It is proven that by using software shortcuts can boost up productivity. Here are 30 secret Photoshop shortcuts that I’ve learned from years of experience. Well, what I mean by "secret" is that these shortcuts are not documented in the menus. Keep reading and you will find how these shortcuts can speed up your productivity. I bet you don’t know all of them.

Note: this article is written in Mac Photoshop format. If you are using PC, Cmd = Ctrl and Opt = Alt.

  1. Drag selection
    With the Marquee tool, drag on the document (do not release the mouse yet), now hold down Spacebar, it will let you drag the undefined selection.


  2. Navigate the document left or right
    Hold down the Cmd key and scroll up or down allows you to navigate the document left or right. For example, hold down Cmd + scroll up will navigate to right.


  3. Browse the font list
    Put your cursor in the font list dropdown, you can browse the font list by pressing arrow Up or Down key.


  4. Scale font size
    Select the text that you want to scale the font size, press Cmd + Shift + > or < to increase / decrease font size.


  5. Zoom with the scroll wheel
    You can zoom in / out by Cmd + Opt + scroll up or down.


  6. Drag to adjust numberic value
    Mouseover the input box, hold down Cmd + drag left or right to increase / decrease. Hold down Cmd + Opt or Shift key and drag can change the value in decimal or 10 interval. This shortcut works in all dialog palettes.


  7. Scroll to adjust numeric value
    Put the cursor in the input box, scroll up or down to increase / decrease value. This shortcut works in all dialog palettes.


  8. Arrow up / down to adjust numeric value
    Put the cursor in the input box, press arrow Up or Down to increase / decrease. Hold down Shift and press arrow Up or Down will change value in 10 interval.


  9. Zoom to 100%
    Double click on the Zoom tool will zoom document to 100%.


  10. Collapse or expand all layer groups
    You can collapse or expand all root-level layer groups by holding down Cmd + click on the triangle icon. Hold down Cmd + Opt + click on the triangle icon will collapse or expand all level layer groups.


  11. Show / hide in a row
    If you need to show / hide more than one layers, instead of clicking one by one, you can click on the visibility icon and drag in a row.


  12. Hide other layers
    Hold down Opt + click on the visibility icon will hide all other layers.


  13. Navigate layer blending mode
    Opt + Shift + "-" or "+" key allows you to navigate through the blending mode dropdown.


  14. Set specific blending mode
    Opt + Shift + C, N, M, S, D… allows to set layer to specific blending mode.
    For examples:
    Normal = Opt + Shift + N
    Screen = Opt + Shift + S
    Multiply = Opt + Shift + M
    Color = Opt + Shift + C


  15. Lock layer transparency
    Press forward slash ("/") to lock layer transparency.


  16. Load Channel selection
    You probably know that Cmd + number keys (1, 2, 3) will activate the channels in sequent. Press Cmd + Opt + number keys will load the selection. For example, press Cmd + Opt + 4 will load Alpha channel 1.


  17. Tool panels
    Press Tab to toggle tool panels.


  18. Precise cursor
    Caps lock will display tool cursor in precise mode.


  19. Navigate the tool list
    You can navigate through the tool list by pressing Shift + tool shorcut. For example: B = Brush tool, if you press Shift + B again, you will switch to Pencil tool.


  20. Increase / decrease brush size
    With the Brush tool selected, you can increase / decrease the brush size by pressing [ or ] key (square bracket key). Press Shift + [ or ] will increase / decrease brush hardness.


  21. Opacity
    You can set the layer opacity by pressing the number keys (ie. 1 = 10%, 2 = 20%…). When you have the brush tool selected, pressing the number keys will adjust the brush opacity.


  22. Duplicate layer
    There are several shortcuts to duplicate layers.
    1. You can hold down Cmd + Opt + drag to duplicate the active layer.
    2. Cmd + Opt + arrow keys (Up, Down, Left, Right).
    3. Cmd + J will duplicate the active layer in exact position.
    4. Hold down Opt + drag within the Layers palette can also duplicate layers.


  23. Copy visible and paste in a new layer
    Press Cmd + Opt + Shift + E will copy the visible layers and paste in a new layer.


  24. Change workspace background
    By default Photoshop use grey for the workspace background color. You can change that by:
    1. select your favorite color
    2. choose the Paint Bucket tool
    3. Hold down Shift + click on the working area (outside the document area)


    Update: right-click on the workspace area to get a dropdown menu – allows you to set the background to black, grey, or a custom color (commented by Todd Patrick).

  25. Fill background or foreground color
    Opt + Delete (Backspace) = fill the layer with foreground color.
    Cmd + Delete (Backspace) = fill the layer with background color


    Cmd + Shift + Delete (Backspace) = Fill non-transparent pixels with background color
    Opt + Shift + Delete (Backspace) = Fill non-transparent pixels with foreground color
    (commented by André Dion)

  26. Switch between document windows
    Ctrl + Tab will switch between document windows.


  27. Load layer transparent
    Cmd + click on the layer thumbnail will load its transparency.


  28. Scale proportionally from center
    When you are using the Marquee tools or Free Transform, hold down Opt + Shift + drag will scale proportionally from the center.


  29. Shortcut to Eyedropper
    If you have the Brush tool selected, hold down Opt key will quickly activate the Eyedropper tool. Hold down Opt + Shift will activate the Color Sampler Tool.


  30. Finally…
    Finally, if you want to check or set your own custom shortcuts, press Cmd + Opt + Shift + K will bring up the Keyboard Shortcuts panel.


Additional from the comments

  • In some dialog boxes, holding the Opt key will turn the “Cancel” button into a most useful “Reset”. (by Miguel Tavares)
  • To stroke a path, first select the path, then change to the brush tool, select a brush, and type Enter or Return. This works with all of the brush-like tools (eraser, clone, blur, etc.). (by buddhistMonkey)
  • To turn a path into a selection, type Command-Enter or Command-Return (doesn’t matter what tool is selected). If there is already a selection, then Command-Shift-Return will add your path’s shape to the selection, Command-Option-Return will subtract it, and Command-Option-Shift-Return will select the intersection. (by buddhistMonkey)
  • If you are adding a “Drop Shadow” layer effect, and you have the Layer Style dialog open to the Drop Shadow settings, you can move the shadow around by clicking and dragging in the image. This also works with the “Inner Shadow” effect. If you hold down the Option key, you can also adjust the Gradient Overlay, Pattern Overlay, and Satin effects by clicking and dragging. (by buddhistMonkey)

Do you know more shortcuts?

Do you know more Photoshop shortcuts that are not listed in this article? Please post them in the comment form. Make sure they are "secret" (not documented in the Photoshop menus).


Absolut Ken
Sep 10, 2007 at 3:48 am

Man, you are so cool, collect all those shortcuts and share with us!

Sep 10, 2007 at 3:57 am

whoaaa ! this is completely useful !
gotta practice all of ’em every time i use PS ^^

*bookmarked !

Sep 10, 2007 at 4:00 am

note: “numeric” not “numberic”

Sep 10, 2007 at 4:19 am

Perfect, thanks!!!

Sep 10, 2007 at 4:38 am

Good Tips Nick

Sep 10, 2007 at 4:51 am

woot, learn some new tricks today, thanks!

Nathan Chapman
Sep 10, 2007 at 4:52 am

Someone’s been busy looking for shortcuts. Thanks, they’re really productive.

Sep 10, 2007 at 5:04 am

Uau, thank you! Now I’ll be more productive!

Sep 10, 2007 at 5:46 am

Useful tips thanks!

Michael Castilla
Sep 10, 2007 at 6:12 am

Thanks for the useful tips Nick. I’ll be using them the next time I open up PS!

Sep 10, 2007 at 6:59 am

the shortcuts i use very often are (i don’t know if they are documented):
Merge all layers:
Merge the active layer with the next one:
Save for the internet:
Resize proportional:
APPLE + T and than dragging the corner while pressing SHIFT

good work!

gautham Vram
Sep 10, 2007 at 7:08 am

thank full to the team working on this ….this will help all the designer to get use and give very fast out put ….increasing thier productivity…
warm regadrs,
gautham varma

Sep 10, 2007 at 7:37 am

Thank you for this great list of shortcuts! Very useful!

Sep 10, 2007 at 7:50 am

Very good tips. Thanks for increase my productivity!

Sep 10, 2007 at 8:02 am

That was very useful! Off course, i knew about most of them, but some of them i didn’t know of! Great!

André Dion
Sep 10, 2007 at 9:00 am

25 continued:
Cmd + Shift + Delete (Backspace) = Fill all non-transparent pixels on a layer with background color
Opt + Shift + Delete (Backspace) = Fill all non-transparent pixels on a layer with foreground color

Jim Epler
May 8, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Technically, the Cmd + Shift + Delete (Backspace) shortcut fills w/foreground color and MAINTAINS transparency. Subtle change from the term filling “non-transparent” pixels, but it could apply to search verbiage someone might apply when seeking information found in this post. I offer from first-hand experience! :-)

Feb 1, 2012 at 5:55 am

thanks mate

Sep 10, 2007 at 9:01 am

thanks for these tips!

Sep 10, 2007 at 9:56 am

Wow, cool … some of these were new to me. Thanks a lot!

Sep 10, 2007 at 10:20 am

Mighty Mouse for the power!

modifiyeli arabalar
Sep 10, 2007 at 10:34 am

Very good tips. Thanks for increase my productivity!

Sep 10, 2007 at 12:08 pm

Thanks a lot for those tips!

Sep 10, 2007 at 1:37 pm

Those are useful tips. I knew around 6 of those but the one people ask me about which I didn’t see up there is holding down shift to get an equally proportioned shape. But thank you for those tips I didn’t know many of those. I’ll use those now and hopefully I can get better at photoshop.

Sep 10, 2007 at 2:02 pm

Very useful tips. thanks nick

Sep 10, 2007 at 2:23 pm

Just noticed that clicking canvas with type tool when holding ALT (in win) gives option to give measures of paragraph text size; width/height. Don’t know if ever need that..

Sep 10, 2007 at 2:43 pm

you gonna find these and many many more tricks and tips on my blog

david bennett
Sep 10, 2007 at 2:53 pm

Useful, shamefully useful – I didn’t know there was all this stuff. Or maybe I ignored it, but this is a very useful set of shortcuts; not some arcane stuff to use once in a blue moon, but good everyday stuff. Thanks for sharing.

I’ve dugg it :)

Sep 10, 2007 at 3:06 pm

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Sep 10, 2007 at 3:07 pm

sou um cara comul

Sep 10, 2007 at 3:13 pm

One thing that would speed up my PS usage would be being able to scroll through the layer styles, I can do it on PC but not mac!

Sep 10, 2007 at 3:31 pm

Thanks for the tips. Handy shortcuts for making photoshop easier to use.

Sep 10, 2007 at 6:52 pm

Awesome! Some of these are really going to help me out. I’m especially psyched to discover the shortcuts to increase / decrease brush size and drag selections –big pet peeves of mine gone! And the one to change the bg color of the workspace is just neat. :)

Thanks for these!

Miguel Tavares
Sep 10, 2007 at 6:58 pm

• In some dialog boxes, holding the Opt key will turn the “Cancel” button into a most useful “Reset”.
• Cmd+Shift+L (for instance) will do the auto-levels.
• Cmd+Opt+L (for instance) will instantly load the last used settings.

Sep 10, 2007 at 7:21 pm

Here are a few more:
• To select the layer above the current layer, use Option-right bracket ( ] ); to select the layer below, use Option-left bracket.
• With the move tool selected, Control-delete will delete a layer or group.
• To stroke a path, first select the path, then change to the brush tool, select a brush, and type Enter or Return. This works with all of the brush-like tools (eraser, clone, blur, etc.).
• To turn a path into a selection, type Command-Enter or Command-Return (doesn’t matter what tool is selected). If there is already a selection, then Command-Shift-Return will add your path’s shape to the selection, Command-Option-Return will subtract it, and Command-Option-Shift-Return will select the intersection.
• To expand on hint #21 (Opacity) above: first, since it’s not obvious, 0 = 100%. You can also set a specific opacity by quickly typing the percent with the move tool selected. For example, if you want your layer’s opacity to be 27%, select the move tool and quickly type the number 27. If you are too slow, you’ll get 20% opacity, then 70% opacity instead. This also works with brush opacity, if you have a brush-like tool selected.
• If you are adding a “Drop Shadow” layer effect, and you have the Layer Style dialog open to the Drop Shadow settings, you can move the shadow around by clicking and dragging in the image. This also works with the “Inner Shadow” effect. If you hold down the Option key, you can also adjust the Gradient Overlay, Pattern Overlay, and Satin effects by clicking and dragging.
• If you have two documents open that are the same dimensions, Shift-dragging a layer (or group) from one image to the other will duplicate that layer in the same spot as in the original image.
• Easter eggs: hold down Command-Shift when selecting “About Photoshop…” and you’ll get a different splash screen. Hold down Option when selecting “Palette Options…” from either the Paths or Channels palette to summon the Photoshop wizard.

Sep 10, 2007 at 7:57 pm

Good stuff here. Sent it around the office and the Photoshop geeks were stoked.

I may have missed it, but one I use ALL THE TIME is a direct area select. If you’re using the Move Tool (V) hold down the Apple key and click on the element you want. No matter what layer you were on, you will now be on the layer of the element you clicked. No more jumping over to your layers palette and sifting through it trying to find the right layer to tweak.

When you’re using another tool, you don’t have to choose the Move Tool to do this. Simply hold down Control + Option + Apple key (the tool will change to the Move Tool until you release the keys) and click on whatever element you want to select.

Hope that’s clear, I might revisit my comment in the morning, but right now… I’m going home! :D

Andrew Mager
Sep 10, 2007 at 9:01 pm

I love your site!! And the blog post is fantastic.

Sep 11, 2007 at 12:03 am

I loved these shortcuts!

Thanks you!

Sep 11, 2007 at 12:39 am

Great tips! – I’ll use these as quick references.

Max … Out! free online operating system.

Chris Brophy
Sep 11, 2007 at 12:39 am

one i hoped to be there, select a bunch of layers, hold down shift and click the new folder icon in the layer palette. and all of those layers will be grouped. Throw an alt/opt + shift + Click and name that layer group all in one.

Sep 11, 2007 at 12:52 am

Something that took me a while to figure out, and let me hate Photoshop a lot more before I figured it out was CTRL + ALT/OPT + Z to undo more than once.

Feb 1, 2012 at 6:01 am

grerat, thanks mate

Grant Blakeman
Sep 11, 2007 at 12:52 am

Thanks for putting these together – a lot of new, really helpful ones to me.

Sep 11, 2007 at 2:01 am

Thank you so much!!! Very useful !

Sep 11, 2007 at 2:22 am

great! very useful
posted a link to this on my blog.

