Photoshop’s key shortcut to speed and productivity
Speed of action in Photoshop is one of the most important factors in project delivery, getting to know shortcut keys can speed up your operation in Photoshop and make it easier for you.
In this article, we will introduce you to three Photoshop shortcuts.
Quickly doing Photoshop projects can save you time and help you get your designs delivered quickly, so zoom in on this article to get acquainted with the three shortcut keys in Photoshop.
Here are some of the best and most useful shortcuts for Photoshop so that users of this popular software on Windows and Mac platforms can dramatically increase their usage. Adobe has also provided users with a great deal of freedom in embedding a wide range of shortcuts. With Photoshop shortcut keys you can resize text, select a layer, or combine layers; you can also use the selection tool, font, eraser, and more.
Layers shortcut keys:
Show and hide the Layers panel
With the F7 key on your keyboard, you can easily show or hide the layers panel. Also the F7 shortcut displays and hides the Channels and Paths panels because they are in a group with the layers panel.
Move between layers
Windows:  + Alt
Mac:  + Option
Hold the Alt / Option key to move between layers and move to the top layer with the left bracket and the bottom layer to the left.
Create a new layer
Windows: Shift + Ctrl + N
Mac: Shift + Cmd + N
With this shortcut you can create a new layer in the Layers panel.
Create a new layer below the selected layer
Windows: Ctrl + New Layer Icon
Mac: Cmd + New Layer icon
You can use this shortcut key when you have selected a layer and you want to create a new layer below the selected layer.
Fill a layer with paint
Windows: (Alt + Delete (Foreground) / Ctrl + Delete (Background
Mac: (Alt + Backspace (Foreground) / Cmd + Backspace (Background
With this shortcut key you can change the full color of the layer to the foreground and background color in the color field.
Windows: Ctrl + Alt + Shift + E
Mac: Cmd + Alt + Shift + E
With this shortcut key you can merge all the layers by creating a new layer in the top layer and put it into an Image. .
Merge visible layers
Windows: Ctrl + Shift + E
Mac: Cmd + Shift + E
This shortcut makes it possible to merge all existing layers into one layer, just be careful about using them, since it will be very difficult to separate them after merging the layers.
Stamp selected layers
Windows: Ctrl + Alt + E
Mac: Cmd + Alt + E
When you have selected your layers, use this shortcut key to combine them into one layer. Use the Shift key to see them as a new layer merged.
Create new layer with copy
Windows: Ctrl + J
Mac: Cmd + J
With this shortcut key you can easily create a duplicate layer of the layer you selected, maybe a little hard to find? But it’s very simple and just give it a try.
Create a new layer with Cut
Windows: Ctrl + Shift + J
Mac: Cmd + Shift + J
This shortcut creates a new layer of the selected image just like the Create New Layer Copy Shortcut, except that the Cut Shortcut removes part of the selected image from the original image.
Bring a layer to the top of all layers
Windows: [+ Ctrl + Shift
Mac: [+ Cmd + Shift
With this shortcut key you can easily bring the selected layer to the top of all the layers you work on.
Cut a layer to the bottom of all layers
Windows:] + Ctrl + Shift
Mac:] + Cmd + Shift
With this shortcut key you can make a shortcut to the photo, ie select a layer and move it to the lowest layers you are working on.
Bring a layer forward
Windows: [+ Ctrl
Mac: [+ Cmd
This shortcut enables you to move the selected layer forward.
Retract a layer
Windows:] + Ctrl
Mac:] + Cmd
If you decide to move the layer forward, you can push the selected layer back with this shortcut key.
Copy multiple layers together
Windows: Shift + Ctrl + C
Mac: Shift + Cmd + C
Select a part, then use this shortcut key to copy the selected part of all layers to the clipboard.
Windows: Ctrl + Shift + D
Mac: Cmd + Shift + D
This shortcut is used when you select an area from a layer and mistakenly delete the selected area, with this shortcut you can re-select the selected area.
Windows: Ctrl + Shift + I
Mac: Cmd + Shift + I
This shortcut key is used when you want to select an inverted area, that is, when you have selected an area, by pressing this shortcut key you can select an area outside the selected area of the layer.
Select all layers
Windows: Ctrl + Alt + A
Mac: Cmd + Opt + A
With this shortcut key you can easily select all layers.
