Adobe Photoshop Shortcut Keys

Adobe Photoshop supports several shortcut keys almost for all functions and tasks. Using the shortcut keys is a smart way to work and saves lots of time and effort. A professional Photoshop user prefers shortcut keys more than the navigation menu. If you find a tool in the menu, it will take much time to activate, but if you stroke a key, it will instantly activate it; thus, using the shortcut keys will save time and effort and maintain workflow in Photoshop.

These Photoshop Shortcut keys are quite easy, so that you can use them according to your work. Sometimes, it is complicated to work with Photoshop because you could not find a proper tool, but when you know the shortcut of that tool, it becomes easy to activate that tool.

There are several shortcut keys available almost for every task and features such as Layers, editing, document, colors, effects, operations, and many more. Photoshop shortcut keys make the work user-friendly, fast and effective.

Each shortcut key has assigned a specific command; when we stroke a key, it will be activated and can be used for the assigned command. For example, if you want to open a document in your workspace, instead of navigating to the File-> Open menu, you can just stroke the Ctrl+O keys. It has the same functionality as the open option of the File menu.

In this section, we will discuss all the Shortcut keys for Windows and Mac OS. All the shortcut keys will work the same as the Windows; there are only a few stroke differences between Windows and Mac OS keys.

Photoshop Shortcut Keys for Mac OS

We will discuss the shortcut keys for Windows, but they will work in Mac OS as well. We just have to make the following substitution to use them in Mac:

Mac OSWindows

Most Frequently Used Photoshop Shortcut Keys

The following are some most frequently used shortcut keys in Photoshop:

Shortcut KeyTask
Ctrl + TTo perform free transform
Hold down ` (grave accent)To toggle between painting and erasing with the same brush.
[To decrease the brush size.
]To increase the brush size.
{To decrease the brush hardness.
}To increase the brush hardness.
Left Arrow (anti-clockwise),
Right Arrow (clockwise)
To rotate the brush tip by 1 degree
Shift + Left Arrow(anti-clockwise),
Shift + Right Arrow (clockwise)To rotate the brush tip by 15 degrees
DTo activate the default foreground/background colors.
XTo switch the Foreground/Background colors.
Alt-click layerTo fit layer(s) to screen
Ctrl + JTo create a new layer via copy
Shift + Ctrl + JTo create a new layer via cut
Any selection tool + Shift-dragAdd to a selection
Alt-click brush or swatchTo delete brush or swatch
Control-clickTo toggle auto-select with the move tool
Ctrl + Alt + PTo close all open documents (other than the current document)
EscTo cancel any modal dialog window.
EnterTo select the first edit field of the toolbar
TabTo navigate between fields
Tab + ShiftTo navigate between fields in the opposite direction
AltTo change the cancel to reset option

Ctrl+F: This key combination is used to search across a Photoshop document. Further, it is also used to search help and learn content and adobe stock assets.

Function Keys

Shortcut KeyTask
F1To start help
F2To cut a selection
F3To copy a selection
F4To paste a cut/copied content
F5To show/hide brush panel
F6To show/hide the color panel
F7To show/hide layers panel
F8To show/hide Info panel
F9To show/hide actions panel
F12To apply Revert operation
Shift + F5Fill
Shift + F6To activate feather selection
Shift + F7To activate an inverse selection

Selection Tools

Shortcut KeyTask
VTo activate the Move tool
MTo activate the Marquee tool
LTo activate the Lasso tool
WTo activate the Magic Wand tool
CTo activate the Crop tool
/Slice tool
ITo activate the Eyedropper tool
JTo activate Healing Brush tool/ Patch tool/ Red Eye tool.
BTo activate the Brush tool
STo activate the Clone Stamp tool
YTo activate the History Brush tool
ETo activate the Eraser tool
GTo activate the Gradient tool
OTo activate Dodge tool/Burn tool
PTo activate the Pen tool
TTo activate the Type tool
ATo activate the Path Selection tool
UTo activate Rectangle tools
HTo activate the Hand tool
RTo activate Rotate View tool
ZTo activate the Zoom tool
DTo apply default Foreground/Background colors
XTo switch Foreground/Background colors
QTo toggle between Standard/Quick Mask modes
JTo activate the content-aware Move tool
CTo activate the Perspective Crop tool
VTo activate the Artboard tool
RTo activate Rotate View tool
/To Toggle Preserve Transparency
{To decrease the hardness of the brush.
}To increase the hardness of the brush.
,To select the previous brush.
.To select the next brush.
<To select the first brush.
>To select the last brush.

