Adobe Photoshop - All Shortcut Keys

Adobe Photoshop – All Shortcut Keys

Adobe Photoshop – All Shortcut Keys

Welcome to this modern era, where speed is everything. You don’t have enough time for each and every task. You have to get things done and that too in a short time and in an efficient manner. As in this digital world, most of the work is done on the computers itself, you can’t totally rely on the traditional methods of doing things. This is where the concept of Shortcut Keys creeps in. There are shortcut keys for nearly each and every commonly used commands, which saves a lot of our time and takes us a step forward in getting things done in a smart way.

What is Adobe Photoshop?

Adobe Photoshop is a software that is used for editing of images. By editing we mean to alter an image, i.e. to change an image by either cropping it, changing its colors, applying effects and many in-picture operations. It offers awesome tools of all sorts to perform the desired task. It is used by professionals as well as beginners.

So here we present you all the shortcut keys for Adobe Photoshop.

Adobe Photoshop - All Shortcut Keys

Result Windows MAC OS
Free Transform Control + T Command + T
Decrease Brush Size [ [
Increase Brush Size ] ]
Decrease Brush Hardness { {
Increase Brush Hardness } }
Default Foreground/Background colors D D
Switch Foreground/Background colors X X
New layer via copy Control + J Command + J
New layer via cut Shift + Control + J Shift + Command + J
Add to a selection Any selection tool + Shift-drag Any selection tool + Shift-drag
Delete brush or swatch Alt-click brush or swatch Option-click brush or swatch
Toggle auto-select with move tool Control-click Command-click
Cancel any modal dialog window (including the Start Workspace) Escape Escape
Select the first edit field of the tool bar Enter Return
Navigate between fields Tab Tab
Navigate between fields in opposite direction Tab + Shift Tab + Shift
Change Cancel to Reset Alt Option

Use function keys

Note:

For MAC OS, press and hold the Fn key along with the function key (F1-F12) to override default MAC OS functions such as screen brightness, volume, etc. For more information on the behavior of function keys on your Mac, refer to these Apple documentations:

 

Result Windows MAC OS
Start Help F1 Help key
Undo/Redo F1
Cut F2 F2
Copy F3 F3
Paste F4 F4
Show/Hide Brush panel F5 F5
Show/Hide Color panel F6 F6
Show/Hide Layers panel F7 F7
Show/Hide Info panel F8 F8
Show/Hide Actions panel F9 Option + F9
Revert F12 F12
Fill Shift + F5 Shift + F5
Feather Selection Shift + F6 Shift + F6
Inverse Selection Shift + F7 Shift + F7

Select tools

Holding down a key temporarily activates a tool. Letting go of the key returns to the previous tool.

Note:

In rows with multiple tools, repeatedly press the same shortcut to toggle through the group.

Result Windows MAC OS
Cycle through tools with the same shortcut key Shift-press shortcut key (if Use Shift Key for Tool Switch preference is selected) Shift-press shortcut key (if Use Shift Key for Tool Switch preference is selected)
Cycle through hidden tools Alt-click + tool (except Add Anchor Point, Delete Anchor Point, and Convert Point tools) Option-click + tool (except Add Anchor Point, Delete Anchor Point, and Convert Point tools)
Move tool V V
Rectangular Marquee tool

Elliptical Marquee tool

M M
Lasso tool

Polygonal Lasso tool

Magnetic Lasso tool

L L
Magic Wand tool

Quick Selection tool

W W
Crop tool

Slice tool

Slice Select tool

C C
Eyedropper tool

Color Sampler tool

Ruler tool

Note tool

I I
Spot Healing Brush tool

Healing Brush tool

Patch tool

Red Eye tool

J J
Brush tool

Pencil tool

Color Replacement tool

Mixer Brush tool

B B
Clone Stamp tool

Pattern Stamp tool

S S
History Brush tool

Art History Brush tool

Y Y
Eraser tool

Background Eraser tool

Magic Eraser tool

E E
Gradient tool

Paint Bucket tool

G G
Dodge tool

Burn tool

Sponge tool

O O
Pen tool

Freeform Pen tool

P P
Horizontal Type tool

Vertical Type tool

Horizontal Type mask tool

Vertical Type mask tool

T T
Path Selection tool

Direct Selection tool

A A
Rectangle tool

Rounded Rectangle tool

Ellipse tool

Polygon tool

Line tool

Custom Shape tool

U U
Hand tool H H
Rotate View tool R R
Zoom tool Z Z
Default Foreground/Background colors D D
Switch Foreground/Background colors X X
Toggle Standard/Quick Mask modes Q Q
Content-Aware Move tool J J
Perspective Crop tool C C
Artboard tool V V
Rotate View tool R R
Toggle Preserve Transparency / (forward slash) / (forward slash)
Decrease Brush Hardness { {
Increase Brush Hardness } }
Previous Brush , ,
Next Brush . .
First Brush < <
Last Brush > >
Use same shortcut key for Liquify

View images

This partial list provides shortcuts that don’t appear in menu commands or tool tips.

