Adobe Photoshop is an awesome software to edit, create and manipulate images. It has hundreds of tools and functions and each can be used with a shortcut key. Some of them are default and rest can be defined by users. You can even change default shortcut keys. How? We will discuss it in the last of the post. You can skip to that from Table of contents.

“Adobe Photoshop is a raster graphics editor developed and published by Adobe Inc. for Windows and macOS. It was originally created in 1988 by Thomas and John Knoll.”

-Source: Wikipedia

Adobe Photoshop Shortcut Keys

There are hundreds of shortcut keys for photoshop. And if you manually define all shortcut keys for all functions then it may surpass 500 shortcut keys.

In this post, 111+ shortcut keys have been categorized into 9 parts. You can easily navigate through them.

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File

FunctionShortcut Keys
NewCtrl+N
OpenCtrl+O
BrowseAlt+Ctrl+O
CloseCtrl+W
Close All Alt+Ctrl+W
Close and Go to BridgeShift+Ctrl+W
SaveCtrl+S
Save asShift+Ctrl+S
Save for Web & DevicesAlt+Shift+Ctrl+S
RevertF12
File InfoAlt+Shift+Ctrl+I
Page SetupShift+Ctrl+P
PrintCtrl+P
Print One CopyAlt+Shift+Ctrl+P
ExitCtrl+Q

Edit Shortcut Keys

FunctionShortcut Key
Undo/RedoCtrl+Z
Step ForwardShift+Ctrl+Z
Step BackwardAlt+Ctrl+Z
FadeShift+Ctrl+F
CutCtrl+X
CopyCtrl+C
Copy MergedShift+Ctrl+C
PasteCtrl+V
Paste InfoShift+Ctrl+V
FillShift+F5
Free TransformCtrl+T
Color SettingsShift+Ctrl+K
Keyboard ShortcutsAlt+Shift+Ctrl+K
MenusAlt+Shift+Ctrl+M

Image

FunctionShortcut Key
LevelsCtrl+L
Auto LevelsShift+Ctrl+L
Auto ContrastAlt+Shift+Ctrl+L
Auto ColorShift+Ctrl+B
Hue/SaturationCtrl+U
DesaturateShift+Ctrl+U
InvertCtrl+I
Image SizeAlt+Ctrl+I
Canvas SizeAlt+Ctrl+C

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Layer

FunctionShortcut Key
LayerShift+Ctrl+N
Layer via CopyCtrl+J
Layer via CutShift+Ctrl+J
Create/Release Clipping MaskAlt+Ctrl+G
Group LayersCtrl+G
Ungroup LayersShift+Ctrl+G
Bring to FrontShift+Ctrl+]
Bring ForwardCtrl+]
Send BackwardCtrl+[
Send to BackShift+Ctrl+[
Merge LayersCtrl+E
Merge VisibleShift+Ctrl+E

Select Shortcut Keys

FunctionShortcut Key
AllCtrl+A
DeselectCtrl+D
ReselectShift+Ctrl+D
InverseShift+Ctrl+I
All LayersAlt+Ctrl+A
Refine EdgeAlt+Ctrl+R
FeatherAlt+Ctrl+D

Filter

FunctionShortcut Key
Last FilterCtrl+F
ExtractAlt+Ctrl+X
LiquifyShift+Ctrl+X
Pattern MakerAlt+Shift+Ctrl+X
Vanishing PointAlt+Ctrl+V

View Shortcut Keys

FunctionShortcut key
Proof colorsCtrl+Y
Gamut WarningShift+Ctrl+Y
Zoom InCtrl++
Zoom outCtrl+-
Fit on ScreenCtrl+0
Actual PixelsAlt+Ctrl+0
ExtrasCtrl+H
Target PathShift+Ctrl+H
GridCtrl+'
GuidesCtrl+;
RulersCtrl+R
SnapShift+Ctrl+;
Lock GuidesAlt+Ctrl+;

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Window

FunctionShortcut Key
BrushesF5
ColorF6
LayersF7
InfoF8
ActionsF9

Tools

Some of the tools have the same key. It means you can toggle between them by pressing the ‘shift’ key with it.

For example: Lasso, magnetic, polygonal have the same shortcut key. So you can toggle between them with this shortcut key: ‘Shift+L’. So, i have not mentioned those shortcuts here.

FunctionShortcut Key
Move toolV
Marquee ToolM
Lasso ToolL
Quick Selection ToolW
Crop ToolC
Slice ToolK
Spot Healing Brush ToolJ
Brush ToolB
Clone Stamp ToolS
History Brush ToolY
Eraser ToolE
Gradient ToolG
Blur ToolR
Dodge ToolO
Pen ToolP
Type ToolT
Path Selection ToolA
Rectangle ToolU
Notes ToolN
Eyedropper ToolI
Hand ToolH
Zoom ToolZ
Default Foreground/Background ColorsD
Switch Foreground/Background ColorsX
Toggle Screen ModesF
Toggle Preserve Transparency/
Decrease Brush Size[
Increase Brush Size]
Decrease Brush Hardness{
Increase Brush Hardness}
Previous Brush,
Next Brush.
First Brush<
Last Brush>

How to Edit Shortcut Keys

You can edit adobe photoshop default shortcut keys. You can even add yours. And it is quite easy. Just follow these steps to customize them.

  1. Click on ‘Edit’ and then tap on ‘Keyboards Shortcuts’.
  2. Or just press ‘Alt+Ctrl+Shift+K’ to open directly.
  3. And click on any shortcut keys you want to change.
  4. Now you can easily change the shortcut.

Note: Do not use the shortcut key used before.

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