Join Taz Tally for an in-depth discussion in this video Accessing color correction tools with the keyboard, part of Photoshop CS3 Color Correction.
- [Instructor] Just to review, what we did last time was we made up our own keyboard shortcut used in the customize keyboard shortcut capability, down here, Keyboard Shortcuts, to access the Duplicate function underneath the Image menu. Well, there are also a variety of keyboard shortcuts already built in to Photoshop and the first set you need to be aware of is keyboard access to all these tools over in the Tool palette but first, before we go there, remember back in that section where we set up our preferences inside of Photoshop, underneath the General section here where we unchecked Use Shift Key for Tool Switch.
This is where that really pays off. By checking that off, you can just use single alpha keys to access your tools inside of the basic toolbox and most of these are pretty straightforward. For instance, the Marquee Tool which is this tool right here, instead of clicking on it with your mouse, just hit the m key. The next one down is l for Lasso. Next one down, Magic Wand is w for wand, c for the Crop Tool, k for the Knife Tool. Most of 'em make an enormous amount of sense. t for the Type Tool and p for the Pen Tool.
A couple of 'em don't make too much sense and you'll just kind of have to learn them. For instance, the Healing Brush Tool set is j and the way I remember that is because j in the word healing brush. Yeah, alright, maybe that's not too smart but you can make up your own to help you decide how to learn or remember the various tools that were not easy like the History Brush Tool. The keyboard shortcut for that is y and the way I remember that is history. And if you forget, well, the keyboard shortcuts are right next to each of the tools if you just click and hold.
Now, you'll also notice that there are little tick marks in the lower right hand corner and you can just toggle on, in this case the m key to go back and forth from one to the other from the Elliptical to the Rectangular Marquee and the Lasso Tool for instance, you can get to the Multiple Lassos Tools. Just keep hitting the l key and this is going to allow you to quickly access those tools while you're doing your color correction. Make sure your check off that Shift key in the Preferences and then you can access all your tools and multiple tools using just the straight alpha key keyboard shortcuts.
Another little shortcut here, Tab key. Let's say that you have a variety of different tools and palettes open. Hit the Tab key and that'll hide everything and then you can hit Tab key again to bring them back if you want to. So that's awful nice to know as well. Once you do select a tool, let's say we went to the Rubber Stamp Tool, s, you can access the Options palette that you see up here by just hitting the Enter key. If you press the Enter key, it'll automatically take you to the first data field for that particular tool and then you can hit the Tab key to move you forward.
So if you had made a, let's go to say the Lasso Tool for instance. You hit l for Lasso, you hit the Enter key and it automatically takes you to the Feather function. So if you're going to do color correction on a certain portion of an image then you ought to make your lasso to make that selection before you went in and started doing your color correction. l for Lasso then hit that Enter key and then you can apply whatever feather you want and then just hit the Enter key again and then you can back and use your Lasso. So l and then the Enter will automatically take you up to that Options palette.
You can also have keyboard shortcut access to your palettes, your panels in Photoshop CS3 and if you look underneath your menu for Windows, you can see some of the built in keyboard shortcuts. F5, F6, F7 and F8 are already built in. So F5 will bring up the brushes, F6, the colors, F7, layers and F8, you can bring up the Info palette. Now, notice you can make other keyboard shortcuts such as I have here. Command F7 to bring up channels.
That way, F7 for layers and Command F7 for bringing up channels. On Windows, you might use Control F7. You just use the keyboard shortcuts underneath the Edit menu to create that keyboard shortcut just like we did with Duplicate and one other thing you might consider doing is making up some keyboard shortcuts for maybe some of the things that you use all the time. For instance, F7 as we know brings up layers and I mentioned earlier we're going to be using Curves and Levels adjustment layers all the time so you can make up a keyboard shortcut to create those right on the fly.
Let me show you how that's done. And again, we go back to our Edit menu and we go down to Keyboard Shortcuts and we'll go to our Application Menus and we'll go to the Layers palette and you just move down the Layers palette until you come to the New Adjustment Layer and then you can just click there, Command F1 and notice that it tells you that Command F1 can be assigned in actions which will override this command.
Well, that's fine, no problem, alright. And then Command F2 for curves. Same thing. And if it can't be overridden, if there's a conflict, it'll let you know about it. And then we can just Accept this and as we discussed earlier, you can create your own sets of keyboard shortcuts that you can use for different purposes. It can get a little confusing if you use too many and basically, I just have one or two sets that I use and I try not to assign the same keyboard shortcuts for different functions 'cause they're difficult to remember but in this way, watch.
I'll click the Okay button to apply this. Now, when I go Command F1, it automatically brings up the New Layer which I can then label this however I want to, highlight and shadow and it automatically brings up layers and gives me my new levels adjustment layer which remember is the nondestructive way that you can apply corrections to an image without actually editing the pixels in the image so it's a provisional correction which then you can apply ultimately by making a copy of the image and then flattening the image. In the next section, we'll kind of finish up this whole section on tools and panels and palettes and workflow, access to tools and talk about arranging your workspace so that you can quickly and easily access all the tools that you need all at one time and have 'em in the same place all the time.
- Setting up Photoshop CS3 for color correction
- Managing images with Bridge CS3
- Understanding color image fundamentals
- Evaluating images quickly and accurately
- Determining whether to correct or adjust
- Evaluating and fixing physical characteristics
- Fine-tuning brightness and contrast
- Proofing and gamut testing