Sep 11, 2007 at 2:37 am

Very very very (did I mention “very”?) interesting article, just printed it out to put it on my desk…

Thanks a lot!

Sep 11, 2007 at 3:10 am

Very Awesome site! visually stimulating and yet so functionally pragmatic.

Online TV
Sep 11, 2007 at 3:25 am

Hey there’s also this one:

Press Tab in Photoshop to hide or reveal the toolbars/swatches/layers panels.

Douglas H. Hanbury
Sep 11, 2007 at 4:44 am

Do you want to know which layer has a correction, a blotch, or a specific pixel? Control-Alt-Right click on that pixel, and you will go to that layer with the layer highlighted in the panel.

Sep 11, 2007 at 5:32 am

very useful tips

Sep 11, 2007 at 8:41 am

Really good selection of tips – I came across this site from a link discussing how lovely the site design was, and congrats on that too!

I run a site over at that has lots of great keyboard shortcuts and tricks, many of which are covered above. I tend to focus on the really good Photoshop tips and tricks, rather than the usual basic tutorials and stuff.

Sep 11, 2007 at 9:27 am

That’s very cool

digital photographer
Sep 11, 2007 at 9:53 am

That is very easy, but i didn’t know many of them. Thanks to the author and all who shares their own secrets.

Sep 11, 2007 at 1:23 pm

Hi, I love this website, you’ve inspired me to make my own video tutorials, is it ok if I put these into a video and credit you+your website for finding them?


Ryan Robot
Sep 11, 2007 at 1:36 pm

Cool, but i knew all of those! lol

Todd Patrick
Sep 11, 2007 at 6:26 pm

I didn’t know about setting the background color to something besides grey – good find! To change it back, option-click in the canvas to load the default grey into the foreground color, and repeat. Or, control/right-click in the canvas to get a dropdown menu that allows you to set the background to black, grey, or a custom color.

Sep 11, 2007 at 10:40 pm

Some of these would be great to use if only my Mighty Mouse’s downscroll worked :-(

Kenny Saunders
Sep 12, 2007 at 12:04 am

Absolutely amazing list. Now comes the daunting task of remembering all of them :)

We need a photoshop tip of the day twiiter account or something….

Andrei Gonzales
Sep 12, 2007 at 12:28 am

Pretty good, learned some new ones today… although I wonder how they’re done on a Windows machine.

Sep 12, 2007 at 4:58 am

Don´t know if it´s a secret shortcut, but if u use STRG + Shift + C on a selection, ist makes a copy of all layers. There are still a lot of people out there who don´t know that ;-)

Sep 12, 2007 at 9:53 am

@Andrei Gonzales – PC uses the same shortcuts, Cmd = Ctrl, Opt = Alt key in Windows system.

Sep 12, 2007 at 9:54 am

Quite handy and maybe obvious?

1. Make selection, with any marquee tool over desired area of document.
2. Shift+Apple+C (to copy all visible content)
3. Apple+V (the old paste man)

Essentially a screen grab function within PS

Nice site BTW

tom d
Sep 12, 2007 at 11:00 am

great list – i had discovered quite a few of these myself but very useful to have everything compiled in one list :)

Sep 12, 2007 at 11:50 am

Not sure if it has been posted, but here is one I find useful:

1. Double-Click anywhere on gray area: Open File
2. CTRL-Double-Click anywhere on gray area: Create New File

I can’t seem to change the gray area’s color though :( tried all kinds of things but it won’t let me.. no menu is appearing :(

Sep 12, 2007 at 4:20 pm

Great stuff… some really useful tips which I’m sure I’ll have to refer back to this page for!! One point for extra efficiency – on number 6, you don’t need to hold down any keys, just click and drag from the label, not within the numerical form field. It does the same thing.

Sep 13, 2007 at 12:29 am

Really great tips!! pity for PC user.. lucky I was a Mac user. Thanks!

Sep 13, 2007 at 12:54 am

goodjob bro for this list and its worth my time

rajesh balakrishnan
Sep 13, 2007 at 1:50 am

Whaaahw Gr8 article & good job friend….

Sep 13, 2007 at 4:13 am

but there is still no way to key though the layer blending modes? :(

Sep 13, 2007 at 7:48 am

Hey! Where’s the PC shortcuts?
Mac is too expensive on my country!! :(

Sep 13, 2007 at 10:27 am

Cool stuff

Sep 13, 2007 at 2:23 pm

I knew a few important ones of them, but by reading the article I know a lot more. Thanks for that :)

Sep 13, 2007 at 2:51 pm

when in text editing mode (T) press ctrl + enter to apply changes and exit text mode.

Sep 13, 2007 at 4:57 pm

Most of them I knew already, but I’ve learned a few new ones.. Thanks!

dilip patel
Sep 14, 2007 at 1:17 am

i have Realy like the shortcuts of mac because i have a new user of mac sestem and i want to buy a new mac PC on this month but i don’t know to fimilier with mac operiting system so will you suggest how i learn the mac operating system

if any web sit that i have down load book and this type of shortcuts so ple send me a mail

Sep 14, 2007 at 11:46 am

Don’t pity the PC user, it’s quite obvious if you read at the top about control
+ alt for those who never knew!

Jens R B Hansen
Sep 15, 2007 at 1:59 am

Re: But there is still no way to key though the layer blending modes?

Right after having changed a layer mode manually, you can key though the layer blending modes with arrow up / arrow down.

Sep 15, 2007 at 5:22 pm

On PC wheel on mouse scrolls through the whole layer blend menu, select the the top one then roll…

Sep 17, 2007 at 10:45 am

Great shortcuts :), it’s also funny how there’s multiple ways to do the same thing with shortcuts. In example zoom with scroll wheel but also the zoom without scroll wheel by using ctrl + +/-. Nice listing of 30 commonly used though :).

Sep 17, 2007 at 5:35 pm

how about pressing the spacebar just to drag around your workspace. this works when you have changed into the special window mode by pressing the f-key. this mode also allows you to access the far out corners of a picture even when you are at a high zoom level. cheers

John Breo Reyes
Sep 18, 2007 at 12:55 am

I’ve learned 5 new shortcuts, this is cool thanks for sharing this one.

another shortcut when duplicating layers is to drag a layer into the “Create a new layer” icon.
and in the paint bucket tool, press alt to simply switch between an eye-dropper and paint bucket.

thanks again. =)

Sep 18, 2007 at 2:35 am

Tu página web es muy espectacular

Sep 18, 2007 at 11:42 am

Awesome article. Screenshots are extremely helpful. Thank you for taking the time to put this together!

the j
Sep 18, 2007 at 5:04 pm

wow! i knew 70% of the shortcuts you explained. i’m always happy as a little child if i learn a new one. no i’ve learned a few more. can’t express how i feel now… ;)
Cool, thnx for that, Great…

the j

Sep 19, 2007 at 3:55 am

You can also zoom to actual pixels by using ctrl-alt-0 , other by double clicking the zoom tool.

Sep 19, 2007 at 10:10 am

hi this is really a cool secret to use photoshop very fast. love it man. nice

Sep 19, 2007 at 11:38 am

press tab button and it will hide your workspace window

Sep 19, 2007 at 4:05 pm


Sep 19, 2007 at 11:36 pm

“wow! i knew 70% of the shortcuts you explained. i’m always happy as a little child if i learn a new one. no i’ve learned a few more. can’t express how i feel now… ;)
Cool, thnx for that, Great…

the j”


Malene Hald
Sep 20, 2007 at 3:39 am

Really useful, and very nice wit the images.

Sep 20, 2007 at 6:33 am


Abhijit V. Chaore
Sep 20, 2007 at 7:01 am

Though I already knew most of the shortcuts, after reading this tutorial i knew few more important ones. Indeed a good tutorial and thanks for sharing such a useful trick with us.

Sep 20, 2007 at 7:33 am

Not worthy!! I already knew all these before. Say something which i donno…

Sep 21, 2007 at 12:55 am

I loved the wizard ;) thanks!

control+tab will make you jump from a document window to the next one. This hotkey is particularly handy when you have a lot of opened documents!

I said control, not apple or ctrl, huh? yup, that large key on the low left end of your keyboard. I found out because I wondered once if there was an unused key in Photoshop ^^’

Sep 21, 2007 at 5:03 am

nice post with good tips. I would not state that these shortcuts are “secret” though. Many of them are documented by adobe in the manual. If not in the latest release they have been published before. Nevertheless, a nice post.

Avi Cornfeld
Sep 21, 2007 at 10:18 am

I’ve got some good ones. These are TOP SECRET so don’t tell anyone….

ALT + Click on a Guide to rotate it 90%, or while dragging a Guide from the Ruler-Bar hold down the ALT.

PC users can right-click on the top of the window of a photo for some image related options such as “image size” and “duplicate image” ect…

For options that don’t have a Shortcut Key, rather than customizing my own shortcuts I find the following technique to be very useful:
Using the ALT > letter > letter. For example: Hitting ALT > E > S will stroke the selection/layer. Hitting ALT > I > M > G will convert an image to greyscale. Do not hold down the keys, just press once.

Try going through and choosing tool by tool and hitting the ENTER key. You will find many time-saving features…

ALT + CLICK on a tool on the left, to navigate through the other tools. For example: ALT + CLICK on the Brush tool will give you the Pencil tool.

Use the Brush tool while playing with the Shift key…

ALT + Click on the “New layer” button will create a new layer underneath the current layer.

Right-Click on the eye beside the layer on the layer palette to change the color.

CTRL + SHIFT + D will load the last selection used.

Double-click on a text layer in the layer palette to edit its content.

Someone mentioned it already, but I’ll say is again because it is so useful: While you are typing in a text box, CTRL + ENTER will commit and close the text box.

To open an Adjustment Window that has the previous setting use CTRL + ALT + letter. For example CTRL + ALT + U for a Hue Saturation window with the last-used Hue Saturation settings.

CTR + SHIFT + Z to go forward in history states (like CTR + ALT + Z but the other way)

CTRL + ALT + SHIFT to create a new layer.

After you know this one your life will never be the same:
Make a symbol, transform it. Now hit:
SHIFT + CTRL + T to repeat the transform, or even better:
SHIFT + CTRL + ALT + T to repeat and duplicate the transform.
CTRL + ALT + T will duplicate and transform the layer.

Thant’s all for today. Don’t forget to use the ALT > letter Shortcuts, they’re time saving.
Thanks for all the new shortcuts i have learned today.

i ♥ ps

rAfA vAlDéS
Sep 21, 2007 at 7:35 pm

cool to save time while design on Ps

Livingston Samuel
Sep 23, 2007 at 4:09 am

Great tips, definitely will save me a lot of precious time.

Sep 23, 2007 at 8:12 am

schau mal

Sep 23, 2007 at 9:05 pm

I don’t know if this is documented in the manual, but it’s one of the simplest shortcuts that I see not being used. While typing using the type tool, you can confirm your entry or changes by simply hitting the ‘enter’ key on your 10-pad. No clicking, no option or control combos, just ‘enter’.

Speaking of the type tool, long ago… say PS 3.0, the type tool used to change into a color picker when you hit the option key. It was GREAT to be able to pick up color from anywhere and apply it to whatever you were typing without switching tools. Now you have to click on your color box, or go to the picker separately. Why won’t Adobe bring this functionality back???

Sep 24, 2007 at 2:55 am

hey uday .All these shortcuts are useful for who’s learning photoshop. Not for u.If u know just see n njoy.

Sep 24, 2007 at 4:34 am

“Uday Said Not worthy!! I already knew all these before. Say something which i donno…”

wakwkawkakwak, if you already knew all.., just press the power button from your PC/Mac/Laptop..

Shut Up, and enjoyed the rest..

Sep 24, 2007 at 8:35 am

very good list of shortcuts,
btw, your site rocks

Sep 24, 2007 at 4:17 pm

i find very useful the shortcut to switch the frontal and background color just with the “x”, but im not sure if it secret or not

Scripts Directory
Sep 25, 2007 at 6:09 am

Excellent! Thanks for sahring them. Secret tips from Avi Cornfeld are also great. Thanks to him as well.

Aaron Riddle
Sep 25, 2007 at 11:32 am

A great list of short cuts. There were a few that I had no idea about. Thank you for spreading the knowledge!

Sedrak Mkrtchyan
Sep 25, 2007 at 1:38 pm

I didn’t know the 11 of the hints. Thank you.

I don’t know whether this hint is documented, but I got to know it recently, well:

Ctrl + Y – shows how the document will look in CMYK, and you need not to change the document into CMYK, work in RBG and convert it in the end, and not to got to problem with colors, that looked great first in RGB.

Sep 25, 2007 at 6:16 pm

awesomee thanks!

Carlo Prina
Sep 26, 2007 at 3:08 am

Additional to no. 26:
Cmd + “>” or “” & “

Sep 26, 2007 at 5:02 am

That’s a good article. Thanks for that.

Sedrak Mkrtchyan
Sep 26, 2007 at 5:05 am

CTRL + “]” or “[” – moves layers up and down through layer list
ALT + “]” or “[” – selects layers up and down through layer list

Sep 26, 2007 at 5:12 am

Thanks a lot. Very helpful.

Sep 26, 2007 at 9:59 am

no 5. is wrong…..just need to press option witht the mouse wheel

Sep 26, 2007 at 10:38 am

Thanx for the tips, Nick. I’ve got another shortcut that wasn’t mentioned yet: to create a clipping mask, on the layers pannel, hold the mouse between the two layers where you want to create the clipping mask and press “alt” key.
May I give you a suggestion: it would be even nicer if you gathered all the different shortcuts (not doccumented, only, for sure) that were sent by your readers and make another post with them. That’s because before I posted this one, I had to read all the comments to see if I wasn’t repeating a shortcut already mentioned before.
Anyway, thank you very much! Great work!

Sep 26, 2007 at 11:19 am

This is a great list. Another couple of tips I have learned over the years – 1) When using the eraser tool, holding down the “alt” key turns the eraser into an uneraser – allowing you to un-erase something that you accidently erased. 2) Using the pencil, brush, eraser, etc – if you click on a point, then release and hold down the “shift” key, you can move your cursor to another position and click, causing a line to be drawn between the 2 points. These have been great time savers for me!

Jaffer Syed
Sep 27, 2007 at 4:32 am

Good Job ! Thanks for the tips, looking forward for more !

Sep 27, 2007 at 7:23 am

Hey Nice list!! :]
I actually knew almost all of them (didn’t know workspace coloring, font scale and double click zoom – but I won’t use them anyhow)

100% zoom can also be achieved through Ctrl+Alt+NumPad0
(wich is for me much faster- because I don’t have to mouse all over the screen and look for a tool I never use)

very handy Layer Stuff:
Grouping: select layers you want to group and hit Ctrl+G (just like in Maya :D)

I also set up F2 and F3 for create Layer and Delete Layer. I did this with actions: just recorded me deleting a layer and asigned it to F3 and the same with make layer. VERY useful!!! and MUCH faster than looking for the tiny icons or dragging a layer to the trash can!! OH MY! That seems to take ages now! :)

also undocumented I guess:
RMB on the titlebar of a document to choose between:
*file info
*page setup

RMB on the ruler and you can choose the ruler units
RMB on a transform area to choose from all transform modes including warp

or very nice as well:
shift drag guide lines from the ruler to make them snap to ruler graduations – no more sub-pixel guidelines!

