ON TEST DETAILS:
By: Mark Sparrow. (Reviews Editor) of MacFormat
really is the easiest and most pain-free way of learning
all those useful Photoshop shortcuts." No Photoshop
user should be without one.
Photoshop functions via menu items can slow down work considerably.
Mark Sparrow tries out a custom keyboard. When Adobe developed
the world's leading image editor, it didn't just throw it
together. Careful thought was given as to how the main functions
of Photoshop could be accessed through a series of keyboard
shortcuts and key combinations. Unfortunately,
even though many of Photoshop's shortcuts have handy and logical
letter associations, they're still a pain to learn.
Most of us access Photoshop functions via the menus. It takes
longer, but it's easier than learning by rote. The result
of this is that far fewer of us actually use Photoshop's full
range of shortcuts. If only there was an easy way of learning
them.Well, that's where Logic Keyboards come in. This American
company produces a whole range of software-specific keyboards
that have special colour-coded keys overprinted with shortcut
icons. In this instance we're looking at Logic's Photoshop
keyboard, but there are others for Final Cut Pro, Avid Express
and Logic Audio, with promises of more on the way.
The good news about this particular keyboard is that it's
based on the Apple Pro version. In fact, it is an Apple Pro
keyboard, albeit with a set of special colour keys. This is
no inferior third-party keyboard, but the genuine Apple product.
The key shortcuts are grouped in colours and each key carries
the icon and the name of the tool shortcut that it represents.
Further functions that can be accessed via the Ckey are also
listed on the front of the keys. For example, you can switch
from Clone Stamp to Erase with just one keypress. In no time
at all you will be using all those handy shortcuts and boosting
your workflow. After some time you may even be able to replace
the keyboard with a regular version, because you'll have learned
the shortcuts by heart.
We used the keyboard here at MacFormat for two weeks and it
most definitely speeded up our workflow in Photoshop.