Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts

Become the king of the keyboard by discovering more new shortcuts. Taking advantages of keyboard shortcuts to rapidly access tools in the toolbox.

Locating Keyboard Shortcuts.

Photoshop is more than happy to give up its secrets
A good place to start hunting down keyboard shortcuts is
within the Photoshop interface itself. Open the main menu,
and take look at a few of the commands. Next to each one
you'll find the relevant keyboard shortcut listed if one is
available. Another comprehensive list of shortcuts can be
found in the Photoshop Help files.

Killer keyboard shortcuts

Mac users should treat the [Alt] key as the [Option] key and
the [Control] key as the [Command] key

Image Adjustments:

No doubt you'll need to tweak things such as levels and
colour values on occasion. These shortcuts will take you to
the heart of the Image > Adjustments menu

- Adjust Levels…….[Ctrl]+[L]
- Auto Levels………[Shift]+[Ctrl]+[L]
- Auto Contrast…….[Alt]+[Shift]+[Ctrl]+[L]
- Auto Color……….[Shift]+[ Ctrl]+[B]
- Curves …………..[Ctrl]+[M]
- Color Balance…….[Ctrl]+[B]
- Hue/Saturation……[Ctrl]+[U]
- Desaturate……….[Shift]+[Ctrl]+[U]
- Invert…………..[Ctrl]+[I]

File Management:

Browse, open, close and save your files for a variety of formats, all at the touch of a key or three

- New File………….[Ctrl]+[N]
- Open File…………[Ctrl]+[O]
- Open File Browser….[Shift]+[Ctrl]+[O]
- Save……………..[Ctrl]+[S]
- Close…………….[Ctrl]+[W]
- Save As…………..[Shift]+[Ctrl]+[S]
- Save for Web………[Alt]+[Shift]+[Ctrl]+[S]
- Undo last action…..[Ctrl]+[Z]
- Step Forward………[Shift]+[Control]+[Z]
- Step Backward……..[Alt]+[Ctrl]+[Z]
- Page Setup………..[Shift]+[Ctrl]+[P]
- Print…………….[Alt]+[Ctrl]+[P]
- Print with Preview…[Ctrl]+[P]
- Print One Copy…….[Alt]+[Shift]+[Ctrl]+[P]
- Jump to ImageReady…[Shift]+[Ctrl]+[M]

Layer Mangagement:

Who needs to click icons or pull down menus when layer control is just a shortcut away?

- Show/hide Layers palette………Press [F7]
- New Layer……………………[Shift]+[Ctrl]+[N]
- New Layer (from copy of selected layer)………………………[Ctrl]+[J]
- New Layer (cutting selection from existing layer)………………………[Shift]+[Ctrl]+[J]
- Group with previous layer……..[Ctrl]+[G]
- Ungroup from previous layer……[Shift]+[Ctrl]+[G]
- Merge Down…………………..[Control]+[E]
- Merge Visible Layers………….[Shift]+[Control]+[E]
- To hide non-selected layers……Press [Alt] and click on the layer's show/hide Eye icon.
- To cycle between layers……….[Alt]+[ [ ]&[Alt]+[ ] ]
- To bring a layer in the layers palette forward………[Ctrl]+[ []
- To send a layer back………….[Ctrl]+[ ]]
- To jump from the top to the bottom layer in the Layers palette……………………..[Alt]+[Shift]+[ [ ]
- To bring a layer to the top from any location………………….[Shift]+[Ctrl]+[ ] ]

Super Fast Selections:

Copy, paste and modify selections more quickly to speed up your workflow.

- Constrain marquee…………………….[Shift]+drag when first creating selection.
- Draw marquee from centre point ………..[Alt]+drag when first creating selection.
- Select All ………………………….[Ctrl]+[A]
- Deselect ……………………………[Ctrl]+[D]
- Add to existing marquee selection………[Shift]+drag
- Subtract from existing marquee selection..[Alt]+drag
- Fade……………………………..[Shift]+[Ctrl]+[F]
- Paste Into………………………..[Shift]+[Ctrl]+[V]
- Nudge empty marquee selection …………Use arrow keys
- Nudge empty marquee selection in larger increments ……………………………………[Shift]+arrow keys
- Copy and move selection……………….Select the Move Tool, hold down [Alt] and drag
- Hide marquee selection(but keep it active)..[Control]+[H]

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