Photoshop Tools at Your Fingertips
By Miranda Gorte, Graphic Artist/Website Specialist, P. I. Engineering.
I use Photoshop every single day, at work and in my personal life. My X-keys XK-60 keeps the tools and features that I use most ready at the touch of a button. No more remembering keyboard shortcuts, or searching the computer screen to find the needed tool!
I grouped the keys together by category in how frequently I use them in Photoshop. The bottom three groups are my most used keys. One thing that I love about using X-keys, is that I am not stuck using the initial layout I create. You can move, regroup, remove, or add tools you need.
In Photoshop if you click on a couple of the tools (Magic Wand, Eyedropper, and Brush tool to name a few) you can choose a variation of that particular tool to use. I need to do that frequently, so with my X-keys I can separate the up and down keystrokes when programming to be able to accomplish this without ever moving my hand!
My Photoshop Layout
Launch Photoshop, New Document, Open, Close, Close All , Quit, Image Re-size to 1200px; Image Re-size to 200px, Image Re-size to 45, Canvas Size
Photoshop 32 bit version, My Pictures folder, Brushes, Eraser, Pen, Auto Tone, Hue/Saturation Adjustment, Levels, Curves, Create Clipping Mask
New Layer, Shape, Gradient, Dodge, Shift, Zoom In, Zoom Out, Zoom Full Screen, Alt, Shift, Control
I use the Control and Alt keys regularly; having these shortcuts makes it nice to be able to leave my hand at the X-keys instead of going to the keyboard. The most common feature I use the Control and Alt key for is for zooming in and out and scrolling right and left.
Center 20 Keys
Image Size, Save, Save As, Save for Web & Devices; Transform, Refine Edge, Deselect, Select All; Copy, Paste, Select Inverse, X; Tab, Nudge Up, [ Decrease tool size, ] Increase tool size; Nudge Left, Nudge Down, Nudge Right, Undo the last action performed
I use the X to toggle between the background and foreground color when using the Brush tool.
Pointer tool, Magic Wand, Crop tool, Eyedropper tool, Create a Quick Mask, Brush tool, Clone Stamp, Text tool, Delete, Enter
X-keys are extremely addicting, once you start using an X-keys with Photoshop, you won't want to give it up. I didn't believe it until I started, now I feel lost when I'm working on a different computer without it.
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