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Thu, Oct 8, 2015 5:26 PM


Photoshop CS6: Assigning a new function the the "+" Shortcut

Hello! I am using a Macbook and trying to change a Shortcut in the English Photoshop CS6 version.

I am used to using the German Keyboard, but am used to the English Shortcuts. Adding to that the keys "[" and "]" are incredibly hard to find and inconvenient(Alt + 5 and Alt + 6 respectively) to use.

Now in the spot that I am used to using them there now are the "ü" and the "+". There is absolutely no problem with the ü.

The "+" however is not an eligible Shortcut for some strange reason.

Looking it up it seems that while using the curve tool you can use it to swap to the next point in the curve(and change the curve using that I suppose). This however locks the spot that I would like to use since it is not possible to change the shortcut by any means - it is not in the menu. A quick fix would be just about as welcome as an easier solution.

Thanks in advance!

Regards, Jörg

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6 y ago

Howdy Jörg,

I believe what you're trying to do is change the Tool shortcut for Decrease Brush Size and Increase Brush Size, right?  This is easy to change -- for German, I'd suggest ü and ä, respectively.  I tested them and they seem to work just fine.

There are a number of keys which are not available to use as shortcuts for a variety of reasons, many dealing with other tools and OS limitations.  The + key is one of these.

Hope this helps.  Please let me know if I've misunderstood your question.


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6 y ago

Hello David,

You have not misunderstood my question. I have however manually changed the shortcut in the Keybindings file and it seems to work fine. I also tried to change the Lock Opacity button to "-" but this will make Photoshop reject the whole file - which is a bit sad, but okay. Another option would of course be to change the Language of my keyboard and just use the English shortcuts that I am used to though the keys will look different to me. The only inconvenienve here is that I have to swap it every time I want to type and forget where to find a certain key. Not sure how often that will happen, but with the more uncommon keys I am sure it will. It is also a tiny bit weird to constantly change between buttons doing one thing to another.

In any case. The most important issue as been resolved by brute force and as far as I can notice there is no ill side-effects.

Thanks for the reply!