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Layers: The Complete Guide to Photoshop’s Most Powerful Feature by Matt Co-host of the top-rated video podcast Photoshop User TV Kloskowski

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How Do I...

?QUICKLY DUPLICATE A LAYER?
I know I sound like a broken record, but if there is one keyboard shortcut to get from this whole book, this is it. Press Command-J (PC: Ctrl-J) to quickly duplicate a layer.
?MAKE MY BRUSH SOFTER WITHOUT USING THE BRUSH PICKER?
To make your brush harder or softer without going to the Brush Picker, press Shift-[ (Left Bracket key) or Shift-] (Right Bracket key).
?SET MY FOREGROUND AND BACKGROUND COLORS TO THEIR DEFAULTS (BLACK AND WHITE)?
Just press the letter D to set the Foreground and Background colors to their defaults of black and white. However, if you’re working on a layer mask, it’s the opposite. Pressing D sets white as the Foreground color and black as the Background color.
?SWAP THE FOREGROUND AND ...

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