Handy Shortcut Keys

Most people don’t read software manuals, which means that invisible features are usually missed. By invisible I mean part of the user interface that you can’t see, like shortcut keys. Let me share a few of my favorite shortcut keys with you. These apply to almost all of our products.

Don’t be afraid to experiment. We have unlimited undo/redo with Command-Z/Y (Mac) or Control-Z/Y (Windows). Just undo to get back to a good state. To get back to the factory defaults, hit Command-R (Mac) or F5 (Windows).

Hold the spacebar to see your image without our effects applied. I frequently hit spacebar to see how much I am changing my image. Another handy use (in Photoshop too) is to hold spacebar to temporarily switch to the Hand Tool while you are in the Zoom Tool.

All of our preview navigation buttons are the same as Photoshop. If you know shortcuts in Photoshop to zoom in, zoom out, zoom to 100%, fit to window, etc then you know how to do it in our products.

Many of our products have long lists of presets. Instead of clicking with the mouse, you can use the up and down arrow keys to move up and down the preset list. The left and right arrow keys will open and close folders. In Exposure 3 and Bokeh 2 the comma and period keys are the same as the up and down arrows, but they also automatically open the next folder when you get to it.

You can find a list of shortcut keys in the manuals for our products. Manuals are found in the Help menu (? button in newer products) or by hitting F1 on Windows or Command+/ on Macintosh.

About Jeff

Jeff Butterworth is the founder of Alien Skin Software. He used to create the products, but now he does marketing and gets coffee for the programmers.
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One Response to Handy Shortcut Keys

  1. 王峰 says:

    非常喜欢
    “I like it!”

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