Keyboard Shortcut for Adobe Photoshop on Mac and Windows

Keyboard Shortcut for Adobe Photoshop on Mac and Windows
Keyboard Shortcut for Adobe Photoshop on Mac and Windows

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:

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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:

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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

J = Spot Healing Brush Toolkeyboard-shortcuts-tools

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

Shift + O = Sponge Toolkeyboard-shortcuts-tools

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.

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2 Comments on “Keyboard Shortcut for Adobe Photoshop on Mac and Windows

  1. Designer

    I have found your post really helpful. We all work with Photoshop but don’t know some short cut key. But you displayed both windows and Mac. Thanks

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