Result Windows MAC OS
Cycle through open documents Control + Tab Control + Tab
Switch to previous document Shift + Control + Tab Shift + Command + `(grave accent)
Close a file in Photoshop and open Bridge Shift-Control-W Shift-Command-W
Toggle between Standard mode and Quick Mask mode Q Q
Toggle (forward) between Standard screen mode, Full screen mode with menu bar, and Full screen mode F F
Toggle (backward) between Standard screen mode, Full screen mode with menu bar, and Full screen mode Shift + F Shift + F
Toggle (forward) canvas color Spacebar + F (or right-click canvas background and select color) Spacebar + F (or Control-click canvas background and select color)
Toggle (backward) canvas color Spacebar + Shift + F Spacebar + Shift + F
Fit image in window Double-click Hand tool Double-click Hand tool
Magnify 100% Double-click Zoom tool or

Ctrl + 1

Double-click Zoom tool or

Command + 1

Switch to Hand tool (when not in text-edit mode) Spacebar Spacebar
Simultaneously pan multiple documents with Hand tool Shift-drag Shift-drag
Switch to Zoom In tool Control + spacebar Command + spacebar
Switch to Zoom Out tool Alt + spacebar Option + spacebar
Move Zoom marquee while dragging with the Zoom tool Spacebar-drag Spacebar-drag
Apply zoom percentage, and keep zoom percentage box active Shift + Enter in Navigator panel zoom percentage box Shift + Return in Navigator panel zoom percentage box
Zoom in on specified area of an image Control-drag over preview in Navigator panel Command-drag over preview in Navigator panel
Temporarily zoom into an image Hold down H and then click in the image and hold down the mouse button Hold down H and then click in the image and hold down the mouse button
Scroll image with Hand tool Spacebar-drag, or drag view area box in Navigator panel Spacebar-drag, or drag view area box in Navigator panel
Scroll up or down 1 screen Page Up or Page Down Page Up or Page Down
Scroll up or down 10 units Shift + Page Up or Page Down Shift + Page Up or Page Down
Move view to upper-left corner or lower-right corner Home or End Home or End
Toggle layer mask on/off as rubylith (layer mask must be selected) \ (backslash) \ (backslash)
Hold down Ctrl (Windows) or Command (MAC OS) to scroll left (Page Up) or right (Page Down)

Use Puppet Warp

This partial list provides shortcuts that don’t appear in menu commands or tool tips.

Result Windows MAC OS
Cancel completely Esc Esc
Undo last pin adjustment Ctrl + Z Command + Z
Select all pins Ctrl + A Command + A
Deselect all pins Ctrl + D Command + D
Select multiple pins Shift-click Shift-click
Move multiple selected pins Shift-drag Shift-drag
Temporarily hide pins H H

Use Refine Edge

Result Windows MAC OS
Open the Refine Edge dialog box Control + Alt + R Command + Option + R
Cycle (forward) through preview modes F F
Cycle (backward) through preview modes Shift + F Shift + F
Toggle between original image and selection preview X X
Toggle between original selection and refined version P P
Toggle radius preview on and off J J
Toggle between Refine Radius and Erase Refinements tools Shift + E Shift + E

Use the Filter Gallery

Result Windows MAC OS
Apply a new filter on top of selected Alt-click a filter Option-click a filter
Reapply last-used filter Control + Alt + F Control + Command + F
Open/close all disclosure triangles Alt-click a disclosure triangle Option-click a disclosure triangle
Change Cancel button to Default Control Command
Change Cancel button to Reset Alt Option
Undo/Redo Control + Z Command + Z
Step forward Control + Shift + Z Command + Shift + Z
Step backward Control + Alt + Z Command + Option + Z

Use the Liquefy filter

Result Windows MAC OS
Forward Warp tool W W
Reconstruct tool R R
Twirl Clockwise tool C C
Pucker tool S S
Bloat tool B B
Push Left tool O O
Mirror tool M M
Turbulence tool T T
Freeze Mask tool F F
Thaw Mask tool D D
Reverse direction for Bloat, Pucker, Push Left, and Mirror tools Alt + tool Option + tool
Continually sample the distortion

 

Alt-drag in preview with Reconstruct tool, Displace,  Affine mode selected Option-drag in preview with Reconstruct tool, Displace, Affine mode selected
Decrease/increase brush size by 2, or density, pressure, rate, or turbulent jitter by 1 Down Arrow/Up Arrow in Brush Size, Density, Pressure, Rate, or Turbulent Jitter text box Down Arrow/Up Arrow in Brush Size, Density, Pressure, Rate, or Turbulent Jitter text box
Decrease/increase brush size by 2, or density, pressure, rate, or turbulent jitter by 1 Left Arrow/Right Arrow with Brush Size, Density, Pressure, Rate, or Turbulent Jitter slider showing Left Arrow/Right Arrow with Brush Size, Density, Pressure, Rate, or Turbulent Jitter slider showing
Cycle through controls on right from top Tab Tab
Cycle through controls on right from bottom Shift + Tab Shift + Tab
Change Cancel to Reset Alt Option
Hold down Shift to decrease/increase by 10

Use Vanishing Point

Result Windows MAC OS
Zoom 2x (temporary) X X
Zoom in Control + + (plus) Command + + (plus)
Zoom out Control + – (hyphen) Command + – (hyphen)
Fit in view Control + 0 (zero), Double-click Hand tool Command + 0 (zero), Double-click Hand tool
Zoom to center at 100% Double-click Zoom tool Double-click Zoom tool
Increase brush size (Brush, Stamp tools) ] ]
Decrease brush size (Brush, Stamp tools) [ [
Increase brush hardness (Brush, Stamp tools) Shift + ] Shift + ]
Decrease brush hardness (Brush, Stamp tools) Shift + [ Shift + [
Undo last action Control + Z Command + Z
Redo last action Control + Shift + Z Command + Shift + Z
Deselect all Control + D Command + D
Hide selection and planes Control + H Command + H
Move selection 1 pixel Arrow keys Arrow keys
Move selection 10 pixels Shift + arrow keys Shift + arrow keys
Copy Control + C Command + C
Paste Control + V Command + V
Repeat last duplicate and move Control + Shift + T Command + Shift + T
Create a floating selection from the current selection Control + Alt + T
Fill a selection with image under the pointer Control-drag Command-drag
Create a duplicate of the selection as a floating selection Control + Alt-drag Command + Option-drag
Constrain selection to a 15° rotation Alt + Shift to rotate Option + Shift to rotate
Select a plane under another selected plane Control-click the plane Command-click the plane
Create 90 degree plane off parent plane Control-drag Command-drag
Delete last node while creating plane Backspace Delete
Make a full canvas plane, square to the camera Double-click the Create Plane tool Double-click the Create Plane tool

Use the Camera Raw dialog box

Note:

Holding down a key temporarily activates a tool. Letting go of the key returns to the previous tool.

