So, let’s say you’re working on a digital scrapbook page in Photoshop. You’re playing with elements and text, making the little adjustments needed to look exactly how you want the page to look. Maybe you:
…Have the Text tool active and you decide you want to move the an element off the journalling area.
…Are using a Brush and you decide you want to move the journal block.
…Have the the fill bucket tool active and you decide to move a shape.
You could take the time to select the Move tool, make the move you want, and then go back and select the original tool you were using – the text tool, brush, or fill bucket, like in the examples.
OR, you can hold down CTRL (Command on a Mac) and make the move – and Photoshop will automatically revert back to the original tool you were using.
Isn’t that handy?
Example of a Page In Progress
If we look at this work-in-progress, you can see that the Text tool is active.
I have my Move tool set to “Auto-Select” which means that wherever I click, it will activate the layer visible immediately under my cursor.
So, with the Text tool active, if I held down CTRL and clicked on the “T” alpha, I could move the alpha by dragging it on the canvas. When I release the CTRL key, the tool would revert back to the Text tool.
And that’s why CTRL is the most useful keyboard button for scrapbookers.