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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 are several shortcuts for working with points on a Curve graph when you're using the adjustment layer version or the dialog version, either one is fine. Let's begin by getting a Curves adjustment layer started here. I'll go ahead and click on Curves from the Adjustment Layer panel and I'm going to get my Targeted Adjustment tool by clicking on that icon in the Adjustment panel here for Curves. I want to set a point for -- let's say the shadow behind her nose here, to left of her nose. So I'm just going to click there. I'm going to set a point for the highlight spot on her cheek here. Again I'll just click and then maybe in the blue or the shade of the eye or the hotspot here, I'm just looking for another point right about there, where it's little bit brighter spot in the image.
Okay. So what I've done is I have added three new points to the curve and then I want to start adjusting those. You'll see that only one point is selected by default here and it's got the little black solid filled point, whereas the unselected ones are hollow. The selected one can be moved with the arrow keys on my keyboard. So if I wanted to lighten or darken that particular point, I just use the Down Arrow to bring that down. I can also move it left and right with those arrow keys as well. To navigate to the next point on the graph, because I want to modify that, by nudging it with the arrow keys as well. Hit the Plus key on your keyboard and you'll see that goes to the next point in your list and if I just do Plus again, it just cycles through all those points and navigates through. As you might have guessed to go to the previous point, you hit the Minus key on your keyboard and that will select the previous point. If there is ever a point that you want to delete, well you can just hit the Delete key and that will get rid of that point.
So easy navigation to back and forth between each point and adjust it accordingly by using the arrows keys and what not. Plus key to go to the next point. Use the arrow keys again, Minus to go to previous, Plus to go to the next again. And if there is ever a point you want to get rid of, just hit the Delete key. Then if you ever just want to get rid of the adjustment layer itself, if that's the active layer in the Layers panel, you can just hit the Delete key to delete that layer as well.
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