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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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One of the things that can really slow you down when you are working in Photoshop is if you have ever have to go to the View menu to turn things on like Rulers and Guides and Snapping behavior. So it's best to learn the keyboard shortcuts for that as soon as you can because it's a big drag, no pun intended, to keep going back up to that menu. So let's run through a few of these. To turn rulers on and off at the toggle, makes sense. It's Command+R, Ctrl+R. That just turns it on and off. If you want to see a guide, let's go ahead and drag out some guides just so we have some things to work with. Okay, so you are just dragging from the Ruler bar into your image of course. Pretty standard behavior in all the applications here.
If you want to see the guides turned off temporarily, then there is keyboard shortcut for that as well. Command+Colon or Command+Semi-colon, same key there. Or Ctrl+Colon on the Windows keyboard. And that's again just to toggle to turn the guides on or off. If you were working with a grid, you can split up the document into chunks. To turn the grid on and make it visible, it's Command+Apostrophe or Ctrl+Apostrophe and you can see there is a default Grid Increment value there. To change that you can just double- click on any guide in your document.
I'll just go ahead and double-click on this one and that will open up your Preferences panel where you can actually change the grid line. So there is a major grid line every one inch by default and a sub-division of every quarter of an inch. So if you want, we can make the grid line be at every two inches and the sub-division be every one inch just to get a larger grid. I'll go ahead and click OK. And you will see that grid is now changed to bigger increments. Let's go ahead and double-click on that again. Adjust the Ruler guide there and we'll change the sub-division to two as well. And it's a little bit more obvious there. So again to turn the grid off, Command+ Apostrophe or Ctrl+Apostrophe. To turn the guides on or off, Command or Ctrl+Semi-Colon and then to turn the rulers on or off, Command or Ctrl+R.
One last note about the rulers, they actually are a sticky setting so if you close that document with the rulers on, when you re-open the document, the rulers will still be on so I just get in the habit of turning the rulers off when I don't really need to see them. They just take up screen real estate and they are sometimes distracting. So there you have it some basic keyboard shortcuts for the simple View options.
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