Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts_

If you are an avid user of keyboard shortcuts—and just about everyone from intermediate- to advanced-level user relies heavily on them—then you should take a foray into the Keyboard Shortcuts dialog box (Figure 2-43). There you can assign your own choice of keys to the majority of the commands and to the regularly used commands that do not include keyboard shortcuts—such as Duplicate, Rotate Canvas, Assign Profile, Convert to Profile, adjustment layers, and a host of others.

Figure 2-43: Selecting a custom set in the Keyboard Shortcuts and Menus dialog box.

Most users are already familiar with calling the adjustment commands via keyboard shortcuts, for example, calling the Curves dialog box with Ctrl+M (Windows), ^+M (Mac OS). By simply adding a modifier key to the existing keyboard shortcut, users can make it easy to remember the new shortcuts for creating a new Curves Adjustment layer. Table 2-3 contains a few keyboard shortcuts to get you started.

Table 2-3: Adding Keyboard Shortcuts to Adjustment Layers

Windows

Mac OS

Original Shortcut

Add

Original Shortcut

Add

Resulting Adjustment Layer

Ctrl+M

Alt+Shift

&+M

Opt+Shift

Curves

Ctrl+L

Alt+Shift

&+L

Opt+Shift

Levels

Ctrl+U

Alt+Shift

&+U

Opt+Shift

Hue/Saturation

Ctrl+B Alt+Shift &+B Opt+Shift Color Balance

Ctrl+B Alt+Shift &+B Opt+Shift Color Balance

Assigning Ctrl+Alt+[ or ] (Windows), ^+Opt+[ or ] (Mac OS) to Rotate Canvas is also a good idea because you may already be used to Ctrl+[ or ] (Windows), or ] (Mac OS) for rotating thumbnails in Bridge.

The preceding shortcuts are only suggestions and may not suit you. In which case, just assign the keys you feel most comfortable using. Don't forget to save the changes and to back up the file for good measure if you spend valuable time assigning keys.

One more thing—there is a keyboard shortcut to open the Keyboard Shortcuts dialog box: Ctrl+Alt+Shift+K (Windows), ^+Opt+Shift+K (Mac OS). The keen-eyed may have noticed that the shortcut is a close cousin to the ones used for Preferences and Color Settings.

TIP One way to memorize keyboard shortcuts is by printing them and carrying them with you to drum them into your brain when you have some time to spare, say, on your daily commute to and from work. Unfortunately, you will find no Print button in the Keyboard Shortcuts dialog box (Figure 2-43). Not a problem! You see the button labeled Summarize? When you click it, it creates an HTML file from the current set. It then lets you save it to your hard disk and, once saved, automatically opens it in your default browser. When the file is open, you can print it from the File menu or, if you are a Mac OS user, also save it as a PDF from the Print dialog box.

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