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Chapter 1. Tool and Palette Primer > The Logic Behind the Keyboard Commands

The Logic Behind the Keyboard Commands

Did you notice that Adobe limits the keyboard shortcuts you can assign to different commands? That's because there is a general logic to what different keys on your keyboard do within Photoshop. The Command key (Mac) or Ctrl key (Windows) does one of two things. If you press it all by itself, then it will access the Move tool for however long that key is held. If you press it along with another key, then it will replace a menu command. The only exceptions you'll find are ones that involve an F key, which can also replace a menu command (like Shift-F5 to access the Edit > Fill dialog box). Now let's look at what the other modifier keys do in Photoshop so you won't be surprised by the keyboard shortcuts that you run across as you progress through this book:

Shift: Either constrains things or lets you work on more of something, depending on when you hold it down. For instance, if you grab the Paintbrush tool and hold Shift while you paint, Photoshop will constrain your movement to either horizontal or vertical. If you have multiple images open, then clicking on the Full Screen Mode icons near the bottom of your tool palette will affect only the topmost image. When that's the case, typing Command-W (Mac) or Ctrl-W (Windows) to close the topmost image will show you that the underlying images are not in Full Screen mode. To affect all the open images, hold the Shift key when you click on the Full Screen Mode icons, and all the images that are currently open will appear in Full Screen mode.


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