fail
      4m 35s
    14. A first look at Curves
      8m 46s
    15. Static Curves layer tricks
      7m 45s
    16. Dynamic Curves layer tricks
      7m 25s
    17. Correcting the composite image
      8m 30s
    18. Neutralizing a color cast
      6m 52s
    19. The Target Adjustment tool in Curves
      8m 29s
    20. Correcting an image in Lab
      10m 7s
    21. The Shadows/Highlights filter
      4m 19s
    22. Radius and tonal width
      8m 11s
  3. 1h 48m
    1. Edge-enhancement tricks
      1m 13s
    2. How sharpening works
      3m 48s
    3. The single-shot sharpeners
      4m 29s
    4. The Unsharp Mask filter
      7m 57s
    5. Understanding the Radius value
      6m 25s
    6. Gauging the best settings
      7m 47s
    7. Previewing how sharpening will print
      3m 37s
    8. Measuring and setting screen resolution
      6m 57s
    9. Tweaking the screen resolution
      4m 28s
    10. Sharpening the luminance data
      8m 23s
    11. USM vs. Smart Sharpen
      4m 23s
    12. Smart Sharpen's Remove settings
      5m 50s
    13. High-resolution sharpening
      6m 16s
    14. When to leave More Accurate off
      3m 48s
    15. When to turn More Accurate on
      4m 24s
    16. The advanced options
      7m 57s
    17. Saving Smart Sharpen settings
      4m 23s
    18. Accounting for camera shake
      7m 7s
    19. Sharpening with the High Pass filter
      9m 8s
  4. 2h 16m
    1. Why would you blur?
      1m 8s
    2. Fading after an undo
      3m 27s
    3. The "bell-shaped" Gaussian Blur
      5m 43s
    4. The linear Box Blur
      3m 6s
    5. Add Noise vs. Median
      4m 50s
    6. Despeckle vs. Dust & Scratches
      6m 31s
    7. Smart Blur vs. Surface Blur
      8m 13s
    8. The Motion Blur filter
      4m 33s
    9. Radial Blur's Spin and Zoom variations
      5m 48s
    10. Mixing filtered effects
      3m 56s
    11. The "Captain Kirk in Love" effect
      5m 4s
    12. Diffusing focus with Blur and Overlay
      8m 50s
    13. Simulating Vaseline and film grain
      8m 2s
    14. Filling a layer with a neutral color
      2m 55s
    15. Old-school contrast reduction
      3m 39s
    16. Three steps to diffused focus
      7m 36s
    17. Averaging skin tones
      9m 45s
    18. Addressing the stubborn patches
      5m 26s
    19. Combining Gaussian Blur and Average
      6m 1s
    20. Blurring surface details
      3m 3s
    21. Smoothing blemishes while matching noise
      8m 6s
    22. Reducing digital noise
      8m 47s
    23. Striking a smooth/sharpen compromise
      4m 36s
    24. Smoothing over JPEG artifacts
      7m 38s
  5. 2h 31m
    1. Independent layers of color adjustment
      1m 7s
    2. Undersea color channels
      4m 2s
    3. Inventing a Red channel with Lab
      8m 20s
    4. Mixing color channels
      6m 55s
    5. Making shadows with Levels
      7m 5s
    6. Applying small color adjustments
      6m 0s
    7. Further modifying Levels in Lab
      8m 50s
    8. Creating a dynamic fill layer
      4m 38s
    9. Brushing and blending color
      4m 42s
    10. Working with "found masks"
      7m 31s
    11. Saturation, sharpen, and crop
      8m 9s
    12. Mixing a monochromatic image
      7m 2s
    13. Masking an adjustment layer
      4m 45s
    14. Working with Opacity and blend modes
      3m 39s
    15. Adding a black-and-white adjustment
      5m 53s
    16. The Target Adjustment tool in black and white
      6m 12s
    17. Tinting a monochrome photo
      3m 20s
    18. Introducing Gradient Map
      4m 17s
    19. Adjusting both color and luminance
      5m 44s
    20. Infusing elements with different colors
      6m 22s
    21. Adjustment layers as creative tools
      4m 34s
    22. Inverting and brightening the background
      5m 14s
    23. Blurring live, editable type
      5m 44s
    24. Hue, saturation, and darkness
      6m 51s
    25. Filling type with a color adjustment
      3m 24s
    26. Using one adjustment to modify another
      3m 21s
    27. Breathing color into the title
      3m 38s
    28. The Hue/Saturation humanoid
      3m 44s
  6. 1h 48m
    1. Parametric operations
      1m 23s
    2. The power of blend modes
      6m 16s
    3. Changing the Opacity value
      5m 46s
    4. Opacity vs. Fill Opacity
      4m 37s
    5. Meet the blend modes
      6m 4s
    6. Blend mode shortcuts
      7m 8s
    7. Darken, Multiply, and the Burn modes
      6m 33s
    8. Tempering a Burn effect with Fill
      4m 43s
    9. Saving a blended state
      4m 18s
    10. Lighten, Screen, and the Dodge modes
      8m 22s
    11. Linear Burn = Add minus white
      5m 31s
    12. Overlay and the contrast modes
      6m 52s
    13. Fill Opacity takes priority
      6m 19s
    14. Difference and exclusion
      5m 21s
    15. Using difference for golden highlights
      4m 2s
    16. The composite (HSL) modes
      6m 8s
    17. The brush-only modes: Behind and Clear
      10m 31s
    18. Layer groups and the Pass Through mode
      8m 54s
  7. 1h 53m
    1. It's all about the presentation
    2. Moving a layer a specific number of pixels
