Category Archives: Mac

Spacebar: Change the origin of the selection rectangle when doing a screen capture (Mac)

Since I already published a Windows shortcut today, here’s a bonus for you Mac users, with thanks again to Kevin Fox.

Suppose you’re using a Mac and you’re creating a selection rectangle in Photoshop. Normally, moving the mouse changes the size of the selection rectangle. If you hold down the Spacebar, suddenly you’re now moving the origin of the rectangle instead. (Practice this a bit to get the hang of it.)

Many of you are old hands at Photoshop and already knew that one. (You may have known it works in Windows versions of Photoshop as well, plus many other image editors on both platforms.)

Okay, so here’s the new bit: If you use OS X, as of 10.5, when you press Command+Shift+4 to capture part of the screen, you can now use the Spacebar trick to switch between resizing and changing the origin point.

Shift+Option+Volume Up/Down keys: Fine volume control on a Mac

So lately the “…of the Day” portion of this blog’s title has been a big lie. I figure, why not make the “Windows” part a lie too? My friend Kevin “Fury” Fox just sent me this tip for Mac users:

If you hold down Shift and Option while using the keyboard volume keys, you can increase or decrease the volume in quarter steps.

Normally there are 17 levels of volume. If you use Shift+Option, you can get 64 levels of volume — great for when you want something just a little bit louder or softer.

Disclaimer: I don’t have a Mac, and haven’t used one in 10 years, so I have no personal experience with this.