Select the lowest layer
Windows:, + Alt
Mac :, + Opt
This shortcut key selects the lowest layer in the Layers panel.
Select the top layer
Windows: + Alt
Mac: + Opt
This shortcut key works against the top shortcut, and selects the highest layer in the Layers panel.
Deselect a part of the selected area (Deselect)
Windows: Alt + drag
Mac: Opt + drag
Once you’ve selected an area and want to undo some of it, you can deselect it by hitting the Alt / Opt key and hovering over it.
Uncheck all areas except one
Windows: Shift + Alt + drag
Mac: Shift + Opt + drag
Once you’ve selected an area and you want to select another area from within the selected area, you can do so using this shortcut key and dragging the mouse inside the area.
Unselect the selected area
Windows: Ctrl + D
Mac: Cmd + D
If you have selected part of the image, and want to undo it, you can easily undo the selected area with this shortcut key.
Find measurement categories
Windows: Ctrl + T then Ctrl + 0
Mac: Cmd + T then Cmd + 0
When you paste a selected layer or section on a photo in Photoshop, it is difficult to find measurement categories, so you can select the image within a window, resize it and view the measurement categories with this shortcut key.
Windows: Spacebar + Marquee tool
Mac: Spacebar + Marquee tool
If you want to move Selection simply, just press Space and move it using the Marquee tool and mouse.
Select Single Channels
Windows: Ctrl + 3 (red), 4 (green), 5 (blue)
Mac: Cmd + number 3 (red), 4 (green), 5 (blue)
Selection using Photoshop channels makes it much easier to remove a complex object from the background than using tools, so the process is much simpler with the shortcut key.
Choose a color from the image
Windows: Alt + Brush tool
Mac: Opt + Brush tool
When working with the Brush tool in Photoshop, if you want to choose a color from the image instead of using the EyeDropper tool, you can choose the color with the Alt / Opt shortcut key and the Brush tool.
Font shortcut keys:
Increasing and decreasing the brush size
Font resizing is one of the most important things in Photoshop, with this shortcut you can increase or decrease the font size.
Windows: Shift + F5
Mac: Shift + F5
If you want to fill the selected area or Pattern with foreground color, you can do this quickly with this shortcut key.
Increase and decrease pen stiffness
Font hardness is as important as font size, so you can easily increase or decrease font size with this shortcut.
Previous and next font selection
Windows: , / .
Mac: , / .
With this shortcut you can easily switch between existing and previous fonts and switch between them.
First and last font selection
If you don’t want to switch between a large number of available fonts, you can switch to the first or last font with this shortcut.
Windows: Shift + Alt + P
Mac: Shift + Opt + P
Use this shortcut to simulate spray painting.
Saving and Close Files:
Save photo for web standard
Windows: Ctrl + Shift + Alt + S
Mac: Cmd + Shift + Opt + S
This shortcut may not need explanation, when you don’t want to save photos from the file menu, this shortcut can easily save your image at a low volume suitable for use on web pages.
Close open files in Photoshop
Windows: Ctrl + Shift + W
Mac: Cmd + Shift + W
This shortcut closes all opened files in Photoshop as its name implies.
Photo shortcut keys:
Level Tools (Levels)
Windows: Ctrl + L
Mac: Cmd + L
While editing images, and using the Levels Box constantly, you can lift it up and save time.
Windows: Ctrl + T
Mac: Cmd + T
This shortcut opens Photoshop’s Transform tool to resize, rotate, and tilt the image.
Windows: Ctrl + M
Mac: Cmd + M
This shortcut key lets you quickly open the Curves window so you can easily change curves.
Color Balance Tool
Windows: Ctrl + B
Mac: Cmd + B
With this shortcut key you can easily enter the Color Balance window and edit the color of images.
Hue / Saturation tool
Windows: Ctrl + U
Mac: Cmd + U
These two tools are one of Photoshop’s most powerful tools for balancing colors and reducing their concentration. With the above shortcut you will quickly access them.
Desaturate graying tool
Windows: Ctrl + Shift + U
Mac: Cmd + Shift + U
With this shortcut key you can convert your images to gray.
