Open File – This is where all starts from – opening a picture. Do this by pressing Ctrl +
Create document – If you have no picture to open, create a new document by pressing
Ctrl + N.
Zooming in and out – You do this by pressing the Ctrl button and the + and - keys. You
can also press Ctrl and use the scroll click on a mouse to zoom both ways.
Save for the web – Alt + Ctrl + Shirt + S will always take you to the “Save for the web”
box. Keep in mind that you can press the first three keys in any order you wish – the
shortcut will still work.
Transform layer – If you wish to transform the active layer, all you have to do is press
Ctrl + T.
Edit key shortcuts – If you want to customize the keyboard shortcuts, all you have to do
is press Alt + Shift + Ctrl + K.
Preferences – Ctrl + K will always take you to the Preferences menu.
Levels – If you edit pictures, accessing the levels box is something you do often. From now
on, do it by pressing Ctrl + L.
Curves – Ctrl + M will allow you to quickly edit the Curves.
Hue/Saturation – To edit this, press Ctrl + U.
Color Balance – Color Balance is another thing very useful for photo manipulation. Ctrl +
B is the shortcut for this.
Desaturate – If you quickly want to desaturate, press Ctrl + Shift + U.
Image size – Another of my personal favorites is Ctrl + Alt + I.
New Layer – Creating a new layer can simply be done by pressing Shift + Ctrl + N.
Liquify – If you use the Liquify tools often, Shift + Ctrl + X should be your best friend.
Invert – Inverting the colors in Photoshop on Windows can simply be done by using the
Ctrl + I shortcut.
Fit on screen – Fitting the image on your screen is simply done by pressing Ctrl + 0.
Ruler – You might not always want the ruler on, especially if you have a small screen,
therefore keeping in mind Ctrl + R could be useful.
Show grid – You can show or hide the grid by pressing Ctrl + ‘
Show guides – If you want to quickly show or hide the guides, simply press Ctrl + ;
Locking guides – If you work with guides and want to lock them, Alt + Ctrl + ; will do the
Brush size – If you want to increase or decrease the brush size, [ and ] will do the job very
Brush hardness – If you want to modify the hardness of the brush, Shift + [ and Shift + ]
will do the trick.
Different Tools (where starred, it means pressing “Shift” and the respective key will help
you cycle through different tools of the same type)
Move Tool – V
Marquee Tool – M*
Lasso Tool – L*
Crop Tool – C*
Quick Selection / Magic Wand – W*
Patching Brushes – J*
Eraser – E*
Gradient Tool / Paint Bucket – G*
Pen Tool – P*
Type Tool – T*
Switch Foreground / Background Colors – X
Default Foreground / Background Colors – D
Line / Polygon / Ellipse tools – U*
Sponge / Dodge / Burn tools – O*
Brush History – Y*
Rotate View Tool – R
Hand Tool – H