This is a list of the most useful default Photoshop keyboard shortcuts that you can use to speed up your workflow. Some of them are rarely mentioned, some are more common, and they're all useful. I hope everyone will find some new and useful Photoshop shortcut keys in this article. So let's get started!
1. Quick Switch to Zoom
Hold Z and click and drag. It's the fastest way to zoom in and out and then switch back to the previous tool with one keyboard shortcut.
2. HUD Color Picker
This is a cool Photoshop color picker shortcut. Alt-Shift and right-click (Windows) or Control-Option-Command and click (Mac). It offers a gorgeous color picker with a color wheel (only with GPU enabled). Preferences are under the General tab.
3. Bird's Eye View
Hold H and click, reposition the view, and let go of the mouse to zoom back. This works great with large images, when you need to work closely. It's a fast way to fit the image to the screen and then quickly zoom back into another area with the previous zoom ratio.
4. Brush Size & Hardness
Control-Alt and right-click (Windows) or Control-Option-click (Mac). Drag your mouse to the right or left to change the size, and up or down to change the hardness.
5. Draw Straight Lines
Hold down Shift and paint up, down, left, or right. This works with nearly every drawing tool.
Hold down Command/Control. It's the fastest way to move something quickly and then switch back to the previous tool.
7. Pan and Zoom Simultaneously in All Documents
Shift-Control-Space (Windows) or Shift-Command-Space (Mac). It's the best way to compare or work on more than one image at the same time.
8. Hide Panels
Hit Tab. You can always unhide your panels by pressing Tab again, or hover over the edges to show the panels and toolbar temporarily.
9. Change the Canvas Size
Control-Alt-C (Windows) or Command-Option-C (Mac) opens the Canvas Size panel so you can easily add more room to your canvas in a pinch.
10. Text Size
Control-Shift and > or < (Windows) or Command-Option and > or < (Mac). This allows you to increase or decrease the size of the selected text.
11. All Caps for Text
Command/Control-Shift-K. This is a quick way to switch between lowercase and uppercase text. Make sure you type without Caps Lock to be able to use this.
12. Tracking and Kerning
Alt/Option and the left and right Arrow Keys. It's a useful way to equalize the distance between characters. If you select a word, a line, or a whole paragraph, then you change the Tracking. If you click between two characters, you change the Kerning.
Alt/Option and the up and down Arrow Keys. Quickly change the distance between selected lines.
14. Baseline Shift
Alt/Option-Shift and the up and down Arrow Keys. It's an easy way to use one text layer but have different positions for the text.
Let's talk about the Photoshop fill shortcut. Use Command/Control-Backspace for the foreground color and Alt/Option-Backspace for the background color. Use Shift-Backspace for Fill Options. This is a great way to fill color in selections or change the color of text and vector shape layers.
16. Reset Any Dialog Box
Alt/Option and click on any Cancel button. Instead of canceling a dialog box and returning to it, try Reset and save time and effort.
17. Changing Opacity and Fill Opacity
Wondering about the Photoshop fill shortcut for opacity? Use the Numeric Keys to control Opacity and Shift-Numeric Keys to control Fill. This will change the opacity and fill of the selected layer, and it will change the opacity and fill of the tool if you select a drawing tool.
18. Invert Colors of the Selected Layer or a Layer's Pixel Mask
Command/Control-I. This is a fast way to invert the visible parts of a layer if you invert the colours of the layer mask.
19. Switch to Precise Cursors for Drawing Tools
Hit Caps Lock. If you don't want to see the edges of the brush, you can switch to the precise mode easily by having Caps Lock on.
20. Reset Preferences
Control-Alt-Shift (Windows) or Command-Option-Shift (Mac) when loading Photoshop. If you want to start with the default settings and user interface, hold down these buttons while Photoshop is loading.
21. Switch Foreground/Background Colours
Press X. That's the Photoshop switch colors hotkey, and it's the fastest way to switch between the selected colours.
22. Mask View
Alt/Option-Click on a Layer Mask. It's a great way to clean up the mask after you save it from a selection. Using it again will switch back to normal view.
23. Disable Mask
Shift-Click on a Layer Mask. You can quickly show the original contents of the layer with this keyboard shortcut. Using it again will enable the mask again.
24. Intersection of Selections
Alt/Option-Shift-Click with a selection tool over another overlapping selection. This is an easy way to keep only a specific part of a selection.
25. Merge All Visible Layers to a New Layer
Control-Alt-Shift-E (Windows) or Command-Option-Shift-E (Mac). If you want to keep all your layers but you also need to merge them together to be able to use something, you can convert them all into one Smart Object or use this keyboard shortcut to make a duplicate merged layer.
Now You Know Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts!
Of course, you can use Photoshop without keyboard shortcuts. But you can be much faster and more productive if you spend a little time getting used to having one of your hands over the keyboard all the time and memorize some of these Photoshop shortcut keys.
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