      6m 59s
    3. Adding a pixel mask to a layer
      5m 48s
    4. Editing a layer mask
      7m 19s
    5. Combining layers into a clipping mask
      6m 19s
    6. Introducing the Advanced Blending options
      4m 45s
    7. Using the luminance blending sliders
      7m 26s
    8. Forcing through underlying luminance
      4m 32s
    9. Masking with a path outline
      5m 45s
    10. Refining a mask from the Masks palette
      7m 18s
    11. Creating and modifying a layer group
      3m 29s
    12. Establishing a knockout group
      5m 29s
    13. Fixing last-minute problems
      6m 23s
    14. Introducing layer comps
      6m 40s
    15. Exploring layered states
      6m 43s
    16. Deleting layers and updating comps
      6m 18s
    17. Saving a basic composition
      6m 21s
    18. Assigning and saving appearance attributes
      7m 15s
    19. Layer comps dos and don'ts
      7m 27s
  8. 1h 56m
    1. Type: The great imaging exception
    2. Establishing default formatting attributes
      4m 6s
    3. Saving formatting attributes as a preset
      8m 5s
    4. Making a point text layer
      6m 18s
    5. Editing size and leading
      6m 44s
    6. Working with vector-based text
      6m 12s
    7. Formatting area text
      4m 16s
    8. Creating a layer of area text
      3m 20s
    9. Resizing the text frame
      4m 34s
    10. Changing the anti-aliasing setting
      3m 58s
    11. Obscure but important formatting options
      6m 31s
    12. Text editing tricks and shortcuts
      8m 44s
    13. Creating a cast shadow
      6m 1s
    14. Blurred shadows and beveled text
      7m 16s
    15. Drawing a path outline
      4m 51s
    16. Creating type on a path
      6m 39s
    17. Flipping text across a circle
      3m 18s
    18. Vertical alignment with baseline shift
      4m 16s
    19. Warping text
      4m 57s
    20. Scaling your text to taste
      3m 33s
    21. Applying a custom warp
      6m 24s
    22. Creating an engraved text effect
      5m 11s
  9. 2h 17m
    1. Bending an image to fit your needs
    2. Creating a canvas texture
      6m 48s
    3. Masking objects against a white background
      5m 42s
    4. Scaling an image to fit a composition
      8m 9s
    5. Aligning one layer to fit another
      3m 52s
    6. Changing the Image Interpolation
      8m 10s
    7. Merging faces
      5m 32s
    8. Rotating the first clock hand
      7m 17s
    9. Adding hands and pasting styles
      6m 40s
    10. Series duplication in Photoshop
      4m 35s
    11. Masking objects against a black background
      6m 34s
    12. Skews and perspective distortions
      7m 57s
    13. Envelope-style warps
      9m 2s
    14. Old-school distortion filters
      8m 50s
    15. Introducing the Liquify filter
      4m 9s
    16. Reconstructing an image
      6m 55s
    17. Using the Warp tool
      5m 16s
    18. The Pucker and Bloat tools
      5m 53s
    19. Push, Turbulence, and Twirl
      6m 41s
    20. The Freeze and Thaw mask tools
      5m 45s
    21. Saving and loading a mesh file
      3m 59s
    22. Creating and applying a texture layer
      8m 30s
  10. 1h 28m
    1. Effects vs. styles
      1m 11s
    2. Of layer styles and masks
      4m 37s
    3. Everything about drop shadow
      8m 2s
    4. Adding a directional glow
      4m 39s
    5. Colorizing with Color Overlay
      5m 18s
    6. Stroke and fill opacity
      5m 48s
    7. Creating a multicolor Outer Glow
      9m 22s
    8. Introducing Bevel and Emboss
      7m 48s
    9. Contour and Texture
      4m 35s
    10. Simulating liquid reflections
      6m 28s
    11. Saving layer styles
      6m 18s
    12. Applying and appending styles
      4m 36s
    13. Saving and swapping style presets
      3m 16s
    14. The five effect helpers
      3m 47s
    15. Blending the effect before the layer
      5m 1s
    16. Colorizing a signature
      3m 30s
    17. Clipping an effect with a mask
      4m 5s
  11. 1h 50m
    1. Welcome to the digital darkroom
      1m 46s
    2. Opening Camera Raw in the Bridge
      5m 44s
    3. The Camera Raw 5 interface
      4m 39s
    4. Adjusting the white balance
      5m 0s
    5. Finessing and saving changes
      7m 55s
    6. Using the White Balance tool
      2m 43s
    7. Working with the Exposure controls
      7m 34s
    8. Straightening and cropping a raw image
      5m 53s
    9. Applying automatic exposure adjustments
      6m 6s
    10. Exposure warnings
      5m 44s
    11. Clarity, Vibrance, and Saturation
      4m 47s
    12. Using the Graduated Filter tool
      3m 33s
    13. Dodging with the Adjustment brush
      9m 24s
    14. Tone Curve adjustments
      6m 54s
    15. Using the Spot Removal tool
      2m 48s
    16. Removing noise and sharpening detail
      4m 5s
    17. Adjusting HSL values
      4m 18s
    18. Adjusting luminance, color by color
      4m 14s
    19. Black and white and split toning
      5m 16s
    20. Camera Raw tips and tricks
      7m 32s
    21. Correcting JPEG and TIFF images
      4m 43s
  12. 57s
    1. Until next time

