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.
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.)
dekeKeys CS5 alters Photoshop’s default keyboard shortcuts in several important ways. You can:
- Access the best detail-correction filters, including Unsharp Mask, Smart Sharpen, Reduce Noise, and High Pass.
- Rotate a crooked image from the keyboard.
- Gain quick access to Photoshop’s most essential commands, including Crop, Place, Stroke, Color Range, Blending Options, Rasterize, Consolidate All, and Print Size. (Why are these so great? Check out my training.)
- My favorite: Create the most common adjustment layers—Levels, Curves, Hue/Saturation, and Black & White—from the keyboard. Each of these shortcuts eliminates three steps at a time. If you use Photoshop with any degree of regularity, this is a huge enhancement.
To download dekeKeys, right-click Download dekeKeys (or the image below) and choose Save or Download. This gives you a zip file that includes the shortcuts and a couple of explanatory files.
Here’s how to install:
- Be sure that you download the file (it’s called dekeKeys-Photoshop-CS5.zip) to a place you can find it. Then double-click that file to expand it.
- Go to your computer’s desktop and locate the file called dekeKeys PsCS5 1on1.kys. Rright-click on that file and choose to open it in Photoshop CS5.
- Your computer should automatically switch you to Photoshop. (If you get a message, click Save or Yes and give your modified shortcuts a name.)
- Inside Photoshop, choose Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts.
- The very first option, Set, should read Photoshop Defaults (modified). Assuming so, click the tiny floppy disk icon with a down-pointing green arrow, as illustrated below.
- Name the new shortcuts file “dekeKeys CS5.kys.” Click the Save button to save your revised shortcuts. Then click OK to leave the Keyboard Shortcuts and Menus dialog box.
dekeKeys is now installed. To see what changes I’ve made to your copy of Photoshop, go back to the desktop and open the dekeKeys PsCS5 1on1 Windows.htm or dekeKeys PsCS5 1on1 Mac.htm file, depending on your platform. The file will open in your default Web browser. Scroll down the list. The red items show commands that I’ve enhanced, the black items remain true to the defaults. Feel free to print the file for future reference.
Let me know what you think. And, hey, if you wish your favorite command had a shortcut, let me know that too.