Photoshop: Ability to cycle through Blend Modes in Layer Styles with arrow keys

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 22, 2012 Mar 22, 2012

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Not sure if this problem arises on Windows. It Does on Macs.

Small Detail, but very frustrating.

If you want to change the Layer Style of a layer (Multiply, Darken, Color Dodge, etc.), you have to click twice every time you change to a different style. For example, if I wanted to change the layer style to Darken, I would click the layer style drop down, then I would click Darken. If I wanted to preview all of the layer effects, I would have to click 52 times! This seems ridiculous. The Layer Style drop down is the only drop down in Photoshop that know of that doesn't allow the user to cycle through with arrow keys. You can cycle through Opacity, Fill, Typeface, and any field with a numeric value with arrow keys. Why not Layer Styles?
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Community Beginner ,
Mar 22, 2012 Mar 22, 2012

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You mean the layer blending modes in the layers panel or the blending modes in the Layer Style dialog itself?

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 22, 2012 Mar 22, 2012

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Yes, I meant the layer blending modes in the layers panel, but the problem exists in the layer style dialog box as well. Thanks for that clarification.

Is there a way to edit the post?

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 22, 2012 Mar 22, 2012

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I just re-posted it cause I couldn't figure out how to edit my post:

http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...

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New Here ,
Sep 18, 2012 Sep 18, 2012

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On PC you can cycle through layer Blending Modes by holding down ALT+SHIFT while pressing plus/minus on the numpad.

On the other hand you can learn a direct shortcut for every blending mode.
e.g:
ALT+SHIFT+N normal
ALT+SHIFT+C color
ALT+SHIFT+M multiply
ALT+SHIFT+S screen
ALT+SHIFT+O overlay
ALT+SHIFT+W linear dodge
ALT+SHIFT+A linear burn
ALT+SHIFT+G lighten
ALT+SHIFT+K darken
etc..

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New Here ,
Feb 14, 2013 Feb 14, 2013

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You can cycle thru the blend modes by typing Shift + (plus) or Shift - (minus). This only works if you have the Move tool or a Selection tool active.
If you have a painting tool active, this shortcut cycles thru the Modes for that tool (rather than the Blending Modes for a layer.

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New Here ,
Feb 14, 2013 Feb 14, 2013

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I find your comment interesting (about trying to figure out how to edit one's post. I'm really tired of everything changing - it makes the idea of learning this web site pretty futile. Why learn how to deal with this web site when it'll probably be completely revamped in 6-12 months?

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 14, 2013 Feb 14, 2013

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Not sure if this problem arises on Windows. It Does on Macs.

Small Detail, but very frustrating.

If you want to change the Layer Blending Mode of a layer (Multiply, Darken, Color Dodge, etc.), you have to click twice every time you change to a different style. For example, if I wanted to change the layer style to Darken, I would click the blending mode drop down, then I would click Darken. If I wanted to preview all of the layer effects, I would have to click 52 times! This seems ridiculous. The blending mode drop down is the only drop down in Photoshop that know of that doesn't allow the user to cycle through with arrow keys. You can cycle through Opacity, Fill, Typeface, and any field with a numeric value with arrow keys. Why not blending modes?

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LEGEND ,
Feb 14, 2013 Feb 14, 2013

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GetSatisfaction does not allow editing like that.

Either delete the original post, or add to the original - don't create duplicate topics.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 14, 2013 Feb 14, 2013

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This pretty much address all of my concerns, although I would still like to see the dropdown act like the other dropdowns in photoshop (change value by clicking and then using the arrow keys).

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Advocate ,
May 21, 2014 May 21, 2014

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Is it possible to assign a keyboard short-cut to the blend modes within the Layer style panel ?

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LEGEND ,
Dec 17, 2014 Dec 17, 2014

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Thank YOU!

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 13, 2017 Jun 13, 2017

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One other thing that would REALLY be nice for this, when cycling through using shift and + or -, is if it didn't continually scroll, i.e. it always stops when you get to the top or bottom of the list of blend modes, as I always tend to want to go back to normal mode and scroll through again, but by using this method to scroll through, it's easy to lose track of which mode you're on.

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LEGEND ,
Jul 12, 2017 Jul 12, 2017

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THIS! I have been wanting to do this forevah! Gracias, my friend.

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LEGEND ,
Jul 15, 2017 Jul 15, 2017

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How to cycle through colour look up tables in the same process on mac? On Windows I used to scroll through with mouse and here on mac, I have to click 3 times just to see one. This slows down my work frustratingly.

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LEGEND ,
Apr 01, 2018 Apr 01, 2018

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