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Photoshop is one of the world’s most powerful image editors, and it can be daunting to try to use skillfully. Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advanced, the second part of the popular and comprehensive series, follows internationally renowned Photoshop guru Deke McClelland as he dives into the workings of Photoshop. He explores such digital-age wonders as the Levels and Curves commands, edge-detection filters, advanced compositing techniques, vector-based text, the Liquify filter, and Camera Raw. Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details, smoothing over wrinkles and imperfections, and enhancing colors without harming the original image. Exercise files accompany the course.

Recommended prerequisite: Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals.

Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts and color settings for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.

Topics include:
  • Using blend modes, adjustment layers, and layer styles
  • Organizing a layered composition so it is fluid and editable
  • Creating and editing type in Photoshop
  • Using blur effectively
  • Using adjustment layers to add color
  • Combining layers into a clipping mask
  • Working with Camera Raw
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Deke McClelland

Text editing tricks and shortcuts

I have gone ahead and saved my progress so far as Pixel-text power.psd. I'm going to show you some of the myriad keyboard shortcuts that are available to you when formatting text inside of Photoshop. Now we've only talked about the Ctrl+Shift+L for flush left text, Command+Shift+L on the Mac, and so on and so on. Let's see some more, why don't we? I'm going to switch to this document. It's called Text edit tricks.psd. And it is a ginormous table for your viewing pleasure.

