Cycling through Layer Blend Modes (part 1)
Sometimes it's useful to quickly cycle through your blend modes to see which one works best.
Manually clicking on each one just isn't quick, so try this: Click on the Blend Mode list in the top left of the Layers panel to select a blend mode.
Then press Shift + (plus key) to cycle down the list and Shift – (minus key) to go back up.
You can also just click and highlight the blend mode field, then scroll through the various modes using the up and down arrow keys on your keyboard.
Great tip! Thanks.
Rommel – I’ve always used that method in CS3. It makes life so easy!
I recently upgraded to CS4 and I have to manually select each one…what a pain! Unfortunately the Shift + (-) method doesn’t work. Any other ideas?
Make sure you’re in the Move tool before Shift +’ing to scroll thru the Blend modes…
arrow keys are great for cycling with CS3/Windows but not CS4/Mac…option key +/+ or –
I knew how to do this on a PC already. It’s nonsense like this that makes switching platforms much more frustrating than it should. As if Adobe isn’t useless at streamlining their Suite, but the “minor” differences between PC and Mac aren’t so “minor” when it’s part of your everyday routine.
Thanks for the tip, though! It’s another step away from totally loathing this Mac.