It’s me again. If you’re like me, you really aren’t into reading directions. Particularly when it comes to computer applications (and games), I prefer to dive in head-first and just start working, clicking through menus and exploring the various options and what they do. Therefore, I don’t always go as deep into applications as I would had I taken a seminar or class, or read a book. With Photoshop CS4, however, I have found some really cool features! One of my favorites is the action manager: you can use it to manage repetitive tasks. For instance, I scan a lot of photos, and when all of the photos are the same initial size, I end up doing the same thing, over and over. I cut my scanning time in half by using the actions manager (which you can get to by making sure that windows/actions is checked) to record an entire action that you often repeat. I use it to connect to the scanner, scan a set sized photo, and save it, all with one keystroke. All I have to do is swap photos, hit that key, and I’m ready to go again – no more mousing around in menus.
CS4 has been very, very good to me.