Thursday, July 9, 2009

New for Video in Photoshop CS4

One of the cool new features (well, not exactly new ... but incredibly improved) in Photoshop CS4 is the use of shortcut keys when working with video. If you are like me, you've got the entire keyboard visualised in terms of the shortcut key combos ... thus speeding up your workflow. CS4 now extends that workflow enhancement to the video realm.

First off, you have to enable the functionality. From the Animation panel's fly-out menu, scroll to the bottom and select Enable Timeline Shortcut Keys.

Once enabled, you're in for a treat. The Space bar now starts playing the video (sound familiar). The Left Arrow takes you back one frame. The Right Arrow moves you forward one frame. Holding the Shift key down whilst clicking the Right Arrow moves you forward ten frames ... and so on.

For a complete list of the key combinations, click here.

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