It is often said that "Time is Money". If you see this from the design point of view, you need speed and efficiency if you ever want to survive in this field. So to separate yourself from the rest, one thing that can help you get an edge over others is the number of shortcuts you use in your day to day designing. Really, if you use shortcuts while you design, you can save even hours.
That's why today I want to share some important Photoshop shortcuts with you guys.
|Some Photoshop Shortcuts|
Photoshop's Essential Shortcuts List
Here's the list:
- Marquee Tool: M
- Move Tool: V
- Brush Tool: B
- Eraser: E
- Text Tool: T
- Pen Tool: P
- Direct Selection Tool: A
- Full screen: F
- F7: To toggle Layers Panel
- Tab: Hide all the palettes
- SHIFT + Tab: Hide all the palettes except for the toolbox
- CMD/CTRL + Backspace: Fills the layer or selection with background color
- OPTION/ALT + Backspace: Fills the layer or selection with foreground color
- CMD/CTRL + N: New File
- CMD/CTRL + O: Opens a File
- CMD/CTRL + S: Save
- CMD/CTRL + SHIFT + S: Save As
- CMD/CTRL + OPTION/ALT + SHIFT + S: Save for Web and Devices
- CMD/CTRL + OPTION/ALT + Z: Undo
- CMD/CTRL + SHIFT + Z: Redo
- CMD/CTRL + D: Deselect
- CMD/CTRL + SHIFT + I: Inverts selection
- CMD/CTRL + L: Level dialog
- CMD/CTRL + U: Hue/Saturation dialog
- CMD/CTRL + +: Zoom In
- CMD/CTRL + -: Zoom Out
- CMD/CTRL + 0: Fit to Screen
- CMD/CTRL + J: Duplicates the selected layer or layers
- CMD/CTRL + SHIFT + N: New Layer
- CMD/CTRL + W: Closes current window
- CMD/CTRL + R: Show/Hide Ruler
- CMD/CTRL + ;: Show/Hide Guides
- CMD/CTRL + OPTION/ALT + I: Opens the Image Size window
- OPTION/ALT + ]: Scroll up through layers
- OPTION/ALT + [: Scroll down through layers
- CMD/CTRL + ]: Moves a layer 1 level up the layer stack
- CMD/CTRL + [: Moves a layer 1 level down the layer stack
- CMD/CTRL + G: Creates a Group and moves the selected layer into it
- SHIFT + +: Cycles down the layer blend modes
- SHIFT + -: Cycles up the layer blend modes
- Delete: Pressing the delete key deletes a layer
- X : Swaps the foreground and background color displayed in the tools palette
- D: Sets foreground color to black and background color to white in the tools palette
Some Other Useful Shortcuts
Changing the Opacity of a Layer
Changing the Opacity of a layer in Photoshop, using shortcut keys, is extremely easy. First, make sure that the Move Tool is selected (press V to select it if it isn't already selected). Then type a number, between 0 to 100, that will change the opacity value accordingly.
For example, type "5" for "50%" opacity. "1" for "10%", "9" for "90%", "0" for "100%" and so on. For more specific values, just type the complete number like "34" for "34%", "97" for "97%" opacity and so on.
Auto select Content LayerAuto select option in Photoshop automatically selects the Layer/Group of the content you click on. This option can be seen at the top window when Move Tool is already selected (refer to the image below)
|Auto-Select Option in Photoshop CS 5.1|
In order for the Auto-Select option to work, its checkbox needs to checked. It becomes cumbersome to check/uncheck this option every now and again, which obviously diverts our attention from the creative work we do.
By using a simple shortcut key, you can make this task happen almost seamlessly. To do this, just hold down the CMD/CTRL key on your keyboard and simply click on the item you want to select. By doing this, Photoshop will automatically select the layer of that particular object. Easy isn't it!?
And finally, the most obvious ones...
- CMD/CTRL + X: Cut
- CMD/CTRL + C: Copy
- CMD/CTRL + V: Paste
Yea yea I know it's a long list, but believe me, once you'll get the hang of it, it'll save you a lot of time. There are many other shortcuts available in Photoshop, but in my opinion these are the ones you'll be using the most.
If you know about other useful shortcuts please do mention those in the comments section. Your feedback could be useful for me, as well as for others.