While I'm at it, I forgot to mention one other command which I don't believe has a keyboard shortcut equivalent. CTRL+clicking a layer in a document window selects that layer in the layers panel for you, instead of trying to scroll through a list of layers and find the one you want to select. Myself, I would like this to behave exactly like Corel PHOTO-PAINT as well, which is just to click the layer in the document window (no CTRL required). Any way of achieving this goal would be greatly appreciated!
Also, I mentioned CTRL+clicking a layer in the layer panel in the previous post. To make this all easier on you guys, I'll let you know how Corel handles this shortcut. For them, it's Mask >> Create From Object. For Photoshop, it should be something like Select >> Alpha or Select >> Layer Alpha. I think that would make good sense, don't you?
Honestly, I really don't care what it's called as long as I can bind it to a shortcut key.
Oh, and CTRL+down arrow would merge the active layer with the background. I thought that was pretty intuitive.
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If You’re serious about a Shortcut for selecting the active Layer’s transparency in Photoshop, there is at least a workaround:
In ExtendScript Toolkit (part of the Photoshop-installation for some versions now) copy this text
var idsetd = charIDToTypeID( "setd" );
var desc2 = new ActionDescriptor();
var idnull = charIDToTypeID( "null" );
var ref1 = new ActionReference();
var idChnl = charIDToTypeID( "Chnl" );
var idfsel = charIDToTypeID( "fsel" );
ref1.putProperty( idChnl, idfsel );
desc2.putReference( idnull, ref1 );
var idT = charIDToTypeID( "T " );
var ref2 = new ActionReference();
var idChnl = charIDToTypeID( "Chnl" );
var idChnl = charIDToTypeID( "Chnl" );
var idTrsp = charIDToTypeID( "Trsp" );
ref2.putEnumerated( idChnl, idChnl, idTrsp );
desc2.putReference( idT, ref2 );
executeAction( idsetd, desc2, DialogModes.NO );
into a new document, save it as jsx-file into Photoshop’s Presets – Scripts-folder and after the next restart of Photoshop You can assign the Script a Shortcut under Edit – Keyboard Shortcuts. (I work with CS4, so I don’t know if older versions handle it as intended.)
Maybe a more direct way exists, but eludes me …
Thanks. I got your script to work, but I can't for the life of me figure out how to assign the script to a keyboard shortcut. I went into the keyboard shortcuts dialog and I see no buttons for importing scripts. In fact, I'm finding the keyboard shortcuts dialog to be so far from intuitive it's not even funny! What's up with the way the dividers are handled? And how come I can create a new menu shortcut, save it, and I don't see it in the menu? And why can't I name the menu item? It just stays blank. I can't F2 to rename it. I can't double-click on it the rename it. I can't even right-click to get a context menu. What's the deal? I'm completely locked out! This is not intuitive at all! Very frustrating!
Also, it would be ideal if I could rename the menu bar items and create new folders/groups, into which multiple commands could be stored.
Unless I'm the only one here, I find most of Photoshops menus and commands to be nonintuitive, for lack of a better word.
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I hope this helps clear things up:
And I would recommend saving Your customized Shortcuts.
Renaming or regrouping menu-items would seem inadvisable to me (in the interest of communicating with other users for example), but one can color-code or hide items under Edit – Menus.
A very useful tool for CS4 is Configurator, which allows one to create custom panels that can be populated with Tools, Menu Items, Actions, Scripts, text, movies, …
Originally, I thought you were talking about creating my own new menu item anywhere I wanted and assigning a keyboard shortcut to it. Thanks for the effort in producing the screencap. I totally see it now! That's cool! But I really wish I could place it in the "Select" menu bar item. You have to admit, Photoshop can do a better job at keyboard shortcuts and menu bars.
Yeah, I do save my custom shortcuts. I already created my own Corel PHOTO-PAINT workspace with all the keyboard shortcuts and layout I could figure out. The thing that frustrates me is that I would like to get closer to PHOTO-PAINT, but I can't because of the lack of certain features I'm used to as well as the lack to program arrow keys in shortcuts.
