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Most Useful Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts

photoshop-keyboard-shortcuts-psdsugarEvery designer wants to work fast as he can, When you can work faster and do things more quickly, your time will save. Knowing Photoshop Keyboard shortcuts will makes you to be a professional. Instead of going to the menu option every time, you simply hit commands (Keyboard shortcuts). It means you don’t need to move your mouse at all, And most of these shortcuts can remained you easily and performed with one hand.

Shortcuts for Selections

  • Ctrl+A selects everything on the screen.
  • Ctrl+D deselects everything on the screen.
  • Ctrl+Shift+I Inverts a selection
  • Ctrl + Alt/Option + A Selects all layers
  • Ctrl + Alt/Option + R Brings up Refine Edge menu

Shortcuts for Tools

  • V – Move Tool
  • M - Marquee Tool
  • W - Magic Wand/Quick Selection Tool
  • L – Lasso Tool
  • B - Brush Tool
  • I - Eyedropper Tool
  • J – Spot Healing Brush
  • C - Crop Tool
  • G – Gradient Tool
  • Y – History Brush
  • S – Clone Stamp Tool
  • Z – Zoom Tool
  • A – Path Selection Tool
  • E - Eraser Tool
  • U – Custom Shape Tool
  • P - Pen Tool
  • O – Dodge Tool
  • T - Type Tool
  • H – Hand Tool
  • R – Rotate Tool

Shortcuts for Layers

  • Ctrl + Shift + N creates a new layer
  • Ctrl + J makes a duplicate of the current layer or selection.
  • Ctrl + Shift + J Makes a new layer via cut
  • Ctrl + E Merges the current layer with the one below
  • Ctrl + Shift + E merges all visible layers
  • Ctrl + Shift + Alt/Option + E merges all visible layers into a new composite Layer
  • Ctrl + ] Brings layer up/forward one layer
  • Ctrl + [ Sends layer down/back one layer
  • Ctrl + Shift + ] Brings layer to the top/front
  • Ctrl + Shift + [ Sends layer to the bottom/back
  • Ctrl + G groups layers together
  • Ctrl + Shift + G Ungroups layers.

Shortcuts for Brushes

  • [ – makes a brush become larger.
  • ] – makes a brush become smaller.
  • 1 to 9 – lowers the opacity of the brush to a percentage. Example: 1=10%.
  • Ctrl + Alt/Option + Dragging up or down adjusts the hardness of your brush.
  • Ctrl + Alt/Option + Dragging left or right adjusts the size of your brush

Shortcuts for Type

  • Ctrl + Alt/Option + Shift + < – Decreases selected text by 10pt
  • Ctrl + Alt/Option + Shift + > – Increases selected text by 10pt
  • Ctr + Shift + C centers selected type
  • Ctr + Shift + B Makes selected type bold
  • Ctr + Shift + I Makes selected type italic
  • Ctr + Shift + L Aligns selected text to the left
  • Ctr + Shift + R Aligns selected text to the right
  • Ctr + Shift + U Underlines Selected text
  • Ctr + Shift + H Makes selected text small caps
  • Ctr + Shift + K Makes selected text all caps

Shortcuts for Adjustments

  • Ctrl + L Brings up the Levels Adjustment
  • Ctrl + M Brings up the Curves Adjustment
  • Ctrl + U Brings up the Hue/Saturation Adjustment
  • Ctrl + B Brings up the Color Balance Adjustment
  • Ctrl + Shift + Alt/Option + B Brings up the Black & White Adjustment
  • Ctrl + Shift + U Desaturates your image

Shortcuts for Viewing

  • Ctrl + makes you zoom out of a photo.
  • Ctrl + + makes you zoom in on a photo.
  • Ctrl + 0 makes your document fit on the screen.
  • Ctrl + R shows and hides your rulers.
  • Ctrl + I inverts the current image, layer, or selection.
  • Ctrl + Alt/Option + I brings up the dialog box for image size and resolution.
  • Ctrl + Alt/Option + C brings up the dialog box for canvas size.

Shortcuts for Fills

  • Alt/Option + delete fills a layer with the current foreground color.
  • Ctrl + delete fills a layer with the current background color.
  • Shift + delete Brings up a fill dialog box with different options.
  • 19 determines the percentage of opacity for a layer. Example: 1 = 10%.
  • Alt + 19 determines the percentage of fill for a layer. Example: 1 = 10%.

Shortcuts for Saving

  • Ctrl + S Saves the current document.
  • Ctrl + Shift + S Saves as a new document of your choice.
  • Ctrl + Alt/Option + Shift + S brings up the Save for Web dialog box.

Currently has (4) Comments

  • Keshav Naidu on August 5th, 2014 4:17 pm

    Great Information, Thank you so much!

  • Arun Kumar on October 8th, 2014 6:00 pm

    Nice and easy remember shortcut keys for photoshop, i been using photoshop since 5 to 6 years but i don’t know these photoshop shortcuts…. Thanks for sharing this stuff. Cheers!!

  • faheem ali on December 11th, 2014 1:20 pm

    nice info thanks…

  • James Hunter on February 12th, 2015 7:43 pm

    Thanks for sharing this shortcuts

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