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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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There is a couple of variations on the Transform Again command. First, you can actually do a transformation and create a copy of the layer that you are transforming at the same time. So Command+T brings up Free Transform or Ctrl+T. Command+Option+T or Ctrl+Alt+T brings up Free Transform but is also going to create a copy of the layer once you hit Apply. So if I go ahead and scale this a little bit down and rotate just a little bit, you see the minute I touched one of those handles, I've generated a new layer inside the Layers panel. So it's says Small copy.
I'm going to go ahead and hit Apply and I have generated a copy while I transformed. Now if I want to do the Transform Again command but also create another copy as part of that process, hold down all three modifiers, Command+Option+Shift or Ctrl+Alt+Shift on Windows, T, and every time I press T again with those three modifiers down, I'm just generating another copy and doing that same transformation again. So it's a very cheap quick way to do a spiral effect if you want. I know it does create a huge layer stack there but you can always either group those and do a layer set or just merge them down if that's the final effect you want.
So that's Transform and then copy and Transform Again on a copy using your modifier keyboard shortcuts there.
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