60+ Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows & Mac

Pho­to­shop short­cuts can dra­mat­i­cal­ly boost your work­flow because they allow you to exe­cute a huge num­ber of tasks at the blink of an eye. Adobe Pho­to­shop has hun­dreds of key­board short­cuts. This is handy for experts but also very daunt­ing for novices. Thank­ful­ly many short­cuts are the same in Pho­to­shop as oth­er com­mon applications.

We’ve cho­sen the most impor­tant ones for Win­dows and Mac com­put­ers and high­light­ed them in this guide. Though these short­cuts may take some time to learn, it’s time well-invest­ed if you plan to spend any amount of time with Pho­to­shop or even oth­er apps such as Adobe XD. So let’s dive in and get started!

Image cred­it: Per­son Typ­ing on Wun­der­stock

Person typing a keyboard shortcut

Overview

View actual pixels

Mac: Cmd + Opt + 0
Win­dows: Ctrl + Alt + 0

This pho­to­shop short­cut zooms in to the sin­gle pix­el lev­el. It’s great if you want to inspect a pho­to at the clos­est lev­el pos­si­ble or make fine adjustments.

Fit on screen

Mac: Cmd + 0
Win­dows: Ctrl + 0

Want to zoom back out and see the entire pho­to on your screen? Press Cmd/Ctrl + 0 on your key­board to fit the entire image on you screen.

Toggle between screen modes

Mac AND Win­dows: F

This short­cut is use­ful if you acci­den­tal­ly lose your tool­bars and can’t find them.

Zoom in shortcut

Mac: Cmd + +
Win­dows: Ctrl + +

Use this key­board short­cut to quick­ly zoom in and inspect detail.

Zoom out shortcut

Mac: Cmd + -
Win­dows: Ctrl + -

This Pho­to­shop short­cut lets you eas­i­ly zoom back out.

Show and hide the layers panel

Win­dows: F7
Mac: F7

Quick­ly show and con­ceal the Lay­ers pan­el read­i­ly by press­ing F7 on your key­board. This may also reveal and hide the Chan­nels and Paths pan­els as they’re grouped together.

Scroll through layers

Mac: Option [ ]
Win­dows: Alt [ ]
To scroll through the lay­ers quick­ly, hold Alt/Option and use left and right brack­et keys [ ] to scroll through: right is up and left is down.

Get start­ed on your lat­est project in next to no time with this use­ful short­cut that imme­di­ate­ly whips a new lay­er and dia­logue box.

Add new layer

Mac: Ctrl + New Lay­er icon
Win­dows: Cmd + New Lay­er Icon
Mas­ter­ing the new lay­er short­cut is a dod­dle, so once you’re all set to drop in a lay­er behind it, be sure to use this shortcut.

Picture in Picture

Image cred­it: Pic­ture in Pic­ture on Wun­der­stock

Fill out a layer

Mac: Alt + Back­space (fore­ground) or Cmd + Back­space (back­ground)
Win­dows: Alt + Delete (fore­ground) or Ctrl + Delete (back­ground)
This con­trol will fill an emp­ty after­wards with the cur­rent fore­ground or back­ground colour.

Empty layer to the very top of your pile

Mac: Cmd + Alt + Shift + E
Win­dows: Ctrl + Alt + Shift + E
Insert a new, emp­ty lay­er to the very top of your pile, choose it and use the above com­mand to flat­ten the lay­ers with­in an image to sharp­en the result. This adds a flat­tened ver­sion of the image into the new lay­er but leaves the stacked lay­ers intact also.

Merge all of your existing layers

Mac: Cmd + Shift + E
Win­dows: Ctrl + Shift + E
This con­trol allows you to merge all of your exist­ing lay­ers to cre­ate one new lay­er. Beware! Once merged, they are extreme­ly dif­fi­cult to separate.

Merge layers into only one layer

Mac: Cmd + Alt + E
Win­dows: Ctrl + Alt + E
As soon as you’ve select­ed your lay­ers, use this com­mand to merge them into only one lay­er. To view these merged as a new lay­er, sim­ply add from the Shift mod­i­fi­er. This is ben­e­fi­cial if you need to make adjust­ments lat­er on.

Create a new layer from a current one

Mac: Cmd + J
Win­dows: Ctrl + J
Use this com­mand to cre­ate a new lay­er from a cur­rent one. Sound com­pli­cat­ed? Give it a go!

New layer through cut

Mac: Cmd + Shift + J
Win­dows: Ctrl + Shift + J
Like cre­at­ing a new lay­er via copy, this com­mand will make a new lay­er with the select­ed image area in it. The only dif­fer­ence via cut is that it will remove the select­ed image sec­tion from the orig­i­nal picture.

