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For Photoshop Shortcut Connoisseurs Everywhere: Deke's Custom dekeKeys for Photoshop CS6

Happy Friday, dekeItarians. Earlier in the week, I tried to convince the shortcut-averse among us---via charming anecdotes, empathy, and a smidgeon of mind control---to try out a few Photoshop shortcuts. But I know not everyone needs convincing with regard to the awesomeness of shortcuts.

For those of you who already love Photoshop shortcuts (for instance, Vectorgeek and SimonH74), today's post is about how to download, install, and enjoy Deke's custom shortcuts called dekeKeys for Photoshop CS6.And now for a message from our (my) sponsor, (aka The Deke Himself): 

The reason [I created custom keyboard shortcuts, aka dekeKeys]: You can work inside Photoshop more quickly and fluidly if you can access the most essential commands by pressing a few keys, as opposed to wasting precious (not to mention tedious) time hunting through menus. With dekeKeys, you can work as fast as you can think.

We'll make these keyboard shortcuts available for free to members of dekeOnline. (If you're not yet a member, it costs nothing and it's easy. Just try to follow past the jump and you'll be taken to the instructions.) For the rest of you, read on to find out how to get dekeKeys free, install them, and enjoy their efficiency engendering power:  Read more » 

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My 11-Hour "Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Advanced" Video Course Is Now Live at lynda.com

It's been a while since my last video course. Roughly 7 weeks to be exact. What have I been doing with myself? I blame Deke's Techniques. And That Darn Challenge. And then, of course, my personal life. Which has been a blast lately.

Even so, last Thursday (September 13) marked the debut of my 55th video course for lynda.com, Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Advanced. Which I believe to be quite good and also educational in nature. Watch the video above to decide for yourself.

Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Advanced comprises a total of 12 chapters. About half of them are of special interest to photographers, and the other half are of special interest to designers. And, of course, all of them are of special interest to people who don't mindlessly label themselves. Read more » 

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The New dekeKeys: Enhanced Keyboard Shortcuts for Photoshop CS5

As many of you know, I'm in the process of developing and releasing my Photoshop CS5 One-on-One tutorials, which have for years ranked among the #1 book and video resources on Photoshop. My exhaustive Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals video course went live on the lynda.com Online Training Library early this month. My book, Adobe Photoshop CS5 One-on-One, is nearly complete. And I'll release the Advanced and Mastery video courses in the coming months.

Whether book or video, my One-on-One courses begin by urging you to load a collection of custom keyboard shortcuts called dekeKeys. The reason: You can work inside Photoshop more quickly and fluidly if you can access the most essential commands by pressing a few keys, as opposed to wasting precious (not to mention tedious) time hunting through menus. With dekeKeys, you can work as fast as you can think.

dekeKeys: Enhanced Shortcuts for Photoshop CS5

Today I make these keyboard shortcuts available for free to members of dekeOnline. (If you're not yet a member, it costs nothing and it's easy. Just click here to get started.) Read more » 

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Martini Hour 057, In Which Deke Gives You Part of His Brain

This week's visit to the dekeLounge comes with party favors. Yes, dekeOphiliacs, in addition to spending an hour with the man---shoes off and drinks in hand---you get to go home with a little token of Deke's affection, his handy dekeKeys shortcut file.

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Haven't you ever thought it would be great if someone would automagically make your Photoshop shortcuts make more sense and serve the commands that you use most often? For instance, who needs Cmd-Shift-L (Ctrl+Shift+L) to control something as seldom-used as Auto-Levels? Wouldn't it be so much better applied to, say, creating a Levels adjustment layer? The dekeKeys file is chock full of sensible remapping of the Photoshop keyboard shortcuts that is guaranteed to save you time, effort, and brain cell storage.

Here's how it works: Read more » 

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dekeKeys for Download

Ever since the dawn of my One-on-One book and video series nearly five years ago, I've been nurturing two collections of custom keyboard shortcuts that I call dekeKeys. One is for Photoshop, the other is for InDesign. (For some reason, I haven't been quite motivated to do one for Illustrator. Maybe when my book comes out early next year.)dekeKeys

Both shortcut sets grew out of a need, not to help you (c'mon, I love you, you know that), but to expedite my personal workflow. It started with Photoshop: Ctrl+Alt+I (on the Mac, Cmd-Opt-I) for Image Size and Ctrl+Alt+C (Cmd-Opt-C) for Canvas Size. I later talked Adobe into integrating those two as defaults, so no need to customize them. But I've come up with lots more custom shortcuts since, all of which make my life much easier at any rate. Read more » 

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