Favorite Keyboard Shortcuts?

8 years ago from , Lead Software Engineer at New Relic

What are the most useful keyboard shortcuts you use to speed up your workflow in Photoshop or otherwise?


  • George ColtartGeorge Coltart, 8 years ago


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  • Jonathan YapJonathan Yap, 8 years ago

    opt + space to activate alfred. :)

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  • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, 8 years ago (edited 8 years ago )

    Keyboard shortcuts use a lot: F, F = Go full screen with no UI chrome Control-Option-Drag with the brush tool = Change size (x-axis), change hardness (y-axis) D = Reset colours X = Switch foreground and background colours Option-Delete = Fill layer with foreground colour (also converts gradient to a solid) V = Move tool A or Shift-A = Path Selection tool or Direct Selection tool. - or + with a shape selected = Change to subtract or combine Shift-- or Shift-+ = Change blending mode

    ...and lots more.


    Keyboard shortcuts I add (and use a lot): Command-Shift-C = Copy Layer Style Command-Shift-V = Paste Layer Style Command-Shift-X = Clear Layer Style Command-Shift-M = Vector Mask from Current Path Command-Shift-S = Save For Web (Yep, I replace Save As)


    Keyboard shortcuts for actions: F15 = Pixel snapping on Shift-F15 = Pixel snapping off Command-F15 = Enlarge canvas Command-Shift-F15 = Trim transparent parts of canvas F13 = Show optimal size Shift-F13 = Make slice from layer Command-F13 = Make slice from selection Command-F14 = Center on canvas

    My actions can be downloaded here: http://bjango.com/articles/actions/

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  • EJ FoxEJ Fox, 8 years ago

    For illustrator you can use 'x' to toggle the foreground and stroke colors. You can use '/' to clear out the color. I use this often when I grab an element and I want to get rid of it's stroke (click, x, /, x ) and for some reason it's probably my most-used shortcut.

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  • Andrew LucasAndrew Lucas, 8 years ago (edited 8 years ago )

    ALT + CMD + 2 - Copy Paste Layer Style ALT + CMD + 1 - Paste Layer Style


    CMD + ALT + Shift + Click on the arrow of a layer group (has to be top level) - Closes all open layer groups, great for tidying up a document.

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  • Dirk HCM van BoxtelDirk HCM van Boxtel, 8 years ago

    Can't even begin. I use commands for 90% of what I do.

    I'll add these two, that I made custom:

    On Windows: ctrl+shift+v / ctrl+shift+h = flip layer/selection vertically/horizontally ctrl+alt+shift+v / ctrl+alt+shift+h = flip canvas vertically/horizontally

    Let's say you have two layer folders containing UI elements that are underneath eachother. Select the two layer folders, flip them vertically, then select one, flip vertically, then the other, flip vertically.

    A few clicks, a few flips, and you've swapped them in place.

    With just two, this seems tedious, but it's actually fast, because you don't need any guidelines to get everything pixel perfect. With more than two items at once, it's an immense time-saver.

    Also, if you ever draw stuff; flipping the canvas horizontally is like MAGIC. You'll notice all the little stuff you've done wrong. It's ridiculous. Absolutely crazy.

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  • Michael ParapettiMichael Parapetti, 8 years ago

    Was debating being clever with cmd + z, but you got me Zethus. Teach me!

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  • Bruno CamposBruno Campos, 8 years ago (edited 8 years ago )

    I found this article a couple of months ago and have been using a bunch of the mentioned shortcuts since then. http://www.dtelepathy.com/blog/design/50-photoshop-tricks

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  • Daniel Golden, 8 years ago (edited 8 years ago )

    cmd + shift + . to Convert to Smart Object. cmd + shift + , to rasterize layer.

    Use them custom shortcuts Errrrday.

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  • Zethus SuenZethus Suen, 8 years ago (edited 8 years ago )
    • cmd + j to duplicate layer
    • cmd + shift + n to create a new layer

    I set a couple custom shortcuts: - copy/paste/clear layer styles (cmd+shift+c/v/x) - cmd+shift+r to rename layer

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