Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts That You Must Know
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Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts That You Must Know

Keyboard Shortcuts are keystrokes that usually (not always) involve a modifier key (such as Ctrl, Alt of Shift) that help quick invoking a command.

For example, you may press Ctrl + D instead of choosing Select » Deselect from the menu.

There are various shortcuts that make extensive use, supported by Photoshop. On one hand, they are very convenient, but, on the other hand, it could be hard to remember them all.

The “must know” shortcuts for working with are listed below:

Files | Tools | Selection | Edit | Layers | View | Images | Types | Secret Tips


Working with files in Photoshop

Operation Shortcut
Create a new document Ctrl + N
Open document
(- open as)
Ctrl + O
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + O
Close document
(- close all)
Ctrl + W (Ctrl + F4)
Ctrl + Alt + W (Ctrl + Shift + F4)
Working with files in Photoshop

Tools

Operation Shortcut
Tool opacity 10% => 100% 1, 2, 3, … 0
Flow 10% => 100% Shift + (1, 2, 3, … 0)
Crop / Slice / Slice Selection tool C
Type tools (Horiz / Vert / Horiz Mask / Vert Mask) T
Move tool V
Zoom tool
Zoom in
Zoom out
Z
Ctrl + Space
Alt + Space
Hand tool Space
Tools

Selection

Operation Shortcut
Select All
(- All Layers)
Ctrl + A
Ctrl + Alt + A
Move selection (1 px)
Move selection (10 px)
Ctrl + ←, ↑, →, ↓
Ctrl + Shift + ←, ↑, →, ↓
Nudge selection outline (1 px)
Nudge selection outline (10 px)
←, ↑, →, ↓
Shift + ←, ↑, →, ↓
Move duplicate of selection (1 px)
Move duplicate of selection (10 px)
Ctrl + Alt + ←, ↑, →, ↓
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + ←, ↑, →, ↓

Edit

Operation Shortcut
Free Transform
( – with duplicate)
Ctrl + T
Ctrl + Alt + T
Fill (show dialog) Shift + Backspace
Fill with background color
(& preserve trans)
Ctrl + Backspace
Ctrl + Shift + Backspace
Fill with foreground color
(& preserve trans)
Alt + Backspace
Alt + Shift + Backspace
Edit

Working with layers in Photoshop

Operation Shortcut
Add-select next layer Alt + Shift + ]
Add-select previous layer Alt + Shift + [
Bring Forward
(- to front)
Ctrl + ]
Ctrl + Shift + ]
Delete layers
(groups)
Delete (or Backspace)

Working with images in Photoshop

Operation Shortcut
Canvas Size Ctrl + Alt + C
Image Size Ctrl + Alt + I
Invert Ctrl + I

View in Photoshop

Operation Shortcut
Actual Pixels (view 100%) Ctrl + 1 / Ctrl + Alt + 0
Fit on Screen Ctrl + 0
Grid (show / hide) Ctrl + ‘
Guides (show / hide)
Guides (lock / unlock)
Ctrl + ;
Ctrl + Alt + ;
Zoom (in)
Zoom (out)
Ctrl + “+” / Ctrl + Space
Ctrl + “-” / Alt + Space
All panels (show / hide)
(- except Tools panel)
Tab
Shift + Tab

Type in Photoshop

Operation Shortcut
Align (Center)
(left)
(right)
Ctrl + Shift + C
Ctrl + Shift + L
Ctrl + Shift + R
Bold / Faux Bold (on / off) Ctrl + Shift + B
Italic / Faux Italic (on / off) Ctrl + Shift + I
Underline (on / off) Ctrl + ;
Ctrl + Alt + ;
Type size (± 2 pt)
Type size (± 10 pt)
Ctrl + “+” / Ctrl + Space
Ctrl + “-” / Alt + Space
All panels (show / hide)
(- except Tools panel)
Ctrl + Shift + <, >
Ctrl + Shift + Alt + <, >

Secret tips & tricks with shortcuts in Photoshop

There are few additional tricks you may also use working with Photoshop.

  • Zoom to 100%. Double click on the Zoom tool will zoom document to 100%
  • Show / hide in a row. If you need to show / hide more than one layers, instead of clicking one by one, you can click on the visibility icon and drag in a row.
  • Hide other layers. Hold down Alt + click on the visibility icon will hide all other layers.
  • Set specific blending mode. Alt + Shift + (C, N, M, S, D…) allows to set layer to specific blending mode.

Bonus: How to move a layer (group of layers) from one group to other quickly?
For example, you have just copied a “menu” group (with all layers) in “Footer” group, and now you need to move it to “header” group, which placed much higher than “Footer” group.

For that you just select one layer in “header” group and layers from “footer” group (which you have just copied). Then press a shortcut Ctrl + “]” (bring forward). Now all copied layers placed near the first layer in the “header” group.

Custom shortcuts

If you want to check or set your own custom shortcuts, press Ctrl + Alt + Shift + K will bring up the Keyboard Shortcuts panel.

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  • Hassan Raza

    That was really helpful. You really explained well. However it would be nice if you do one tutorial on HOW TO MAKE ACTIONS. 

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