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Speed Up Your Workflow with These Top Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts

Updated: Feb 27, 2023


Photoshop is a powerful tool for professional photo editing, and keyboard shortcuts can save you time and streamline your workflow. Here are some of the most useful keyboard shortcuts that Photoshop has to offer:

  1. Undo: Ctrl + Z (Windows), Command + Z (Mac)

  2. Redo: Ctrl + Shift + Z (Windows), Command + Shift + Z (Mac)

  3. Copy: Ctrl + C (Windows), Command + C (Mac)

  4. Paste: Ctrl + V (Windows), Command + V (Mac)

  5. Cut: Ctrl + X (Windows), Command + X (Mac)

  6. Select All: Ctrl + A (Windows), Command + A (Mac)

  7. Deselect: Ctrl + D (Windows), Command + D (Mac)

  8. New Layer: Ctrl + Shift + N (Windows), Command + Shift + N (Mac)

  9. Merge Layers: Ctrl + E (Windows), Command + E (Mac)

  10. Save: Ctrl + S (Windows), Command + S (Mac)

  11. Save As: Ctrl + Shift + S (Windows), Command + Shift + S (Mac)

  12. Zoom In: Ctrl + + (Windows), Command + + (Mac)

  13. Zoom Out: Ctrl + - (Windows), Command + - (Mac)

  14. Fit to Screen: Ctrl + 0 (Windows), Command + 0 (Mac)

  15. Rotate Left: Ctrl + [ (Windows), Command + [ (Mac)

  16. Rotate Right: Ctrl + ] (Windows), Command + ] (Mac)

Every tool has its own shortcut as well! Here are some of the essential shortcuts for the tools in Photoshop that you can use to work faster and more efficiently:

  1. Move Tool: V

  2. Marquee Tool: M

  3. Lasso Tool: L

  4. Magic Wand Tool: W

  5. Crop Tool: C

  6. Eyedropper Tool: I

  7. Brush Tool: B

  8. Clone Stamp Tool: S

  9. Eraser Tool: E

  10. Gradient Tool: G

  11. Paint Bucket Tool: G

  12. Text Tool: T

  13. Hand Tool: H

  14. Zoom Tool: Z

  15. Pen Tool: P

  16. Shape Tool: U

  17. Type Tool: T

  18. Smudge Tool: R

  19. Dodge Tool: O

  20. Burn Tool: J

  21. Sponge Tool: K

  22. Blur Tool: W

  23. Sharpen Tool: R

  24. Path Selection Tool: A

  25. Direct Selection Tool: A

  26. Free Transform Tool: Ctrl + T (Windows), Command + T (Mac)

  27. Select Previous Brush Tool: Shift + B

  28. Select Next Brush Tool: Shift + B

  29. Increase Brush Size: ] (Windows and Mac)

  30. Decrease Brush Size: [ (Windows and Mac)


Lastly, we have some not-so-common keyboard shortcuts in Photoshop. I, personally, use number 9 in almost every edit when I want to filter the entire composition.

  1. Show/Hide Layers Panel: F7

  2. Show/Hide Channels Panel: F5

  3. Show/Hide Paths Panel: F6

  4. Show/Hide Info Panel: F8

  5. Show/Hide Histogram Panel: Ctrl + Shift + H (Windows), Command + Shift + H (Mac)

  6. Deselect: Ctrl + D (Windows), Command + D (Mac)

  7. Feather Selection: Shift + F6

  8. Inverse Selection: Shift + Ctrl + I (Windows), Shift + Command + I (Mac)

  9. Merge Visible Layers: Shift + Ctrl + E (Windows), Shift + Command + E (Mac)

  10. Reset All Tools: Shift + Ctrl + Alt + Z (Windows), Shift + Command + Option + Z (Mac)

Using these keyboard shortcuts, you can work more efficiently and save time when working in Photoshop. The more you practice using them, the easier it will start to feel! Trust me, it took me a few sessions to pick it up but now I can't imagine working without them. So, try using these shortcuts the next time you're working on a project in Photoshop, and see how much time and effort you can save!


FAQs


Can I create my own keyboard shortcuts in Photoshop?

  • Yes, you can customize keyboard shortcuts in Photoshop by going to Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts.


Are keyboard shortcuts the same in Windows and Mac versions of Photoshop?

  • Most keyboard shortcuts are the same in both Windows and Mac versions of Photoshop, but there may be some differences.

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