Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Keyboard Shortcuts in Photoshop

In this Photoshop Lesson, we’ll learn about ‘Keyboard Shortcuts in Photoshop‘ and default keyboard shortcuts in photoshop. Keyboard Shortcuts command is found under Edit menu in Photoshop.

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Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard Shortcuts command in photoshop
Keyboard Shortcuts

By using Keyboard Shortcuts command under Edit menu in Photoshop, we can view, edit or create shortcuts in Photoshop. The Keyboard Shortcuts dialog box is shown below.

Keyboard Shortcuts and Menus dialog box in Photoshop
Keyboard Shortcuts and Menus

Keyboard Shortcuts and Menus dialog box serves as a shortcut editor in Photoshop. It includes all the commands that support shortcuts. Some of these shortcut supporting commands are not addressed in the default shortcut set.

In addition to keyboard shortcuts, we have access to various commands using context-sensitive menus which are relevant to the active tool, selection or panel. To access context-sensitive menu, right-click in the document window or panel.


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How to define new keyboard shortcuts in Photoshop

To define a new keyboard shortcut in Photoshop, follow the steps below:

Step 1

Open Keyboard Shortcuts & Menus dialog box. It can be done by anyone of the following:

  • Go to Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts…
  • Go to Window > Workspace > Keyboard Shortcuts & Menus
Keyboard Shortcuts & Menus command under Window menu in Photoshop
Keyboard Shortcuts & Menus command under Workspace in Window menu

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Step 2

In the Keyboard Shortcuts & Menus dialog box, choose a set of shortcuts from the Set menu.

Set menu highlighted in keyboard shortcuts & menus dialog box
Set menu

Step 3

We can choose a shortcut type from the Shortcut For menu. It has four options, namely, Application Menus, Panel Menus, Tools, Taskspaces.

Shortcuts For menu in Keyboard Shortcuts & Menus dialog box
Shortcuts For menu
  • Application Menus: Lets you customize keyboard shortcuts for items in the menu bar of Photoshop.
  • Panel Menus: Lets you customize keyboard shortcuts for items in panel menus of Photoshop.
  • Tools: Lets you customize keyboard shortcuts for tools in the toolbox of Photoshop.
  • Taskspaces: Lets you customize keyboard shortcuts for the ‘Content-Aware Fill‘ and Select and Mask workspaces.

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Step 4

Now, in the Shortcut column, select the shortcut you want to modify.

Shortcut column in Keyboard Shortcuts and Menus dialog box
Shortcut column

Step 5

Type in a new shortcut. If the newly assigned shortcut is already associated to another command or tool in the shortcut set, an alert appears.

alert appears for same shortcut in keyboard shortcuts and menus dialog box
Alert for same shortcut

Click Accept to assign the new shortcut to the command or tool and remove the previously assigned shortcut.

Accept button highlighted
Accept button highlighted

After we reassign a shortcut, we can either Undo changes or Accept changes and go to conflict to assign new shortcut to the command or tool in conflict.


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Step 6

After we’ve changed the shortcut, we can save the changed shortcut either on the same selected Shortcut Set or as a new Shortcut Set.

  • To save all the changes to the current set of keyboard shortcuts, click on the ‘Save all changes to the current set of shortcuts’ button.
Save all changes to the current set of shortcuts
Save all changes to the current set of shortcuts
  • To create a new Shortcut Set based on current set of shortcuts, click on the ‘Create a new set based on the current set of shortcuts’ button.
Create a new set based on the current set of shortcuts' button
Create a new set based on the current set of shortcuts’ button

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Clear shortcuts from a command or tool

In the Keyboard Shortcuts dialog box, select the command or tool name whose shortcut you need to delete. Then click on the Delete Shortcut.

Delete Shortcut
Delete Shortcut

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Delete a set of shortcuts

To delete a Set of Shortcut, first select the shortcut set you want to delete.

Set menu in Keyboard Shortcuts & menus dialog box
Set menu

Then click on ‘Delete the current set of shortcuts’.

Delete the current set of shortcuts
Delete the current set of shortcuts

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View a list of current shortcuts

To view a list of current shortcuts, we can export them as an HTML file which can be displayed or printed with a web browser. For this we have to open Keyboard Shortcuts and Menus dialog box. Choose the shortcut type and then click Summarize.

Summarize
Summarize

It’ll open a Save As dialog box, choose the appropriate location and name for the file. Then click Save.

Photoshop shortcuts html file
Save As dialog box

File will be saved as an HTML file at the location chosen.

file explorer
Photoshop defaults

The HTML file will open in a web browser.

html file with photoshop shortcuts
HTML file with Photoshop shortcuts

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Photoshop Shortcuts

Here are lists of few shortcuts as per popularity, function, selection tools etc.


