Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Advanced
The third part of the popular and comprehensive series Photoshop CS6 One-on-One follows industry pro Deke McClelland as he plunges into the inner workings of Adobe Photoshop. He shows how to adjust your color, interface, and performance settings to get the best out of your images and the most out of Photoshop, and explores the power of Smart Objects, Shadows/Highlights, and Curves for making subtle, nondestructive adjustments. The course dives into Camera Raw to experiment with the editing toolset there, and returns to Photoshop to discuss toning, blur, and blend modes. Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details and reducing noise, as well as creating quick and accurate selections with Quick Mask, Color Range, and Refine Edge commands.
- Adjusting the color settings in Photoshop
- Placing and blending Smart Objects in a scene
- Transforming and warping vector objects
- Correcting for lens distortion
- Mitigating halos and enhancing contrast with Shadows/Highlights
- Adding and editing points on a curve
- Editing multiple images in Camera Raw
- Creating a pro-quality sepia tone or quadtone
- Colorizing with blend modes and opacity
- Reducing and smoothing over noise
- Creating depth-of-field effects with blur
- Selecting with Color Range and Quick Mask
- Perfecting a mask with Refine Edge
- Drawing paths with the Pen tool
- Converting path outlines to vector masks
Loading the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
In this movie, I'll show you how to load my custom keyboard shortcuts which are known as dekeKeys. And I'll also walk you through the new shortcuts that are available to you. What you want to do if you're working along with me is go to the 23_settings folder inside the Exercise Files folder. And those of you by the way, who are not premium members, you can still download these dekeKeys from the site. Then you want to locate the file called dekeKeys.PsCS6.kys and right-click on it and then choose Open with and choose Adobe Photoshop CS6 and that will prevent the shortcut file from accidentally opening inside Premiere.
That should go ahead and automatically switch you to Photoshop as it has in my case. Now you won't see anything different, until you go up to the Edit menu and choose the Keyboard Shortcuts command which as you can see has its own shortcut of mash your fist K, so Ctrl+Shift+Alt+K on the PC or Cmd+Shift+Opt+K on the Mac. And you will see that your Set has switched to Photoshop Defaults (modified). And what you want to do is click on the little hard drive with the dot dot dot (...) that's your Save As icon and as you can see I have already saved a dekeKeys file, I did that back in the intermediate course.
I am going to name this guy, so I don't save over it, dekeKeys PsCS6, like so, and then click the Save button. You can call your shortcuts anything you like, by the way. And then just to make sure the shortcuts have loaded successfully, go ahead and twirl open the File menu and you should see that Open as Smart Object now has a keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+Shift+Alt+O or Cmd+Shift+Opt+O on the Mac. Assuming that's the case, go ahead and click OK and you now have my shortcuts loaded. All right. Let's talk about what that means. I'll go ahead and minimize Photoshop and notice in this 23_settings folder, we also have a couple of HTML files, one is a list of the Macintosh shortcuts and the other is the list of the Windows shortcuts.
We'll go ahead and minimize this folder window as well, so that you can see that I've loaded both shortcut files in the background. And notice that the PC shortcuts over here in the left-hand side and the Mac shortcuts over on the right-hand side are organized differently, because the Macintosh version of Photoshop includes a Photoshop menu which does not appear on the PC. I have gone ahead and annotated the Command key using the Cloverleaf character which actually appears on the keyboard, and I've listed every single shortcut that's available to you whether I created it or not. My custom keyboard shortcuts appear in red throughout the table.
So let's walk through a few of them here. First of all, you can open an image as a Smart Object by using that shortcut. Then I've given you a shortcut for the Place command as well and if you scroll down a little bit, you will see that I altered the shortcut for Paste in Place to Ctrl+Alt+V instead of Ctrl+Shift+V that would be Cmd+Opt+V on the Mac and that allowed me to assign Ctrl+Shift+V or Cmd+Shift+V on the Mac to creating a Variations Adjustment layer. I have given you a shortcut for the Stroke command under the Edit menu as well, very useful command, and Ctrl+Shift+P or Cmd+Shift+P on the Mac will now bring up the Preset Manager, we have got a couple of shortcuts to assign or convert to color profiles.
I have created a new shortcut for Brightness/ Contrast which is Ctrl+/ that's Cmd+/ on the Mac and if we keep going down here, you will see right there is Ctrl+Alt+H or Cmd+Opt+H for Shadows/Highlights. On the Mac, Cmd+Opt+H or Ctrl+Alt+H normally invokes the Hide Others command which is why I've adjusted that keyboard shortcut for you. You just need to add the Ctrl key now, so it's Cmd+Ctrl+Opt+H in order to hide others and also notice Cmd+Ctrl+H will hide Photoshop and that's because Cmd+H or Ctrl+H on the PC hides a selection outline.
I have given you a new shortcut for Desaturate which is mash your fist U, so Ctrl+Shift+Alt+U on the PC, Cmd+Shift+Opt+U on the Mac. You can see that we have got a slew of shortcuts for whole image operations, such as rotating the image clockwise which is mash your fist right bracket (]), that's Ctrl+Shift+Alt+] on a PC or Cmd on the Mac. I've given you a shortcut for the Trim command which is Ctrl+Shift+Alt+C, that C is for cropping away the blank pixels, that's Cmd+Shift+Opt+C on the Mac. We've got Ctrl+Shift+Alt+D or Cmd+Shift+Opt+D for duplicate and Ctrl+Shift+Alt+L or Cmd+Shift+Opt+L for the Calculations command which is this advanced masking function which we'll take a look at in the mastery course.
Moving right along here, we've got Ctrl+Shift+O or Cmd+Shift+O for Blending Options and notice here I've given you a shortcut for deleting the Filter Mask, just because Photoshop always gives you a Filter Mask and you may or may not want to use it and that's Ctrl+Alt+Q here on the PC or Cmd+Opt+Q on the Mac. We've now got Ctrl+Shift or Cmd+Shift keyboard shortcuts for the best of the Adjustment layers, so that should come in handy for you. We have got Ctrl+, and some variations that's Cmd+, on the Mac in order to convert an image to a Smart Object and you can see down here, Ctrl+Alt+[ or Cmd+Opt+[ on the Mac will go ahead and reverse the order of selected layers and then finally, where the commands are concerned, I've given you Ctrl+Shift+Alt+A or Cmd+Shift+Opt+A on the Mac to flatten the image.
In the past, I've used Ctrl+Shift+Alt+F or Cmd+Shift+Opt+F, however that's been reassigned to Finding layers inside Photoshop CS6, so my reasoning was the A is for flatten all. I am going to go ahead and skip all the way down here to the tools and you can look through your chart, if you like to see what else has changed. But notice that I've given you the N key to switch between the Blur, Sharpen and Smudge tools because by default, they don't have shortcuts and the N key goes unused and then finally, way down here, if you're working inside a Hue/Saturation, Black and White or Curves Adjustment layer then you have access to this thing called the Targeted Adjustment tool and I've given it a keyboard shortcut of K because K was the only key left. All right.
So that takes care of your new custom shortcuts. You should be able to power through the software that much more efficiently. In the next movie, I'll show you Macintosh folks how to adjust your operating system level shortcuts so that they don't interfere with Photoshop so everybody gets along. Those of you working on a PC can skip ahead to the movie after that in which we'll take a look at preference settings.
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