Ah and about font choosing: I never take the hand away from the mouse to do that: just klick in the font field ans scroll for the font you want.

and did you know this: doubleclick the Photoshop background to open a file
DOH! You are on the mac you have no background, don’t you? Oh pardon me .. I did everything win-style as well ^^

Mox Folder
Sep 27, 2007 at 5:09 pm

Good work!
There’s a little mistake in the number 28, the cmd button should actually be the opt (alt) button.

one other trick : you can create a clipping mask by pressing the option button (alt) just beetwen 2 layers.

Sep 28, 2007 at 9:21 pm

Another one that took me YEARS to stumble upon: ALT + CMD + M brings up the curves dialog box and brings back the last curve you applied.

Christopher Jones
Sep 28, 2007 at 11:01 pm

Just found this out! Shift + double-click in workspace starts Adobe Bridge.


Renato Carvalho
Sep 29, 2007 at 6:03 pm

Wow! Great tips.


Sep 30, 2007 at 4:04 am

Nice… time is money… // N this read was well worth the time : )

Sep 30, 2007 at 8:44 pm

Thanks! I’d known about half of them, routinely use about half of those, but I’m sure going to most of the rest.

Sep 30, 2007 at 10:01 pm

im amazed …great tips and awesome website
thanks alot

Felix Valentin
Oct 1, 2007 at 1:59 am

Where are the secrets? :D

But thanks for sharing… didnt know the “Set specific blending mode” ;-)

Oct 1, 2007 at 11:12 pm

The tips are very useful to me. I’m just a beginner. Thanks a lot!

Funny Gall
Oct 4, 2007 at 2:41 am

I think I fall in love with this awesome post , let me make a muaaaaaaaah lol :-)

Oct 4, 2007 at 9:24 am


bole to….

kya khopadi paya yaar

Oct 4, 2007 at 9:42 am

those tips would be very useful for beginners :]]

Matt Davies
Oct 4, 2007 at 12:58 pm

Love this post. Just shows why Adobe are the best at what they do…

Zivko Kondic
Oct 4, 2007 at 6:25 pm

Great article, I have been working in Photoshop since version 5 or 6, and still haven’t made use of a good part of these shortcuts, almost a half :D

Thanx for pointing those out, and ultimate kudos for the design of this website, I got so impressed I stared into the screen for a whole hour watching and noticing all the fabulous hand drawn details…and that has never happened before, since I rarely get impressed :D

manoj kumar
Oct 5, 2007 at 1:48 pm

great work , thanks for thess amazing shortcuts .

Oct 5, 2007 at 4:59 pm

Ur site is too cool and wonderful,espescially the tutorials and shortcuts u have provided,hope to see more works from youu;thanks a lot

Oct 7, 2007 at 10:06 am

beautiful site design. beautiful tutorials. i really dig your content too. keep up the good work. thanks for giving me inspiration.

Oct 7, 2007 at 5:30 pm

Thanxs, that’s a great informations.and

Oct 9, 2007 at 3:38 am

well there is my favorite “X” key,
which switches the current colors around (foreground and background)
and the “D” key, which resets the colors to “Black, White”.

…i think they’re not documented :)

Guilherme Zühlke O'Connor
Oct 9, 2007 at 9:37 am

Great list.

Regarding the 21th, it is also possible to change opacity to a value not multiple of 10 with the keyboard. For instance, to set opacity to 76% you should press [7] and the [6] very quicky, on the speed of a double-click, say…

Oct 9, 2007 at 11:34 am

Any mac shortcut key for Crop?
Oct 9, 2007 at 12:39 pm

One of my favorite short-cuts is Command + Option + 0 on the number pad, which allows you to jump back to the 100% view size, without using the mouse.

Oct 10, 2007 at 1:20 pm

Wow. Great list. This will definitely save me tons of time.

Oct 10, 2007 at 11:46 pm


Oct 11, 2007 at 10:05 am

Ok, nice info, but if a have Windows OS….?

Mike Permenter
Oct 11, 2007 at 10:50 am

Easter egg:
Useless but fun!
Hold Ctrl+Shift+Alt then on the top tool bar go to Help / About Photoshop

Jonathan Bird
Oct 11, 2007 at 2:31 pm

Just a thought: using similar CSS methods for displaying different colours (background, links, etc.) shouldn’t it be possible to have a Mac/Win selector that automagically changes the CMD to CTRL and OPTION to ALT?

“…Note: this article is written in Mac Photoshop format. If you are using PC, Cmd = Ctrl and Opt = Alt “

evertt de sousa
Oct 12, 2007 at 1:35 am

very thanks for your working

very nice tutorial


Oct 13, 2007 at 2:00 pm

Great set of useful time-saving tips. I’ve stumbled on and used a bunch of these myself, but this list really helps to remember them… Thanks for a great post!

Oct 15, 2007 at 2:37 am


Oct 15, 2007 at 6:40 am

Just to add one which is passing through my head,

ctrl + arrows when having a selection will make it move one pixel at a time.
ctrl + shift + arrows will move it 10 per 10 pixels

Oct 15, 2007 at 6:46 am

oh, and as I see ‘s message saying about command + option + 0(num) wich zoom back to 100%, I must add also :

ctrl + 0(num) will zoom to fit workspace ;)

Oct 15, 2007 at 6:57 am

As I’m here, double click on background will bring the “open file” dialog box

Oct 15, 2007 at 12:47 pm

I am a novice to digital photo imaging and these photoshop shortcuts are simply great and save me a lot of time. However, Mr. NikNok, can you explain explicitly what arrows to use, as contained in your comment 147?

Oct 15, 2007 at 4:15 pm

to respond to crip (comment 137), the shortcut for crop is ‘c’

Bogdan Bucur
Oct 16, 2007 at 2:24 am

Anyone knows what’s the shortcut 4 the color picker palete?

I’m using a graphic tablete and i change colors many times, i need a shortcut to make it faster…
Thank you

Oct 17, 2007 at 3:33 am

Amazing shortcuts!
but i knew number 3 – 7 – 11 – 17 – 20 – 29. six of 30.

Oct 18, 2007 at 2:27 am

for complete photoshop shortcut :

Oct 18, 2007 at 11:05 pm


Oct 19, 2007 at 5:42 am

to zoom back to 100% press “space”(hand appear(H)) and right-click, then in menu -> actual pixels, or just ctrl+0(numpad), as said before…
u can override shift-letter combo for sellecting diferent tool(pencil/brush).
to remove shift from combo go to: edit/preferences/general – there is a check box for this
when edit text – ctrl-arrow jumps 1 word, with ctrl-shift-arrow makes selection of 1 word

Oct 19, 2007 at 5:45 am

edit: ctrl-alt-0

rAfA vAlDéS
Oct 22, 2007 at 10:03 pm

I don’t know if this is before (there are 157 comments, i can’t read them all) but if you select a part of the text and hold down alt + shift + up or down keys, the vertical scroll (i don’t know if this is exactly the name, i run Ps CS3 in spanish) increase and decrease.

PD: 4th tip didn’t work me on Windows.

rAfA vAlDéS
Oct 22, 2007 at 10:29 pm

Another, sorry if it’s right now, but if you hold down F, this will toggle the screen within different ones (you’ll can see the fullscreen, without taskbar).

Oct 25, 2007 at 1:16 pm

First of all, thanks for the great tip. It’s very helpful.
However, I’ve tried the tip on “Navigate the document left or right” and it didn’t work for me. Any idea why?

Oct 29, 2007 at 2:45 am

If you hold down “ctrl H” while text is selected it will hide the selection mask so you can see your text clearly. Really cool… now you can see exactly what its going to look like

Oct 29, 2007 at 9:33 am

I feel like I will never remember all of these

Oct 29, 2007 at 11:51 am


Oct 29, 2007 at 11:52 am


Oct 29, 2007 at 1:20 pm

#13 and 14, regarding blend modes, affect the blend mode of the brush tool if you have it active, instead of the layer (CS2)

Oct 30, 2007 at 2:22 am

this is very nice bloge

Oct 30, 2007 at 4:40 am

Hit tips… One thing that always bugs me and im sure was feature in older versions of photoshops was when you have a selection and want to crop to that selection what short keys do you press. I thought it was cmd shift backspace but its not and i wish i knew what it was.. anyone hear me?

Oct 30, 2007 at 11:13 am

In regards to cropping a selection, I had to make my own shortcut from the edits menu, just like in step #30. I use “option + cmd + .” It doesn’t seem to conflict with any other the other built in shortcuts.

Someone in a previous post asked what the shortcuts were to change blending modes on a mac. First select your move tool(v). Then select your layer. While holding the shift key down, you can cycle through modes using the plus(+) and minus(-) keys. I should note that it will keep cycling and will not “stop” at the end or beginning like it does on pc.

Nov 1, 2007 at 7:28 pm

Luc, it’s Ctrl + Shift + I, than Delete, than Ctrl + Shift + I again :P
That’s what I use… That’s “reverse selection”, than “clear selection”, than “reverse selection” again.

Nov 1, 2007 at 7:30 pm

I meant “inverse selection”.
That’s what the ‘i’ in Ctrl+Shift+I stands for.

Photoshop CS3
Nov 6, 2007 at 6:56 am

good tips. I especially find # 7 and # 16 very useful.

btw guys, we have Adobe Photoshop CS3 on sale now for only $347.
If you mention this site, we’ll give a 10% rebate back from Paypal after you place your order.
Nov 9, 2007 at 2:31 am

@crip: There isn’t a shortcut for Crop specifically, but if you go to Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts, you can remap Crop to a hotkey of your choosing. Personally, I use Apple + Option + X, as it is easy to remember, and the original mapping of Apple + Option + X is to a Filter called Extract, that I have never used to date and probably won’t… I should probably check it out though, just to teach myself about something I’m not already familiar with.

Hope that helps.

Nov 9, 2007 at 9:13 am

using photoshop cs3, how do i get rid of the grey background of my working space so that i can see through to the desktop. plz help!! i want to use photoshop and view a tutorial on a website behind it so that i dont have to change from ps to website. thx in advance!!

Nov 9, 2007 at 9:30 am

im using photoshop cs3 extended if that changes anything =}

Nov 9, 2007 at 7:37 pm

Wow, detailed and specific with loads of helpful information. But I was wondering if you knew something that I have yet to figure out, in a graphic design course the background color was transparent. You covered how to change that background to your preferred color but I dont see transparent as an option. Is there a way to make this work?


Nov 11, 2007 at 11:28 pm

@luc: in cs3 at least, you can set your own keyboard shortcut for it. I’m on a mac, and I use control + command + c

Sussex Web Design
Nov 15, 2007 at 11:32 am

Another great set of tips, keeps me coming back all the time! :-)

Nov 20, 2007 at 4:40 pm

Hey hey

Since moving to Norway i do not have a separate [ or ] key i have to do alt + 8 or 9 and this just gives me eye dropper, any suggestions if either i can change this or if there is a work around, as i used to love it :(

btw, great list :)


mail me:

Nov 22, 2007 at 3:16 pm

Very nice :)
Can I add this please:
Shortcut to Eyedropper.
If you have the PAINT BUCKET tool selected, hold down Opt key will quickly activate the Eyedropper tool.

Nov 24, 2007 at 2:25 am

These all option are not so new. I already know about them. These all are waste of time, so friend don’t waste your time to read them.

Nov 26, 2007 at 9:05 pm

Just because you knew then all doesn’t mean everyone else doesn’t.

Nov 29, 2007 at 5:32 am

I think there are few shortcuts i can use…
some i already knew and some i dont think i would think are useful…
thnx anyway….

to Bharat << why wasting your time posting here…

Nov 29, 2007 at 10:28 am

To shuffel between the diffrent baggrunds, push the F key. There are 4 diffrents stages as I recale. If you are in the “window” stage (where alle the open doc are showen i cascade) then push the F tow time to get in a mode where you can work like illustrator, by using the hand (spacebar) to drag your view even longer than the egedes.

I also found the cmd + < to shift between open doc’s.

I found this POST very usefull, thanks a lot. More of this, please. And maby some toturial about retouching skin tones. (Not the 100% plastick look, but the natural looking skin!)

Jack Waters
Nov 29, 2007 at 4:09 pm

A great set of Photoshop shortcuts, cheers for the tips….

Nov 30, 2007 at 12:11 am

You can get a pdf file that has ALL of the shortcuts (including those plus more) in it.
I can send it to anyone if they need.
I got it of a website… Don’t remember the url but it prob’ly says in the pdf.

If you want it just send me an e-mail

Dec 2, 2007 at 3:41 am

I may have missed it, but one I use ALL THE TIME is a direct area select. If you’re using the Move Tool (V) hold down the Apple key and click on the element you want. No matter what layer you were on, you will now be on the layer of the element you clicked. No more jumping over to your layers palette and sifting through it trying to find the right layer to tweak.

When you’re using another tool, you don’t have to choose the Move Tool to do this. Simply hold down Control + Option + Apple key (the tool will change to the Move Tool until you release the keys) and click on whatever element you want to select.

Hope that’s clear, I might revisit my comment in the morning, but right now… I’m going home!

Dec 4, 2007 at 1:25 pm

I may have missed this:

The Open Dialog Box can be opened by double-clicking on an empty work area’s (grey) background.

Dec 6, 2007 at 6:17 am

thx for the tutorials man, i’ve learnt a couple of new things here…

and to Bharat: ur an A-hole…

Dec 8, 2007 at 7:01 am

very useful shortcuts ,thanks for that

wmwebtr ödüllü seo yarışması
Dec 10, 2007 at 3:49 am

Woow thanks for useful informations.

Dec 12, 2007 at 12:32 am

I think Bharat is a designer-want-to-be and needs serious help. He probably works at McDonalds too.

Dec 16, 2007 at 2:27 pm

“180 Bharat
November 24th, 2007 at 2:25 am
These all option are not so new. I already know about them. These all are waste of time, so friend don’t waste your time to read them.”

1. Learn to speak english
2. Learn some manners

Dec 22, 2007 at 8:14 pm

Welll … i don’t hav words for YOU !!!
always YOU do things Differently !
I really appreciate the way YOU teach.
You deserve alot but this time i only wanna say ” May God Bless You “.

Take Care


wmwebtr ödüllü seo yarışması
Dec 24, 2007 at 9:18 pm

i like it thanks you.

