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.)
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.
For the first time, I’m making my dekeKeys shortcuts available to any dekeOnline member, whether you own a copy of one of my One-on-One titles or not. To download the files, right-click one of the following links:
Both are ZIP files. You’ll need to unzip them and install the desired shortcuts document, PC or Mac, into the proper location.
To install, quit Photoshop or InDesign. Then copy the dekeKeys file (just one is required per program) according to the following instructions. (Windows users: You’ll need t adjust your Folder Options so that you can see hidden files and system folders.)
If you’re using Photoshop, copy the shortcuts file to the location below (depending on operating system, where the red user indicates your login name):
For those using InDesign, copy the shortcuts file as follows:
If you can’t find an InDesign Shortcut Sets folder, make one. Be careful to spell the folder name accurately or InDesign won’t see it.
Now with any luck, you can restart Photoshop or InDesign, choose Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts, and select dekeKeys from the top list. Then click OK and you’re ready to use my custom shortcuts.
Best of luck! And happy shortcutting!