When this year started, I had two hours of Digital Design, 7th and 8th. Now I have four hours, 2nd, 3rd, 7th, and 8th. After spending that much time on the same computer, working through the same programs, I have learned a considerable amount of knowledge pertaining to Macs and Photoshop.
I can easily navigate my way around a Mac now, and after using Windows all my life, I have decided to trade my old computer in for a Mac. Pretty exciting.
In Photoshop. I have learned how to use most of the tools, some better than others, but for the most part I can work my way around the program. However, My favorite part about Photoshop is all the shortcuts. Instead of having to move my mouse over to the tool panel, find the tool I need, click on it, and go back to what I was doing, I can press a couple of keys simultaneously on the keyboard and just keep working, I t allows me to be more efficient and get more work done. So here is a list of some of my favorite shortcuts in Photoshop.
Command + d = Deselects any selected areas
Command + t = Opens free transform
Shift + option+ command + e = Merges everything to the top most layer.
Command + = Zooms in
Command – = Zooms out
Command + z = Undo
Command + option + z = Undo multiple times, but does have a limit.
If you are needing to select a different tool other than the one you are using, You can do this, in Photoshop, by pressing the letter key shortcut that each tool has. For example,
B = Brush tool.
V = Move tool
Q = enters and exits quick mask
Sometimes, there are multiply tools under one tab. The brush tool, for example has 3 other types of brushes and to get to those, you would press, Shift + B.
The letter shortcuts for each tool can be found o the tool panel in Photoshop. You can let you mouse hover over the tool and a yellow rectangle will appear and tell you the name of the tool along with the letter shortcut, which will be in parenthesis.