Yaseen Shaik
Dec 28, 2007 at 5:50 am

Cool………i appreciate this……

Dec 28, 2007 at 1:57 pm

Thats great! I like very much it.

Jan 9, 2008 at 8:31 pm

thanks you nice.

Jan 9, 2008 at 8:31 pm

thanks you

Jan 10, 2008 at 12:31 pm

thank you keep on going[:)]

Jan 11, 2008 at 12:08 pm

hi, thanks a lot this tutorial very useful 4me

Jan 13, 2008 at 8:27 am

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Jan 18, 2008 at 9:50 pm

Most of the tricks i know. But thank you for the addition tricks

Jan 19, 2008 at 7:59 am

yea learned new things.. thanks

Jan 20, 2008 at 1:23 pm

hi, Thats great! I like very much it.

Jan 21, 2008 at 8:17 pm

your article is in my top bookmarks, I refer to it every day!

Jan 22, 2008 at 2:57 am

Great list. Thanks.

Jan 25, 2008 at 3:53 am

Learned a few new ones ;) thanks

Jan 26, 2008 at 7:52 am


vet store
Jan 28, 2008 at 12:10 pm

great tips. thanks… :)

Jan 28, 2008 at 5:28 pm

Very useful list of shortcuts. You can never have to many. Thanks.

Fashion Zealot
Jan 30, 2008 at 10:40 am

Awesome tips for newbies like me! Thanks for these tips.

Feb 1, 2008 at 11:22 am

really useful shortcuts.

Feb 1, 2008 at 11:23 am

good job

Feb 1, 2008 at 11:24 am

good ressourcelist.

Feb 1, 2008 at 2:23 pm

muchas gracias, perfecto tutorial ! Awesome :D

Nicolas Alexander
Feb 4, 2008 at 3:29 am

whoa! very helpful!!

Feb 4, 2008 at 4:04 am

Great Again.
Useful Shortcuts

Note for part 28 (Scale proportionally from center):
You can use only Shift + Drag to scale

Feb 4, 2008 at 9:50 pm

Good stuff, some handy tips here, thanks.
if you can, [Windows CTRL/ALT keys] next to the APPLE/OPTION keys would be good for us poor Microsufferers.

Q: Does anyone know how to increase the selection cursor size (ie. beyond the precise / standard ‘+’), in CS3 ?!? I’m still struggling with my ageing eyesight to see the selection cursor and zooming in-out constantly is a little painful.

BTW: Borat [sic] above obviously doesn’t realise that English-speakers read text from top to bottom, clearly read the comments AFTER the body of the page.

Feb 14, 2008 at 5:37 pm

Thanks for shortcuts ;)

Feb 15, 2008 at 7:03 am

Please add shortcuts for windows…
this is v. good, but i knew many of them already.

Feb 15, 2008 at 11:49 am

Thanks for sharing!

Inverted Reality Designworks
Feb 16, 2008 at 3:29 pm

Nice. I’ve always wondered what turned on the precise cursor. That was always very frustrating to me. Overall, couple cool thing I didnt know. Bound to speed up some processes. Thanks.

Feb 19, 2008 at 12:53 pm

/ – sets transparency lock for a layer… infinitely useful..

SHIFT+dragging a guide… will snap to ruler marks.. stay on whole pixels ya know?

and i think those two belong at the top-ish…

Both of these are very important.. a lot more important than some on the list..

thank you for the brush/enter… and path+cmd/enter for selection… bellisima!

Feb 21, 2008 at 8:13 pm

This post would’ve been useful a long time ago, knowing all these makes things a lot easier. Most of them I have figured out already, but there were a few mentioned that I am glad I know now. Thanks.

Also, I know there are some useful one’s I don’t think I saw here, but I can’t remember what they are right now except,
If you want to use the hand tool, to grab a layer and move it around, you can use spacebar + click and moving the layer. It works no matter what tool is seleveted, too.

If I remember anymore I will post them too.

Mar 3, 2008 at 8:47 am

hi, these were awsome though i new half of it but the rest half was just awsome.. there are couple of more. u may be knowing it or they maybe be common i dont know cos i never went phtoshop class anyway these (in windows) ctrl + [ and ctrl + ] to move the layers up and down. ctrl + shift + [ and ctrl + shift + ] to move the layer to the top or to the bottom.

Mar 4, 2008 at 9:05 am

Thanks a lot!
One shortcut I could not find here and it tends to be seriously useful when creating actions:
ALT + . selects top layer

Mar 6, 2008 at 7:46 am

Thank you – thank you – thank you and tack (thank you in Swedish)

Mar 6, 2008 at 4:21 pm

I’ve seen how one guy quickly changed between bird’s view (fit to screen) and current zoom. I wonder if anyone knows shortcut for that.

Mar 7, 2008 at 8:14 am

Hi there,
The photoshop shortcuts are really helpful. i guess probably most of you’ll would know how to select one particular element on the canvas from 20 or more odd layers ( without lables ). Its very difficult to figure out which unnamed layer contains that particular element to be amended. To do that, press CMD ( mac ) or CTRL (windows) key and click on the element on the canvas and see it highlights the relevant layer containing the element you need to make changes to. hope this is helpful. thanks

Mar 10, 2008 at 7:56 pm

@ Dmitri, this might be what you have seen:
STRG + 0 = Zoom to fit
STRG + ALT + 0 = Zoom to 100%

I find this quite useful at times:
SHIFT + ALT + 0 = Cycle through all blending modes on the selected layer.
Note: The “Blending Mode” field does not have to be selected to be cycled through. Also, once you hit “Luminosity” it will start automatically at the top again.

Mar 12, 2008 at 8:33 am


Mar 16, 2008 at 5:00 am

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Mar 20, 2008 at 7:06 am

great work keep it up

Mar 22, 2008 at 7:33 am

I am a n00b with photoshop. Here’s a shortcut I found is useful: CTRL+0 zooms the document 100%

Mar 24, 2008 at 4:36 am

it is very useful to me
and i got so many things from this page.

Thank You so much to web designer wall.

Mar 28, 2008 at 12:52 pm

Hi there,
The photoshop shortcuts are really helpful. i guess probably most of you’ll would know how to select one particular element on the canvas from 20 or more odd layers ( without lables ). Its very difficult to figure out which unnamed layer contains that particular element to be amended. To do that, press CMD ( mac ) or CTRL (windows) key and click on the element on the canvas and see it highlights the relevant layer containing the element you need to make changes to. hope this is helpful. thanks

Apr 1, 2008 at 7:04 pm

Just a minor addition
21 Opacity if you press the say number 5 many times it switches between 50 & 55% same with all the rest.

Apr 6, 2008 at 5:37 am

Looks like if you click Hand tool twice, it will zoom to “Fit on Screen”

can you send more secret shortcut keys
Apr 10, 2008 at 2:23 pm

thanks for ideas and tircks of keyboard short cut keys in that i can make my so easy and faster. thank you so much and every one those each and every one of them bye.

Leandro Nascimento Camargo
Apr 10, 2008 at 6:59 pm

*Alt + [ OR ] to navigate through layers at layers palette.
*Alt + Shift + [ OR ] to add layer selection below or above the (group of) layer(s) selected.
*Ctrl + Alt + A to select all layers
*Alt + , to select the bottom layer
*Alt + . to select the top layer

Apr 16, 2008 at 4:01 am

select type tool (t) then press ctrl+t to show/hide type pallete

Apr 21, 2008 at 10:58 am

Great tutorial! Thank you!

Ashish Lohorung Rai
Apr 24, 2008 at 5:47 am

What a cool post…!!

pradip patel
Apr 26, 2008 at 1:00 am

nice tutoriel it is great

Apr 26, 2008 at 5:57 am

Very good tutorial. Thank you.

Apr 27, 2008 at 4:26 am

hey thanks buddy for the shortcuts they all are really very helpful and i also wanna to share my shortcuts tht I discovered while working they are:

Ctrl + ] = moves the current layer upwards one by one layer
Ctrl + [ = moves the current layer downwards one by one layer

Ctrl + Shift + ] = moves the current layer on top.
Ctrl + Shift + [ = moves the current layer to down.

select Move (V) tool and press Alt to duplicate the current (or any selected layer)

Alt + [ = to select the layers downwords.
Alt + ] = to select the layers upwards.

May 1, 2008 at 8:19 am

select type tool (t) then press ctrl+t to show/hide type pallete

May 4, 2008 at 5:43 am

thanks for sharing this nice and helpful tutorial,

May 9, 2008 at 1:31 am

Found some awesome tips here! Cheers.

May 9, 2008 at 11:45 am

ctrl + j to duplicate layer
ctrl + g to group a layer
to merget select the layers and ctrl + e to merge

for deselect ctrl + d

ctrl + f4 close current active file

tab + hide or show tools and palletes

hope this help! :)

May 14, 2008 at 8:19 am

nice tutorials but i didn’t understand that Cmd, Opt keys.thanks

Dan Philibin
May 18, 2008 at 3:00 pm

There should be a shortcut for switching layers…

major bug!
May 21, 2008 at 3:34 pm


major bug!
May 21, 2008 at 3:35 pm

in “Comment Preview” works XSS :(

David Brugge
May 22, 2008 at 3:00 pm

The first command that most of us learn is Cmd + Z to undo our last step. Many don’t realize that Cmd + Opt + Z will undo the step before that! You can keep undoing steps for as many history states that you have in your history pallet.

May 23, 2008 at 2:05 pm

Dan Philibin – You can switch layers without clicking the layers palette or ALT+Right clicking… ALT+[ or ALT+] “scrolls” through the layers in your palette…

May 28, 2008 at 2:58 am

Thanks for the tips. Found some interesting shortcuts that I didn’t know.

May 29, 2008 at 4:01 am

I’d advice to check out:
I guess this suites more for the beginners, yet- useful to have printed out on the desk.

May 29, 2008 at 4:07 am

Cmd is for Ctrl?
and Opt is for Alt?

Marija Zamaryte
May 29, 2008 at 7:13 am

I guess all the shortcuts can be found here… Hope this helps.

Francisco Camberos
May 29, 2008 at 7:07 pm

WOW These are great! I knew these had to exist thanks for posting them!

Best Regards!

Jun 1, 2008 at 12:52 pm

There’s always something new to discover!good work!

Jun 3, 2008 at 3:59 am

Type any world, then select any letters, then click (Ctrl)+(Shift)+(+). Letters will go to Superscript level.

HM the Cat
Jun 5, 2008 at 3:58 pm

One of my favourites, which is the same for Illustrator and InDesign as well as PhotoShop, is Ctrl+0 to fit the artwork/page in window.
Love your site!

Jun 17, 2008 at 4:41 pm

Hey, good stuff. Last week i learn some shortcuts and now i see the next.^^

Jun 20, 2008 at 9:57 am

I’ve got a problem. Maybe you can help me. When I’m writing something with the text tool I cannot select any other tool with shortcuts because obviously it writes de letter instead of changing the tool. If I press Esc the changes I’ve made doesn’t keep so… Any idea?

Jun 24, 2008 at 7:17 am

i think ur secret shortcuts will help me a lot
love ur site

Jun 25, 2008 at 6:51 pm


When you’re done writing the text you want… press Ctrl-Enter (Cmd-Enter). Then you can select other tools, etc. w/out affecting your text.

Jun 29, 2008 at 2:20 pm

wow, nice work (even if I have to translate them into windows style^^)

some more shortcuts (don´t know if someone had allready posted)

01) “X” – changes fore- and backgroundcolor (nice for painting with two colors)
02) “Spacebar” – changes the tool into the moving-hand-tool for moving the picture only while holding the spacebar (when leaving the last tool will appear back)
03) as in 22. mentioned how to copy layers, it is even possible to dublicate the layer-effects from one layer to others (when not wanting to adjust same effects several times)
04) “F” – changes the window into several modi, like fullscreen with no borders and so on (usefull when painting with brushes etc. at huge pics at the border or behind)
05) “Cmd”+Mouseclick on layer – makes the viewable parts of the layer as a selection
06) “numbers” – as in 21 said, you can choose the opacity of any brush and layer by selecting any number BUT you can write TWO NUMBERS or THREE, for also selecting 25%, 75% or any other number between the full tenner

Jul 4, 2008 at 5:37 pm

Thanks! That was great :)

Jul 8, 2008 at 6:34 am

Makasih atas ilmunya..mbah bejo

web designer
Jul 13, 2008 at 5:30 am

These are useful.. I do not know most of these shortcuts..

Jul 19, 2008 at 9:09 pm

You can duplicate a layer by dropping it onto new layer button.

Jul 20, 2008 at 12:02 pm

@ Chr.Mogel

Wowwww!! the tip 05) is fantastic!!!

@web designer, thanks for the post.

Jul 20, 2008 at 3:12 pm

super ding. werd ich auf jeden fall weiterempfehlen!

Farid Abdulhadi
Jul 22, 2008 at 12:39 pm

I’m glad you linked to this post from your new “Illustrator” post. I’m new to this blog and probably hadn’t noticed this post otherwise.

Thanks for a great list.

Jul 23, 2008 at 9:37 am

Same as Tip#2. Vertical scrolling can be done by holding shift key with mouse wheel. Also, Cmd+Shift+Scroll will navigate to extreme Left or Right.

Jul 23, 2008 at 2:06 pm

Wow. That’s one of the most helpful posts ever. I still have one shortcut I desperately want to find out:

Text Deselection

Every time I add text or modify it, I have to select another tool on the tools palate to de-select it. I desperately want a smoother, faster option.

Jul 24, 2008 at 3:29 am

Excellent post. Very, very useful. I use Adobe Photoshop on a daily basis, so this will certainly help cut off a few extra minutes. Thanks a lot Nick.

John Baumgartner
Jul 27, 2008 at 6:04 am

In response to 280 (M. Joshua).. ctrl + enter commits changes to type and deactivates it (Windows, I guess Mac would be cmd + enter).

Great post, useful stuff, thanks!

John Baumgartner
Jul 27, 2008 at 6:12 am

Not sure if this one is documented in the program itself, but you can sample colours outside of Photoshop by doing the following:

(1) reduce the screen area taken up by Photoshop (i.e. don’t run it maximised);
(2) select the colour eyedropper (i);
(3) click and hold the mouse somewhere on a document open in Photoshop and drag the cursor out of Photoshop to the part of screen you want to sample (then let go!).

Jul 28, 2008 at 11:09 am

Awesome. Thanks!

alp tugan
Jul 30, 2008 at 5:39 pm

Thanks for sharing your experience .)

I am working with PC. But, you know, shorcuts are the same except for you should use “option” key on MAC instead of “Alt” key on PC.

– Ctrl + E ; Flatten document
– And this one is really useful in my case,

First, create an empty layer
With brush tool, make a dot(whatever you want),
Press Ctrl + Alt + T, and move your new, “Free Transformed” layer,
Press Enter,
And then, press Ctrl + Alt + Shift + T :)
See what happens.