Result Windows MAC OS
Zoom tool Z Z
Hand tool H H
White Balance tool I I
Color Sampler tool S S
Crop tool C C
Straighten tool A A
Spot Removal tool B B
Red Eye Removal tool E E
Basic panel Ctrl + Alt + 1 Command + Option + 1
Tone Curve panel Ctrl + Alt + 2 Command + Option + 2
Detail panel Ctrl + Alt + 3 Command + Option + 3
HSL/Grayscale panel Ctrl + Alt + 4 Command + Option + 4
Split Toning panel Ctrl + Alt + 5 Command + Option + 5
Lens Corrections panel Ctrl + Alt + 6 Command + Option + 6
Camera Calibration panel Ctrl + Alt + 7 Command + Option + 7
Presets panel Ctrl + Alt + 9 Command + Option + 9 (MAC OS Universal Access zoom shortcut must be disabled in System Preferences)
Open Snapshots panel Ctrl + Alt + 9 Command + Option + 9
Parametric Curve Targeted Adjustment tool Ctrl + Alt + Shift + T Command + Option + Shift + T
Hue Targeted Adjustment tool Ctrl + Alt + Shift + H Command + Option + Shift + H
Saturation Targeted Adjustment tool Ctrl + Alt + Shift + S Command + Option + Shift + S
Luminance Targeted Adjustment tool Ctrl + Alt + Shift + L Command + Option + Shift + L
Grayscale Mix Targeted Adjustment tool Ctrl + Alt + Shift + G Command + Option + Shift + G
Last-used Targeted Adjustment tool T T
Adjustment Brush tool K K
Graduated Filter tool G G
Increase/decrease brush size ] / [ ] / [
Increase/decrease brush feather Shift + ] / Shift + [ Shift + ] / Shift + [
Increase/decrease Adjustment Brush tool flow in increments of 10 = (equal sign) / – (hyphen) = (equal sign) / – (hyphen)
Temporarily switch from Add to Erase mode for theAdjustment Brush tool, or from Erase to Add mode Alt Option
Increase/decrease temporary Adjustment Brush tool size Alt + ] / Alt + [ Option + ] / Option + [
Increase/decrease temporary Adjustment Brush tool feather Alt + Shift + ] / Alt + Shift + [ Option + Shift + ] / Option + Shift + [
Increase/decrease temporary Adjustment Brush tool flow in increments of 10 Alt + = (equal sign) / Alt + – (hyphen) Option = (equal sign) / Option + – (hyphen)
Switch to New mode from Add or Erase mode of theAdjustment Brush tool or the Graduated Filter N N
Toggle Auto Mask for Adjustment Brush tool M M
Toggle Show Mask for Adjustment Brush tool Y Y
Toggle pins for Adjustment Brush tool V V
Toggle overlay for Graduated Filter, Spot Removal tool, or Red Eye Removal tool. V V
Rotate image left L or Ctrl + ] L or Command + ]
Rotate image right R or Ctrl + [ R or Command + [
Zoom in Ctrl + + (plus) Command + + (plus)
Zoom out Ctrl + – (hyphen) Command + – (hyphen)
Temporarily switch to Zoom In tool

(Doesn’t work when Straighten tool is selected. If Crop tool is active, temporarily switches to Straighten tool.)

Ctrl Command
Temporarily switch to Zoom Out tool and change the Open Image button to Open Copy and the Cancel button to Reset. Alt Option
Toggle preview P P
Full screen mode F F
Temporarily activate the White Balance tool and change the Open Image button to Open Object.

(Does not work if Crop tool is active)

Shift Shift
Select multiple points in Curves panel Click the first point; Shift-click additional points Click the first point; Shift-click additional points
Add point to curve in Curves panel Control-click in preview Command-click in preview
Move selected point in Curves panel (1 unit) Arrow keys Arrow keys
Move selected point in Curves panel (10 units) Shift-arrow Shift-arrow
Open selected images in Camera Raw dialog box from Bridge Ctrl + R Command + R
Open selected images from Bridge bypassing Camera Raw dialog box Shift + double-click image Shift + double-click image
Display highlights that will be clipped in Preview Alt-drag Exposure, Recovery, or Black sliders Option-drag Exposure, Recovery, or Black sliders
Highlight clipping warning O O
Shadows clipping warning U U
(Filmstrip mode) Add 1 – 5 star rating Ctrl +1 – 5 Command + 1 – 5
(Filmstrip mode) Increase/decrease rating Ctrl +. (period) / Ctrl+, (comma) Command + . (period) / Command+, (comma)
(Filmstrip mode) Add red label Ctrl + 6 Command + 6
(Filmstrip mode) Add yellow label Ctrl + 7 Command + 7
(Filmstrip mode) Add green label Ctrl + 8 Command + 8
(Filmstrip mode) Add blue label Ctrl + 9 Command + 9
(Filmstrip mode) Add purple label Ctrl + Shift + 0 Command + Shift + 0
Camera Raw preferences Ctrl + K Command + K
Deletes Adobe Camera Raw preferences Ctrl + Alt (on open) Option + Shift (on open)

