Today, I’m going to add hours to your life.
Hey guys, welcome to the floor and my name is Aaron Nace. You could find me on Twitter
@aknacer. Today I’ve got something really exciting for you. Actually, you might think
it’s totally lame but I think it’s really exciting. We’re going to talk about keyboard
shortcuts. I’m going to show you guys some of the commonly used ones, and how to make
your own and below we got a link to our commonly used keyboard shortcut list.
Why are we doing this? The biggest thing that makes me fast in Photoshop is using keyboard
shortcuts. When I watch other people do Photoshop and they’re like hunting and moving all
around the screen and things like that, it’s just taking up valuable time. Although it
might not seem like it matters a lot, if you can save a few minutes here and a few minutes
there eventually, it’s going to add up and you get more time of your life back because
you can edit much, much faster. Creating keyboard shortcuts are going to really help that out
and especially if you can create custom keyboard shortcuts the things that you do most common
in Photoshop. I’m going to show you guys just a quick
example of how I use keyboard shortcuts and then we’re going to talk about how to create
some custom ones. Here we are in Photoshop. I don’t have a document open and that’s
on purpose because I’m going to create a new one by hitting command N. by the way,
anytime I say command, if you guys are on PC, it’s going to be ctrl. If I say option
it’s going to alt for you and shift remains the same. Command N creates a new document
and then you can just say that looks good and hit okay. For the most part I work on
my images with full screen. I like that it take up the entire screen. You can get to
that by hitting F. if you’d like to get out of it you can hit shift F or F3 tab.
Let’s go to our full screen mode. If you want to move things around hold down your
space-bar and click and move anywhere you want. I’m not even using my [inaudible 0:02:09]
today. All of the tools over here on the left also have keyboard shortcuts to get to them.
Things like on the top left you have your marquee tool. M is your marquee tool and you
can see if you hover over it it’ll say elliptical marquee, there we go, and it’ll have [inaudible
00:02:25] M. If you’d like to go through there are a couple of different marquee tools.
If you want to go through those you can hold down the shift key and then hit M, and you
could see that it’s flipping through those. Let’s say L is our lasso tool so you can
hit L for there and then hold shift and hit L a couple of times. That’s going to rotate
through those. W is the wand tool. V is the move tool. C is the crop tool. J is the healing
brush tool. S is the clone stamp tool. B is the brush tool. G is the gradient tool. E
is the eraser tool. All these things you can see you can hit a button and if you’re in
the middle of working on a document you don’t have to go back over here and work on things.
Those are some really big things that are going to help save a lot of time.
Let’s to our brush tool and I’ll talk about a couple of these keyboard shortcuts
that are really going to help you save time as well. It’s going to be control and option,
if you guys are on a Mac … sorry, it’s going to be control and alt if you guys are
on a PC. Just hit those two buttons down and click and if you drag it left to the right
it’s going to make your brush either larger or smaller and if you drag up or down it’s
going to make your brush harder or softer. It’s some really great ways to control your
brush size very easily. Let’s do a couple of cool things. I’m
going to hit M for my marquee tool and I’m going to create a little marquee, and then
we’re going to fill this with a color. This is very handy. Filling selected with colors
on your layer mask is what I mostly use for. Let’s say you have a layer mask and you
want to make everything invisible, you can fill with that either your foreground or background
color. Let’s hit the D key on our keyboard. D is going to bring up your default colors
which will always be black and white. D for your default colors. Your foreground color
will be black, your background color will be white. If I want to fill a selection with
my foreground color, you hold down option and hit delete. If I want to fill it with
my background color, command and hit delete. Pretty cool, huh?
Let’s just fill the entire thing, option delete, with our foreground color. Then if
I want to invert that, which I do very frequently on layer mask, command I, will then invert
it. You see, you can do just about anything with a keyboard shortcut instead of going
to invert image, adjustments down here, and then you got to look for it. Oh, there it
is, command I is to invert, just quite a bit faster. Now, if you guys are not used to using
keyboard shortcuts you can find them here. Everything you see will actually have a keyboard
shortcut if there already is a keyboard shortcut assigned to it, but we can take that a step
further. Let’s just say filter and blur. Let’s
say our Gaussian blur … I created a custom keyboard shortcut for my Gaussian blur because
I use it quite frequently. I’ll show you guys how to do that right now. Unless you’ve
already done it, you do not have a custom keyboard shortcut for a Gaussian blur. Let’s
say I wanted to fill that with a color, I’ll option delete fill with black, command D to
deselect and then my keyboard shortcut for my Gaussian blur is shift option command G,
which brings up my Gaussian blur and now we can go ahead and blur that. You can see it
just saves quite a bit of time. I use blurs all the time and it’s a good way to do it.
