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25 Useful Photoshop Shortcuts

By December 19, 2013Articles

25 Useful Photoshop shortcuts for beginners and not only

Sometimes Photoshop is time-consuming and you need to work faster. Working with shortcuts will let you remember the combinations and use them every time when you work. Time is gold and Adobe added shortcuts for most functions so you can save time while working with Photoshop. Some tool shortcuts are more important than others because we use them more frequently than others. Check below the list with some frequently used shortcuts.

 

Windows Shortcut
Mac OS Shortcut
Tool / Feature

V

V

Move tool

(Move objects, shapes, text and anything else in your canvas.)

C

C

Crop tool, Slice tool, Select tool

(Crop images, slice objects and select objects.)

B

B

Brush tool, Pencil tool, Color Replacement tool, Mixer Brush tool(Basic tool that you can use almost everywhere)

E

E

Eraser tool, Magic Eraser tool

(Delete pixels you don’t need)

G

G

Gradient tool, Paint Bucket tool

(Draw gradients with this basic tool)

T

T

Text Tool

(Write text with this basic tool)

Spacebar

Spacebar 

Hand Tool

(Move your canvas)

Esc

Esc

Cancel Tool

(Cancel your action)

Alt + Ctrl + Z

Option + Command + Z

Backward

(One step Backward)

Shift + Ctrl + Z

Shift + Command + Z

Forward

(One step Forward)

Ctrl + A

Command + A

Select All

(Select all your active pixels)

Ctrl + D

Command + D

Deselect All

(Deselect all your active pixels)

Z

Z

Zool Tool

(Zoom or zoom out)

P

P

Pen Tool

(Draw lines, shapes, selections etc.)

O

O

Dodge / Burn Tool

(Increase or decrease the exposure on selected areas)

W

W

Magnetic Wand / Quick Selection Tool

(Select pixels fast with this simple tool)

Ctrl + S

Command + S

Save

(Save your already existing work)

Shift + Ctrl + S

Shift + Command + S

Save as

(Save your new created work)

Alt + Shift + Ctrl + S

Option + Shift + Command + S

 Save for Web

(Optimize your file and save it for web)

Ctrl + E

Command + E

Merge Down

(Merge your selected or previews layer)

Ctrl + T

Command + T

Free Transform

(Transform your work to all directions)

Enter

Return

Apply

(Confirm your changes)

Ctrl + G

Command + G

Group Layers

(Group selected layers to folder)

] or [

] or [

Brush Size

(Increase or decrease brush size)

I

I

Eyedropper Tool

(Take color sample)

 

We can add a lot more shortcuts to this list but is hard to remember them all. Focus on the tools you use the most and try to remember the shortcuts. You can save time and work a lot faster in Photoshop.

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