Bring layer to top of pile

Mac: Cmd + Shift + ]
Win­dows: Ctrl + Shift + ]
Here, you can move your pre­ferred lay­er to the peak of the stack of images you are work­ing with in Photoshop.

Photo Editing on Computer

Image cred­it: Pho­to Edit­ing on Com­put­er on Wun­der­stock

Send layer to bottom of stack

Mac: Cmd + Shift + [
Win­dows: Ctrl + Shift + [
Yep, this is pret­ty self-explana­to­ry. It does pre­cise­ly the same as the com­mand above, but in the oppo­site direction.

Bring layer forward

Mac: Cmd + ]
Win­dows: Ctrl + ]
This Pho­to­shop short­cut enables you to draw any select­ed image to the front.

Send layer back

Mac: Cmd + [
Win­dows: Ctrl + [
in case you decide to change your thoughts, you can always select the image and send it to the rear of the heap.

Duplicate multiple layers

Mac: Shift + Cmd + C
Win­dows: Shift + Ctrl + C
Draw a selec­tion, then use this com­mand to take each lay­er to the clip­board, rather than sim­ply the cur­rent lay­er selection.

Edit layer design

Mac AND Win­dows: Dou­ble-click layer
Quick access to design con­trollers, such as Drop Shad­ow, Bev­el & Emboss and Col­or Overlay.

Reselect

Mac: Cmd + Shift + D
Win­dows: Ctrl + Shift + D
This real­ly is a great com­mand for when you acci­den­tal­ly click away from a seg­ment. Press­ing these keys will have that seg­ment res­e­lect­ed in no time.

Invert selection

Mac: Cmd + Shift + I
Win­dows: Ctrl + Shift + I
Select objects around a pre-select­ed pic­ture. In this man­ner, you can work on your main focus with­out los­ing it.

Load layer transparency as choice

Mac: Cmd + click lay­er thumbnail
Win­dows: Ctrl + click lay­er thumbnail
Select each of the non-trans­par­ent or non-masked regions of a layer.

Feather choice

Mac AND Win­dows: Shift + F6
Soft­en the edges of a choice by cre­at­ing a tran­si­tion involv­ing select­ed pix­els and sur­round­ing area.

Open Select & Mask (Refine Edge) dialogue box

Mac: Cmd + Alt + R
Win­dows: Ctrl + Alt + R
Cut­ting out com­plex items is a dod­dle with Select and Mask.

Computer Photographer Photo

Image cred­it: Com­put­er Pho­tog­ra­ph­er Pho­to on Wun­der­stock

Pick all layers

Mac: Cmd + Opt + A
Win­dows: Ctrl + Alt + A
A great com­mand for all those times when you will need to get every­thing in sync.

Select bottom layer

Mac: Select + ,
Win­dows: Alt + ,
This may Pick the bot­tom lay­er in the Lay­ers panel.

Mac: Opt + .
This will choose the top lay­er in the Lay­ers panel.

Deselect from the selection area

Mac: Opt + drag
Win­dows: Alt + drag
If you need to des­e­lect a spe­cif­ic area sharpish, then hit these keys and then drag your mouse.

Deselect all but the intersected place

Mac: Shift + Opt + drag
Win­dows: Shift + Alt + drag
in case you don’t want to des­e­lect an area, you may use this short­cut to make cer­tain you’re click­ing on what you would like.

Deselect the Whole picture

Mac: Cmd + D
Win­dows: Ctrl + D
If you need to escape from the pic­ture, use this Pho­to­shop short­cut to des­e­lect any­thing that you have clicked on.

Find the sizing handles

Mac: Cmd + T, then Cmd + 0
Win­dows: Ctrl + T, then Ctrl + 0
When past­ing a lay­er or selec­tion into a Pho­to­shop pic­ture and it is larg­er than the cur­rent pic­ture, it can be dif­fi­cult to find the siz­ing han­dles. This con­trol choos­es Trans­form and sizes the pic­ture with­in the win­dow so it is pos­si­ble to view the siz­ing handles.

Move a selection

Mac: Space­bar + Mar­quee instrument
Win­dows: Space­bar + Mar­quee tool
Wish to move a choice eas­i­ly? Sim­ply choose the Mar­quee tool, and press and hold the Space­bar. Con­tin­ue to do this before the selec­tion is at the cor­rect location.

Save for web

Mac: Cmd + Shift + Opt + S
Win­dows: Ctrl + Shift + Alt + S
Pret­ty self-explana­to­ry, but if you pre­fer not to drag your mouse onto quite a few alter­na­tives, use this Pho­to­shop short­cut onto your keyboard.

Photo Editing on Laptop

Image cred­it: Pho­to Edit­ing on Lap­top on Wun­der­stock

Close all open files except current image

Mac: Cmd + Alt + P
Win­dows: Ctrl + Alt + P
Tidy your work­space in moments with­out obtain­ing hand­cramp from click­ing on all those crosses.