[Inaudible 00:05:29] will take a step back in time.
I’ll show you guys how to do that same thing. You can create any keyboard shortcut that
you’d like. Just go to edit right over here and then go down to where you see keyboard
shortcuts, or you can hit shift option command K. There we go. Here are our keyboard shortcuts
and they’re really easy to create in Photoshop and make it very easy for you. What we’re
going to do we’re going to go ahead and go to the blur. We’re going to go to filter
and we could just basically scroll down. You have your blur and then you have your few
different blurs and right over here you would see Gaussian blur. Let’s just go ahead and
subtract that out. This is basically how it’s going to look on yours if you don’t have
one setup. Let’s say Gaussian blur we want to setup
a keyboard shortcut. Literally, all you do is hold down the keys which you need to. Those
are going to be the keys that are going to create the keyboard shortcuts. In this case
we’re going to hold on shift, option command and hit G and we’ll say accept. Now, our
keyboard shortcut for the Gaussian blur is shift option command G. If you have other
ones like adaptive right angle, shift command A. I’ve never used that in my life but it’s
that one that you want now they’re listed here as well.
Let’s try another one. Let’s just say we’re going to go file and I want to go
to … if I want to go to save. Let’s say I don’t even like the keyboard shortcut
for save. I want to make it my own. Let’s look over here and I’m going to hit shift
command S. What it’s going to tell me is shift command S is already in use and will
be removed from file save as, if accepted. You can undo this change. You can, okay it’s
already used I don’t want to use it up or you can just say, okay, I’ll accept that
and I’ll go to accept the conflict. Now save is shift option command S and then save
as can be command S. If you want to switch those around you can totally do that too.
I don’t like that, so I’m going to switch it back. Command S, accept to go to conflict
and then save as will be shift command S. There we go. Accept that as well. A really
great way to add keyboard shortcuts if you’re not already using them.
A couple of them that I add, shift option command G, we already talked about that one.
That’s a pretty good one for the Gaussian blur. Let’s just hit cancel there. If I
want to … let’s just fill that with white. Shift option command N will create a new layer.
That comes loaded by default. Let’s go ahead and fill this. If I do want to crop to a certain
area, which I do quite often, I can hold down the command key and click on whatever’s
on the layer and then setup the crop. To do that, I don’t have it setup on this computer.
I have it setup on the one behind me. Let’s setup crop, what do you say? We’ll go to
image and then we’ll go down here to crop and I have that one setup as shift option
command C. I believe it’s down here at the bottom. There we go. Shift option command
C and it will [inaudible 00:08:27] scale, which is okay because I don’t ever use that.
We’re going to say okay. This is selected. Shift option command C will now crop to exactly
what you have selected which is very nice. All right, option command Z will undo that.
The high pass filter I have setup. I use that for sharpening quite a bit so that is setup
to shift option command H. there we go. We’ve added a high pass filter onto a circle which
makes it gray. Very nice. You can use it for sharpening. In this case it really doesn’t
do much. Delete will delete the layer you’re currently on so you don’t have to click
it and drag it to the trash can. Shift option command N will create a new layer. Delete
will create a deleted layer. It won’t create anything, it’s just going to delete your
current layer that you have. That’s it guys. Some of the keyboard shortcuts
that I use quite frequently and then how to create them and then down below we have a
very simple list of the keyboard shortcuts we used as well as some really cool wallpapers
that you guys can put on your computer. If there’s anything that I missed guys, if
you have some keyboard shortcuts that you use and love, make sure to leave them in a
comment down below. Help everyone out. Help the community. Help the family. Help one another
and that’s the end of the episode. Thanks so much guys. I’ll phone you later. Bye
everyone. Photoshop now responds to audible shortcuts
as well. When I clap my hands twice it’s going to be the keyboard shortcut to end this