Jul 31, 2008 at 12:58 am

All good in the hood……….. a couple of sneaky ones there ha

Cheers for that

Syed Afifuddin
Aug 3, 2008 at 9:29 am

Nice tips buddy keep up the good work

neeraj kumar sharma
Aug 5, 2008 at 7:50 am

This is a very great full web site and i have no word explanation in my dictionary.For the comment of this web site

Aug 5, 2008 at 3:23 pm

Last week i learn some shortcuts and now i see the next.

Aug 7, 2008 at 7:42 am

Response to 280.

I think this is what you wanted.

When using the type tool you can ok it by pressing CTL + Enter(CMD + Enter on a Mac) instead of clicking on the check mark on the options

neeraj kumar sharma
Aug 9, 2008 at 6:36 am


Iain Anderson
Aug 13, 2008 at 5:33 pm

Wow, commenting on an old article: waste of time or not? :)

Let’s give it a go anyway.

You probably know that command-[ and ] move a layer up and down in the stacking order — and it’s in the menus. However, option-[ and ], while you have a single layer selected, moves your selection (not the layer!) up and down. Handy in recorded actions when you don’t know the name of the layer you want to select.

Another: backslash makes the current layer mask visible as a rubylith, like a Quick Mask.

Two other techniques, not just shortcuts:

When you’re painting a mask, set the Dodge tool to work only on Highlights and the Burn tool to work only on Shadows. That way you can paint straight over edges to sharpen them up, without destroying them.

If you ever need to fill text with your own painting, don’t rasterize the text! Instead, create a new layer above the text and use Layer > Create Clipping Mask. Why Photoshop doesn’t do this for you (instead of admonishing you) I just don’t know.

Plug: I teach a Photoshop Masterclass at Next Byte Charlotte St in Brisbane.

Aug 17, 2008 at 8:01 pm

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Aug 28, 2008 at 3:46 pm

this page is proppa matey. some peeps comments bout them knowing the tips above already, why bother telling us that? just feel proud of ya selves and realise that its cool that someones taken the time to document all this for learners.
any wayz here’s another tip that no ones said yet so why not, eh? the more the merrier.

you’ve made a shape with the pen tool, later you need to adjust one anchor point. so just grab the black arrow nearest to where the hand is in the toolbox, click on the whole shape, then hold alt and click on the specific point. while you’re holding alt, the arrow turns white. booooyaaaah!!

oh and sometimes you wish that a shape with an emboss on it or a shadow or glow, whatever….just looked like that without any effects applied. maybe so you can put a filter over it….make only that shape and its effects visible by holding alt and clicking on the layer in the layer window then quickly tap
command, shift,n…………..command shift, e.

This’ll quickly open a new layer then quickly merge your first layer and the new empty one within seconds. It’ll allow you to put effects over effects and make sh*t freakier. it’ll even flatten transparent parts.

my mate here, knows all bout cubase and he’s cussin me for givin away secrets. git! its good to ave a bit of healthy competition.

L to the 8ers P/S Posse.
keep the vibe alive. Your only limit is your own imagination ( at the risk of sounding like a hippy)

David Smith
Aug 31, 2008 at 1:01 am

In response to 280:

After you have typed your text, to Deselect it, the fastest way is to hit the ‘ENTER’ button on the ‘numbers’ pad on your keyboard.

Hope this helps someone !
Really appreciate the tips on this website. Keep it up !!!!!

Sep 3, 2008 at 2:42 pm

The one I can’t live without is….

CTRL + Right Click …anywhere on an object you want to edit, this will reveal a list of layers where one of which will be the layer containing the object you’re after and the rest of the list will be layers containing other objects that are also present where you clicked. Say goodbye to navigating that layers palette as you can breeze around all your layers right from the objects themselves.

Sep 8, 2008 at 6:52 pm

to 295
thank you. thank you. thank you.

Sep 10, 2008 at 2:12 am


Sep 10, 2008 at 8:33 am

Some neat tips here – thanks!

Anyone know how you can make a layer duplicate (Apple + J) appear underneath the layer which is duplicated? It’s SO annoying that it’s stacked on top of the active layer!

Sep 15, 2008 at 11:11 am

Superb shortcuts. I had already been using several of them but there some that I didn’t know, which will be very useful!


Sep 16, 2008 at 7:08 am

nice list, thanks!

+this one (windows only):
double-click on workspace background (not the image outer canvas,but the actual application background) brings the open file dialog.

I hope adobe will put a backgound on the application workspace for macs, as more and more applications tends to. This is more efficient because you keep focused on the app.

Sep 16, 2008 at 11:16 am

Oh Thanks…. These shortcuts will make work easy.

Sep 18, 2008 at 2:06 am

CTRL (CMD) + RIGHT CLICK ON CREATE NEW LAYER (small icon on the layers tab) and it will create a new layer below of the layer u have selected… instead of creating above.

Sep 20, 2008 at 9:43 pm

Thanks for all the amazing and very helpful info!!

Sep 21, 2008 at 11:43 pm

Nice tips. Some of wich i have already been using..:)

Sep 23, 2008 at 9:00 am

Thanks so much for this. I found it really helpful as I have been learning Photoshop on my own time so I can use it better in my job at a hotel in Prague. Now that I found these shortcuts, I can save myself a lot of time. This is a great resource for anyone serious about Photoshop.

Sep 23, 2008 at 3:53 pm


I have a question… With my experience I found some shortcuts like that, as everyone.

But my question is: why Adobe don’t show this shortcuts? And what the people think about it? I’m shore that this shortcuts are not bugs in photoshop…

Anyway, the shortcut to change the blending mode was super!

Satya praveen
Sep 24, 2008 at 7:08 am

Very Very Nice im working on photoshop since 3 moths but i dont know anyting

subhash khatri
Sep 26, 2008 at 6:47 am

Mostly key I did known, 1, 14 , 15, 24 is useful for me.

Sep 30, 2008 at 10:17 am


Sep 30, 2008 at 10:22 am

Shift+Ctrl+Alt+K= shortcut key list

Sep 30, 2008 at 10:24 am

for more questions here’s my e-mail ad: I’ll teach some basic. ahehehehe

Oct 2, 2008 at 1:03 pm

Great tutorial thanks. Here is drop shadow generator:

Oct 3, 2008 at 10:14 am

hi, another one, must be very secret as i’ve never heard of it

! increases the brush size
: decreases it

really handy when painting…

have swing

Oct 9, 2008 at 12:57 am

Hi friends,
another shortcut for open a “New window” is ‘CNTRL+Double click ur mouse’. If this one is old tip means just ignore.. Thanks.

Oct 10, 2008 at 7:55 am

On 28 the pic is wrong but the text is right. Say you’re in transform mode, alt/option+shift will scale proportionally from the center but the pic says command +shift. I know it’s being nit-picky.

Oct 11, 2008 at 12:16 am

dear sir,
pleaes send me the “ultimate photoshop effects with method” in my id

Oct 11, 2008 at 3:16 pm

Another great post from this page, thank you!

Oct 14, 2008 at 4:39 pm

Paste in place secret

(the item you want to paste in place on another document must be the same canvas size, as it won’t work. if it is a few pixels off)

You have a document open lets say 21cm x 29.7cm and you have a circle on the page, and you want that circle on a different document (which must be the same size – 21cm x 29.7cm)

Have the move tool selected & also the layer selected, hold down shift and drag the layer onto the the new document

Pasted in place!

debdulal dey
Oct 16, 2008 at 4:24 am

This page rock and this post rocks too. Brilliant suggestion by a brilliant. A thump up to you man

Oct 26, 2008 at 11:45 am

i think the same with 307ositaka

Oct 28, 2008 at 6:34 am

Hold alt and double click on a background layer to convert it into a normal layer.

Oct 29, 2008 at 12:34 am

Software shortcuts you can boost up your work. At Webdesignerwall you can see some secret Photoshop shortcuts which are not documented in the menus. All shortcuts are quite useful for speed up your works. To scale the font size – increase or decrease, press Ctrl + Shift + > or <. To set the Layer opacity or selected Brush opacity, press the number keys (1=10%, 2=20 %….) to adjust opacity.

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gabe sventek
Nov 10, 2008 at 4:29 pm

if you want to paste in place, simply make a selection and press Cmd+V and it will paste in the selection.

Ralph F
Nov 15, 2008 at 1:12 pm

hey guys I find the best shortcut for the first time, just i can tell thank you for that

Nov 16, 2008 at 7:20 am

I knew most of them… still there’s always some one misses… and there’s a couple of great ones here! Thanks a lot!

Nov 19, 2008 at 5:09 pm

These are awesome! I will defintely be taking advantage of these shortcuts.

Nov 24, 2008 at 6:08 pm

how do you view layers side by side? can sum1 plz help…

Nov 26, 2008 at 6:09 pm

kaydettim sayfayı öğrencem hepsini teşekkürler

Nov 27, 2008 at 4:04 pm

duplicate layer: i simply drag the layer over the “new layer” icon at the bottom of the palette (and release). Fast as light!

Dec 1, 2008 at 4:46 am

Great list.

With the layer selected :

Alt + any arrow key = duplicates that layer
works with multiple layers selected

Dec 1, 2008 at 1:22 pm

Option-Delete …..fills with foreground color
Command-Delete …..fills with background color

this of course is on Mac

Dec 2, 2008 at 10:04 pm

Site wonderful!!!
Art… imaginacion…

Remember the art and music 80s…

Stu Collett
Dec 4, 2008 at 7:00 am

Loving the collapse all layers one. The amount of time I burn by manually collapsing all my layers before handing over to clients is amazing.

Thanks very much!

Stu Collett.

Nazar Hussain
Dec 6, 2008 at 3:16 am

Collapsing all groups, and changing visibility of multiple layers i great.


bebo music skins
Dec 6, 2008 at 12:00 pm

nice one, i will use the zoom one not sure about nay of the others though

Dec 9, 2008 at 7:46 am

Wow. I’ve been actively using [ and ] to change my brush size and irritated that I had to change the softness of the brush by right clicking when I can change the size manually. Likewise, there was no opacity shortcut that I knew of.

Turns out, there is! Thanks for this! Great list! I knew several of these already but the ones I didn’t were worth discovering!

You almost don’t need a mouse or tablet with Photoshop anymore…

Rishi Luchun
Dec 11, 2008 at 8:43 am

Nice post, learnt some new ones!

Dec 12, 2008 at 3:33 am

If your using the brush tool, shift + { } changes the brush hardness

Kartik Jasti
Dec 18, 2008 at 9:48 am

In the 5th tip that you explained, (Zoom with the scroll wheel), you can do without the “Ctrl” key. Just keep the “Alt” key pressed (windows) or the “Opt” key (Mac) while you scroll up or down in order to maximize or minimize.

Jan 6, 2009 at 7:18 am

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Jan 6, 2009 at 7:22 am

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Jan 9, 2009 at 8:17 am

Decrease type size 2 pxls ctrl+shift+less than(<)
left align text ctrl+shift+L
Center align text ctrl+shift+C
Justfy align text ctrl+shift+F
display Paragraph Palette ctrl+m

Kartik Jasti
Jan 9, 2009 at 2:01 pm

Thanks Manisha! Just learnt a new shortcut… courtesy you! :)

Jan 12, 2009 at 10:48 am

Too bad there’s no keyboard shortcut to lock ALL layer properties… instead of just transparency (/). Sure, it will toggle the previous layer lock setting. But why not lock ALL the properties?

Jan 12, 2009 at 11:33 pm

Wow, very nice. but i expected more…

Jan 22, 2009 at 11:21 am

thanks admin

Jan 25, 2009 at 6:39 pm

I knew almost 70 percent of these hints but the new hints was really interesting.
there are some more notes you can add, for example:
shift + scroll = the page will be moved a lot vertically (if you hold ctrl too, it will move horizontally)
ctrl + 0 = fit to screen
ctrl + alt + 0 = fit to 100% size
f = fullscreen mode forward
shift + f = fullscreen mode backward
and …

Louise Kiernan
Feb 6, 2009 at 5:54 pm

how do you reverse the ‘make selection’ after you have used the pen tool in Photoshop?

Ahmad jahid sarmed
Feb 7, 2009 at 2:41 am

it helped alot

Feb 21, 2009 at 5:26 am

hey saya mau berbagi shortcut (sory i can’t speak english)
if you press shift + D, Back ground and fore ground is back to default(black and white) thx

Feb 25, 2009 at 2:11 am

thank q

very useful to meeeeeeeeeeeeeee

this short cuts

Ovi Dogar
Feb 25, 2009 at 3:22 am

Nice post…

Keep up the great work! ;)

Ovi Dogar

Feb 27, 2009 at 5:50 pm

useful for real..thank u very much..but we wish more from your honorable..God bless!

Feb 27, 2009 at 5:54 pm

…I would like to ask “are these shortcuts work with all editions of Adobe photoshop?? ”
My Email ( )
Thank you again

Mar 1, 2009 at 6:17 am

very good, thanks…

ortak miras
Mar 5, 2009 at 4:54 am

Thank you. Great

Mar 6, 2009 at 4:56 am

Hi guys,
Does anyone know a shortcut to duplicate the folders in photoshop ?

Mar 6, 2009 at 4:58 am

Invert selection: Ctrl + Shift + i :)

Mar 7, 2009 at 2:04 am

comand photo shop

Mar 7, 2009 at 2:04 am

a nice post you

Mar 12, 2009 at 11:11 pm

nice post

Mar 16, 2009 at 4:11 pm

i want photoshop secret shortcuts.

Mar 17, 2009 at 10:25 am

wow. this is fantastic! thank you for sharing this :D

Mar 21, 2009 at 2:00 am

this very good shourt cuts

Mar 21, 2009 at 7:16 am

How can prompty to shift activate among two layers!


Mar 21, 2009 at 12:15 pm

Hi! I wonder how i could have the free paths (curves) in photoshop
element 7. Thank you.

Mar 25, 2009 at 8:18 am

Point your mouse to the layer effects icon, hold in alt and drag with your mouse to the next layer to copy the layer effects to that layer.
Holding Ctrl will move it to the other layer.

Mar 28, 2009 at 3:53 am

please send me more photoshop “secret effects (with method) & key board shortcuts”

Mar 31, 2009 at 9:42 am

while drawing a selection with the Lasso Tool, and you make a mistake to
go back with the previous Lasso shape, click Backspace <—
every time you click is like an UNDO for the selection..
not sure, but there should be a REDO too..but cant remember that !!

