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Tuesday’s Tips and Tricks | Shortcuts 1

Yes I realize today is Friday… but I missed the last two Tuesdays …  so I thought I would do a tips and tricks today for fun.

I don’t know if any of you will find it helpful… but I know I sure use them a lot.   This post is about a few shortcuts.  I will probably do another post later on some more.  I’ll just focus on Shortcuts for Layers today.

What are shortcuts you ask?  Well… shortcuts  are just a quicker way of doing things by using the keyboard to speed things up.  Example…. some of the more common ones are: Copy (Command + C) and Paste (Command + V).  In Photoshop, I use shortcuts all the time to speed up my workflow.

Please note that all of the shortcuts listed below assume that you are using Photoshop CS4 on OS X. They will work on the Windows platform by converting as follows: Command → Control and Option → Alt.

Layers shortcuts

Sifting through nests of layer sets to find the layer you need quickly becomes tiresome. Luckily, there are a number of ways to select layers more intuitively. Using the Move tool (V), you can Command + click on the canvas to select the uppermost layer with pixel data located directly below the mouse. If your layers are grouped within layer sets, this action may have selected the entire folder. You can change this behavior to select the actual layer by using theAuto-select drop-down in the Move tool’s property bar.

Layer-auto-select in Mastering Photoshop: Unknown Tricks and Time-Savers

Changing auto-select behavior.

There will be times when you want to select a layer that is located below a number of other layers. By right-clicking with the Move tool, you’ll bring up a contextual menu containing a list of all layers located below the cursor. If your layers are properly named, you should be able to quickly select the layer you need. By holding Shift while using either of the selection methods above, you can select multiple layers. After selecting multiple layers, you can link the layers together by right-clicking and selecting Link Layers.

Right-clicking to display all layers beneath the cursor.

The keyboard can also be used to select layers. Pressing Option + [ or Option + ] selects the layer below or above the current layer, respectively. Pressing Option + < selects the bottommost layer, and Option + > selects the uppermost. Option + Shift + < selects all layers between the current layer and the bottommost layer, and Option + Shift + > selects all layers between the current and uppermost.

Select-layers in Mastering Photoshop: Unknown Tricks and Time-Savers

I hope this helps speed up some of your work.  There are TONS more shortcuts we’ll share later.


One response to “Tuesday’s Tips and Tricks | Shortcuts 1

  1. June 3, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    What a great little tip, thanks!

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