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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[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-208″ size=”32″ ]CTRL (Windows/PC) → Command (MAC)

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-208″ size=”32″ ]ALT Windows/PC → Option (MAC)

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-208″ size=”32″ ]Backspace Windows/PC → Delete (MAC)

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-208″ size=”32″ ]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.

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-51″ size=”32″ ]Keyboard Shortcut Keys for Photoshop Tools:

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[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]A = Path Selection Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]Shift + A = Direct Selection Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]B = Brush Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]Shift + B = Pencil Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]Shift + B = Color Replacement Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]Shift + B = Pencil Brush Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]C = Crop tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]Shift + C = Slice Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]Shift + C = Slice Select Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]E = Eraser Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]Shift + E = Background Eraser Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]Shift + E = Magic Eraser Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]G = Gradient Too

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]Shift + G = Paint Bucket Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]H = Hand Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]I = Eyedropper Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]Shift + I = Color Sample Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]Shift + I = Ruler Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]Shift + I = Note Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]Shift + I = Count Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]J = Spot Healing Brush Toolkeyboard-shortcuts-tools

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]Shift + J = Healing Brush Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]Shift + J = Patch Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]Shift + J = Red Eye Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]K = 3D Object Rotate Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]Shift + K = 3D Object Roll Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]Shift + K = 3D Object Pan Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]Shift + K = 3D Object Slide Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]Shift + K = 3D Object Scale Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]L = Lasso tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]Shift + L = Polygonal Lasso Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]Shift + L = Magnetic Lasso Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]M = Rectangular Marquee Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]Shift + M = Elliptical Marquee Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]N = 3D Rotate Camera Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]Shift + N = 3D Roll Camera Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]Shift + N = 3D Pan Camera Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]Shift + N = 3D Walk Camera Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]Shift + N = 3D Zoom Camera Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]O = Dodge Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]Shift + O = Burn Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]Shift + O = Sponge Toolkeyboard-shortcuts-tools

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]P = Pen Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]Shift + P = Free Form Pen Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]R = Rotate View Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]S = Clone Stamp Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]Shift + S = Pattern Stamp Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]T = Type Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]Shift + T = Horizontal Type Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]Shift + T = Vertical Type Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]Shift + T = Horizontal Type Mask Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]Shift + T = Vertical Type Mask Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]U = Rectangle Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]Shift + U = Rounded Rectangle Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]Shift + U = Ellipse Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]Shift + U = Polygon Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]Shift + U = Line Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]Shift + U = Custom Shape Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]W = Quick Selection Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]Shift + W = Magic wand tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]W = History Brush Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]Shift + W = Art History Brush Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-14″ size=”32″ ]Z = Zoom Tool

[icon type=”vector” icon=”momizat-icon-51″ size=”32″ ]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.

2 comments

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Designer April 12, 2015

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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Md. Sony April 12, 2015

Thank you for your inspiring words. Hope we will keep on updating our blog that may come in further use.

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