Now, we have a list of tasks on the left -hand side and a list of Tricks because not necessarily keyboard shortcuts, not all of them. And notice, unless otherwise marked by an asterisk, all of these tasks require active text. So in other words, you can select all text on a layer, whether the text is already active or not. You can select it by Double-Clicking on the T icon, which is that thumbnail that you see in Layers palette, that's associated with an editable text layer. And you just Double-Click on the T to select all the text. So it doesn't have to be active, for that to happen. It will be active of course after you make it happen, but not before. But the rest of the stuff if you don't see an asterisk, then you have to have text active, you have to have highlighted the text with the Type tool.

Notice that all my tricks, all my keyboard shortcuts in particular are listed in Windows terms. Meaning, we're either seeing Ctrl or Alt down here for example. It's strictly a popularity contest people. It's just because most of you are using Windows, and fewer of you are using the Mac. So wherever you see Ctrl in this column right there, substitute the cloverleaf key; the Command Key, anytime you see Alt, it's Option. So do that conversion, you'll be fine, Shift of course is Shift, so you don't have to worry about that one. All right, so let's run down, if you want to select a whole word, you Double-Click on it, a whole line, you Triple-Click, and a whole a paragraph, you Quadruple-Click.

Preview a font on a text layer, you Click in the Font option, either up in the Options bar, if it's available which it is, when you have the Type tool active in the Character palette, and then you press the Up and Down Arrow Keys, and then you'll see the font applied on the fly. You want to format multiple layers of text at the same time, then select all the layers and apply the settings. I'm going to go back to Pixel-text palette here, and so if I wanted to change both of these layers at the same time, then we Click on one to select it, and then Ctrl+Click or Command+Click on the other in an empty area down here, not on the layer thumbnail, because that would convert the text to a selection outline.

So go ahead and Ctrl+Click on the other, and the reason we are not Shift+Clicking is that would select a range of layers. That would include the group in between. Then you'll apply your formatting attributes to both layers of type; that's all you have to do. All right, I'm going to Click down here to select nothing, and then I'm going to go back to Text Edit Tricks here, Bold Style, either real or a faux is going to be Ctrl+Shift+B, you've got Italic. Notice you've got Underline, which is Ctrl+Shift+U, and Strikethrough, which is Ctrl+Shift+Slash. Now bear in mind, those require characters or text to be selected before they'll work.

Subscript and Superscript, I doubt, you are ever going to use them but we have still got keyboard shortcut, it's Ctrl+ Shift+Plus, Command+Shift+Plus on the Mac, and then Ctrl+Shift+Alt+Plus for Subscript or Command+Shift+Option+Plus for Subscript on the Mac. All right, I'm going to scroll down my list until what used to be at the bottom is at the top. We've got All Caps, Ctrl+Shift+K we've got Small Caps, Ctrl+Shift+H. Those are industry conventions just so you know, but here is the one that you really want to assign to memory. It's Restore Regular Style, very few people know this is even an option, Ctrl+Shift+Y on the PC, or Command+Shift+Y on the Mac, and that will basically get rid of the Bold and the Italic and all the other styles, and just go to whatever regular style is available.

Here are a couple of really awesome ones to memorize, if you are going to be working in a bunch of Adobe apps. You can reduce or enlarge the type in 2 point increments, by going Ctrl+Shift+Lesser Than Sign which is comma or greater than sign which is period on an American keyboard. If you want to go to 10 point increment, so five times as much you add, Alt or Option on the Mac. Let me show you that one. That's really, really great one. I'll go ahead and get my Type tool. I'll select Ted Hutchinson. Say we really want to make that look bigger, and I'll press Ctrl+Shift+Period, Command+Shift+Period on the Mac to make that text bigger in 2-point increments, and remember a point is 170 second of an inch. Render it out in however many pixels we have per inch inside of this image, and Ctrl+Shift+Comma or Command+Shift+Comma which is the less than sign is going to make the text incrementally smaller. And if you add Alt or Option to that trick, you are going to really go nuts, either bigger or smaller. Let's escape out because that's pretty ugly.