Close and go to Bridge

Mac: Cmd + Shift + W
Win­dows: Ctrl + Shift + W
As the name sug­gests this may close your record and then open Adobe Bridge, where you can pick the next file you wish to work on.

Levels

Mac: Cmd + L
Win­dows: Ctrl + L
When view­ing your pic­tures, you’ll be using the Degrees box fre­quent­ly. Save your­self time with this Pho­to­shop shortcut.

Mac: Cmd + T
Win­dows: Ctrl + T
This com­mand opens Pho­to­shop’s Free Trans­form tool for resiz­ing, rotat­ing, and skew­ing an image with a drag­gable outline.

Curves

Mac: Cmd + M
Win­dows: Ctrl + M
This Pho­to­shop short­cut enables you to quick­ly edit the Curves in an image.

Mac: Cmd + B
Win­dows: Ctrl + B
This is the per­fect Pho­to­shop short­cut to edit the Col­or Bal­ance of your own images.

Hue/Saturation

Mac: Cmd + U
Win­dows: Ctrl + U
These two pow­er­ful Pho­to­shop tools will aid you in the col­or bal­ance con­flict, and reduce the amount of crossover.

Desaturate

Mac: Cmd + Shift + U
Win­dows: Ctrl + Shift + U
Con­vert your col­or pic­ture to grayscale val­ues, leav­ing the pic­ture in pre­cise­ly the same col­or style.

Select individual channels

Mac: Cmd + 3 (red), 4 (green), 5 (blue)
Win­dows: Ctrl + 3 (red), 4 (green), 5 (blue)
Pick­ing with Pho­to­shop Chan­nels makes elim­i­nat­ing a intri­cate object from the back­ground much eas­i­er than using oth­er tools. And uti­liz­ing this Pho­to­shop short­cut makes the process much simpler.

Choose a color from an image

Mac: Opt + Brush tool
Win­dows: Alt + Brush instrument
When work­ing with a Pho­to­shop brush, even if you want to sam­ple a col­or from an image, rather than click­ing on the Eye­drop­per tool, just hold the Alt or Option key to switch tem­porar­i­ly. Then let go to come back to the Brush tool.

Increase or decrease brush size

Mac: ]/[
Windows: ]/[
Get­ting your brush size just right is one of the most impor­tant facets of Pho­to­shop. Can it with this control.

Fill

Mac: Shift + F5
Win­dows: Shift + F5
Whether you would like to fill the selec­tion with the fore­ground colour or with a select­ed lay­out, use this Pho­to­shop short­cut to find the job done quickly.

Default foreground/background color

Mac AND Win­dows: D
Spe­cial­ly use­ful for mask­ing, Quick­ly change to black and white to get fore­ground and back­ground colours.

Switch foreground/background colors

Mac AND Win­dows: X
switch between two col­ors with­out need­ing to shoot your cur­sor off the image.

Increase or decrease brush hardness

Mac: }/
Windows: /{
Brush hard­ness is just as sig­nif­i­cant, so get it right with this shortcut.

Previous/next brush

Mac: ‚/.
Windows: .
Save time and dis­trac­tions by using these sim­ple com­mands to swift­ly move through the sev­er­al brush­es on offer.

First/last brush

Mac:
Windows:
If you don’t need to have move through the full vari­ety of Brush­es avail­able, hit on these orders to return to the begin­ning or finish.

Toggle airbrush option

Mac: Shift + Select + P
Win­dows: Shift + Alt + P
Sim­u­late spray­ing paint­ing using Pho­to­shop’s Air­brush tool using this help­ful shortcut.

Auto Tone

Mac: Shift + Cmd + L
Win­dows: Shift + Ctrl + L

Auto Contrast

Mac: Opt + Shift + Cmd + L
Win­dows: Alt + Shift + Ctrl + L

Auto Color

Mac: Shift + Cmd + B
Win­dows: Shift + Ctrl + B
After a quick fix to get a pho­to? While they are not depend­able cure-alls, these tools are often worth a move for auto­mat­i­cal­ly improv­ing your own images.

Lens correction

Mac: Shift + Cmd + R
Win­dows: Shift + Ctrl + R
The cam­era always lies, par­tic­u­lar­ly where lens dis­tor­tion is includ­ed. Use the lens cor­rec­tion fil­ter to decrease the effect of bar­rel dis­tor­tion, pin­cush­ion dis­tor­tion and vignetting.

Adaptive Wide Angle

Mac: Select + Shift + Cmd + A
Win­dows: Select + Shift + Ctrl + A
Wide-angle lens­es can bring their own dis­tor­tions, and Pho­to­shop includes a fil­ter for this. The Flex­i­ble Wide Angle fil­ter may quick­ly straight­en lines that appear curved in panora­mas, or pho­tographs tak­en with fish-eye and wide-angle lenses.

