Extremely Useful Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts

These shortcuts are most likely buried in the Photoshop help files as well as many other places. These are my favourites.

Shortcut Key Effect
f Switches between windowed view and “expert” fullscren modes
v Move tool (black arrow)
m Marquee tool
t Type tool
b Brush tool
e Eraser tool
Tab Shows or hides palettes
Ctrl + Shift + C Copies selection, including contents of all layers below
Ctrl + t Free transform
Ctrl + Tab Switch between open docs
Ctrl + d Deselect
Ctrl + Plus Zoom in
Ctrl + Minus Zoom out
Shift + Plus

(when Move tool selected)

Cycle forward through layer blend modes
Shift + Minus

(when Move tool selected)

Cycle backwards through layer blend modes
[Numbers 0-9]

(when Move, Eraser or Brush tool selected)

Set opacity for selected layer or selected brush or eraser, e.g. 5-0 sets layer to 50% opacity
Doubleclick Zoom tool Zoom to 100%
Ctrl + 0 Zoom to fit
Ctrl + Alt + 0 Zoom to 100%
Ctrl + Shift + Alt + s Save for web
Alt + Backspace

or

Ctrl + Backspace

Fill selection with background color
Ctrl + Delete

or

Alt + Delete

Fill selection with foreground color
x Swap foreground and background swatches
Alt select tool Cycle through tool options

Your suggestions are welcome.

[Update]: Added more shortcuts. Thanks to the tipsters!

11 thoughts on “Extremely Useful Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts”

  1. Jonas Rabbe says:

    I am pretty much familiar with all of those (perhaps with the exception of Shift + Minus/Plus). However, it’s nice to have them written up like this. Thank you. Maybe you should dig out the even more obscure ones and make a pdf with all of them 😉

  2. Joen says:

    I would love to create a PDF of these, but the problem is, these are all I use. For all I know there’s a golden vein of shortcuts I’d immediately adopt, if I knew about them… so maybe I should let this page sit here for a few days and see if such shortcuts pop up 🙂

    THEN, I could make a good PDF!

    Edit: Oh, and I should probably create a Mac version too, with Cmd instead of Ctrl (right?).

  3. Jonas Rabbe says:

    Thanks Rogier. A tad bit overwhelming, but I’m sure it’ll be useful once I’ve printed and laminated it and keep it next to my computer.

  4. lm says:

    Thats a problem isnt it – laminate and keep next to the comp. I’d rather have it as a small window hanging in photoshop self. Anybody heard of such plugin?

  5. Ctrl + Alt + Shift + S = Save for web (FTW!)

  6. adam says:

    the new one for me there was ctrl + tab. that’s gonna save a lot of time.

    my favorite is

    g = paintbucket

    ctrl + backspace = fill selection with background color

    it fills absolutely, whereas using the tool is hampered by the checkboxes in the toolbar, the fuzziness of the selection, and whatnot. i think there’s a shortcut for the foreground color as well, but it involves more actobatics

  7. Joen says:

    Ctrl + Alt + Shift + S = Save for web (FTW!)

    Oh right, how could I forget!

    the new one for me there was ctrl + tab. that?s gonna save a lot of time.

    my favorite is

    g = paintbucket

    ctrl + backspace = fill selection with background color

    it fills absolutely, whereas using the tool is hampered by the checkboxes in the toolbar, the fuzziness of the selection, and whatnot. i think there?s a shortcut for the foreground color as well, but it involves more actobatics

    I don’t use the paintbucket that often, mainly due to Alt + del (which you just reminded me I need to add that to the article). Alt + del fills selection with foreground color! I didn’t know about the background color one, definately worth trying out thanks.

  8. Jonas Rabbe says:

    Filling a selection is Alt + Backspace/Delete for foreground color and Ctrl + Backspace/Delete for background. At least I’ve always used Backspace for either since my laptop doesn’t have Delete readily available. If you’ve always used Delete, then both must be valid.

  9. Joen says:

    Filling a selection is Alt + Backspace/Delete for foreground color and Ctrl + Backspace/Delete for background. At least I?ve always used Backspace for either since my laptop doesn?t have Delete readily available. If you?ve always used Delete, then both must be valid.

    Ah, of course! Thanks for adding that. Those are REALLY useful shortcuts!

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