June 19, 2012
Shift + F1 will darken the appearance of Photoshop CS6’s interface by one step. Shift + F2 will brighten the interface by one step. Note: on a laptop, you might need to add the function key. Note: you can also change the appearance of the interface under Preferences > Interface > Color Theme.
In addition, you can Control -click (Mac) / Right Mouse -click (Win) in the grey area surrounding an image to change the color. This changes the interface behind your image, not the background color of your image.
June 13, 2012
Did you know that you can create your own custom end panel icon to use with Lightroom? Simply create your graphic (using Photoshop or Illustrator), and save it as a .png. Then, in Lightroom, choose Preferences > Interface > Panels. Under the End Marks area, select Go To Panel End Marks Folder. Using the operating system, place your graphic file in the Panel End Marks Folder. Then, close the preferences and return to them – you will see your graphic at the bottom of the list. Select the graphic to display it at the end of each set of panels.
Note: you can also save the file as a PSD file or JPEG however the JPEG file will not support transparency.
April 25, 2012
You no longer have to wait for the progress bar to creep across your screen when saving large files because Photoshop CS6’s Background Save feature can save files in the background while you keep working on other projects.
Auto Save, another new feature of Photoshop Cs6, can help recover your file if your computer crashes before you’ve had a chance to save. To select the time interval for automatically saving your files, select Preferences > File Handling and choose from every 5, 10, 15, 30, or 60 minutes.
Both of these features are on by default. To disable either of these options choose Preferences > File Handling and uncheck Save in Background and/or Automatically Save Recovery Information.
April 24, 2012
As you have probably already noticed, Photoshop CS6 had a major interface overhaul. The entire application was re-skinned and, as a fun fact, that means that over 1800 icons and 250 cursors got a makeover!
There are 4 “Color Themes” or levels of brightness that you can choose from. By default, the second-to-most dark theme is selected. You can change the theme by clicking on the color swatches in Preferences > Interface > Appearance, or use the shortcut Shift + F2 to move to a lighter Theme or Shift + F1 to cycle to a darker theme. Note, on the Mac, you might have to ad the function (fn) key).
Previous versions of Photoshop used the lightest theme. It took me a few days to get use to the change but I now prefer the darker, default interface as I feel that the Photoshop interface now takes a back seat to the image that I’m editing.
February 3, 2012
Recently several customers have inquired about creating custom keyboard shortcuts in Lightroom. Unfortunately we don’t have a keyboard shortcut editor like Photoshop but there is a plug in called Keyboard Tamer that might let you accomplish what you need:
Or, for a more extended (and a bit more expensive) option you can try RPG Keys for Lightroom and Photoshop.
I hope these might be helpful.
February 1, 2012
The Module Picker is now customizable. Control -click (Mac) / Right Mouse -click (Win) on the Module picker (the list across the top) and choose to show or hide modules.
December 13, 2011
If you prefer to show a small, square color label in Grid view (instead of tinting the image thumbnail’s frame), uncheck the option to “Tint grid cells with label colors” and check to “Include color label” in the Expanded Cell Extras under View > View Options (Command + J (Mac) | Control + J (Win)).
December 12, 2011
• Command + Shift + H (Mac) | Control + Shift + H in the Grid view (in the Library module) will toggle the Cell Extras on and off.
• Command + J (Mac) | Control + J (Win) displays the View Options (where you can select what “extras” you want to have displayed).
December 6, 2011
Quickly navigate through the Basic Panel by tapping the “.” (period) key . Then use the + and – keys to increase/decrease individual slider settings. Add the Shift key to move the sliders in larger increments.
November 10, 2011
Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + , (comma) will display the Lightroom Preferences.
Command + Option (Mac) / Control + Alt (Win) + , (comma) will display the Lightroom Catalog Settings.
November 1, 2011
I’m constantly reminded that different people use different shortcuts to accomplish the same tasks. For example, I typically tap “G” to go to the Grid view and “D” to move to the Develop module, However, each module also has its own shortcut:
• Command + Option (Mac) / Control + Alt (Win) + 1 moves to the Library module.
• Command + Option (Mac) / Control + Alt (Win) + 2 moves to the Develop module.
• Command + Option (Mac) / Control + Alt (Win) + 3 moves to the Slideshow module.
• Command + Option (Mac) / Control + Alt (Win) + 4 moves to the Print module.
• Command + Option (Mac) / Control + Alt (Win) + 5 moves to the Web module.
• Command + Option (Mac) / Control + Alt (Win) + Up arrow moves to the previous module.
• Command + Option (Mac) / Control + Alt (Win) + left/right arrow moves back/forward through the recently viewed modules.
October 31, 2011
• Command (Mac) / Control (Win) – click a panel header to open/close all panels.
Note: I have previously posted several additional shortcuts regarding panel behavior but somehow forgot this one. Instead of repeating previous posts, you can quickly view all posts on “panels” by using the “search julieanne’s blog” option in the upper right corner!
October 27, 2011
If you are missing the Tool bar in the Grid view in Lightroom, tap the “T” key. If you are missing the Filter Bar, tap the \.
Note: Don’t forget the Filter bar is only displayed in Grid view, not Loupe view.
October 24, 2011
Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) will toggle between the Dodge and Burn tools – without changing the brush size ( which is what happens if you actually select the other tool using the Tool panel or the shortcut Shift + O).
October 14, 2011
Control (Mac) / Right Mouse (Win) -clicking on a panel header will display a list of panels (among other options). To hide/show a panel simply toggle off/on the check next to its name.