Camera Raw Filter

Mac: Shift + Cmd + A
Win­dows: Shift + Ctrl + A
With old ver­sions of Pho­to­shop you have to run Adobe Cam­era Raw as a sep­a­rate pro­gram. But in Pho­to­shop CC it’s avail­able as a fil­ter, so enabling you to non-destruc­tive­ly apply com­plex adjust­ments to any pic­ture type.

Content Aware Scale

Mac: Cmd + Shift + Select + C
Win­dows: Ctrl + Shift + Alt + C
Scale your pic­ture to your favorite nation for this super-quick Pho­to­shop shortcut.

Content-Aware Move

Mac AND Win­dows: Shift + J (cycle through tools)
The lat­est con­tent-aware tool in Pho­to­shop CC allows you to move objects around in a pho­to­graph, and it’s going intel­li­gent­ly fill in the gaps where they used to be.

Create clipping mask

Mac: Cmd + Opt + G
Win­dows: Ctrl + Alt + G
A fan­tas­tic way to keep shad­ows and shad­ing where they belong, the cut­ting mask instru­ment is basic yet useful.

Blending modes

Mac: Shift + + or
Win­dows: Shift + + or
Pho­to­shop has a num­ber of blend­ing modes to make cool effects. Use this con­trol to cycle through each.

Black and white dialogue box

Mac: Shift + Cmd + Select + B
Win­dows: Shift + Ctrl + Alt + B

Speed up the process of con­vert­ing col­or pho­tos to black and black with this Pho­to­shop short­cut, which opens the black and black adjust­ment dia­logue box.

Change image size

Mac: Cmd + Opt + I
Win­dows: Ctrl + Alt + I
Set­up your pic­ture sizes effort­less­ly with this quick and sim­ple shortcut.

Increase or decrease size of text 2pts

Mac: Cmd + Shift + >/<
Win­dows: Ctrl + Shift + >/<

Play around with text in Pho­to­shop by using this com­mand to change its size by 2pts.

Increase or decrease size of text 10pts

Mac: Cmd + Option + Shift->/<
Win­dows: Ctrl + Alt + Shift + >/<

This Pho­to­shop short­cut func­tions just like the com­mand above, but by 10pts instead of 2pts.

Increase or decrease kerning or tracking

Mac: Opt + right/left arrow
Win­dows: Alt + right/left arrow
Adjust the dis­tance between your text from Pho­to­shop with this handy key­board command.

Align text left/center/right

Mac: Cmd + Shift + L/C/R
Win­dows: Ctrl + Shift + L/C/R
a ter­rif­ic way to Play around with the align­ment of your text, this Pho­to­shop short­cut will allow you to do it immediately.

Show/Hide choice on selected type

Mac: Cmd + H
Win­dows: Ctrl + H
Speed up the process of select­ing ele­ments on type with this easy-to-remem­ber shortcut.

Bonus: How to create your own keyboard Shortcuts in Photoshop

Since the launch of Pho­to­shop CS you can now assign a key­board short­cut to pret­ty much any­thing in the appli­ca­tion, from Menu Bar options and con­trols to palettes and palette choic­es, fil­ters, adjust­ment lay­ers, tools, or any­thing you’d like! You can even alter any of the default short­cuts which Adobe has built into Pho­to­shop! If you are the type of per­son who loves cus­tomiz­ing things to suit your own style, or you just wish to have the abil­i­ty to work faster, you’ll def­i­nite­ly want to check out this fan­tas­tic feature.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Go to Edit > Key­board Shortcuts.
  2. Select a set of short­cuts in the estab­lished menu near the top of this Key­board Short­cuts & Menus dia­log box.
  3. Choose a spe­cif­ic short­cut from one of the fol­low­ing options: 
    • Appli­ca­tion: Enables you to cus­tomize key­board short­cuts to get things in the menu bar.
    • Pan­el: Enables you to cus­tomize key­board short­cuts to get things in pan­el menus.
    • Tools: Enables you to cus­tomize key­board short­cuts for tools in the toolbox.
    • Task­spaces: Enables you to cus­tomize key­board short­cuts to your Con­tent-Aware Fill and Select and Mask workspaces.
  4. From the Short­cut col­umn of this scroll list, pick the short­cut you would like to alter.
  5. Enter a new shortcut.
  6. Click the Save Set­up but­ton when you are done enter­ing all new shortcuts

If the key­board short­cut is already assigned to anoth­er com­mand or appli­ca­tion from the group, an error will pop up. Click on Accept to assign the short­cut into the new con­trol or tool and elim­i­nate the for­mer­ly assigned short­cut. Once you reas­sign a short­cut, you can click Undo Changes to reverse the switch click Accept and Move To Con­flict to assign a new short­cut to anoth­er com­mand or instrument.

 

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