Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Hey all you beginners out there! It’s Anna here with something I’ve done that has changed my digi-scrappin’ life!
The holidays are an extremely busy time for me. I bet they are for you, too! This week I have been working with my daughter to create a book for her husband for Christmas. While I was helping her, she commented “You are so fast!!!” I started to think about the reasons why I am able to work so quickly, and that gave me the idea to share some knowledge with all you newbies!
If you are still reading you must be in search of a faster way to digi-scrap. I know that when I first started scrapping, I would spend hours and hours working on a layout. I am a busy mom with a part time job. I am constantly on the lookout for a faster way to do what I do every day! In fact, people in my family laugh because I am always analyzing different driving routes to figure out which is the faster way! LOL!!! Do you do that?
Anyway, I realized that if I wanted to continue this hobby, I needed to find a way to fit it into my busy schedule. When I first started using keyboard shortcuts, I realized their potential. Basically, anything you do over and over again in Photoshop can be done faster. One way is by getting into the habit of using keyboard shortcuts.
I know for many of you this is basic knowledge. But I didn’t grow up with a computer, so it amazed me how much faster using a few keystrokes made my layout creation process. For a time, I would put a post-it-note on my computer with a new shortcut. I would leave that note up until I had that one mastered before creating a new one and working on it! I kept doing that until I very rarely used the drop down menus.
By doing this over and over, I became an extremely fast digi-scrapper! It also made the process of creating a layout a whole lot more fun. I could focus on my design instead of “now where is that command in the drop down menu…hmmm…is it under edit?…select?” Anyway, you get the idea! I want to challenge all you scrappers out there to learn a new keystroke this week and maybe even create one of your own (but that is for a different lesson).
Every version of Photoshop has different keyboard shortcuts. You will want to learn the ones compatible with your program. I use CS5, but most are universal or similar. It was nearly impossible to narrow down the shortcuts I use to just ten keystrokes…but I didn’t want to overwhelm you all!
For a more extensive list, one of my favorite finds is located HERE!
Thanks for stopping by! Casharina and Jenelle will be here tomorrow with more happy holiday hybrids!