You're right about communicating with others. If someone looks over my shoulder I can easily switch the workspace back to Photoshop's Default for them, but for my own use I'm more interested in increasing my productivity at this point until I get comfortable with Photoshop, which won't happen until Photoshop provides all the features that I find so productive. That is, I will continue to use Corel PHOTO-PAINT unless forced to use Photoshop for school and such (computer labs), until Photoshop becomes a tool that I would consider purchasing for personal use. I will admit, Photoshop has already adhered to my most major request (the new docking capabilities of the panels), but there's still a long way to go before I take Photoshop seriously, especially considering the major price difference.
I know it's kind of hard for someone to understand where I'm coming from, especially if you've used Photoshop and nothing but Photoshop, but it's really frustrating when you switch between two image manipulation programs regularly and you keep trying to hit certain shortcuts that don't work in the other. Hell, I even find myself trying to zoom in with Maya's ALT+RMB-drag. Speaking of which, that would be really cool if Photoshop's keyboard shortcuts were THAT flexible so as to incorporate such a zoom feature, because I'm pretty sure no other function is assigned to ALT+RMB-drag.
Well, I guess I can appreciate how You feel to a certain degree,
because I was a longtime Freehand-user who, after Macromedia had been
purchased by Adobe, familiarized himself with Illustrator … and even
now I find some things missing there.
But actually Illustrator has features that Freehand did not and even
when they still competed Illustrator did some things cleaner than
By which I’m not trying to imply that Photo-Paint is inferior to
Photoshop, because I do indeed have zero experience with Photo-Paint.
Occassionally some Painter-features got mentioned in these Fora and at
least one highly coveted one has finally been implemented with CS4
(the rotate canvas-capability) but I don’t even know if Photo-Paint
has that, too.
So without impugning Painter in any way I recommend simply investing
the necessary time and You may soon be familiar with the way
Photoshop’s interface is structured …
Easy said of course after more than a decade of experience.
In the field I work in (image-manipulation and prepress) Photoshop is
the standard; I suppose You work in 3D though?
Anyway You will have to assess Yourself how the different features
measure up and if Photoshop is worth Your while, but please try to
avoid getting inflexible about it and (if the proper help- and web-
search fail) some items may be cleared up by the Photoshop-Fora-
Does Photo-Paint have a feature comparable to Photoshop’s Smart
Objects by the way?
(I work on a Mac with a non-english-keyboard so I don’t even know what
key RMB is supposed to be … command-space-drag works fine for zooming
here, but that works across the Creative Suite so I guess it is most
Ha! Yeah, I have issues with Illustrator too, coming from a CorelDRAW background. I know what you're talking about. Really, I just find Corel products to be more intuitive, but I admit that they lack certain features of Adobe that I do admire like the healing brush. Also, Corel products crash more in my experience, but they've been getting better.
Don't get the wrong idea. I'm not totally unwilling to discover the realm of Photoshop. I'm the kind of guy that when a new version of Windows comes out I learn all the new features instead of just turning everything onto classic mode. I've actually presented many Photoshop enthusiasts, including a Photoshop instructor here at the Academy of Art University about some of my Photoshop requests and they had nothing for me that would translate into Photoshop commands. I'm friends with a lot of Photoshop nerds and I've only posted the requests that they couldn't help me with, mostly because I didn't want to look stupid to everyone in the www.
RMB just means "right mouse button," which LOL might be foreign to some Mac users.
I come from a web developer/designer background, but I've been in animation school the last couple years at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. So, at school I'm constantly switching between Maya and Photoshop, but at home I'm constantly switching between Maya and PHOTO-PAINT!
