I had an interesting exchange over at deke.com with Deke and a couple of Deke’s followers recently. I was interested in the ‘Copy Merged’ that Deke mentioned in his Sixties Space Siren dekePOD. Once I got into the idea of merging layers into a copy, I needed more options. I wanted to have selected layers merged into a new layer (without losing the selected layers). Deke.com member Fabulacious came to my aid and let me know it was ‘Stamp Down’ (Ctrl-Alt-E or Cmd-Option-E) that I was looking for, which is only available as a keyboard shortcut. Keyboard shortcuts? Keyboard shortcuts are keystrokes used to summon a menu command or hidden command in Photoshop (and most other software).
All this was great, except for the irritating fact that ‘Stamp Down’ is nowhere to be found in the Photoshop menus. I suppose Photoshop’s menus would be overwhelming if they had every single shortcut jammed into its menus. But wait a minute; there are dozens of goodies hidden outside of the menu. How can a user find those hidden gems?
Thanks to Trevor Morris we have an answer…“I've created a "cheat sheet" that's organized by menu, as well as alphabetically by key,” writes Trevor on his website. He’s generated shortcut cheat sheets from CS4 all the way back to Photoshop 5. The design and organization of Trevor’s cheat sheets are first class to boot.
So, the next time you’re in a jam and need some Photoshop sorcery, give Trevor’s cheat sheets a try. You might even find something on that list that you never imagined Photoshop to be capable of.