The versatility of caps lock in Adobe...
Yes it does more than just make your text all capitalized.
Today I am going to write about the different functionalities of the caps lock button across some of the different softwares that Adobe offers. Aside from mysteriously getting stuck on and us having to google an answer on how to solve that problem. Since that varies from software to software we wont cover that here. Just a few quick tips on how caps lock functions when using certain tools as well as its different functions across different Adobe softwares.
Let's start with After effects.
I started the blog with After effects not because it’s my favorite. It will be the fastest to write about but take the longest to create the content for because I will have to render a file twice to get the screenshots needed for content.
In addition to it’s standard function of capitalizing the letters at all times while typing, the caps lock key, when turned ON in After effects could drastically reduce render times depending on your hardware. It’s only function as far as I know in After effects is to prevent a preview of the file on the screen as it renders & it prevents the frames from refreshing in editing mode.
These pictures demonstrate the difference in render times when using the caps lock function to render an 18 second animation (my logo animation) on a PC with an Intel i7-9700k CPU, an MSI RTX 2070 Super GPU and 32gb of RAM. I also have photoshop and illustrator running so that may effect things slightly.
The images displaying a render preview (with my logo in them) were rendered with caps lock turned off and the images with no preview (a black screen in after effects) with caps lock turned on. I rendered the file at 32bpc to maximize render quality and render time and used 2 images of each to show the difference at different times throughout the process. One mid-way and 1 once complete to show the total rendered time that I underlined in red in photoshop. As you can see on an 18 second animation it saved me a total of 3 minutes and 30 seconds. Just imagine how much time it could save on a lengthy animation.
Unlike After effects, the functionality of the caps lock button is actually quite versatile in some of the other Adobe software’s such as Photoshop and Illustrator. Those are the only 3 Adobe software’s we will be covering here today. At least for now. I am also only covering what I know and will update this blog post if I discover any new hidden features of the infamous caps lock key.
Moving on to Illustrator.
As you can see the caps lock function does much more within Illustrator than just capitalize text and that’s just what I know. It took me close to a year to notice the difference when using the pen tool and I just noticed the paint brush functionality today.
Here’s where things get a little interesting. In Photoshop, most of the tools don’t use an icon around the cursor. But the caps lock key still plays an important role when using many of the tools. Since today’s 2 tools of discussion seem to be the pen tool and the brush tool, they have been around since time immemorial and they are handy tools. We will continue the trend and finish the post off with what the mysteries of caps lock behold within the magical world of Photoshop.
Finishing with Photoshop.
I hope you enjoyed my blog post! It was my first one ever and I had lots of fun creating it. What started out as a requirement for a school assignment just turned into another addiction. I am looking forward to bringing you more great blog content in the near future. If you know of any other secret functionalities laying beneath the depths of the infamous caps lock key within any Adobe products, please leave a comment below. I would love to hear about it. I might even add it to this blog post crediting you for it!
Until Next Time…