Very useful, when u are manually cutting out something and say, it took you 1minute or more…and then you make a mistake…

Mar 31, 2009 at 1:18 pm

thaaaank you very good short cuts :D

Apr 4, 2009 at 7:03 am

I knew about 20 of these shortcuts. 10 are new for me. thanks for useful shortcuts

Apr 16, 2009 at 7:59 am

i want to study illustrator and photoshop tricks

Apr 16, 2009 at 8:04 am

i want learn more from u

Steve Solomon
Apr 18, 2009 at 6:31 pm

I use PS CS, and occasionally run into this scenario: After editing about 20 11 MB images, when selecting another tool (control) from the PS toolbox, the mouse remains in the previous tool shape (icon), and does not engage the newly seected tool.
Restarting PS did not help. Any ideas on the cause/cure for this would be greatly appreciated!

Apr 21, 2009 at 2:08 pm

Here’s another useful tip — actually a bug (found in CS2, and others?) — that had me annoyed for years…

When resizing a text area with the text tool, you’ll get the *text* cursor on the 4 upper-left transformation handles:
[IMAGE: Misbehaving text-transform tool.]
Just hold your mouse *completely still* for ~1 second and it turns into the appropriate resizing cursor.

Guild Invite
Apr 22, 2009 at 2:24 pm

Excellent post, really appreciate it! This is a great website!

Apr 25, 2009 at 3:48 pm

Opacity with the number keys! My new favorite. All this time and I never knew.

Ashely Adams : Sticker Printing
May 16, 2009 at 2:53 am

I’m sure that these shortcuts will help many Photoshop users increase their productivity. Well, I can think of about a dozen more that you could have mentioned (like Alt+Ctrl+0 for 100% zoom or Ctrl+T for Free Transform), but I guess you have to draw the line somewhere. Thanks for the useful post.

Joel Bechtolt
May 19, 2009 at 8:09 pm

Great tips. I work in Photoshop all day everyday so I really appreciate this!

May 21, 2009 at 8:45 am

I want secret

May 25, 2009 at 10:55 am

Nice tips on the Layer Styles.

May 28, 2009 at 6:56 am

Excellent post! I follow almost 85% of the shortcuts listed here; and I agree that productivity is at optimum usage – especially, with actions that are repeated the most. For instance, whilst preparing wireframes/prototype layouts – with guidelines in place, the shortcuts help in wrapping initial phases of design at a good pace!

Nice one!

Jun 3, 2009 at 1:21 am

Cmd + Opt + Shift + N for new layers, wihout ‘New Layer’ dialogue box.

Jun 3, 2009 at 4:14 am

The opacity shortcuts are great but if you press 1 and 4 rather fast without stop you get the opacity to 14%

Anthony Proulx
Jun 5, 2009 at 10:37 am

Sweet article, tons of stuff I would of never known but definitly has helped out a lot! Thanks!

Jun 15, 2009 at 11:39 pm

nice.. my work can do very fast.. i want more Photoshop shortcuts.

Angela Rodrigues
Jun 21, 2009 at 12:58 pm

When painting on a mask, if you press Opt + | (vertical bar) shows/hides all your painting directly on the image, in the color defined in the Layer Mask Display Options (which you can access double clicking the thumbnail of the respective channel).
I have another shortcut that I don’t see documented anywhere, but if it’s not secret, please ignore: Opt + click on the layer mask thumbnail to edit the mask. Repeat to back to normal.

Jun 26, 2009 at 12:31 am

this keys so useful

Jin Young
Jun 26, 2009 at 12:25 pm

It’s very useful tips in my works!
Thank very much~^^

Jun 26, 2009 at 11:30 pm


Jun 29, 2009 at 6:01 pm

Pressing “Shift + Backspace” or “Shift + F5” will bring up the Fill dialog panel. This panel remembers your previous action and therefore is very efficient to fill your document with a pattern.

Jun 29, 2009 at 6:05 pm

“Cmd + Option + Backspace” clears everything in your selected layer but keeps it in the palette.

Jul 1, 2009 at 3:13 pm

cmd + “0” = zoom extent
cmd + “-” = zoom out
cmd + “+” = zoom in

Jul 3, 2009 at 1:46 am

“`” or “~” switch under “esc” in windows keyboard can switch to a view with only paths while drawing paths on coloured images

useful while using pen tool and cannot distinguish lines to understand its shape correctly.

Jul 5, 2009 at 6:50 pm

Thank you for posting this, I’ve learned a lot. Especially that brush opacity one, that’s brilliant. This will help me so much.

Jul 15, 2009 at 9:56 am

very very good tips. great!!

Jul 16, 2009 at 3:03 am

thank you for these shortcut tips,
will really help me speed up my work,
cant really express my gratitude for all your hard work,
thank you so much again.

Ejaz Ahmad
Jul 21, 2009 at 1:36 am

nice and tutorial


Design Dazzling
Jul 21, 2009 at 1:37 am

very helpful information .. i like it

Aug 12, 2009 at 12:48 pm

great tutorial….really helped me……..

Aug 14, 2009 at 2:25 am

super and usefull. i love this

Aug 19, 2009 at 12:26 pm

Great resource, and thanks for the screenshots.
Anyone know if there’s a keyboard shortcut for ‘zoom to 100%’
Illustrator is useful with this being ‘command+1’

jeff fisher
Aug 23, 2009 at 6:42 pm

Thanks so much. Is there any other way to resize brushes besides the bracket keys? They’re a bit remote on the keyboard : (

Aug 30, 2009 at 6:51 am

jeff fisher, Alt + Mouse2 and drag right or left.

Aug 30, 2009 at 4:22 pm

i loved this tutorial about photoshop. tks a lot.

Aug 31, 2009 at 3:04 am

It will definitely speed up my works..Awesome work and of course. And by the way your blog looks cool too..
Thanks a lot..

Aug 31, 2009 at 1:18 pm

Comment on tip #24: generally it’s best, especially if you work with images, to set your photoshop background to 50% gray using this technique.

Do this by clicking on your color picker, and in the “HSB” fields enter for
H-0, S-0, and B-50%. Close your picker and then use this technique to change your background color.

Sep 4, 2009 at 9:59 pm

thank you for these shortcut tips,
will really help me speed up my work,
cant really express my gratitude for all your hard work,
thank you so much again.

Sep 10, 2009 at 12:44 pm

I got some interesting new techniques thankd you!

Sep 10, 2009 at 7:33 pm

really useful tips.

Sep 11, 2009 at 9:33 pm

Mac sucks … need more steps to do the same thing

Rahul - Web Guru
Sep 12, 2009 at 8:46 am

OMG so many of these hidden secrets PS shortcuts… :)

This’ll save a hell lot of time for me.

Sep 12, 2009 at 8:54 am

This is awesome, these shortcut really improve both speed and quiality of work.

Thx 4 sharing m8

Sep 14, 2009 at 1:44 pm

why do all these useful shortcuts have to be ‘secret’? why aren’t they just in a manual?

Sep 20, 2009 at 11:02 pm

I have CS2 which sucks.

I took photograph of person then cut him out from grey background.
Now, want to attach new background but photograph has a light line going all around it after I place new background???


Sep 21, 2009 at 12:19 pm

Great , Photoshop Secret Shortcuts
Great article. CSS saved web design

Oct 6, 2009 at 8:39 pm

Thanks so much for that! Great tips :)

Oct 20, 2009 at 10:20 pm

That first shortcut just made my life so much better… Thank you!

Oct 22, 2009 at 7:45 am

I like all the shortcuts. U can check more shortcuts by day to day update here :

panel radyatör
Oct 24, 2009 at 8:51 am

great shortcuts thanmks for everything

Lisa Noble
Oct 28, 2009 at 9:57 am

So very useful! Thanks. So much time has been wasted fumbling around. Wow!

Paris Vega, Graphic & Web Designer
Oct 28, 2009 at 2:08 pm

Very nice. Thanks for the knowledge, Morpheus.

Oct 29, 2009 at 4:38 pm

Cmd + ~ will also switch between windows (#26)

Oct 30, 2009 at 3:44 pm

Great Post.

For more photoshop Cs4 shortcuts posted on a daily basis check


Oct 30, 2009 at 3:48 pm

Great Post.

For more photoshop Cs4 shortcuts posted on a daily basis check


Oct 31, 2009 at 4:24 am

hat first shortcut just made my life so much better… Thank you!

Nov 1, 2009 at 5:32 pm

thanks for 13. Navigate layer blending mode – i was looking for it for a while

other useful shortcuts i use.
while having the Move tool (V) active, pressing Cmd(Ctrl) and clicking on a layer selects that layerhaving a layer selected, pressing Alt and moving your cursor duplicates the layeryou can do a similar trick (duplicating) with the style sub-layers in the layer panel, (move them around while pressing the Alt key)

Nicolaj Græsholt
Dec 3, 2009 at 3:57 pm

AWESOME GUIDE … thank you sooh much for collecting all those nice things.. i have a secret of my own to share as well..

if you have a layer selected, pressing the numbers 1-9 sets the Layer Transperancy/Opacity in tens, eg. 1.. = 10 .. 2 = 20 and so on… and a combination of two sets it even more precise, eg. 0+1 = 1, 5+5 = 55, 7+4 = 74.. and last but not least 1+0+0 = 100 :)

my nickname is, Figaw

José Carlos
Dec 8, 2009 at 4:31 pm

it’s amazing how these simple commands can cut so much time out of any work, thaks a lot ^_^ !!!

panel radyatör
Dec 15, 2009 at 8:12 am

nice tutorial i will translate my country

Dec 22, 2009 at 12:01 pm

I m Puneet. There are more sortcut of photoshop but there is not sercet sortcut. so pls forword me. my emai id is……………


Dec 26, 2009 at 6:08 am

I m Vikas. There are more sortcut of photoshop but there is not sercet sortcut. so pls forword me. my emai id is……………


Jan 5, 2010 at 11:28 pm

The designs showed here show what simple and tasteful design is all about. Another one to consider

Jan 14, 2010 at 11:05 am

Its prob. documented or in the 44 pages of comments by now, but this changed the way I use photoshop…

Ctrl + Alt + Z will move you back in the history pallete, essentially works like multiple undos.

Many props to these, and also dig holding Alt or Option to get the reset instead of cancel in dialog boxes, since 90% of photoshop usage is experimenting with settings. Saves you from canceling and reopening the styles dialog box for instance….

Joseph Knight
Jan 14, 2010 at 11:44 am

Another way to scale the brush or it’s hardness:

Hold down control+option and click and drag for an interactive size circle.
Hold down control+option+command and click and drag to interactively adjust soft/hardness of brush.
Awesome again.

Now for the coolness. Wacom users who paint alot:
Set your pen’s upper click button to the modifiers control+option.
Set your pens lower click button to the modifier option.

Now you have a pen that can pick up any color (lower button) or resize the brush (upper button) and you don’t even need to reach for the keyboard. Now I can kick back in my chair with tablet in lap and paint away.

Happy digital painting.

Jan 15, 2010 at 5:33 am

no word to say!!!!
nothing is left…….
a complete article,i got lost myself……

Jan 16, 2010 at 4:01 am

If you press Shift + Backspace, a window will pop up and let you fill the layer with any color you chose. I find it’s easier to do it this way, because I always forget which key will chose foreground or background color. Plus it gives quick options like white black, and 50% gray. It also gives you blending options.

Jan 17, 2010 at 4:56 pm

What is the shortcut keys in lowering the size of your brush?

sikat ang pinoy

Jan 26, 2010 at 1:10 am

sikat ang pinoy

The shortcut keys in lowering the size of your brush is ctrl+[ .

Jan 27, 2010 at 7:24 am

Thanks a lot for those tips!

George Garchagudashvili
Jan 30, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Really great tricks…

Jan 31, 2010 at 4:58 pm

F5 + space bar then click and drag this enables you to move the entire image so you can get to the corners.

Feb 3, 2010 at 7:00 am

Thanks for some secret shortcuts. I will tell my friend about this.

Toronto Web Deisgn
Feb 4, 2010 at 5:26 pm

It’s articles like this that make life a little easier…

Feb 8, 2010 at 8:05 am

…is there any shortcut to LOCK and UN-LOCK a LAYER?

Feb 11, 2010 at 8:26 am

To navigate the document from left to right or right to left (in windows). You may use the Ctrl + Scroll of your mouse. I hope this one helps.

Feb 11, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Thanks for sharing with us ! I didn’t know many of them :)

Rob Cubbon
Feb 11, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Shift-M to toggle between rectangular and elliptical marquees – I wish I’d known that 10 years ago…

Feb 11, 2010 at 4:08 pm

amazing information … thank you sooooo much!

Feb 11, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Okay you have an image/shape/object in Photoshop that you need to crop, for example a rounded rectangle. You want to select the bottom portion of it to maybe change the color or cut some extra elements you don’t need for the final product.

Loosely select the portion of the object you want to alter. Do not worry about the selection box extending below or to the sides of the object. Just make sure the portion you are trying to alter is within the selection box. Also, make sure that you have the Layer with the object you are manipulating selected in the Layers Panel.
Select the Move Tool, and then press the Up Arrow on our keyboard. Now the selection box should fit around the object you are altering like the example below.

Comes in handy to color parts of objects like so:

It is also useful for cropping out any elements hanging off the final product as well.

Hiren Kataria
Feb 12, 2010 at 3:06 am

Thanks A Lot For Such a gr8 tips.God Bless All.Keep Smiling

Feb 12, 2010 at 6:29 am

Reeeaaaaally nice!! Thanks a lot! Learned 8 new very helpful shortcuts today =)

francesco sek
Feb 16, 2010 at 3:47 am

For zooming with scrolling wheel, just hold ALT and scrol.
If you hold ALT+CMD and scroll, it seems zooming a little slower.

Feb 16, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Shift tool while using the rectangle selection will make it a perfect square. Option + dragging almost anything will duplicate it. And although they’re on the official list of keystrokes, I constantly use apple+A, apple+D, apple+ -/+ B, I, G, and using the spacebar to move, so they’re good ones to learn.

Thanks for posting this, though, I learned a bunch of useful commands.

Feb 27, 2010 at 6:11 pm

I just happened to press the \ key instead of enter and it turns out it shows your layer mask in red. It was a good accidental find.

Mar 2, 2010 at 9:42 am

anyone knows the shortcut 2 Switch Between Font tool and Selection Tool …?

Mar 5, 2010 at 3:50 pm

You could move selection during proces of selecting by holding spacebar.

Mar 7, 2010 at 4:54 am

oldman hit cmd then enter, to get it off text. Then press V to get the selection preview

Mar 9, 2010 at 5:25 am

Thnks a lot lmchamo, lovely!
U r the f**kin’ best!!!!!

Mar 9, 2010 at 8:23 am

how to return the layers and everything else that up of it ?
How to put 2 picture in a picture ?
becuase by accident my sister delete it and

Mar 19, 2010 at 10:22 am

nice and thanks

bob sherman
Mar 22, 2010 at 7:49 am

nice one , good list of helpful shortcuts.

Mar 22, 2010 at 2:11 pm

I would like to know if there is a way to switch the front and back colour swatches?