Automatic and fast setup
Windows: Shift + Ctrl + L
Mac: Shift + Cmd + L
Automatically adjust the image tone
Windows: Alt + Shift + Ctrl + L
Mac: Opt + Shift + Cmd + L
Automatically adjust image contrast
Windows: Shift + Ctrl + B
Mac: Shift + Cmd + B
Automatically adjust image color
Lens correction tool
Windows: Shift + Ctrl + R
Mac: Shift + Cmd + R
The camera always has problems with image recording, one of which is image distortion. With this filter you will be able to correct the lens problems extensively.
Correction of wide angles
Windows: Opt + Shift + Cmd + A
Mac: Opt + Shift + Ctrl + A
When shooting with wide-angle lenses, there are some distortions in the photo; in Photoshop there is an Adaptive Wide Angle filter that easily bends the lines and produces a better image.
Camera Raw Filter
Windows: Shift + Ctrl + A
Mac: Shift + Cmd + A
In older versions of Photoshop, Adobe Camera Raw was released as a stand-alone application that will be added to Photoshop CC as a filter if purchased. This powerful tool allows advanced users to apply sophisticated settings to the light and color of photos.
Tool (Content Aware Scale)
Windows: Ctrl + Shift + Alt + C
Mac: Cmd + Shift + Opt + C
With this shortcut you can quickly resize images to your liking.
Tool (Content-Aware Move)
Windows: Shift + J
Mac: Shift + J
With Photoshop CC, you will be able to move parts of your image quite intelligently with this tool. The difference with this move is that after moving the element, using artificial intelligence, it creates conditions in the image to look natural.
Create a clipping mask
Windows: Ctrl + Alt + G
Mac: Cmd + Opt + G
The clipping mask tool is a great way to keep shadows and shadows where they belong.
Change shortcut for Blending modes
Windows: + + Shift or –
Mac: + + Shift or –
Photoshop has many modes to create attractive effects, and this shortcut can be used to switch between them.
Black and white images
Windows: Shift + Ctrl + Alt + B
Mac: Shift + Cmd + Opt + B
With this quick and easy shortcut you can make photos black and white, and it also opens the settings window for the black and white tint.
Resize images (Change image size)
Windows: Cmd + Opt + i
Mac: Ctrl + Alt + i
Adjust image size with this quick, easy and convenient shortcut.
3D 3D Tools Shortcuts:
Show and hide polygons
Windows: Alt + Ctrl + X
Mac: Opt + Cmd + X
Windows: Opt + Shift + Ctrl + X
Mac: Opt + Shift + Cmd + X
If you work with 3D tools in Photoshop, this shortcut lets you easily see the polygons that make up your 3D models.
Windows: Alt + Shift + Ctrl + R
Mac: Opt + Shift + Cmd + R
After you have designed the 3D model you can render it with this shortcut and get the highest quality output for web, print and animation use.
View shortcuts in Photoshop
View actual pixels
Windows: Ctrl + Alt + 0
Mac: Cmd + Opt + 0
With this shortcut you can view the pixels realistically and separately to make sure your work is correct and complete.
Fit on screen
Windows: Ctrl + 0
Mac: Cmd + 0
This Photoshop shortcut is very useful and fast for viewing fullscreen work in Photoshop.
Windows: + + Ctrl
Mac: + + Cmd
With this shortcut you can zoom in and out in Photoshop.
Windows: – + Ctrl
Mac: – + Cmd
With this shortcut you can shrink the page you have enlarged.
Photoshop Text Shortcuts:
Increase and decrease the selected text by 2pts
Windows:> / <+ Ctrl + Shift
Mac:> / <+ Cmd + Shift
With this shortcut you can increase or decrease the text size of your choice to 2pts each time you use this shortcut.
Increase and decrease the selected text by 10pts
Windows:> / <+ Ctrl + Alt + Shift
Mac:> / <+ Cmd + Option + Shift
This shortcut works exactly like the above shortcut but enlarges or shrinks the text to 10pts.
Increase and decrease the spacing between letters
Windows: Alt + right / left arrow
Mac: Opt + right / left arrow
With this shortcut key you can easily increase or decrease the spacing between letters.
Right-clicking, left-clicking, and center text
Windows: Ctrl + Shift + L / C / R
Mac: Cmd + Shift + L / C / R
This Photoshop shortcut enables you to right, left, and center texts.
View and hide the selected text area
Windows: Ctrl + H
Mac: Cmd + H
You can display the selected part of the text with this shortcut.
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