Use the Black-and-White dialog box

Result Windows MAC OS
Open the Black-and-White dialog box Shift + Control + Alt + B Shift + Command + Option+ B
Increase/decrease selected value by 1% Up Arrow/Down Arrow Up Arrow/Down Arrow
Increase/decrease selected value by 10% Shift + Up Arrow/Down Arrow Shift + Up Arrow/Down Arrow
Change the values of the closest color slider Click-drag on the image Click-drag on the image

Use Curves

Result Windows MAC OS
Open the Curves dialog box Control + M Command + M
Select next point on the curve + (plus) + (plus)
Select the previous point on the curve – (minus) – (minus)
Select multiple points on the curve Shift-click the points Shift-click the points
Deselect a point Control + D Command + D
To delete a point on the curve Select a point and press Delete Select a point and press Delete
Move the selected point 1 unit Arrow keys Arrow keys
Move the selected point 10 units Shift + Arrow keys Shift + Arrow keys
Display highlights and shadows that will be clipped Alt-drag black/white point sliders Option-drag black/white point sliders
Set a point to the composite curve Control-click the image Command-click the image
Set a point to the channel curves Shift + Control-click the image Shift + Command-click the image
Toggle grid size Alt-click the field Option-click the field

Select and move objects

This partial list provides shortcuts that don’t appear in menu commands or tool tips.

Result Windows MAC OS
Reposition marquee while selecting Any marquee tool (except single column and single row) + spacebar-drag Any marquee tool (except single column and single row) + spacebar-drag
Add to a selection Any selection tool + Shift-drag Any selection tool + Shift-drag
Subtract from a selection Any selection tool + Alt-drag Any selection tool + Option-drag
Intersect a selection Any selection tool (except Quick Selection tool) + Shift-Alt-drag Any selection tool (except Quick Selection tool) + Shift-Option-drag
Constrain marquee to square or circle (if no other selections are active) Shift-drag Shift-drag
Draw marquee from center (if no other selections are active) Alt-drag Option-drag
Constrain shape and draw marquee from center Shift + Alt-drag Shift + Option-drag
Switch to Move tool Control (except when Hand, Slice, Path, Shape, or any Pen tool is selected) Command (except when Hand, Slice, Path, Shape, or any Pen tool is selected)
Switch from Magnetic Lasso tool to Lasso tool Alt-drag Option-drag
Switch from Magnetic Lasso tool to polygonal Lasso tool Alt-click Option-click
Apply/cancel an operation of the Magnetic Lasso Enter/Esc or Control + . (period) Return/Esc or Command + . (period)
Move copy of selection Move tool + Alt-drag selection Move tool + Option-drag selection‡
Move selection area 1 pixel Any selection + Right Arrow, Left Arrow, Up Arrow, or Down Arrow Any selection + Right Arrow, Left Arrow, Up Arrow, or Down Arrow
Move selection 1 pixel Move tool + Right Arrow, Left Arrow, Up Arrow, or Down Arrow†‡ Move tool + Right Arrow, Left Arrow, Up Arrow, or Down Arrow†‡
Move layer 1 pixel when nothing selected on layer Control + Right Arrow, Left Arrow, Up Arrow, or Down Arrow Command + Right Arrow, Left Arrow, Up Arrow, or Down Arrow
Increase/decrease detection width Magnetic Lasso tool + [ or ] Magnetic Lasso tool + [ or ]
Accept cropping or exit cropping Crop tool + Enter or Esc Crop tool + Return or Esc
Toggle crop shield off and on / (forward slash) / (forward slash)
Make protractor Ruler tool + Alt-drag end point Ruler tool + Option-drag end point
Snap guide to ruler ticks (except when View > Snap is unchecked) Shift-drag guide Shift-drag guide
Convert between horizontal and vertical guide Alt-drag guide Option-drag guide
Hold down Shift to move 10 pixels

Applies to shape tools

Transform selections, selection borders, and paths

This partial list provides shortcuts that don’t appear in menu commands or tool tips.

Result Windows MAC OS
Transform from center or reflect Alt Option
Constrain Shift Shift
Distort Control Command
Apply Enter Return
Cancel Control + . (period) or Esc Command + . (period) or Esc
Free transform with duplicate data Control + Alt + T Command + Option + T
Transform again with duplicate data Control + Shift + Alt + T Command + Shift + Option + T

Edit paths

This partial list provides shortcuts that don’t appear in menu commands or tool tips.

Result Windows MAC OS
Select multiple anchor points Direct selection tool + Shift-click Direct selection tool + Shift-click
Select entire path Direct selection tool + Alt-click Direct selection tool + Option-click
Duplicate a path Pen (any Pen tool), Path Selection or Direct Selection tool + Control + Alt-drag Pen (any Pen tool), Path Selection or Direct Selection tool + Command + Option-drag
Switch from Path Selection, Pen, Add Anchor Point, Delete Anchor Point, or Convert Point tools to Direct Selection tool Control Command
Switch from Pen tool or Freeform Pen tool to Convert Point tool when pointer is over anchor or direction point Alt Option
Close path Magnetic Pen tool-double-click Magnetic Pen tool-double-click
Close path with straight-line segment Magnetic Pen tool + Alt-double-click Magnetic Pen tool + Option-double-click

Use for painting

This partial list provides shortcuts that don’t appear in menu commands or tool tips.