View Images Keys

In this list, we are discussing the shortcuts that do not appear in menu commands:

Shortcut KeyTask
Shift + Ctrl + TabSwitch to the previous document
QTo Toggle between Standard and Quick Mask mode
Spacebar + FTo Toggle forward (canvas color)
Spacebar + Shift + FTo Toggle backward (canvas color)
Double-click Hand toolTo fit an image into the window
Ctrl + 1 or double-click zoom toolTo magnify 100%
Control + spacebarSwitch to zoom in tool.
Alt + spacebarSwitch to zoom out tool
Spacebar-dragTo scroll Image Canvas while dragging
EscTo cancel completely
Ctrl + ZTo undo the last adjustment
Ctrl + ATo Select All
Ctrl + DTo Deselect All
Shift-ClickTo Select Multiple
Shift-dragTo Move Multiples
HTo Temporary Hide

Selection and Mask

Ctrl+Alt+R: This key combination is used to open the select and mask workspace.

X: It is used to toggle between the original image and selection preview.

P: It is used to toggle between original selection and refined version.

These keys will be very helpful while working with Photoshop:

Shortcut KeyTask
Alt-click ( a filter)To apply a filter
Ctrl + Alt + FTo reapply previously used filter
Ctrl + ZTo undo/redo (single step)
Ctrl + Shift + ZTo step forward (redo multiple steps)
Ctrl + Alt + ZTo step backward (undo multiple steps)

Liquify Filter Keys

Shortcut KeyTask
WTo forward Warp tool
CTo twirl Clockwise tool
STo activate the Pucker tool
RReconstruct tool
BBloat Tool
MMirror Tool
AltTo change the cancel to reset

Vanishing Point Keys

Shortcut KeyTask
Ctrl + ‘+’To zoom in
Ctrl + ‘-‘To zoom out
Ctrl + 0To fit in the window
Ctrl + DTo deselect all
Arrow keysTo move a selection 1 px ( accordingly)
Shift + ArrowTo move a selection 10 px
Ctrl + DragTo fill a selection

Camera Raw Dialog Box Keys

Shortcut KeyTask
ZTo activate the Zoom tool
HTo activate the Hand tool
ITo activate the White Balance tool
STo activate the color sampler tool
CTo activate crop tool
ATo activate the straighten tool
BTo activate spot removal tool
ETo activate the red-eye removal tool
Ctrl + Alt + 1To open basic panel
Ctrl + Alt + 2To open tone curve panel
Ctrl + Alt + 3To open the detail panel
Ctrl + Alt + 4To open the Greyscale panel
Ctrl + Alt + 5To open split toning panel
Ctrl + Alt + 6To open lens correction panel
Ctrl + Alt + 7To open the camera calibration panel
Ctrl + Alt + 9To open Presets Panel
PFor toggle preview
FFor full-screen mode
OTo highlight clipping warning

Curves Keys

Shortcut KeyTask
Ctrl + MTo open the curves dialog box
+To select the next point on the curve.
To select the previous point on the curve
Ctrl + DTo deselect a point
Shift + click a pointTo select multiple points on the curve
Select a point + delTo delete a point on the curve
Arrow keysTo move a curve by 1 unit
Shift + ArrowTo move a curve by 10 unit
Ctrl + click on the imageTo set a point to composite a curve
Alt + click a fieldTo toggle grid

Select and Move Objects Keys

Shortcut KeyTask
Marquee Tool + spacebar-drag (Except single column and single row)To reposition the marquee tool while selecting
Selection Tool + Shift-dragFor adding to a selection
Selection Tool + Alt-dragFor subtracting from a selection
Selection Tool + Shift-Alt-drag (Except quick selection tool)For intersecting a selection
Alt-DragTo switch from magnetic lasso to lasso tool
Alt-clickTo switch from magnetic lasso to polygon lasso tool
Move tool + Alt-drag a selectionTo move and copy a selection
Selection Tool + ArrowTo move selected area by 1 pixel
Crop Tool + EnterTo accept a selection to crop
Crop Tool + EscTo cancel a selection to crop
Alt + Drag GuideTo convert b/w guides (horizontal and vertical)

