5 Photoshop keyboard shortcuts everyone should learn
My top 5 favorite Photoshop Keyboard shortcuts (hotkeys)
Everyone loves getting things done quickly and these tips will help you.
When you watch a real Photoshop pro work, you will notice that they make use of keyboard shortcuts as much as possible. While a less-experienced Photoshop user is digging around in the menus, the pro is tapping keys and getting things done rapidly and efficiently. It’s not unusual to be a couple of keystrokes ahead of your computer. How do you learn all these? This tutorial is a good place to start. Also, if you watch and read my tutorials here at PhotoshopCAFE you will discover a ton of shortcuts and tips in every tutorial. I have been writing the tips column for Photoshop User Magazine, every month for about 14 years or so and have learned a few tips in that time. I hold nothing back and I’m very happy to share them all with you. Watch this video to see a few of my favorites in action, and Ill also add a few here. I’ll try and return and keep this page updated. Feel free to add your favorites in the comments, bookmark and share this page with everyone you know 🙂
Mac vs Windows
The keys are the same on both, but there is a slight difference in some keys, this is why I write things like Alt/Option.
Windows – Mac
Alt/Option: Offers alternative functions, such as creating a mask that is filled with black, vs white.
Ctrl/Cmd: Used in conjunction with other keys, launches tools such as curves etc.
Shift: The constraint tool. Maintains proportions while scaling, constrains movement etc.
Some Useful Shortcuts
- Ctrl/Cmd + T = Free Transform
- Ctrl/Cmd + Backspce/Delete = Fill with Background Color
- Alt/Option + Backspce/Delete = Fill with Foreground Color
- Ctrl/Cmd + J = Copy Layer
- Ctrl/Cmd + M = Curves
- Ctrl/Cmd + L = Levels
- Q = Quickmask
- X = reset foreground/background color
- Ctrl/Cmd + D = deselect
- Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + Alt/Option + E = Create Composite Layer
- Ctrl/Cmd + G = Create Group
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