Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

Save As: Command Shift S

Save for Web: Command Shift Option S

Undo: Command Z

Step Back: Command Option Z

Duplicate: Command J

Duplicate all visible Layers: Command Shift Option E

Hide Extras: Command H

Full-screen: F

Default Colors: D (black and white)

Flip Foreground and Background colors: X

Hand tool while in another tool: Hold Spacebar

Fill with Background color: Command Delete

Fill with Foreground color: Option Delete

Open Fill dialog box: Shift Delete

Decrease/Increase Brush Size: [ or ]

Deselect: Command D

Restore Last Selection: Shift Command D

Move tool while in painting tool: hold Command

Eyedropper while in any paint tool: hold Option

Cross-Hair Cursor on any painting tool: Caps Lock

Lock transparent pixels: / (back slash)

Commit edits when typing: Command Return

Number Pad Keyboard Shortcuts

Same for Mac and PC:

Layer Opacity & Tool Opacity:

10% : 1 20% : 2 30% : 3

40% : 4 50% : 5 60% : 6

70% : 7 80% : 8 90% : 9

100% : 0

Do a combination of keys for a specific percentage. (i.e. 1 and 2 for 12% opacity)

Flow: Shift (and same as above)

Fit To Screen: Command 0

Actual Pixels (100%): Command 1Load Channel as a selection: Option Command 3 (red), 4 (green), 5 (blue)

Arrow & “Other Keys” Keyboard Shortcuts

The Arrow & the “other” keys are found in between the “typewriter” keys and the numeric keypad. These Photoshop

keyboard shortcuts are used mostly for moving objects, or moving the screen to a different point. When the Move tool is

active, press any of the arrow keys to move 1 pixel in that direction. Hold Shift to move 10 pixels at a time.

If the Move tool is not active, hold Command and then tap on the arrow keys, and hold shift to move 10 pixels at a time.

Move duplicate of selection 1 px: Command Option (any of the 4 arrow keys)

Move duplicate of selection 10 px: Command Option Shift (any of the 4 arrow keys)

Other Keys:

Move view to upper-left corner: Home

Move view to lower-right corner: End

Scroll up 1 Screen: Page Up

Scroll down 1 screen: Page Down

Scroll left 1 screen: Command Page Up

Scroll right 1 screen: Command Page Down

(Hold Shift in any of the four above to move by 10 units)

Brush Keyboard Shortcuts

The Painting Photoshop keyboard shortcuts work with any brush tools.

Fill with background color: Command Delete

(Shift Command Delete to fill only opaque pixels)

Fill with foreground color: Option Backspace

(Shift Option Delete to fill only opaque pixels)

Fill dialog box: Shift Backspace

Sample as background color: Option (w/ Eyedropper)

Move tool while in any painting tool: hold Command

Eyedropper while in any paint tool: hold Option

Cross-Hair cursor: Caps Lock

Decrease/Increase Brush Size: [ or ]

Decrease/Increase Hardness of Brush: Shift [ or Shift ]

Switch between preset Brushes: < or >

Erase to History source state: Option Eraser Tool

Cycle through blend modes: Shift + or Shift –

Selection Keyboard Shortcuts

Select All: Command A

Select all Opaque Pixels: Command click on Layer Thumbnail

Inverse: Shift Command I

Deselect: Command D

Restore Last Selection: Command Shift D

Feather Selection: Shift F6Draw Marquee from Center: Hold Option

Add to a Selection: Shift

Subtract from a Selection: Option

Intersect with a Selection: Shift-Option

Move Selection (in 1-pixel Increments): Arrow Keys

Move Selection (in 10-pixel Increments): Shift Arrow Keys

Move Marquee while drawing selection: Hold Space

Select layer luminosity: Command Option Shift ~ (2 on Windows)

Type Tool Keyboard Shortcuts

Align Center: Command Shift C

Align Left: Command Shift L

Align Right: Command Shift R

Justify par., left aligns last line: Command Shift J

Justify par., force the last line: Command Shift F

Justify paragraph: Command Shift F

Bold / Faux Bold: Command Shift B

Italic / Faux Italic: Command Shift I

Underline: Command Shift U

Small Caps: Command Shift H

Show Hide Selection: Command H

Auto leading: Command Shift Option A

0 for tracking: Command Control Shift Q

All Caps (on/off): Command Shift K

Hyphenation (on/off): Command Option Shift H

Blend Mode Keyboard Shortcuts

Cycle through blending modes: Shift + or Shift –

Normal: Shift Option N

Dissolve: Shift Option I

Behind (Brush tool only): Shift Option Q

Clear (Brush tool only): Shift Option R

Darken: Shift Option K

Multiply: Shift Option M

Color Burn: Shift Option B

Linear Burn: Shift Option A

Lighten: Shift Option G

Screen: Shift Option S

Color Dodge: Shift Option D

Linear Dodge: Shift Option W

Overlay: Shift Option O

Soft Light: Shift Option F

Hard Light: Shift Option H

Vivid Light: Shift Option V

Linear Light: Shift Option J

Pin Light: Shift Option Z

Hard Mix: Shift Option L

Difference: Shift Option E

Exclusion: Shift Option X

Hue: Shift Option U

Saturation: Shift Option T

Color: Shift Option C

Luminosity: Shift Option Y

Desaturate Sponge tool: Shift Option D

Saturate Sponge tool: Shift Option S

Threshold for bitmap images: Shift Option N

Switch between open documents: Command Tab

Redo Last Filter: Command F

Opens Last Filter Dialog Box: Command Option F

Reset Dialog Box: Hold Option, Cancel turns into Reset

Repeat last Transformation: Command-Shift-T

Highlight Fields in Options bar: (n/a for all tools) Enter

Canvas Size Dialog Box: Command Option C

Image Size Dialog Box: Command Option I

Show/hide panels and Tool bar: Tab

Show/hide panels: Shift Tab

Don’t Snap object edge while moving: Hold Control

Hide all other layers: Option click on the visibility icon

Change the Range of the Dodge or Burn Tools:

(Dodge or Burn Tool must be active)

Shadows: Shift Option S

Midtones: Shift Option M

Highlights: Shift Option H

Keyboard Shortcuts panel: Command Option Shift K

Photoshop CS6 Keyboard Shortcuts

Blur gallery (Field, Iris, Tilt-Shift)

Temporarily hide on-canvas UI: H

Temporarily show blur mask: M


Load Last Mesh: M

Mirror Tool: X

Crop Tool

Commit crop: Return

Cancel crop: Esc

Switch crop box orientation (portrait or landscape): X

Reset crop box: Backspace or Delete

Hide and show cropped area: /

Create new crop box: Shift Drag

Constrain proportions: Shift drag corner handle

Invoke Straighten tool: Command

Prevent crop box from shrinking: Command rotate

Temporarily disable snap to edge: Command drag

Cycle overlay options: O

Cycle overlay orientation: Shift O

Front Image (Crop tool & Perspective Crop tool): I (Creative Cloud only)


Clear print settings: hold spacebar while selecting

File > Print.

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    Susan Dingess

    No need to memorize all of these, but many you will use in digital scrapbooking. A keyboard shortcut is less time consuming. Just pick a few to start with and add some others as you go along. Print this list and keep it beside you.