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Help with photoshop shortcut, please!

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by twomiracles, Jan 10, 2007.

  1. macrumors regular

    On a PC, if you have a circle, for example, and you lock the transparent pixels and press alt+del, the circle changes to the foreground color. This doesn't seem to work for me on my new mac. I am holding alt and pressing delete. Is there a different shortcut for this on a mac?
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  3. macrumors member

    Mac programs don't use an "Alt" key, as a rule; the "Option" key fills that role. Option + delete should do what you need.

  4. macrumors 68030


    Same key. :rolleyes:

    twomiracles: option/alt-delete works for me in Photoshop CS2, so I don't know what to say.
  5. macrumors member

    This I know. However, a lot of instructions/guides for Mac programs (Like the one the first reply) make no mention of "Alt". Add to that one new Mac user and one third party keyboard with an "Alt" key but no key labeled "Option" (Like some Logitechs) and you can end up with a lot of frustration.

    Lots of people dump the keyboard included with their Mac for something else for any number of reasons. Just making sure a not uncommon pitfall was covered, but I probably should have said "refer to an Alt key" to be clearer.

  6. macrumors G3


    Right, because alt is a secondary label added relatively recently in the life of the Mac. Adding to the confusion is that on many countries' Mac keyboards, the key's main label is the option.gif symbol, and most people seem to be unaware that the symbol's name is "option".
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    That's why I added my comment. If this guy is relatively new to the Mac and has an Apple keyboard, it has both names on the key so it shouldn't be confusing. If he's using 3rd party, still, the Alt key should function as the Option key. Plus he said he tried pressing alt-delete.

    For Shift, Control, Option, and Command, they really need to include the symbol AND the name of the key. It's just confusing otherwise. On US keyboards Command only has the symbols on it, and the others only have the text (it took me a long time to get used to the symbols for Control and Option).
  8. macrumors regular

    Sorry I didn't come back here and answer sooner, but actually it's option plus backspace. I am using a wireless PC keyboard, but I did know that alt=option. However, pressing that with the delete key was not doing what I wanted to happen. I finally dug out the book where I learned that shortcut in the first place and found that it was option+backspace.

    Thanks, all!

    P.S. I'm a "she", LOL.
  9. macrumors 68020


    An Extra Tip...

    ...If you use Cmd/Option Delete to fill a layer that has transparency, as I do quite a bit then you will be pleased to know that instead of locking the layer transparency and filling then unlocking you can add the Shift key to the Option/Delete combo which has the same effect as locking the transparency.

    Then you don't have to remember to unlock.

    Before I knew about the Shift key when I wanted to a make a drop or cast shadow I'd duplicate the layer lock the tranparency fill the pixels then forget to unlock the transparency and when I applied the guaussian blur I couldn't work out why it was looking weird. I'd get caught on this all the time.

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