By and large, keyboard shortcut changes suck. Mature tools are like musical instruments, and you don’t go moving the piano keys or cello strings without a great need to do so. It’s painful. We know.
Sometimes, though, a little pain enables much better things. In the CS4 release, we have made some improvements that result in a few shortcuts needing to change. First, the improvements:
- Photoshop is now consistent with both Mac & Windows shortcuts for switching among open documents. The Mac-standard Cmd-~ (technically Cmd-`) now cycles from one open document to the next. Adding Shift cycles in reverse order. These shortcuts work on both Mac & Windows. In addition, Photoshop continues to support Ctrl-Tab/Shift-Ctrl-Tab on both platforms, just as it always has, for the same function.
- The app is now consistent with other Suite tools (Illustrator, InDesign, Flash) in setting the zoom level to 100% via Cmd-1/Ctrl-1. (PS will continue to support the existing Cmd-Opt-0 as a duplicate shortcut.)
- You can drag-resize any brush cursor by holding down Ctrl-Opt (Mac)/Alt-right click (Win), then dragging. Add Cmd (Mac)/Shift (Win) to the combo to adjust brush hardness instead of size.
- People doing video work in Photoshop strongly requested single-key shortcuts for moving among frames. You can switch these on/off via the "Enable Timeline Shortcut Keys" command that lives in the Animation panel fly-out menu.
- Photoshop supports what we call spring-loaded shortcuts, enabling you to jump from any tool to any other temporarily.
Some of these enhancements necessitate some other changes. This all gets pretty esoteric, so I’m putting the nerdery into this post’s extended entry. Read on for that.