ResultWindowsmacOS
Free TransformCtrl + TCommand + T
Toggle between painting and erasing with the same brushHold down ~Hold down ~
Deselect selectionsCtrl + DCommand + D
Undo last commandCtrl + ZCommand + Z
Decrease Brush Size[[
Increase Brush Size]]
Decrease Brush Hardness{{
Increase Brush Hardness}}
Rotate the brush tip by 1 degreeLeft Arrow (anti-clockwise), Right Arrow (clockwise)Left Arrow (anti-clockwise), Right Arrow (clockwise)
Rotate the brush tip by 15 degreesShift + Left Arrow (anti-clockwise), Shift + Right Arrow (clockwise)Shift + Left Arrow (anti-clockwise), Shift + Right Arrow (clockwise)
Default Foreground/ Background colorsDD
Switch Foreground/ Background colorsXX
Fit layer(s) to screenAlt + click layerOption + click layer
New layer via copyCtrl + JCommand + J
New layer via cutShift + Ctrl + JShift + Command + J
Add to a selectionHold Shift + drag with any selection toolHold Shift + drag with any selection tool
Delete brush or swatchAlt + click on brush or swatchOption + click on brush or swatch
Toggle auto-select checkbox in the option bar with Move Tool selectedHold Ctrl + clickHold Command + click
Close all open documents other than the current documentCtrl + Alt + PCommand + Option + P
Cancel any modal dialog window (including the Start Workspace)EscEscape
Selects the first edit field of the toolbarEnterReturn
Navigate between fieldsTabTab
Navigate between fields in the opposite directionShift + TabShift + Tab
Change Cancel to ResetHold AltHold Option
Some popular shortcuts in Photoshop

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Uses of Function Keys in Photoshop

ResultWindowsmacOS
Start HelpF1Help key
Undo/RedoF1
CutF2F2
CopyF3F3
PasteF4F4
Show/ Hide Brush PanelF5F5
Show/ Hide Color PanelF6F6
Show/ Hide Layers PanelF7F7
Show/ Hide Info PanelF8F8
Show/ Hide Actions PanelF9Option + F9
RevertF12F12
FillShift + F5Shift + F5
Feather SelectionShift + F6Shift + F6
Inverse SelectionShift + F7Shift + F7
Uses of Function Keys in Photoshop

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Selection Tools

ResultWindowsmacOS
Cycle through tools with the same shortcut keyHold Shift + press shortcut key (if Use Shift Key for Tool Switch preference is selected)Hold Shift + press shortcut key (if Use Shift Key for Tool Switch preference is selected)
Cycle through hidden toolsHold Alt + click on tool (except Add Anchor Point, Delete Anchor Point and Convert Point Tools)Hold Option + press shortcut key (if Use Shift Key for Tool Switch preference is selected)
Move Tool,
Artboard Tool
VV
Rectangular Marquee Tool,
Elliptical Marquee Tool
MM
Lasso Tool,
Polygonal Lasso Tool,
Magnetic Lasso Tool
LL
Object Selection Tool,
Quick Selection Tool,
Magic Wand Tool
WW
Crop Tool,
Perspective Crop Tool,
Slice Tool,
Slice Select Tool
CC
Eyedropper Tool,
3D Material Eyedropper Tool (ADD),
Color Sampler Tool,
Ruler Tool,
Note Tool,
Count Tool
II
Frame ToolKK
Spot Healing Brush Tool,
Healing Brush Tool,
Patch Tool,
Red Eye Tool,
Content-Aware Move Tool
JJ
Brush Tool,
Pencil Tool,
Color Replacement tool,
Mixer Brush Tool
BB
Clone Stamp Tool,
Pattern Stamp Tool
SS
History Brush Tool,
Art History Brush Tool
YY
Eraser Tool,
Background Eraser Tool,
Magic Eraser Tool
EE
Gradient Tool,
Paint Bucket Tool,
3D Material Drop Tool
GG
Dodge Tool,
Burn Tool,
Sponge Tool
OO
Pen Tool,
Freeform Pen Tool,
Curvature Pen Tool
PP
Horizontal Type Tool,
Vertical Type Tool,
Horizontal Type Mask Tool,
Vertical Type Mask Tool
TT
Path Selection Tool,
Direct Selection Tool
AA
Rectangle Tool,
Ellipse Tool,
Polygon Tool,
Line Tool,
Custom Shape Tool
UU
Hand ToolHH
Rotate View ToolRR
Zoom ToolZZ
Toggle Standard/ Quick Mask modesQQ
Artboard ToolVV
Toggle Preserve Transparency/ (forward slash)/ (forward slash)
Previous Brush,,
Next Brush..
First Brush<<
Last Brush>>
Shortcuts generally used with Selection tools

Holding down a key temporarily activates a tool. Letting go of the key returns to the previous tool. In a row with multiple tools, repeatedly press the same shortcut to toggle through the group.


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View images

These are the shortcuts used while viewing an image.

