Photoshop: Make it easier toggle between Shadows | Highlights | Midtones for Dodge & Burn tools

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It would be nice to be able to either

undock these as reaching up to the top left of the screen can be hassle.

Assign keyboard shortcuts to Shadows - Midtones - Highlights

Or record them as an action

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Ian Barber

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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Thanks for the suggestion. The only way I can think to get there is by creating Tool Presets for each range selection and then use an action with a keyboard shortcut to change the preset.
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Carlos Oliveras

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There are already keyboard shortcuts for that, at least on Windows:

Alt+Shift+H = Highlights
Alt+Shift+M = Midtones
Alt+Shift+S = Shadows

(Yes, they're not very "comfortable" to press...)

Maybe you already knew, but since these aren't popular shortcuts, I thought they might be worth mentioning, just in case.
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This is awesome! Searched everywhere for this, but this is the only place I found it. Much appreciated.

I actually wanted this info for my Wacom Pen Tablet, I can easily map these to one of the Express keys on my Intuos.

And I've just found out that it works in Elements too, sweet!
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Carlos Oliveras

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That's great to know! It's true this shortcuts are not very popular ones. Thanks for letting me know this old reply was useful :)
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Unfortunately using the ALT key has been compromised in PS CC 2018 (19.0). The workaround is to hold down the ALT key and then hit the other key(s) (SHIFT, CTRL) twice. Then it works for the Dodge/Burn Range settings and other shortcuts.