Keyboard short cuts can save you a lot of time editing your images in Adobe Photoshop CC. But there are hundreds of keyboard short cuts in Photoshop.
There are single keystrokes, keystrokes with the Shift key, Alt key, Control key, etc. There are even ones with a combination of control and shift keys like Command + Shift + Option + E which combines active layers and creates a new layer from the merged layer.
So Which Photoshop Keyboard Short Cuts are the Most Useful and Will Save you the Most Time?
I’ve created a table below with my favorite Photoshop CC keyboard short cuts. I’ve divided these short cuts into several categories: File Operations, Layers, Zoom, Editing Tools, Selections, and Masking.
Keep in mind that you can also stack these short cuts (don’t wait for one command to finish before applying the next one). One group of short cuts that I frequently stack is:
Shift + Command E + Command S + Command W (Control for Windows)
This will merge all visible layers, save and close the file.
Below are the Photoshop keyboard shortcuts that I use the most. Even memorizing a few of them will help to speed up the processing of your nature photographs in Adobe Photoshop.
Top Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts
|Function||Mac Shortcut||Windows Shortcut|
|File Operations Shortcuts|
|Close Image||Command + W||Control + W|
|Save Image||Command + S||Control + S|
|Duplicate Layer||Command + J||Control + J|
|Merge Visible Layers||Command + Shift + E||Control + Shift + E|
|Zoom Out / Fit to Screen||Command + 0||Control + 0|
|Editing Tool Shortcuts|
|Content Aware Fill||Shift + F5||Shift + F5|
|Increase Brush Size||]||]|
|Decrease Brush Size||[||[|
|Swap Background & Foreground Colors||X||X|
|Selection Tool Shortcuts|
|Lasso Selection Tool||L||L|
|Quick Selection Tool||W||W|
|Deselect||Command + D||Command + D|
|Invert Mask||Command + I||Control + I|
|Copy Mask||Option + Click & Drag||Alt + Click & Drag|
Written by Martin Belan
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