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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 little bit of a hidden feature inside Photoshop that has to do with Free Transform that's the Transform Again command. So let's begin by transforming this layer here, the small layer. I'm going to do Command+T, Ctrl+T. It brings it up in the Free Transform mode. I'm going to go ahead and Shift+scale, Shift+drag to scale it proportionately and maybe just rotate a little bit as well just by clicking outside the bounding box and dragging. Then I'm going to hit Return or Enter to apply that transformation. Now, if you do Command+Shift+T or Ctrl+Shift+T on Windows, it redoes the last transformation you used previously. So here is before, here is after. I just reapply that same transformation. If you do Command+Shift+T again, it just continues to apply that transformation.
So you can see it's continuing to rotate and scale as I go. I'm going to undo that. Command+Option+Z or Ctrl+Alt+ Z to undo that a couple of times. Now this works across layers and across documents as well. So if I want to do a Free Transform of this type layer here using the same transform values that I used on the image layer, again Command+Shift+T, Command+Shift+T, Command+Shift+T, Ctrl+Shift+T, Ctrl+Shift+T, and it will do the same transformations to the new layer. If I navigate to a different document and select a set of layers or just a single layer in that document and do Command+Shift+T, Ctrl+Shift+T, it will use that same transformation in that other document as well.
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