Here are some of the most useful Photoshop shortcuts I have found myself using time and time again. This post will serve as a reminder to myself and hopefully might help someone else in the future too…
Most shortcuts are backwards or forwards compatible, however: I am currently using Adobe Photoshop CS4 on a PC.
As a former MAC user I sometimes got confused about which key is ‘Cmd’ and which key is ‘Opt’ so the first diagram here explains which one is which and their PC equivalents.
- Duplicate current selected item to new layer: “Alt” + drag with left mouse click. So useful I use it all the time. Works in a lot of design related software too.
- Make a snapshot copy of the current state of your document (all visible layers and effects): “Ctrl” + “Alt” + “Shift” + “E” = all flattened on to a new layer above your currently selected layer.
- Decrease or Increase Brush Size Quickly: When using any ‘Brush-like tool’ (Brush, Eraser, Clone etc): “[" decreases brush size, "]” increases brush size. Awesomely useful in many situations, saves so much time.
- Decrease or Increase Brush Hardness Quickly: As above but “Shift” + “[" / "]” = Increase / Decrease brush hardness.
- Save for web:“Ctrl” + “Shift” + “Alt” + “S” = Save for web. Most people prob know that already as it says on the file menu; but so useful it had to be mentioned.
- Fill a layer with colour / pattern: “Shift” + “F5″. Love it.
- New layer via copy: Select a bit of the layer you want on a new layer with marquee, then: “Ctrl” + “J”.
- Moving around a document fast: Whilst in any tool mode: Hold “Space-bar” gives you the handy hand tool… Then press “Ctrl” and “Space-bar” gives you Zoom In, add “Alt” to Zoom Out. If you get used to these, it feels good as it saves a lot of hassle!
- Duplicate layer in free transform mode: “Ctrl” + “Alt” + “T” to duplicate layer and enter straight into free transform mode.
- Undo several steps beyond the previous ( like history ): “Ctrl” + “Alt” + “Z”
That is all for the moment. If you have any more to add to the list, please do.