Today’s T3 includes tips for changing the default keyboard shortcuts in Adobe Photoshop, watching Bell Fibe TV recordings through the mobile apps, and getting the great U.S. National Parks Senior Pass before a major price increase in August.
1. Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts
A couple of years ago I made the switch from the DVD installation of Photoshop to the Creative Cloud version, which means the software is constantly being updated automatically on my computer. Which is all well and good until a keyboard shortcut I use ALL THE TIME is suddenly changed on me.
I usually have to reduce the size of screenshots and other graphics for this site from the original dimensions, which makes them a little less sharp. So I almost always use the Smart Sharpen filter to make them a little clearer. And since I’m often creating several images at once, I have gotten in the habit of using Ctrl + F to repeat the last filter for each new resized image.
But recently I was trucking along with this process, but when I pressed Ctrl + F, this happened instead:
Yep, the shortcut I’ve been using for years has been reassigned to a new Search function that has been added to the program. (Maybe it’s not new, but it’s not something I was aware of before.) And the new shortcut for Last Filter has become Ctrl + Alt + F, which isn’t going to work with my existing muscle memory. 🙂
Fortunately, it’s easy enough to change shortcuts in Photoshop by going to Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts. You can go to the command you want and press the new shortcut you want to use for it. In this case, I get a warning that the Search function will no longer have a shortcut after this change, which is fine for me. But of course I could always assign something else to it if necessary.
Bonus Tip: If you’re ever thinking about moving to Photoshop CC but have been put off by the regular subscription price of $29.99/month ($19.99/month for an annual plan paid monthly or $239.88 for an annual prepaid plan), you can get the Photography Plan, which includes Photoshop and Lightroom for less than Photoshop alone. I’m not sure why this is except when you purchase a single app subscription, it includes 20GB of cloud storage, which isn’t included with the Photography plan. You can also get this deal at Amazon, if you’re not interested in setting up a new Adobe account.
2. Bell Fibe TV Recordings on Mobile
Since I just returned from a visit to see my friends and family in Canada, here’s a bit of news for my Canuck readers who have Bell Fibe TV.
Bell Fibe TV iOS, Apple TV and Android app can now play DVR recordings (MobileSyrup, 07/10/17)
3. US National Parks Senior Pass Price Increase Coming
And since I’m now back in the States, here’s an important piece of information for seniors who enjoy our amazing National Parks. Since 1994, Americans and U.S. permanent residents 62 and older could purchase a lifetime America the Beautiful Senior Pass for just $10 (!). However, on August 28, 2017, the price of the pass is going up to $80, the cost of an annual pass for non-seniors.
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