ResultWindowsmacOS
Cycle through open documentsCtrl + TabCommand + Tab
Switch to previous documentShift + Ctrl + TabShift + Command + Tab
Close a file in Photoshop and open BridgeShift + Ctrl + WShift + Command + W
Toggle between Standard mode and Quick Mask modeQQ
Toggle (forward) between Standard Screen mode, Full screen mode with menu bar and Full screen modeFF
Toggle (backward) between Standard Screen mode, Full screen mode with menu bar and Full screen modeShift + FShift + F
Toggle (forward) canvas colorSpacebar + F (or right-click canvas background and select color)Spacebar + F (or right-click canvas background and select color)
Toggle (backward) canvas colorSpacebar + Shift + FSpacebar + Shift + F
Fit image in windowCtrl + 0 (zero) or Double-click hand toolCommand + 0 (zero) or Double-click hand tool
Magnify 100%Ctrl + 1 or Double-click Zoom toolCommand + 1 or Double-click Zoom tool
Switch to Hand tool (when not in text-edit mode)Hold SpacebarHold Spacebar
Simultaneously pan multiple documents with Hand toolHold Shift and dragHold Shift and drag
Switch to Zoom In toolCtrl + SpacebarCommand + Spacebar
Switch to Zoom Out toolAlt + SpacebarOption + Spacebar
Move Zoom marquee while dragging with the Zoom toolSpacebar and dragSpacebar and drag
Apply zoom percentage and keep zoom percentage box activeShift + Enter in Navigation Panel zoom percentage boxShift + Return in Navigation Panel zoom percentage box
Zoom in on specified area of an imageCtrl and drag over preview in Navigation PanelCommand and drag over preview in Navigation Panel
Temporarily zoom into an imageHold down H and then click in the image and hold down the mouse buttonHold down H and then click in the image and hold down the mouse button
Scroll image with Hand toolSpacebar and drag or drag view area box in Navigation panelSpacebar and drag or drag view area box in Navigation panel
Scroll up or down 1 screenPage Up or Page DownPage Up or Page Down
Scroll up or down 10 unitsShift + Page Up or Shift + Page DownShift + Page Up or Shift + Page Down
Move view to upper-left corner or lower-right cornerHome or EndHome or End
Toggle layer mask on/ off (layer mask must be selected)\ (backslash)\ (backslash)
Shortcuts helpful for viewing in Photoshop

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Shortcuts with Puppet Warp

This is the list of shortcuts that don’t appear in menu commands or tool tips.

ResultWindowsmacOS
Use the black-and-white adjustmentShift + Ctrl + Alt + BShift + Command + Option + B
Select all pinsCtrl + ACommand + A
Deselect all pinsCtrl + DCommand + D
Select multiple pinsHold Shift then click on any pinHold Shift then click on any pin
Hide pinsHold down the H key to hide the pins and release to bring back the pinsHold down the H key to hide the pins and release to bring back the pins
Delete pinsHold Alt and click on pinHold Option and click on pin
Reveal a circle that allows you to rotate the pinHold Alt then go near the pin but not over the pinHold Option then go near the pin but not over the pin
Cancel distortionsEscEsc
Shortcuts with Puppet Warp

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Shortcuts with Select and Mask

This is the list of shortcuts that don’t appear in menu commands or tool tips.

ResultWindowsmacOS
Select and MaskCtrl + Alt + RCommand + Option + R
Target the layerCtrl + 2Command + 2
Target the maskCtrl + \\
Disable the mask temporarilyHold Shift and click on maskHold Shift and click on mask
Add a layer mask icon to automatically hide the content of the layer (or active selection)Hold Alt and click on mask iconHold Option and click on mask icon
Invert a layer maskCtrl + ICommand + I
Shortcuts with Select and Mask

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This is the list of shortcuts that don’t appear in menu commands or tool tips.

ResultsWindowsmacOS
Apply new filter on top of selected filterHold Alt and click on filterHold Option and click on filter
Change Cancel button to defaultHold Ctrl + clickHold Command + click
Step ForwardCtrl + Shift + ZCommand + Shift + Z
Step BackwardCtrl + Alt + ZCommand + Option + Z
Clear brushed areasC
Invert the brush maskI
Toggle between OK/ Cancel buttons to Revert/ ApplyAltOption
Toggle the blur view visibilityP
Take a snapshot, saving a copy of blurred image in the layers panel, layer stack`
Toggle from Add or Subtract blur brushes“`” Grave key
Invert the selection or command to hide the selectionShift + Command + I
Toggle the quick mask rubylith overlay display if there is a selectionShift + Q
OK – Applies the current effect and dismisses the dialog boxEnterReturn
Close dialog box without savingEscEsc
Shortcut for panningHold SpacebarHold Spacebar
Toggle view modeTab
Zooming in/ outCtrl + + and Ctrl + –Command + + and Command + –
Zoom in and out without changing current toolHold Ctrl + Spacebar together and dragHold Command + Spacebar together and drag
Crosshair brushCaps lockCaps lock
Shortcuts with Filter Gallery

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Lalit Adhikari
Lalit Adhikari
Lalit Adhikari is the Main Author and Admin at Learn That Yourself. He has work experience of more than 10 years in the field of Multimedia and teaching experience of more than 5 years.

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