Result Windows MAC OS
Select foreground color from color picker Any painting tool + Shift + Alt + right-click and drag Any painting tool + Control + Option + Command and drag
Select foreground color from image with Eyedropper tool Any painting tool + Alt or any shape tool + Alt (except when Paths option is selected) Any painting tool + Option or any shape tool + Option (except when Paths option is selected)
Select background color Eyedropper tool + Alt-click Eyedropper tool + Option-click
Color sampler tool Eyedropper tool + Shift Eyedropper tool + Shift
Deletes color sampler Color sampler tool + Alt-click Color sampler tool + Option-click
Sets opacity, tolerance, strength, or exposure for painting mode Any painting or editing tool + number keys (e.g., 0 = 100%, 1 = 10%, 4 then 5 in quick succession = 45%) (when airbrush option is enabled, use Shift + number keys) Any painting or editing tool + number keys (e.g., 0 = 100%, 1 = 10%, 4 then 5 in quick succession = 45%) (when airbrush option is enabled, use Shift + number keys)
Sets flow for painting mode Any painting or editing tool + Shift + number keys (e.g., 0 = 100%, 1 = 10%, 4 then 5 in quick succession = 45%) (when airbrush option is enabled, omit Shift) Any painting or editing tool + Shift + number keys (e.g., 0 = 100%, 1 = 10%, 4 then 5 in quick succession = 45%) (when airbrush option is enabled, omit Shift)
Mixer Brush changes Mix setting Alt + Shift + number Option + Shift + number
Mixer Brush changes Wet setting Number keys Number keys
Mixer Brush changes Wet and Mix to zero 00 00
Cycle through blending modes Shift + + (plus) or – (minus) Shift + + (plus) or – (minus)
Open Fill dialog box on background or standard layer Backspace or Shift + Backspace Delete or Shift + Delete
Fill with foreground or background color Alt + Backspace or Control + Backspace Option + Delete or Command + Delete
Fill from history Control + Alt + Backspace Command + Option + Delete
Displays Fill dialog box Shift + Backspace Shift + Delete
Lock transparent pixels on/off / (forward slash) / (forward slash)
Connects points with a straight line Any painting tool + Shift-click Any painting tool + Shift-click
Hold down Shift to preserve transparency

Use for blending modes

Result Windows MAC OS
Cycle through blending modes Shift + + (plus) or – (minus) Shift + + (plus) or – (minus)
Normal Shift + Alt + N Shift + Option + N
Dissolve Shift + Alt + I Shift + Option + I
Behind (Brush tool only) Shift + Alt + Q Shift + Option + Q
Clear (Brush tool only) Shift + Alt + R Shift + Option + R
Darken Shift + Alt + K Shift + Option + K
Multiply Shift + Alt + M Shift + Option + M
Color Burn Shift + Alt + B Shift + Option + B
Linear Burn Shift + Alt + A Shift + Option + A
Lighten Shift + Alt + G Shift + Option + G
Screen Shift + Alt + S Shift + Option + S
Color Dodge Shift + Alt + D Shift + Option + D
Linear Dodge Shift + Alt + W Shift + Option + W
Overlay Shift + Alt + O Shift + Option + O
Soft Light Shift + Alt + F Shift + Option + F
Hard Light Shift + Alt + H Shift + Option + H
Vivid Light Shift + Alt + V Shift + Option + V
Linear Light Shift + Alt + J Shift + Option + J
Pin Light Shift + Alt + Z Shift + Option + Z
Hard Mix Shift + Alt + L Shift + Option + L
Difference Shift + Alt + E Shift + Option + E
Exclusion Shift + Alt + X Shift + Option + X
Hue Shift + Alt + U Shift + Option + U
Saturation Shift + Alt + T Shift + Option + T
Color Shift + Alt + C Shift + Option + C
Luminosity Shift + Alt + Y Shift + Option + Y
Desaturate Sponge tool + Shift + Alt + D Sponge tool + Shift + Option + D
Saturate Sponge tool + Shift + Alt + S Sponge tool + Shift + Option + S
Dodge/burn shadows Dodge tool/Burn tool + Shift + Alt + S Dodge tool/Burn tool + Shift + Option + S
Dodge/burn midtones Dodge tool/Burn tool + Shift + Alt + M Dodge tool/Burn tool + Shift + Option + M
Dodge/burn highlights Dodge tool/Burn tool + Shift + Alt + H Dodge tool/Burn tool + Shift + Option + H
Set blending mode to Threshold for bitmap images, Shift + Alt + N Shift + Option + N

Select and edit text

This partial list provides shortcuts that don’t appear in menu commands or tool tips.

Result Windows MAC OS
Move type in image Control-drag type when Type layer is selected Command-drag type when Type layer is selected
Select 1 character left/right or 1 line down/up, or 1 word left/right Shift + Left Arrow/Right Arrow or Down Arrow/Up Arrow, or Control + Shift + Left Arrow/Right Arrow Shift + Left Arrow/Right Arrow or Down Arrow/Up Arrow, or Command + Shift + Left Arrow/Right Arrow
Select characters from insertion point to mouse click point Shift-click Shift-click
Move 1 character left/right, 1 line down/up, or 1 word left/right Left Arrow/Right Arrow, Down Arrow/Up Arrow, or Control + Left Arrow/Right Arrow Left Arrow/Right Arrow, Down Arrow/Up Arrow, or Command + Left Arrow/Right Arrow
Create a new text layer, when a text layer is selected in the Layers panel Shift-click Shift-click
Select a word, line, paragraph, or story Double-click, triple-click, quadruple-click, or quintuple-click Double-click, triple-click, quadruple-click, or quintuple-click
Show/Hide selection on selected type Control + H Command + H
Display the bounding box for transforming text when editing text, or activate Move tool if cursor is inside the bounding box Control Command
Scale text within a bounding box when resizing the bounding box Control-drag a bounding box handle Command-drag a bounding box handle
Move text box while creating text box Spacebar-drag Spacebar-drag

Format type

This partial list provides shortcuts that don’t appear in menu commands or tool tips.

