Join Taz Tally for an in-depth discussion in this video Rules of engagement and keyboard shortcuts, part of Photoshop CS3 Color Correction.
- [Instructor] In this section, I want to talk about Taz's tools of engagement in Photoshop, and particularly Taz's first rule of engagement in Photoshop. And at the same time, show you how you can automate some of your keyboard shortcuts in Photoshop, and we're going to do it with one of those fundamental keyboard shortcuts you need to set. Here, what we have in front of us is the Bridge, which we're going to have a whole chapter on the Bridge in just a little bit. But let's open up one of these images from the Bridge, and then show you what I do as soon as I open up an image. The very first thing that I do when I open up an image, is I pay attention to Taz's first rule of engagement in Photoshop, and that is never ever work on your original image.
And this of course will be particularly important for color correction, because you're really going to be altering your image. You'd like to be able to always go back to the original image in case you goof up, or want to do it differently, or whatever. And this whole concept of never working on the original is never more important than when you're working with digital photographs. Why? Because each digital photograph is a unique original. It can never be redone. Even if you go take the picture, it's going to be different. So, first thing that I do, is I want to duplicate my image. But at the same time, I'd like to be able to keep my original image up on screen so that I can do a C and C, a compare and contrast.
So I set up a couple of things that I do simultaneously. One, I want to be able to duplicate. And to do this, I'm going to go Image, and then Duplicate. And notice that there's no keyboard shortcut for Image Duplicate. And that's one of the first things that we're going to do is show you how to set that up. Before I do that, let me just show you how the Duplicate works. When you bring up this dialogue box, then you can hit your right arrow key to put the cursor on the right, then you can backspace a little bit, and then add whatever name that you want to, like a sequence name if you want to, like this. And then hit the enter key, and it automatically makes a duplicate copy of your image.
And notice how fast that that worked, because it's all occurring right on screen in RAM. And then, if you decide that you want to save it to the hard drive, fine. But notice, when you do it this way, it leaves the original and the new image pretty much in the same place, and it would be easy to click on the wrong image and start editing it. So before I actually do my duplicate, what I do is, I take advantage of some navigation keyboard shortcuts here. If you look underneath the view menu, the Zoom In and Zoom Out, the Command or Control on Windows Plus and Minus allows you to zoom your image in and out.
And if you remember, when we did our preferences, our general preferences, we checked this Zoom Resizes Window. If we turn that off, like this, and we zoomed out, Command or Control + Minus + Minus, see how just the image goes down? Does that drive you nuts or what? That's why you want to come in here, click that on, and then go Command or Control + Minus + Minus, the window goes down as well. And then I do my duplicate function to bring my image up on screen. But, we'd like to be able to have that duplicate function as a keyboard shortcut. Well, before we go on, let's go ahead and do that.
The great thing about CS3, is you can assign keyboard shortcuts, you own if you want to, to just about anything. You go underneath Edit, and then Keyboard Shortcuts, and this is part of that K sequence we talked about earlier. Command + K for Preferences, Command + Shift K for Color, or Control + Shift + K on Windows for Color, and then what I call Trash Can + K, or all the keyboard shortcut keys, Command + Option + Shift, or Control + Alt + Shift + K for bringing up Keyboard Shortcuts. And then we know that's underneath the Image menu, right? And then duplicate.
So the way this works, is you just go to your Application Menus, and notice you can set keyboard shortcuts up for Palette Menus, for Tools, everything that Photoshop has. So we go to the Image Menu, and then you just scroll down, and it's got all the sub menus in there as well, not just the basic ones. So it's down further than you would normally expect, because there's lots of sub menus in between. And then just click over here, and then just type in the keyboard shortcut that you want. And I'm using F10, and F10 is assigned as an automatic keyboard shortcut in the operating system on the Macintosh in your entourage.
So you can change that there or not. Come up with a keyboard shortcut that you like, if it's already been assigned, it will tell you. If it can be reassigned as an action, it will tell you. But I've just used F10 for years, so I'm going to put that in here on mine. And then you just click Accept, and you can create any number of sequences of these, and notice I have my own Keyboard Shortcut set. Taz Prepress. And then I've just modified that by adding another one. And then you can create your own sets, and you can even save them out and share them with other people if you like.
You can also do this with menus as well, which we'll come back and talk about in just a minute. Okay, so we're going to go ahead and assign F10, and then click OK. And then, underneath the image menu, notice now that you'll have that keyboard shortcut next to Duplicate. So first thing that happens is, when I open up an image, let's just go back and do this again, and we'll open up an image in Photoshop, and let's open up a larger one this time. Just to show you how rapidly the duplicate can work.
Then we'll go Command or Control + Minus + Minus, or another one if you want to, and then just F10, put our sequence number on there, boom. Immediately, right? And this is a 21 Megabyte file that immediately duplicates. Why? Because it's all occurring in RAM. And then I can edit this as much as I want to, and I have my compare and contrast image right back there, and if I want to save this after I've made some edits, then I can save it to the hard drive. So just to review, we'll launch image from Adobe Bridge, and then we go Command or Control + Minus + Minus, to take the image in the upper left-hand corner, right, and then we just hit F10 to duplicate, and then you can just put up whatever name sequence or number that you prefer, and then hit OK.
And you're all set to work on your image, and you have the duplicate that's in the upper-lefthand corner that's much smaller, so that you won't click on it and edit it by mistake. So, there's using keyboard shortcuts to simplify and really streamline accessing some things you're going to want and use all the time, and there's your Duplicate function to never ever work on your original image. In the next section, I'm going to talk about customizing your work flow with your palettes and some more keyboard shortcuts and set things up just the way you want them for doing color correction.
- 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