Tip – The Quick Way To Panels

I just got back to my hotel room from the Photoshop 20th Anniversary Party in San Francisco. You know, I knew it was going to be fun, but I have to say it totally rocked. A big thanks to all that made it out for the event. The crowd was great and the people who came up to me before and after were just so nice. Everyone had a blast. But if you didn’t get to go, you can still stop by the 20th Anniversary website to catch the video recap.

OK, here’s one of those tips I have ingrained in my everyday work and hopefully it’ll help you out. Let’s say you’re working in the Basic panel in the Develop module and you want to add a vignette. You can of course grab the scroll bar and scroll down to the vignette panel. Or try this. The Vignettes panel is the 6th one down from the top so just press Cmd-6 (PC: Ctrl-6). If you wanted to get to HSL then press Cmd-3 (PC: Ctrl-3) since it’s the 3rd one from the top. You get the idea. Throw the Cmd (PC: Ctrl) key in front of whatever number panel it is you want and you have a much faster way to switch between them. Personally, I don’t memorize all of them but hopefully it at least helps you get to the ones you use most.


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  1. HELP! Everything in LR Beta 3 is great on my Win Ultimate 64 bit EXCEPT,
    that when I try to export with the new watermark the Beta crashes and burns.
    Can you suggest a solution? Thanks in advance. FFM

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  2. Hi Matt,

    In a post in June 2009 you mentioned pressure sensitivity with brushes in LR2 with your Intuos4. I have a Wacom Bamboo Touch & Pen and can’t seem to get the pressure sensitivity to work with brushes on my Mac.
    What am I doing wrong?

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  3. I’ve found it. The shortcuts are shown under Window/Panels.

    ^ command 0
    ^ command 1

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  4. I’ll be darned. I was sure that Photoshop’s 20th birthday party would coincide with the announcement of CS5!!!!!!!! Maybe next week….

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  5. This tip is a great time saver. Thank you. Is there by any chance a similar tip for the left hand panel?

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  6. Did anyone noticed february 19th is also Lightroom’s 3rd anniversary?

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  7. This is the best tip in the whole world.

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  8. Brilliant and much appreciated tip. I’m always trying to discover hidden shortcuts to make my work faster. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Matt great tip
    Enjoyed seeing PS 1.0 through a glimpse at CS5 something….very cool

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