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    Cool photoshop tricks for faster work-flow

    Hey everybody. Thought of sharing some some "secrets" of making my workflow A LOT faster, by using custom keyboard shortcuts for specific things you do.

    Custom shortcuts

    Ctrl + Shift + R - Rotate Canvas 90' CW
    Ctrl + Q - Layer Mask (Reveal All)
    Ctrl + / - Flip Canvas Horizontally
    Ctrl + Shift + / - Toggle Layer Visibility
    Ctrl + Alt + Shift + W - Open New Window
    Ctrl+ Alt + W - Warp

    Useful panels for painting

    F5 - Brush Properties
    F6 - Color Panels
    F7 - Layers (photoshop default)
    F8 - History
    F9 - Actions
    F10 - Navigator

    (I am aware of"workspaces", but I prefer working when what I see on the screen is mostly the painting itself and not tons of floating panels)

    Custom Actions

    Quick "Show Only Values" layer:

    + Make New Action  (Set shortcut key to F2 (or something)
    + Make New Layer (Ctrl +Shift + N)
       settings in the "new layer" panel:
       Name it Values (or something like that)
       choose some layer color for it so you could identify it
       set blending mode to color
    + Desaturate (Ctrl + Shift + U)
    + Move to top (Ctrl + Shift + ])
    + Lock All Attributes (The black lock on the layer panel, under the blending modes)
    End Record
    Locked Background (so you won't paint on it instead of your CORRECT layer)

    + Make New Action (Set shortcut key to F12 (or something)
    + Double Click on the background layer
       Change name of the layer to "Locked BG" or something)
       hit OK
    + Lock All Attributes (The black lock on the layer panel, under the blending modes)
    End Record
    So.... What are your secret techniques for faster workflow?
    I'd love to learn some new stuff too

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    All very good tips. Do you have any on the new tool in CS6? I would like to learn a bit more about the content aware function. It looks really neat.

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