Also, I noticed that when I have the eraser selected the number keys change the flow instead of the opacity which is frustrating to no end. See personally lie to hit [ or ] to adjust size, shift [ or ] to change hardness and numbers to change opacity. This is ordinarily efficient, but I forget I can’t do this with the eraser and end up changing the flow which I don’t want to change. Any thoughts as to why this might be, in case it’s just me? Also I tried using the eraser en of my wacom pen but the opacity (or flow as it were) doesn’t work, it just changes the brush opacity even though that is selected but inactive. Think Adobe should make it so the eraser end of the pen actually switched the tool selection, a bit confusing and pointless to use otherwise since to make other changes to the tool I still have to manually change it. Inefficient.

Thanks for your list and time. Cheers,.

Mar 22, 2010 at 2:26 pm

I’d like to add to my last comment and say that I realised what was causing the differentiation between the opacity and flow when using the numbers to change them. I had the eraser with airbrush turned on which seems to switched the number controls over to flow. Turning it off fixes that. Makes sense. On that note I stand corrected.! Cheers,.

Mar 24, 2010 at 7:10 pm

very nice, thank you. some of them were so helpful, as one with brush size in/decreasing :)

Mar 26, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Ahh I found the key to toggle the tool bar colour pallet, (black & white by default). Press X, to toggle. It doesn’t appear to have special requirements. Cheers,.

Apr 6, 2010 at 6:03 pm

awesome list, these definitely would help me out… I’m using Windows, though, does anybody know a list such as this for win xp?

Apr 16, 2010 at 7:07 am

Alt+right click+ drag to change brush size.
Shift+Alt+ right click+ drag to change (standard) brush hardness.

Apr 16, 2010 at 7:08 am

D to reset colors ( foreground and background) back to B/W.

Web Design
Apr 28, 2010 at 8:28 pm

wonderful thanks for sharing

Bruce Stradling
May 2, 2010 at 10:27 am

Somewhere I read about a shortcut key that allows you to switch between the current tool and the last tool used. I was tired and didn’t write it down and then forgot about it but I really would love to use it. Anybody know what it is?

Phan Huy Quyen
May 4, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Tks Alot! You save my live!

May 4, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Thanks for a great article! I have a problem though…. Help!

I’m on a nordic (finnish/swedish) qwerty keyboard, and I can’t for the love of what is sacred get the shortcuts for brush size increase/decrease to work. That’s the main reason why I looked up this site anyway… I have the “[” and “]” keys located under “Alt+8” and “Alt+9”, and these do nothing whatsoever.

If I look at the US qwerty layout, I have keys “A” (umlaut, I think it is) and “^” located where you US guys have “[” and “]” (as you can see here: And I can tell you that these keys don’t do anything either.

I found a very cool way to increase/decrease brush size and hardness by pressing Ctrl+Alt and at the same time click-dragging the mouse; vertically up/down to adjust hardness, and horizontally left/right to adjust brush size. This would probably be the best solution for me if using a keyboard+mouse combination, BUT when using a macbook trackpad I’d absolutely want the keyboard/key shortcuts instead… Knahmean?

Boy did this message get long. Thanks anyway in advance! Any scandinavians in the house? Or anybody else who would know the trick…

May 4, 2010 at 3:32 pm

very helpful, thanks.

May 6, 2010 at 10:29 am

very useful is, that if you click twice to the background layer and hold alt, then it turns into editable layer and are not locked anymore.
otherwise you always have to start same process to make your scanned picture edible.

Kent Driscoll
May 8, 2010 at 4:49 pm

OK I found one while trying these holding Alt and hitting and up or down arrow gives you a duplicate computer. Also a quick waay yo get reid of the lock on the background layer, not a short cut but an easy to make short cut, I made an action so when the F2 button it hit the lock is trashed, to do this just record and action that works when F2 is hit, and drag the lock to the trash can

Kent Driscoll
May 8, 2010 at 4:50 pm

I screwed up it is Ctl Alt Up or Down arrow

May 13, 2010 at 8:29 am

Double clicking the zoom tool isn’t a ‘shortcut’ … cmd+0 is however.

May 14, 2010 at 8:51 am

I grew up on Photoshop, so I’ve used just about every version from 5 – CS1. At work, we just moved from CS1 to CS4 and my CMD+Click is gone. Adobe screwed the pooch on a heavily used shortcut. What is it in CS4? (Never tried CS2 or CS3, so the shortcut may have changed in them too.)

Any ideas?

May 24, 2010 at 9:56 am

nice and useful thank you for share now feel great

May 25, 2010 at 11:28 am

In CS4: When zoomed in hold down Spacebar + C (works also with V, B, N and M) and click with left mouse button: the image will temporally zoom out to fit in the window (until you release the button), the frame showing zoomed proportions will appear allowing you to move quickly to any other desired corner of your canvas without using zoom tools or navigator panel.

May 26, 2010 at 5:01 am

thanks so much for these tips, didnt know a few of them but they r so useful!

for 21: i am using cs4 and when i press the number buttons I adjust the flow parameter of the brush tool rather than opacity. Pressing shift+number gives me the opacity. But the more I can type in any value. For example shift+type 5 two times gives me an opacity of 55%.

May 29, 2010 at 1:19 pm

I was passing by on google reading ur blog and noticed that there is a mistake with TIP #28 which you wrote OPT instead of CMD,
Keep Going,

Referring SouRC:

Alex Horwood
May 31, 2010 at 7:41 pm

does any1 knoo blend words in photoshop? I made a text box and was wondering if i could blend it..

Jun 4, 2010 at 11:22 am

Thank god i found this page! i was new in photoshop and this secret keys absolutely help me much~ thanks :*

Jun 8, 2010 at 1:09 am

can any one tell me difference in mac shortcut keys and desktop pc actually Im using desktop so how I can use these commands for my desktop pc…?

and please send me secret shortcut keys….


Jun 9, 2010 at 12:05 pm

nice shorcuts!!!
im wondering if there still exists the ctrl+alt+click’n drag to resize brush¿¿¿


chuck norris
Jun 16, 2010 at 9:23 am

sorry for being a grammar freak, but the line where it says, ” Here are 30 secret Photoshop shortcuts that I’ve learned from years of experience.”

it should be LEARNT.

past tense of learn is learnt and not learned.


Jun 18, 2010 at 2:58 am

Actually Chuck Norris, the words learned and learnt are the same thing, just that learnt is more common in British English. But, either spelling is acceptable.

Jun 18, 2010 at 7:19 am

amazing stuff .am one step greater in cs3

CS5 User
Jun 20, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Thanks for this awesome article. I think the most useful thing I learned was #12, thanks for that one!

A shortcut I find very useful is alt/option + scroll wheel on your mouse to zoom in/out.

Also, @Chuck Norris, you’re the dumbass. Both usages are correct, but mainly used in either America or Great Britain. You crossed the line by calling the author a dumbass.

Jun 22, 2010 at 4:47 am


Jun 27, 2010 at 7:46 am

@naeem Mac to Windows:

Return/Enter = Enter

Jun 30, 2010 at 5:41 pm

I used most of shortcuts but few of them are more than useful thanks for the post!

Sarah the Student and Newbie to CS3 :D
Jul 1, 2010 at 2:13 am

Thanks for this! It’s a lot easier to use CS3 now without being muddled constantly! XD.



yash rajpoot
Jul 5, 2010 at 1:48 am

sir please send me list of keybord shortcuts of photo shop cs 8 on my e mai id

Jul 13, 2010 at 6:20 am

sir please send me list of keybord shortcuts of photo shop cs 3

Fiona Eng
Jul 13, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Thanks for the thorough illustrations of all the shortcuts – very useful. Now I just have to remember it all!

Susan Roberts
Jul 13, 2010 at 10:35 pm


Vector Lady
Jul 15, 2010 at 10:32 pm

ctrl + shift + backspace will recolor object (not all layer) in background color
alt + shift + backspace will recolor object (not all layer) in foreground color

Jul 15, 2010 at 10:47 pm

wow, thanks for this great tips, it really help to increase my skill

Jul 16, 2010 at 5:12 am

hello sir
i viewed ur site it is very very useful and mentioned important information to gather and design ourselves in future really it’s worth mentioned site thanks to the designer kindly send the working samples with techniques with how they are done to my mentioned mail id.reply

Jul 16, 2010 at 6:39 am

increasing the circle size proportionatly is working fine.. but is there any possibilities to increase the size of the rectangle proportionatly, such that it has same amount of space vertically and horizontally? any suggestions? i hope the reply would be useful to all the designers..


Jul 16, 2010 at 7:02 am

hello burger

here is the answer for your ques.

to avoid the light line around the photo, u need to smoothen or blur the edge of your photo.

steps to follow:
1. ctrl click on your photo
2. press ctrl+Alt+D
3. Give the feather radius between 5-10 pixels

Now the light line around your photo will disappear..

Jul 16, 2010 at 1:30 pm

You did such great tutorial..
thanks a lot… :)

Jul 16, 2010 at 1:31 pm

I am grateful to find this site :)
Wish you luck :)

Jul 17, 2010 at 12:49 am

sir thanks for share about photosop..
i will try that.. :)

Jul 17, 2010 at 12:49 am

sir thanks for share about photosop..
i will try that.. :)

Jul 17, 2010 at 9:12 pm

very clear tutorial, thanks

Jul 21, 2010 at 11:30 pm

Nice post..
Good tutorial, keep sharing..

i’ll use it for my project, thanks.

Jul 23, 2010 at 9:13 am

WOW! That is inspiring and outstanding tutorial. Thanks!

Ruturaj Patil
Jul 27, 2010 at 4:44 am


Nice post…..
Good tutorial, keep sharing………….


Jul 31, 2010 at 3:24 am

Woww!!! its Awesome shortcuts keys
Gud its very useful me.



Mohd. Irfan,India,LKO
Aug 11, 2010 at 5:03 am

By pressing Cntrl+Shift+[ or ] move your layer position in the layer pallet.

Mohd. Irfan,India,LKO
Aug 11, 2010 at 5:09 am

By pressing Cntrl+[ or ] move your layer position in the layer palette 1 by 1.

For merge Layers in the layer palette select those layer you want to merge in the layer palette and press cntrl+E.

Aug 12, 2010 at 5:00 am

hi! thank u all friends who share shortcut keys.

Aug 12, 2010 at 5:44 am

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Aug 17, 2010 at 1:05 am


Aug 17, 2010 at 4:15 pm

I havent read all the comments, but one of the most uselful hotkeys I use which doesnt appear as a tooltip is:

[b]Load Selection from Path[/b]

Not sure if it was covered or if it’s that useful to others, but it saves a ton of time.

Aug 21, 2010 at 2:04 am

good information good tutorial thanks

Aug 28, 2010 at 4:04 am

How about nothing less than “The shortcut from HELLLLLLL” it´s copy merged + make new layer. Hold down shft+alt+cmd (ctrl), type n and then e, not at the same time, you have to let go of n before you type e. Very good if got a ton of layers and just to make them in to one, but dont want to merge them all.

Aug 29, 2010 at 6:33 pm

you dont need to create a new layer before doing that- just press shift control alt + e.
Very useful

Aug 31, 2010 at 6:03 am


Its really great and very useful…thanks

Sep 1, 2010 at 9:08 am

thank u for the information regarding the tutorials

Sep 1, 2010 at 9:15 am

i have read all the comments and i like the all the comments.

Sep 9, 2010 at 5:48 am

how about all the basic hot keys that have been forgotten about like the simple i for eyedropper m for marque b for brush c for crop l for lasso w for magic wand e for eraser so on and so one very useful also. like original poster said there are many ways to shortcut menus and options you just have to find the right one that fits you best.

Sep 13, 2010 at 4:44 pm

My personal favorite:

SPACEBAR (hand tool) + R + Click and drag

While zoomed in, will zoom out to “fit to screen”, showing you a box with your screen size. Drag to the area you want to pan to and release. You will zoom back in to the same %.

Sep 14, 2010 at 2:12 am

Thanks a lot for Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts
It is very useful.
Sincerly thanks again

Sep 15, 2010 at 12:38 am

#13 is awesome! I’ve been trying to work that out for almost a year after switching to from PC to Mac.. On PC you can simply click on the filters drop down and scroll down through them quickly with the up/down arrows.. but I couldn’t do it on the mac.. until now.. Thank you so much! :D

Gold Coast Web Design

Sep 16, 2010 at 2:31 am


Does anybody know how to switch back between document windows in Photoshop?
I know how to switch forward (Ctrl + Tab).

فيس بوك
Sep 16, 2010 at 7:20 am

i count my self as a good user of photoshop and i useing it long time ago but i dont know most of these shortcuts
# 530 Lise : try ( ctrl+shift+tap )

Sep 17, 2010 at 1:24 am

# فيس بوك – Thank you so much :)

Sep 22, 2010 at 12:36 am

hi ,its a very useful for me,thanks

Sep 22, 2010 at 3:46 am

I think you should add in more social sharing options. I would love an easy way to share this on Twitter and FaceBook and with WordPress as your CMS they have a ton of great ones. Great tips!

Aristedes C. Leutetio
Sep 22, 2010 at 4:52 pm

thank you for this wonderful and secret photoshop shortcuts. I can speed up my works now!

Sep 23, 2010 at 1:32 am

Thanks dude for photoshop shortcuts

Kevin Richards
Sep 26, 2010 at 6:19 pm

double click the hand tool and the document will zoom to a size that fits the window.

Ravi kumar
Sep 29, 2010 at 7:51 am

Hey superb collection dude. thanks for sharing your experience.
Ravi Kumar
Graphic designer,
Banglore76. India

Oct 4, 2010 at 5:33 pm

I would love to know a shortcut to ‘toggle’ between ‘auto select’ on / off. Also toggle between auto select ‘layer / group’. That would change my life for the better. This list is awesome though. I know most people know this one, but in case they don’t, it is my fave shortcut of all time, in all design software: Alt + drag= duplicate layer and drag it. Also works for Flash frames!

Oct 6, 2010 at 2:27 am

Thnx :)
Nice tutorial!!!!!!!!!!!
to switch back we can use ctrl + shift + tab

Oct 6, 2010 at 7:27 am

The Stroke Path shortcut is a lifesaver. I’m currently inking a picture in Photoshop and this really speeds it up. =)

Saeid A.K
Oct 13, 2010 at 1:05 am

hey this article was so gooood ! tnx alot.
I’m a web designer, I thought to a way for copy the hexadecimal code of a color by jyst a shortcut key ! that was may sake for googlize and find your page. if you know how I can do this please tell me by reply comment here.


tnx alot , best Regards

Oct 14, 2010 at 3:22 am

With the eyedropper tool, “ctrl + click” over your desired colour and choose “Copy Color as HTML” from the menu.