Transform, Selection, and Selection Borders Keys

Shortcut KeyTask
AltTo transform from the center and rotate the object
ShiftForce Constrain
EnterTo apply an action
Ctrl + .(Dot) or EscTo cancel
Ctrl + Alt + TTo free transform with duplicate data
Ctrl + Shift + Alt + TTo retransform with duplicate data

Editing Path Keys

Shortcut KeyTask
Direct Selection Tool + Shift-clickTo select multiple anchor points from a path
Direct Selection Tool + Alt-clickTo select the entire path
Pen or Path or Direct Selection Tool + Ctrl + Alt-dragTo duplicate a path
CtrlFor switching from a selection tool (pen, path, add anchor or delete anchor) to a Direct selection
Magnetic pen tool- double clickTo close a path
Magnetic pen tool + Alt-double clickTo close a path with a straight line segment.

Painting Shortcut Keys

Shortcut KeyTask
Painting tool + Shift + Alt + Right-Click & dragTo select a foreground color from the color picker
Eyedropper tool + Alt-clickTo select a background color
Painting tool + AltSelect a foreground color from an image using the eyedropper tool.
Eyedropper + ShiftFor the color sampler tool
Color sampler + Alt-clickTo deactivate the color sampler tool
Alt + Shift + NumberTo change mix setting in mixer brush
Number keysTo change the wet setting in the mixer brush
Shift + + or –To cycle through blending modes
Ctrl + Alt + BackspaceTo fill from history

Blending Modes Keys

Shortcut KeyTask
Shift + + or –To cycle through blending modes
Shift + Alt + NTo activate normal mode
Shift + Alt + ITo activate dissolve
Shift + Alt + KTo darken an image
Shift + Alt + MTo multiply an image
Shift + Alt + BTo apply color burn
Shift + Alt + ATo apply linear burn
Shift + Alt + GTo lighten an image
Shift + Alt + DTo activate color dodge
Shift + Alt + WTo activate linear dodge
Shift + Alt + OTo display overlay
Shift + Alt + FTo apply soft light
Shift + Alt + HTo apply hard light
Shift + Alt + LTo hard mix
Shift + Alt + UTo activate Hue

Text Manipulation Keys

This list contains the shortcuts that are not available in menu options or tooltip:

Shortcut KeyTask
Ctrl + Drag ( When a type layer is selected)To move type in the layer
Shift + ArrowTo select one character in the specific direction
Shift + ClickTo select from an insertion point to mouse click point
Shift + ClickTo select a new text layer when text tool is selected
Ctrl + HTo hide a selection on selected type
Space-dragTo move a text box while creating a text box

Format Type Keys

This list contains the shortcuts that are not available in menu options or tooltip:

Shortcut KeyTask
Horizontal Type tool + Ctrl + Shift + L, C, or RTo align item left, center or right
Vertical Type tool + Control + Shift + L, C, or RTo align item top, center, or bottom
Ctrl + Shift + XTo select scale 100% (Horizontal)
Ctrl + Shift + Alt + XTo select scale 100% (Vertical)
Ctrl + Shift + JTo justify paragraph, left aligns last line
CtrlTo toggle between the Slice tool and slice selection tool.
Shift-dragTo draw a square circle
Alt-dragTo draw from the center outward
Spacebar-dragTo reposition a slice while creating
Right-click sliceTo open a context-sensitive menu

Panel Keys

This list contains options that are not available in the menu option or tooltip:

Shortcut KeyTask
TabTo display and hide all the panels
Shift + TabTo display and hide all the panels except the toolbox
Select a Tool + EnterTo highlight the options bar
Shift + Up Arrow/Down ArrowTo increase or decrease selected values by 10.
Ctrl + Double click an actionTo play an entire action
Alt + click on an actionPlay entire action
Control-click the Play buttonTo play a command
Shift-click the action/commandTo select contiguous items of the same kind
Double-click recorded commandTo display an options dialog box for the recorded command.