Missing shortcuts for the new blending modes (Darker Color & Lighter Color)

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I really like the two new blending modes Darker Color & Lighter Color and want to use them, however they don't seem to have any shortcut assigned! Which is a real bummer as I need to be able to switch the modes quickly as I draw (I'm using a gaming keyboard with the 3-keys-shortcuts assigned to function keys on it so switching a blending mode = hitting one key).

Please add shortcuts to them.

Alternate option: Give a possibility to customize the blending modes shortcuts to the user.

Additional note: Please don't be so secretive about these shortcuts in your online help. There's no mention these shortcuts even exist on the page dedicated to the Blending Modes.

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Posted 1 year ago

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I have found a workaround for this. Using AutoHotkey I have assigned a key combination of my choice to Select Linear Burn blending mode and then Select next blending mode, which as a result selects Darker Color blending mode. The same for Lighter Color.
It's very easy to use AutoHotkey, here's how this command looks in my script:

+d::Send b!+a+=

This string translates to:

When I press Shift and d (+d)
send instead 
(b) - Select Brush
(!+a) - Select Linear Burn blending mode
(+=) - Select next blending mode

I would highly recommend getting to know AutoHotkey to Photoshop users, it can rid you of long keystroke combinations, allow you to press and hold to perform continuous Undo and anything else you can think of to improve your Ps experience.

Hope this helps!
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That is SO clever! And this will work for the function keys on my keyboard also (but I'll probably try AutoHotkey later too).

Thank you Werty!