I think that’s the quickest way

Oct 28, 2010 at 6:42 am

Thank a lot…..
very useful tutorial

Oct 28, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Hell yea THIS is what I am talking about!

Nov 2, 2010 at 4:40 am

Very nice list!
Thanks for sharing – and thanks for all the great comments!

Mohd. Irfan
Nov 2, 2010 at 6:49 am

if u r on any zooming level u can get the actual size of the working document by spacebar+rightclick on the working canvas u get a a menu wich have 3 item 1.Fit on screen 2.Actual pixel and 3.print size. u can navigate easily through this menu

Nov 5, 2010 at 1:46 am

I have this problem. In Photoshop the background of my artboard/workspace (whatever it’s called) is the transparent color (white and grey squares), but the document size is smaller, so if I move the image out of the frame, then it just disappears into nothing. Has anyone experienced this before? Can anyone help?

Nov 8, 2010 at 1:11 am

this is very nice shortcut kaeys i like this post

Nov 10, 2010 at 10:51 pm

my biggest timesaver shortcut is clicking “D” to set the colors to the default palette (black foreground, white bkgd) or “X” to swap which is the foreground and which is the background. I think this works regardless of what tool you have selected.

Nov 12, 2010 at 4:15 am

really great and awesome shortcut i got from here. but i have one question, if i have applied blending effect on a layer, after this, i want this blending effects to merge with the layer they are on. one method i know is, creat new layer up on this effected layer, then select new layer attached with effected layer, then merge linked. if anyone have better trick, kindly tell me…..

Nov 23, 2010 at 5:21 am

This is so cool! Full of useful information. I’ve been looking for ages for something like this! Especially number 14, the set blending mode – awesome.

Great blog.

Nov 24, 2010 at 2:15 am

Thanks to “web designer wall” and all commenter
i’m being advance now

Nov 28, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Very cool. Now I can actually USE photoshop…. I couldn’t figure out how to zoom and move around properly–it was driving me crazy. I was beginning to wonder why everyone says photoshop is the best. Now I know!

Most useful tutorial I have found by a long shot. It’s as useful as learning how to type properly, so thank you!

Nov 29, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Thanks for the Photoshop shortcuts! I’ve been using the software for years and never even read a book about it. It’s nice to find sites like this and get some hot tips :)

I’ll be bookmarking this page!

Nov 29, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Great BloG!

Photoshop is the best software for editing. Sometimes I wish that Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator were grouped into one package… That would make my life simpler too!

I’m sure I’m not the only one :P

Balaji Sane
Dec 1, 2010 at 8:26 am

so easy

Eight Chen
Dec 2, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Any idea how to navigate through and sample a zillion styles without having to click to through them one at a time like you can with fonts?

Dec 8, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Does anyone know how to unlock the default layer lock (the grey one – lock position)? And the / key does a fair few of things, I can’t seem to get my head around it..

Dec 10, 2010 at 6:18 am

This site is very useful in all Human Beings.

Devall Krem
Dec 13, 2010 at 6:24 am

This is so cool! Full of useful information. I’ve been looking for ages for something like this! Especially number 14, the set blending mode – awesome.

Great blog.

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Dec 19, 2010 at 7:08 am

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Dec 31, 2010 at 7:04 am

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Jair Martinez
Jan 7, 2011 at 12:10 am

@ Balaj Sane
Right click on the layer in the layers palette, then select the first option (Layer from background) that unlocks the background and treats it as a layer.

Jair Martinez
Jan 7, 2011 at 12:12 am

Repost, the previous comment was for Zeth. not Balaj, sorry.

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Jan 11, 2011 at 2:38 pm

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Jan 25, 2011 at 1:56 pm

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Feb 2, 2011 at 7:32 am

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Phil Barnes
Feb 14, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Thanks for the great post.. Just the duplicate active layer tip has just improved my productivity.

Thanks again. When Im no longer behind a firewall I will be sure to Tweet a link out to my followers.. @phil_at_101



Feb 16, 2011 at 6:31 am

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Ali zahoor
Feb 18, 2011 at 5:17 pm

if there are hundreds of layers in one document..
to select a particular layer with in the canvas..
CMD+OPTION+RIGHT CLICK on that layer.. it will directly select tat layer in the layer menu…
during making selection while drag-in…… pressing and hold the SPACE key will let you to move your selection with in the document,
CMD+OPTION+F will open the filter dialouge with the last setting applied,
CMD + click on new layer icon in the layer pallet will create new layer below the selected layer……

Apr 12, 2011 at 8:20 am

mac fag.

Feb 20, 2011 at 8:47 am

HELLO shortcut delete layer is alt+L +L

Feb 24, 2011 at 6:17 am

Does anyone know how you toggle between first (the open state) and last step of the history pallet?
I know the Cmd + Alt/Shift + Z stuff I was just wondering if there is such an option.

Feb 25, 2011 at 9:20 am

awesome ray thanks………….

Feb 27, 2011 at 12:00 am

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Feb 27, 2011 at 12:01 am

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Mar 5, 2011 at 3:28 am

Love these. Very helpful.

Mar 11, 2011 at 6:27 pm

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Mar 14, 2011 at 8:02 am

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Apr 3, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Great info… Thanks…

Apr 9, 2011 at 5:34 am

please any one tell me how to increase workspace in photoshop

Apr 11, 2011 at 5:17 am

that’s great dude thanks all the best

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Apr 23, 2011 at 3:22 pm

There is also a quick and nice color picker when you press Alt+Shift+RMB while using Brush tool. Discovered it accidently.

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May 5, 2011 at 2:42 am

You can also crop a selection by holding down ALT (option) & then pressing “I” & then “P”

May 5, 2011 at 3:14 am

Thanks, but you could have been a bit less biased and post the Windows shortcuts too, even though it’s pretty intuitive for me.

The only webdesigners I know that use MAC are freelancers….

Did Apple fix that mouse lag yet? Because it was a pain in the ass with 2x 24″ desplays.

Ares Saldaña
May 8, 2011 at 9:18 am

You can also switch between open documents with [command + ~].

Great list! Thank you.

May 8, 2011 at 11:23 pm

One shortcut I love using for almost every program including photoshop on MAC is the “esc” button to cancel out of a dialog box. There are so many times when an annoying dialog box pops and just slam on esc to cancel instead of dragging the mouse to the cancel button.

May 12, 2011 at 6:05 am

Brilliant article, thanks for sharing :)

May 15, 2011 at 11:07 am

Alt+Ctrl+G Creates/Releases Clipping Masks. That’s not much of a secret. But try positioning the cursor in between the two layer and hold the Alt (Command) Key. The cursor should turn into a, well, clipping mask icon. :)

May 19, 2011 at 11:13 am

Does anyone know the shortcut to toggle between width and height when resizing an image? I have PS 6.0 and it doesn’t have the toggle button.

David Smith
May 20, 2011 at 6:43 am

I saw a tutorial once where the provider used a shortcut to duplicate and rotate a layer. It was an eCover tutorial and he was showing how to quickly make a ‘fan’ spread of CDs.

Does anyone know the video or the shortcut? It may have even been a combination of two shortcuts, but I think it was one.

Thanks for this excellent post!

David Smith
May 20, 2011 at 7:42 am

UPDATE: I could not find the video, but I did find the trick.

The shortcut is documented: Ctrl+Shift+Alt+T

But I had to rotate the image manually before using the shortcut.

May 20, 2011 at 10:18 am

Thanks for looking David. I didn’t explain myself well. What I’m trying to do is crop photos. Sometimes I have a hor. image sometimes a vert. And I don’t want to have to manually switch the 4 x 6 dimensions in the crop tool.

May 26, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Cool :) Good job!

Jun 1, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Love this list! I work from home and some of these shortcuts are going to save me a ton of time. I love the visibility drag, using the number keys for opacity and alt+backspace to fill with foreground… Thanks bunches!!

Jun 5, 2011 at 10:32 pm

Thank u so much for such a wonderful info. Most of them I already know but some really now speed up my work. You are awesome !

The best short cut is workspace color and blending modes.

Molik Jain
Jun 8, 2011 at 5:18 am

These shortcuts are very useful for freshers who want to make their future in the field of web designing.

Jun 13, 2011 at 4:48 am

Wow! Very useful shortcuts! I`ll use them.

Bojan Živković
Jun 29, 2011 at 12:29 am

Alt + double click on Type, shape layer will open Blending Options (Layer Style) dialog

Bojan Živković
Jun 29, 2011 at 12:32 am

Ctrl + click on channel at CHANNELS palette will select highlights only

Bojan Živković
Jun 29, 2011 at 12:36 am

Ctrl + Alt + T to duplicate layer in free transform mode, move layer then press Ctrl + Alt + Shift + T to repeat last operation (step and repeat).

Bojan Živković
Jun 29, 2011 at 12:39 am

Ctrl + Tab is shortcut for next open document and is listed, Ctrl + Shift + Tab is shortcut for previous open document

Bojan Živković
Jun 29, 2011 at 12:43 am

Alt + double click on layer effect name will open Layer Style dialog with that effect selected (effect tab will be active) so You can change settings for effect like Drop Shadow.

Bojan Živković
Jun 29, 2011 at 12:44 am

Shift + Tab hides only palette on right side of screen.

Bojan Živković
Jun 29, 2011 at 12:53 am

Alt + click with Type Tool active opens Paragraph Text Size dialog

Bojan Živković
Jun 29, 2011 at 12:55 am

To copy single layer effect Alt + click and drag, release above layer to be copied that effect

Jul 7, 2011 at 1:38 am

ctrl+q – tab – enter. enjoy!!!!

Jul 14, 2011 at 9:35 am


Jul 21, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Thank you sooooooo much. This page is a little treasure on the web.

ajay kumar yadav
Aug 25, 2011 at 4:35 am

adobe photoshop 7.0 short key

Sep 9, 2011 at 1:47 pm

For PC Photoshop, hold CTRL + Click layer icon in Layer window to select everything in that layer.

Sep 23, 2011 at 10:25 pm

hey thanx for such a useful info

Oct 7, 2011 at 4:40 pm

By holding down ctrl and double click with left mouse button outside the image-window Photoshop will open up the New-window.

Doing the same with Ctrl-Shift or Shift-Alt opens up Save As, and doing it with only Alt opens up Open As.. One could wounder wich is easiest, the ctrl-n command or this. But for people like me who likes to play with the mouse this is great.

Oct 15, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Thanks for sharing these tips. While I was aware of many of them, there were a few goodies in there that will save me some time and frustration. Cheers!

Oct 18, 2011 at 3:26 am

Wow it’s very easy and thanks for helping me
i want more shortcuts for photoshop cs3

Eni Bassey
Oct 20, 2011 at 7:17 am

This information has really helped, thanks to all!

Nov 7, 2011 at 2:17 am

really its very useful.thnku

Nov 9, 2011 at 10:08 am

Thank for these, that greatly speed up my work in photoshop

Abdullah Bin Laique
Nov 22, 2011 at 4:43 am

Ctrl + Enter to make a path shape to selection
Using Magnetic Lasso and Polygonal Lasso tool DELETE button use to go one step back

Thanks for these shortcuts guys its really useful thanks everyone

Nov 23, 2011 at 8:55 am

+ – Add Shape
– – Subtract Shape
/ – Preserve Transparency (toggle)
[ – Decrease Brush Size
] – Increase Brush Size
Shift+ [ – Decrease Brush Softness by 25%
Shift+ ] – Increase Brush Hardness by 25%
– Next Brush
Shift+ – >Last Brush
1 → 0 – Tool Opacity 10% → 100%
Shift+1 → 0 – Flow / Airbrush Opacity 10% → 100%
A – Path / Direct Selection Tool
B – Brush / Pencil / Color Replacement Tool
C – Crop Tool
D – Default Colors
E – Eraser Tool
F – Cycle Screen Modes
G – Gradient / Paint Bucket Tool
H – Hand Tool
I – Eyedropper / Sampler / Measure Tool
J – Spot Healing / Healing / Patch / Red Eye
K – Slice Tool
L – Lasso Tool
M – Marquee Tool
N – Notes / Audio Annotation Tool
O – Dodge / Burn / Sponge Tool
P – Pen / Freeform Pen Tool
Q – Standard / Quick Mask Mode
R – Blur / Sharpen / Smudge Tool
S – Clone / Pattern Stamp Tool
T – Type Tool (Vertical / Horizontal)
U – Shape Tool
V – Move Tool
W – Magic Wand Tool
X – Switch Colors
Y – History / Art History Brush Tool
Z – Zoom Tool
Space – >Hand Tool (toggle)
Ctrl+Space -Zoom In (toggle)
Alt+Space – Zoom Out (toggle)
Shift+A – Cycle Path / Direct Selection Tools
Shift+B – Cycle Brush / Pencil / Color Replacement
Shift+E – Cycle Eraser Tools
Shift+F – Menubar (show / hide)
Shift+G – Toggle Gradient / Paint Bucket Tools
Shift+ I – Cycle Eyedropper / Sampler / Measure
Shift+J – Cycle Spot / Healing / Patch / Red Eye
Shift+K – Toggle Slice / Slice Select Tools
Shift+L – Cycle Lasso Tools
Shift+M – Toggle Rectangular / Elliptical Marquee
Shift+N – Toggle Notes / Audio Annotation Tools
Shift+O – Cycle Dodge / Burn / Sponge Tools
Shift+P – Toggle Pen / Freeform Pen Tools
Shift+R – Cycle Blur / Sharpen / Smudge Tools
Shift+S – Toggle Clone / Pattern Stamp Tools
Shift+T – Cycle Type Tools (Vertical / Horizontal)
Shift+U – Cycle Shape / Line Tools
Shift+Y – Toggle History / Art History Brush
Alt+Shift+P – Airbrush (Brush Tool)

Nov 29, 2011 at 10:45 am

While using the brush tool, holding down Alt+rightClick and dragging up/down or left/right will let you quick adjust the brush hardness and size.
This helped me a lot. Enjoy creating!

Dec 16, 2011 at 8:02 am

This helped me alot, alot of things I never knew, I can photoshop much faster now :D
And thanks for the hint Uly ;)

Denise Passaretti
Dec 21, 2011 at 5:09 pm


Dec 30, 2011 at 3:43 am

(alt + cmd + i) opens the resize image dialog
(alt + cmd + c) opens the resize canvas dialog

ravikumar Divi
Dec 31, 2011 at 2:43 am

photoshop shortcut commands were exellent suggestions to me and more learning and very simply using these commands. So i request yu sir i know more shortcuts
Thank yu sir

Jan 8, 2012 at 2:09 am

To fill by more same copyies
fist = ctrl+t
second =shift+ctrl+ alt+t = makes more duplicate
– sculptor siva

Jan 14, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Move the selected layer to be the first or the last one
Ctrl + Shift + [
Ctrl + Shift + ]

Jan 23, 2012 at 1:06 am