Result Windows MAC OS
Align left, center, or right Horizontal Type tool + Control + Shift + L, C, or R Horizontal Type tool + Command + Shift + L, C, or R
Align top, center, or bottom Vertical Type tool + Control + Shift + L, C, or R Vertical Type tool + Command + Shift + L, C, or R
Choose 100% horizontal scale Control + Shift + X Command + Shift + X
Choose 100% vertical scale Control + Shift + Alt + X Command + Shift + Option + X
Choose Auto leading Control + Shift + Alt + A Command + Shift + Option + A
Choose 0 for tracking Control + Shift + Q Command + Control + Shift + Q
Justify paragraph, left aligns last line Control + Shift + J Command + Shift + J
Justify paragraph, justifies all Control + Shift + F Command + Shift + F
Toggle paragraph hyphenation on/off Control + Shift + Alt + H Command + Control + Shift + Option + H
Toggle single/every-line composer on/off Control + Shift + Alt + T Command + Shift + Option + T
Decrease or increase type size of selected text 2 points or pixels Control + Shift + < or > Command + Shift + < or >
Decrease or increase leading 2 points or pixels Alt + Down Arrow or Up Arrow†† Option + Down Arrow or Up Arrow††
Decrease or increase baseline shift 2 points or pixels Shift + Alt + Down Arrow or Up Arrow†† Shift + Option + Down Arrow or Up Arrow††
Decrease or increase kerning/tracking 20/1000 ems Alt + Left Arrow or Right Arrow†† Option + Left Arrow or Right Arrow††
Hold down Alt (Win) or Option (MAC OS) to decrease/increase by 10

††Hold down Ctrl (Windows) or Command (MAC OS) to decrease/increase by 10

Slice and optimize

Result Windows MAC OS
Toggle between Slice tool and Slice Selection tool Control Command
Draw square slice Shift-drag Shift-drag
Draw from center outward Alt-drag Option-drag
Draw square slice from center outward Shift + Alt-drag Shift + Option-drag
Reposition slice while creating slice Spacebar-drag Spacebar-drag
Open context-sensitive menu Right-click slice Control-click slice

Use panels

This partial list provides shortcuts that don’t appear in menu commands or tool tips.

Result Windows MAC OS
Set options for new items (except for Actions, Animation, Styles, Brushes, Tool Presets, and Layer Comps panels) Alt-click New button Option-click New button
Delete without confirmation (except for the Brush panel) Alt-click Delete button Option-click Delete button
Apply value and keep text box active Shift + Enter Shift + Return
Show/Hide all panels Tab Tab
Show/Hide all panels except the toolbox and options bar Shift + Tab Shift + Tab
Highlight options bar Select tool and press Enter Select tool and press Return
Increase/decrease selected values by 10 Shift + Up Arrow/Down Arrow Shift + Up Arrow/Down Arrow

Use the Actions panel

Result Windows MAC OS
Turn command on and all others off, or turn all commands on Alt-click the check mark next to a command Option-click the check mark next to a command
Turn current modal control on and toggle all other modal controls Alt-click Option-click
Change action or action set options Alt + double-click action or action set Option + double-click action or action set
Display Options dialog box for recorded command Double-click recorded command Double-click recorded command
Play entire action Control + double-click an action Command + double-click an action
Collapse/expand all components of an action Alt-click the triangle Option-click the triangle
Play a command Control-click the Play button Command-click the Play button
Create new action and begin recording without confirmation Alt-click the New Action button Option-click the New Action button
Select contiguous items of the same kind Shift-click the action/command Shift-click the action/command
Select discontiguous items of the same kind Control-click the action/command Command-click the action/command

Use adjustment layers

Note:

If you prefer channel shortcuts starting with Alt/Option + 1 for red, choose Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts, and select Use Legacy Channel Shortcuts. Then restart Photoshop.

Result Windows MAC OS
Choose specific channel for adjustment Alt + 3 (red), 4 (green), 5 (blue) Option + 3 (red), 4 (green), 5 (blue)
Choose composite channel for adjustment Alt + 2 Option + 2
Delete adjustment layer Delete or Backspace Delete
Define Auto options for Levels or Curves Alt-click Auto button Option-click Auto button

Use the Animation panel in Frames mode

Result Windows MAC OS
Select/deselect multiple contiguous frames Shift-click second frame Shift-click second frame
Select/deselect multiple discontiguous frames Control-click multiple frames Command-click multiple frames
Paste using previous settings without displaying the dialog box Alt + Paste Frames command from the Panel pop‑up menu Option + Paste Frames command from the Panel pop‑up menu

Use the Brush panel

Result Windows MAC OS
Delete brush Alt-click brush Option-click brush
Rename brush Double-click brush Double-click brush
Change brush size Alt + right-click + drag left or right Ctrl + Option + drag left or right
Decrease/increase brush softness/hardness Alt + right-click + drag up or down Ctrl + Option + drag up or down
Select previous/next brush size , (comma) or . (period) , (comma) or . (period)
Select first/last brush Shift + , (comma) or . (period) Shift + , (comma) or . (period)
Display precise cross hair for brushes Caps Lock or Shift + Caps Lock Caps Lock
Toggle airbrush option Shift + Alt + P Shift + Option + P

Use the Channels panel

Note:

If you prefer channel shortcuts starting with Ctrl/Command + 1 for red, choose Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts, and select Use Legacy Channel Shortcuts.

