Most Essential Shortcuts for Working with Photoshop

September 09, 2019

Photoshop is an Amazing Tool that allows users to do magic things. And also Photoshop is a complicated program and many Photoshop users face difficulties. Here in this article, you will find some Essential and most useful tips that will make your work more convenient and faster which saves a lot of time and effort. Master Photoshop with these keyboard shortcuts for more productive work, so learns these photoshop shortcut keys which makes photoshop designers’ life easier.

  1. Press Tab to hide the Toolbar and Palette, and Shift + Tab will hide only palette.
  2. Press Ctrl + Alt + A and this will select all Layers.
  3. Press F Key to go through one of three different screen modes, which will make the work area larger.
  4. Pressing the Ctrl Key will turn any tool into the Move Tool while you hold it.
  5. Pressing Space key will change any tool into the Hand Tool while you hold it.
  6. By Pressing and holding Ctrl + Space and then clicking will Zoom in, and By Pressing and holding Ctrl + Alt + Space will Zoom out.
  7. Pressing Ctrl and + will Zoom in the Image and Pressing Ctrl and – will Zoom out the Image.
  8. Pressing Alt + Backspace will fill the Image or selection with the Foreground color, whereas the Ctrl + Backspace will fill the image or selection with Background color,
    And Shift + Backspace will bring up a Dialog box to fill Foreground or Background or Content-aware of the image or selection.
    And Alt + Shift + Backspace will fill the image or selection with Foreground but leaving the Transparent places Transparent,
    but Ctrl + Shift + Backspace will fill the image with the Background but leaving the transparent places Transparent.
  9. If you hold down Alt When you Performing Transformation with Ctrl + T, then it transforms the object by creating another copy of that object.
  10. Ctrl + Shift + T will repeat any recent Transformations.
  11. Pressing Ctrl + J will create a new copy of the currently selected layer.
  12. Pressing Ctrl + Shift E will merge all visible layers in one layer. And Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E will merge a copy of the visible layers into one new layer by leaving all layers untouched.
  13. Use Ctrl + D to deselect and Ctrl + Shift + D to do selection again.
  14. Use Shift and + or Shift and – to Cycle through the Blend modes, i.e., to change the blend modes one after the other.
  15. If Tools like Pain bucket or Brush or any tool which have the Opacity or transparency property, are selected then their opacity can be changed by typing the number on the keyboard, for example
    when the brush tool is selected and if you type 5 on the keyboard then its opacity will be 50% and if you want opacity to be in double digits like 65 then Hold number 6 and then type 5, then, as a result, you will get 65% opacity.
  16. To hide all the other layers except the one you want to work on, then hold Alt and click on the eye icon next to the layer on which you are working on the layer palette.
  17. Color sample can be taken not only from the image inside the photoshop but also outside the photoshop. To do that reduce the photoshop window size so that you can see the image from which you can take the color,
    then click on the Eyedropper Tool, and click inside the photoshop and release it outside the photoshop on the image color from which you want to take.
  18. Click the Create a new layer button on the Layers palette with holding Alt, then a dialog box appears with the settings for the new layer.


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