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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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Okay, this next power shortcut, it's a little bit on the geeky side, it's certainly something that a normal user probably doesn't even think about, it's more of a power user thing. But given that this is power shortcuts, I think it's appropriate to share this with you. That is, if you turn off a layer. So I'm going turn off the Hugging layer, the middle one here, by clicking on its eye. And then I try to undo that, Command+Z, nothing happens because by default layer visibility, meaning turning them on or off, that is not something that gets captured as an undoable thing. However, if you wanted to, you can turn that option on. It's kind of a weird thing.
You might think to see it somewhere in the Layers panel. It turns out it has nothing to do with layers. It's in the History panel. So if you don't have a History panel available, go to the Window menu and choose History, to bring it up to the front. I already have it open over here. And in the History panel fly-out option. So in the little upper-right corner of the panel, there is History Options and there is this little check box down at the bottom with the History Options dialog, it says make Layer Visibility Changes Undoable. I'm going to turn that on. And now I'm going to turn the Hugging layer back on and now when I do Command+Z or Ctrl+Z I can toggle that layer visibility on or off. Well, why is that important? Well, let's say that you are showing your client or your customer, your Art Director or whatever two different versions of a document. And to get that set up, you may drag through a couple of different layers to turn them off.
But then you put your document at Full Screen mode by pressing the letter F twice to hide your panels and change your background to black. But now if I do Command+Z or Ctrl+Z, I can toggle that layer visibility choice that I made without having to have the panels visible on my screen.
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