Result Windows MAC OS
Select individual channels Ctrl + 3 (red), 4 (green), 5 (blue) Command + 3 (red), 4 (green), 5 (blue)
Select composite channel Ctrl + 2 Command + 2
Load channel as selection Control-click channel thumbnail, or Alt + Ctrl + 3 (red), 4 (green), 5 (blue) Command-click channel thumbnail, or Option + Command + 3 (red), 4 (green), 5 (blue)
Add to current selection Control + Shift-click channel thumbnail Command + Shift-click channel thumbnail
Subtract from current selection Control + Alt-click channel thumbnail Command + Option-click channel thumbnail
Intersect with current selection Control + Shift + Alt-click channel thumbnail Command + Shift + Option-click channel thumbnail
Set options for Save Selection As Channel button Alt-click Save Selection As Channel button Option-click Save Selection As Channel button
Create a new spot channel Control-click Create New Channel button Command-click Create New Channel button
Select/deselect multiple color-channel selection Shift-click color channel Shift-click color channel
Select/deselect alpha channel and show/hide as a rubylith overlay Shift-click alpha channel Shift-click alpha channel
Display channel options Double-click alpha or spot channel thumbnail Double-click alpha or spot channel thumbnail
Toggle composite and grayscale mask in Quick Mask mode ~ (tilde) ~ (tilde)

Use the Clone Source panel

Result Windows MAC OS
Show Clone Source (overlays image) Alt + Shift Option + Shift
Nudge Clone Source Alt + Shift + arrow keys Option + Shift + arrow keys
Rotate Clone Source Alt + Shift + < or > Option + Shift + < or >
Scale (increase or reduce size) Clone Source Alt + Shift + [ or ] Option + Shift + [ or ]

Use the Color panel

Result Windows MAC OS
Select background color Alt-click color in color bar Option-click color in color bar
Display Color Bar menu Right-click color bar Control-click color bar
Cycle through color choices Shift-click color bar Shift-click color bar

Use the History panel

Result Windows MAC OS
Create a new snapshot Alt + New Snapshot Option + New Snapshot
Rename snapshot Double-click snapshot name Double-click snapshot name
Step forward through image states Control + Shift + Z Command + Shift + Z
Step backward through image states Control + Alt + Z Command + Option + Z
Duplicate any image state, except the current state Alt-click the image state Option-click the image state
Permanently clear history (no Undo) Alt + Clear History (in History panel pop‑up menu) Option + Clear History (in History panel pop‑up menu)

Use the Info panel

Result Windows MAC OS
Change color readout modes Click eyedropper icon Click eyedropper icon
Change measurement units Click crosshair icon Click crosshair icon

Use the Layers panel

Result Windows MAC OS
Load layer transparency as a selection Control-click layer thumbnail Command-click layer thumbnail
Add to current selection Control + Shift-click layer thumbnail Command + Shift-click layer thumbnail
Subtract from current selection Control + Alt-click layer thumbnail Command + Option-click layer thumbnail
Intersect with current selection Control + Shift + Alt-click layer thumbnail Command + Shift + Option-click layer thumbnail
Load filter mask as a selection Control-click filter mask thumbnail Command-click filter mask thumbnail
New layer Control + Shift+ N Command + Shift+ N
New layer via copy Control + J Command + J
New layer via cut Shift + Control + J Shift + Command + J
Group layers Control + G Command + G
Ungroup layers Control + Shift + G Command + Shift + G
Create/release clipping mask Control + Alt + G Command + Option + G
Select all layers Control + Alt + A Command + Option + A
Merge visible layers Control + Shift + E Command + Shift + E
Create new empty layer with dialog box Alt-click New Layer button Option-click New Layer button
Create new layer below target layer Control-click New Layer button Command-click New Layer button
Select top layer Alt + . (period) Option + . (period)
Select bottom layer Alt + , (comma) Option + , (comma)
Add to layer selection in Layers panel Shift + Alt + [ or ] Shift + Option + [ or ]
Select next layer down/up Alt + [ or ] Option + [ or ]
Move target layer down/up Control + [ or ] Command + [ or ]
Merge a copy of all visible layers into target layer Control + Shift + Alt + E Command + Shift + Option + E
Merge layers Highlight layers you want to merge, then Control + E Highlight the layers you want to merge, then Command + E
Move layer to bottom or top Control + Shift + [ or ] Command + Shift + [ or ]
Copy current layer to layer below Alt + Merge Down command from the Panel pop‑up menu Option + Merge Down command from the Panel pop‑up menu
Merge all visible layers to a new layer above the currently selected layer Alt + Merge Visible command from the Panel pop‑up menu Option + Merge Visible command from the Panel pop‑up menu
Show/hide this layer/layer group only or all layers/layer groups Right-click the eye icon Control-click the eye icon
Show/hide all other currently visible layers Alt-click the eye icon Option-click the eye icon
Toggle lock transparency for target layer, or last applied lock / (forward slash) / (forward slash)
Edit layer effect/style, options Double-click layer effect/style Double-click layer effect/style
Hide layer effect/style Alt-double-click layer effect/style Option-double-click layer effect/style
Edit layer style Double-click layer Double-click layer
Disable/enable vector mask Shift-click vector mask thumbnail Shift-click vector mask thumbnail
Open Layer Mask Display Options dialog box Double-click layer mask thumbnail Double-click layer mask thumbnail
Toggle layer mask on/off Shift-click layer mask thumbnail Shift-click layer mask thumbnail
Toggle filter mask on/off Shift-click filter mask thumbnail Shift-click filter mask thumbnail
Toggle between layer mask/composite image Alt-click layer mask thumbnail Option-click layer mask thumbnail
Toggle between filter mask/composite image Alt-click filter mask thumbnail Option-click filter mask thumbnail
Toggle rubylith mode for layer mask on/off \ (backslash), or Shift + Alt-click \ (backslash), or Shift + Option-click
Select all type; temporarily select Type tool Double-click type layer thumbnail Double-click type layer thumbnail
Create a clipping mask Alt-click the line dividing two layers Option-click the line dividing two layers
Rename layer Double-click the layer name Double-click the layer name
Edit filter settings Double-click the filter effect Double-click the filter effect
Edit the Filter Blending options Double-click the Filter Blending icon Double-click the Filter Blending icon
Create new layer group below current layer/layer set Control-click New Group button Command-click New Group button
Create new layer group with dialog box Alt-click New Group button Option-click New Group button
Create layer mask that hides all/selection Alt-click Add Layer Mask button Option-click Add Layer Mask button
Create vector mask that reveals all/path area Control-click Add Layer Mask button Command-click Add Layer Mask button
Create vector mask that hides all or displays path area Control + Alt-click Add Layer Mask button Command + Option-click Add Layer Mask button
Display layer group properties Right-click layer group and choose Group Properties, or double-click group Control-click the layer group and choose Group Properties, or double-click group
Select/deselect multiple contiguous layers Shift-click Shift-click
Select/deselect multiple discontiguous layers Control-click Command-click