Let's go to the other document that I've opened. Now let's move along to the leading tricks right here. We've got Override Auto Leading, and what you do to override the auto leading and apply some other leading setting other than Auto is you Click the A-over-A icon, and enter a value, and we've already discussed that. So that's not really a trick, but it's just the way that you change the Leading value. The reason I mentioned it is because for these other tricks to work, you can't have your text set to Auto Leading. There is a bug inside Photoshop. It's been there forever. But once you have some manual setting in place, then you can tighten or raise the leading in 2 point increments by pressing Alt or Option, Up or Down Arrow, and then add Ctrl or Command for 10 point increments. Then you can Restore the Leading to Auto by pressing all the modifier keys Ctrl+Shift+Alt and A or Command+Shift+ Option+A on the Mac. Let me show you that one, because this is a pretty good one to know.

So let's say, I go ahead and switch to the Type tool here or I just Double-Click on the layer to select all that text, and now I press Alt+Down Arrow to move the lines of text farther apart, and notice oh, my gosh, that was more than 2 point increment. Well, why was that? Let's go ahead and press Ctrl+Z, Command+Z on a Mac. That was because of that wonderful bug I was telling you about. If I bring up my Character palette, Leading is set to Auto. So let's set it to something different, let's set it to 10 points. Now, it looks good. Then let's get rid of that guy. Now, if I press Alt+Down Arrow, this would be Option+Down Arrow on the Mac, I move the lines apart in 2 point increments, and if I press Alt+Up Arrow or Option+Up Arrow on a Mac, I move the lines together in 2 point increments. Then if I want to restore Auto Leading, let's move these guys really close to each other for a moment, that's Ctrl+Shift+Alt+A, Command+Shift+Option+A on the Mac.

Do I expect you to remember any of this? No. That's why I have this Text Edit Tricks table available to you, so that you can pick and choose the ones that you want to remember. If you are into kerning, if you want to be able to kern your letters closer to each other or farther apart, you have these keyboard shortcuts right here, that are available to you. Notice that you are working in Em spaces, really thousands of an Em space. An Em space is as wide as the type size is tall. So if you are working with 12 point type, then Em space is 12 points wide, but then you divide it by 1000. So it's very, very tiny increment. Then you are working with 20 of them, if you press Alt or Option with the Right or Left Arrow Key, and you are working with 100 of them, so one-tenth of the type size, if you press Ctrl+Alt with Left or Right Arrow, or Command+Option with Left or Right Arrow on the Mac.

I am just going to breeze through the rest of these because they become less and less useful down below here. We've got the Baseline Shifts. Try them out if you want to. You can reset the Horizontal Scale to 100% by pressing this one, or the Vertical Scale to 100% by pressing this one. We've got the Center-Align and Left-Justify and Right-Justify. We've already went over those. You can move the active text block by Ctrl+Dragging or Command+Dragging it if you want to. You can transform active text by pressing-and-holding the Ctrl Key and dragging the handles by the Command Key on the Mac, you can force the creation of the new text layer, I was showing you that one, by Shift+Clicking with the Type tool or Shift+ Dragging for area text. Change the color by changing the Foreground Color. We just did that in the previous exercise.

Am I going fast enough for you? Now, we can hide or show the highlight by pressing Ctrl+H or Command+H, we also saw that in the previous exercise. Accept the change to the text layer by pressing Enter on the keypad, or Ctrl+Enter that would be Command+Return on the Mac, I should mention that, and Abandon All Changes (& Hope), by pressing Escape, Kiss your Edits Goodbye. I just suggest you exercise caution with Escape because it's sort of napalm where your modifications are concerned inside of Photoshop. You really, really want to have to get rid of everything if you are going to press the Escape Key, and that my friends is my presentation of the overwhelming list of keyboard shortcuts and tricks that are available to you when modifying formatting attributes inside of Photoshop. In the next exercise, I'm going to start showing you stuff you can only do to text inside Photoshop. Stay tuned.

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