I did some research and tinkered around in the help files and I don't believe PHOTO-PAINT does anything close to smart objects. In fact, it doesn't even let you create collapsable folders in your layers panel, but you can group them. They also have adjustment layers, but they call them lenses. They also have clip masks, but not vector masks. Some might say they don't have vector shapes either, and they don't per se, but they do let you create rectangles, ellipses and other shapes and tinker around with them before rasterizing them. It's also smart enough to keep text as text so you can upscale without losing resolution. They support paths too.
I admit I’ve turned that off … unflexible as charged.
Well, it may do Photoshop good to have some competitors.
And as an individual user (as opposed to working at a company) the
cost-factor takes on a different relevance, I guess.
Your web-developer-background might be beneficial if You want to
really streamline working in Potoshop by the way, because if You have
Anyway, best of luck with all the software!
Besides, scripting is more about automating tasks than creating new tools in most cases.
as a Mac-user).
With the interface-matters You remarked upon Scripting may be no help
anyway, but with some matters it may and other than that, who knows,
some of Your requests may get noticed … the interactive Gradient Stops
are there in Illustrator CS4, so that may be a good sign.
Jed - as is often the case with requests in this "feature requests" forum - some of what you have asked for already exists. Its in there, unfortunately most professional users who participate in this forum don't seen to have looked around properly. Unfortunately have to say, you will also find, with your requests and questions, that if you ask them here, instead of assuming that your tutors know, that there are easy and simple answers for them. I can almost guarantee this. Photoshop is enormously powerful and of course deep, and to expect any professional to know everything is impossible.
1 Firstly there is an easy menu command to select layer transparency - Select/Load Selection - this will automatically load the transparency (what you have called alpha?) of the current layer. You can either assign a shortcut to this, or even better use an Action (assign an F key to your action) which will mean that there is no dialog at all. Pressing a single key will then load the transparency of whatever layer you have highlighted.
2 For auto-selecting layers. Choose your move tool (shortcut V key) - in your options bar there is a checkbox for "auto-select". You can choose to auto-select layers or layer groups. Unfortunately you haven't told us whether you are using CS3 or CS4. In CS4 holding down your V key (press and hold) at any time will now autoselect layers. in CS3 holding down control/option/right click will select layers whatever tool you are using
3 Photoshop is 1000 times more powerful and customisable than Corel Photopaint. Eventually you will come round to realising this, promise. I do think that predefined workspaces for different apps may be a good idea, its a pity these are not available on Adobe Exchange.
Reynolds, thanks for the tips. I'm using CS4 by the way.
1. Select >> Load Selection is definitely one of the things I was looking for. Thanks!
2. The "Auto-Select" checkbox is also exactly what I was looking for. Thanks again!
3. You don't have to convince me that Photoshop is more powerful, but I think 1000 times is a gross exaggeration. Of course, my opinion will be more worthy when I have more exposure to Photoshop, but before taking your opinion for any worth, can I ask what, if any, experience you have with Corel PHOTO-PAINT that allows you to make such a claim? Thanks though, for acknowledging the usefullness of the workspace request.
Finally, I want to reemphasize the original scope of this discussion towards "keyboard shortcuts." Regardless of whether certain features are available in Photoshop, the menus for those commands are still unable to be renamed or new commands created and placed in whatever menu bar item I choose.
Even Corel falls short in the latter half of this request, but they are definitely on the right road, as illustrated by this screenshot...
As you can see, I've renamed the Edit command to "Edit Schmeddit" and the Copy command to "Copy Schmoppy." That's the kind of flexibility I'm talking about here! The only thing missing now is creating my own new command and placing them wherever I want in the menu bars.
How about add this feature to Photoshop?
Hold down mouse middle button = hold down spacebar panning?
Yes, the proposed new keyboard shortcuts interface should handle that as well. It should be flexible enough to handle all of these types of keyboard shortcuts requests.
This is no longer true with the release of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5 and perhaps even X4, but definitely not X3.
This has to do with Photoshop problem because......................?
Selecting current Layer Tranparency: Ctrl+Click on layer, and Ctrl+Shift+I to inverse selection...