Note:

If Kotoeri is your Japanese language input method, the “Toggle rubylith mode for layer mask on/off” shortcut starts an action in Kotoeri. Please switch to another mode (for example, “U.S.”) to enable this shortcut.

Use the Layer Comps panel

Result Windows MAC OS
Create new layer comp without the New Layer Comp box Alt-click Create New Layer Comp button Option-click Create New Layer Comp button
Open Layer Comp Options dialog box Double-click layer comp Double-click layer comp
Rename in-line Double-click layer comp name Double-click layer comp name
Select/deselect multiple contiguous layer comps Shift-click Shift-click
Select/deselect multiple discontiguous layer comps Control-click Command-click

Use the Paths panel

Result Windows MAC OS
Load path as selection Control-click pathname Command-click pathname
Add path to selection Control + Shift-click pathname Command + Shift-click pathname
Subtract path from selection Control + Alt-click pathname Command + Option-click pathname
Retain intersection of path as selection Control + Shift + Alt-click pathname Command + Shift + Option-click pathname
Hide path Control + Shift + H Command + Shift + H
Set options for Fill Path with Foreground Color button, Stroke Path with Brush button, Load Path as a Selection button, Make Work Path from Selection button, and Create New Path button Alt-click button Option-click button

Use the Swatches panel

Result Windows MAC OS
Create new swatch from foreground color Click in empty area of panel Click in empty area of panel
Set swatch color as background color Control-click swatch Command-click swatch
Delete swatch Alt-click swatch Option-click swatch

Use Extract and Pattern Maker (optional plug-ins)

Result (Extract and Pattern Maker) Windows MAC OS
Fit in window Control + 0 Command + 0
Zoom in Control + + (plus) Command + + (plus)
Zoom out Control + – (hyphen) Command + – (hyphen)
Cycle through controls on right from top Tab Tab
Cycle through controls on right from bottom Shift + Tab Shift + Tab
Temporarily activate Hand tool Spacebar Spacebar
Change Cancel to Reset Alt Option
Result (Extract only) Windows MAC OS
Edge Highlighter tool B B
Fill tool G G
Eyedropper tool I I
Cleanup tool C C
Edge Touchup tool T T
Toggle between Edge Highlighter tool and Eraser tool Alt + Edge Highlighter/Eraser tool Option + Edge Highlighter/Eraser tool
Toggle Smart Highlighting Control with Edge Highlighter tool selected Command with Edge Highlighter tool selected
Remove current highlight Alt + Delete Option + Delete
Highlight entire image Control + Delete Command + Delete
Fill foreground area and preview extraction Shift-click with Fill tool selected Shift-click with Fill tool selected
Move mask when Edge Touchup tool is selected Control-drag Command-drag
Add opacity when Cleanup tool is selected Alt-drag Option-drag
Toggle Show menu options in preview between Original and Extracted X X
Enable Cleanup and Edge Touchup tools before preview Shift + X Shift + X
Cycle through Display menu in preview from top to bottom F F
Cycle through Display menu in preview from bottom to top Shift + F Shift + F
Decrease/increase brush size by 1 Down Arrow/Up Arrow in Brush Size text box Down Arrow or Up Arrow in Brush Size text box
Decrease/increase brush size by 1 Left Arrow/Right Arrow with Brush Size Slider showing Left Arrow/Right Arrow with Brush Size Slider showing
Set strength of Cleanup or Edge Touch‑up tool 0–9 0–9
Hold down Shift to decrease/increase by 10
Result (Pattern Maker only) Windows MAC OS
Delete current selection Control + D Command + D
Undo a selection move Control + Z Command + Z
Generate or generate again Control + G Command + G
Intersect with current selection Shift + Alt + select Shift + Option + select
Toggle view: original/generated pattern X X
Go to first tile in Tile History Home Home
Go to last tile in Tile History End End
Go to previous tile in Tile History Left Arrow, Page Up Left Arrow, Page Up
Go to next tile in Tile History Right Arrow, Page Down Right Arrow, Page Down
Delete current tile from Tile History Delete Delete
Nudge selection when viewing the original Right Arrow, Left Arrow, Up Arrow, or Down Arrow Right Arrow, Left Arrow, Up Arrow, or Down Arrow
Increase selection nudging when viewing the original Shift + Right Arrow, Left Arrow, Up Arrow, or Down Arrow Shift + Right Arrow, Left Arrow, Up Arrow, or Down Arrow

 

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