Photoshop has been an essential program nowadays. We can edit our image with Adobe Photoshop for our professional or personal purpose easily. While working with Photoshop you can seed up your work with shortcut keys. It’s not that much essential for learning Photoshop as a hobby but if you are want to work professionally with this application there is no substitute of keyboard shortcut. This article will introduce you with necessary keyboard shortcut that will come in great use for professional image editing.
There are some difference between Mac and Windows keyboard. You have to know these substitutes first. See the below image for the clarification:
CTRL (Windows/PC) → Command (MAC)
ALT Windows/PC → Option (MAC)
Backspace Windows/PC → Delete (MAC)
Right-Click Windows/PC → Control (MAC)
Now, we will discuss the keyboard shortcut for different Photoshop tools that will speedup your Photoshop operation effectively. It will help you to surf through one tool to another with just a single click on your keyboard that takes time for selecting from tool bar.
Keyboard Shortcut Keys for Photoshop Tools:
A = Path Selection Tool
Shift + A = Direct Selection Tool
B = Brush Tool
Shift + B = Pencil Tool
Shift + B = Color Replacement Tool
Shift + B = Pencil Brush Tool
C = Crop tool
Shift + C = Slice Tool
Shift + C = Slice Select Tool
E = Eraser Tool
Shift + E = Background Eraser Tool
Shift + E = Magic Eraser Tool
G = Gradient Too
Shift + G = Paint Bucket Tool
H = Hand Tool
I = Eyedropper Tool
Shift + I = Color Sample Tool
Shift + I = Ruler Tool
Shift + I = Note Tool
Shift + I = Count Tool
Shift + J = Healing Brush Tool
Shift + J = Patch Tool
Shift + J = Red Eye Tool
K = 3D Object Rotate Tool
Shift + K = 3D Object Roll Tool
Shift + K = 3D Object Pan Tool
Shift + K = 3D Object Slide Tool
Shift + K = 3D Object Scale Tool
L = Lasso tool
Shift + L = Polygonal Lasso Tool
Shift + L = Magnetic Lasso Tool
M = Rectangular Marquee Tool
Shift + M = Elliptical Marquee Tool
N = 3D Rotate Camera Tool
Shift + N = 3D Roll Camera Tool
Shift + N = 3D Pan Camera Tool
Shift + N = 3D Walk Camera Tool
Shift + N = 3D Zoom Camera Tool
O = Dodge Tool
Shift + O = Burn Tool
P = Pen Tool
Shift + P = Free Form Pen Tool
R = Rotate View Tool
S = Clone Stamp Tool
Shift + S = Pattern Stamp Tool
T = Type Tool
Shift + T = Horizontal Type Tool
Shift + T = Vertical Type Tool
Shift + T = Horizontal Type Mask Tool
Shift + T = Vertical Type Mask Tool
U = Rectangle Tool
Shift + U = Rounded Rectangle Tool
Shift + U = Ellipse Tool
Shift + U = Polygon Tool
Shift + U = Line Tool
Shift + U = Custom Shape Tool
W = Quick Selection Tool
Shift + W = Magic wand tool
W = History Brush Tool
Shift + W = Art History Brush Tool
Z = Zoom Tool
Some Important Keyboard Shortcut:
Default Colors: In order to readjust the colors into default (black/white) just press D. However, you can also adjust the color according to your need.
Deselect: In order to deselect the selection you have to press Command/CTRL + D.
Restore Last Selection: If you need restore the last selection that you have already deselected you have to press Shift + Command/Ctrl + D.
Fill with Background color: In order to fill up the layer with background color you have to hold down Ctrl key or Command key and to press Backspace or Delete key.
Duplicate: You can easily duplicate your last action by holding down the Command or Ctrl key and pressing J key on your keyboard.
Fill with Foreground color: If you need to fill up the layer with foreground color you have to hold down Option or Alt key and to press Backspace or Delete key.
Flip foreground and background colors: You can easily cross change the foreground and background color by pressing just X key on your keyboard.
Quick Hand Tool: If you are working with any other tool like Photoshop pen tool and you need to use hand tool to move the image you can do it by holding space key from your keyboard.
Open Fill dialog box: If you need to open the Photoshop dialog box you have to hold down Shift key and to click Delete key.
Hide Extras: You can easily hide anything extra from your Photoshop by just holding down the Command or Ctrl key and clicking H key.
Lock transparent pixels: In order to lock transparent layer press / (back slash). It will prevent the transparent pixel from moving freely.
Changing Screen: You can easily change the screen view by pressing F key. It will allow you to have full screen or half screen.
Save As: What you have done with the Photoshop can be saved into your desire file format by holding Command/Ctrl + Shift and pressing S key from the keyboard. Then a new dialogue box will appear that will allow you to choose your desire file format to save as.
Save for Web: If you want to optimize the file for website use you have to save it for web. In order to do it, please hold Command/Ctrl + Shift + Alt and press s. Then you will be able to select the right file format for website use from a drop down menu.
Undo: If you want to undo your last action you have to press Command/Ctrl + Z at the same time. It will enable you to get rid of unwanted output
Step Back: While working with Photoshop you may need to step back to your previous action. Don’t worry; you can do it easily by holding down the Command/Ctrl + Function/Alt and pressing Z at the sample time.
If you can learn the mentioned keyboard shortcut properly it help you a lot while editing your images like clipping path. Keyboard shortcut can even fasten your clipping path project and save your valuable time. You should be able to surf through one tool to another or one function to another by just clicking on your keyboard without searching for the option in the Photoshop menu.