+99 Keyboard Shortcuts for Photoshop  Windows / Mac List ▷ 2020

Adobe Photoshop is without a doubt the quintessential program used by professional and amateur designers to edit your photos or designs quickly and easily.

It is quite comfortable software and Its basic functions can be used intuitively, although it is sometimes difficult to play with the more advanced ones. Of course, there are many ways to make life easier including shortcuts that will provide us with the possibility of being able to access more quickly.

Yes, we would save a lot of time if instead of having to select the tools with the mouse we did it with keyboard shortcuts. It is because of that we make a list of the best key combinations that will help us use it more efficiently, both on Windows and MacOS.

List of the best shortcuts and key combinations for using Photoshop with the keyboard for Windows and MacOS

photoshop keyboard shortcuts

As always, we seek to make your life simpler, so this time we have looked for some shortcuts and combinations that can be useful when developing in this program. These will be managed only with the keyboard without the need to use the mouse. Find out!

It should be noted that Photoshop tools and actions are selected by pressing the corresponding key as you will see below. For Windows the Ctrl key will be used, corresponding in the Mac system to the Command key (Cmd), the Windows Alt key attributes to the Option letter in Mac, (in some cases it is done with the help of the Shift).

Basic shortcuts

basic shortcuts

In this section we will find the simplest shortcuts, many of them similar to those used in Microsoft Office applications or in many other types of software.

Key combination Action

Ctrl + N
Create a new document.

Ctrl + O
Open an existing document.

Ctrl + W
Easily close the current document.

Ctrl + “+”
Zoom in on the image.

Ctrl + “-“
Zoom out on the image.

Ctrl + Z
Undo the last step.

Ctrl + S
Save the file.

Ctrl + Shift + S
Save as.

“Esc”
Abort a function.

Tabulator
Hide or show the panels.

Ctrl + T
Free transformation.

Ctrl + R
Activate or deactivate the rules.

Ctrl + Tab
Scroll through the images open in Photoshop.

Ctrl + A
Select all.

Ctrl + Shift + D
Deselect.

Alt + Shift + Ctrl + S
Save for web.

Alt + Ctrl + W
Close all.

Ctrl + Shift +,
Increase the font size, having selected text.

Ctrl + Shift +.
Decrease the font size, having selected text. Ctrl + Alt + Z

Undo some steps.

Using the function keys

Function keys

The use of these keys is usually similar in both Windows and MacOS except in some cases. Below we will summarize the shortcuts based on the use of function keys:

Key combination Action

F1
Activate help.

F2
Cut.

F3
Copy.

F4
Paste.

F5
Brush tool.

F6
Show or hide the color panel.

F7
Show or hide layers.

F8
Show or hide the information panel.

F9
Show or hide the actions panel. (Windows).

Alt (⌥) + F9
Show or hide the actions panel. (MacOS).

F12
Return.

Shift + F5
Fill.

Shift + F6
Fade selection.

Shift + F7
Invert selection.

Tools

photoshop tools

We can also access the most used Photoshop tools using various shortcuts that we will show below:

Keys Action

H
Tool “Hand” with which we can move over the image in case we have applied zoom.

B
Brush.

V
Pointer to move the image.

W
Magic wand.

M
Rectangular frame.

C
Trim.

AND
Draft.

OR
Rectangle.

T
Add a text.

J
Healing brush.

G
Paint bucket.

L
Tie.

I
Dropper.

P
Feather.

R
Rotate view.

OR
Sponge.

S
Cloner buffer.

Z
Zoom.

/
Transparency.

{
Reduce the hardness of the brush.

}
Increase the hardness of the brush.

Layers

photosop layers

Layers in Adobe Photoshop are a very important element, so it is essential to use the following shortcuts to work them quickly and easily:

Key combination Action

Shift + Ctrl + N

Create a new layer. (Windows).

Cmd + Shift + N
Create a new layer. (MacOS).

Shift + Ctrl + Alt + N
Create the layer without showing us the dialog.

Ctrl + J
Create a layer via copy.

Shift + Ctrl + J
Create a layer via cut.

Cmd (⌘) + J
Create a layer via copy. (MacOS).

Shift + Cmd (⌘) + J
Create a layer via cut. (MacOS).

Ctrl + G
Group layers.

Ctrl + Shift + G
Ungroup layers.

Cmd (⌘) + G
Group layers. (MacOS).

Shift + Cmd (⌘) + G
Ungroup layers. (MacOS).

Ctrl + Alt + A
Select all layers.

Cmd (⌘) + Alt (⌥) + A
Select all layers. (MacOS).

Ctrl + Shift + E
Merge the visible layers.

Cmd (⌘) + Shift + E
Merge the visible layers. (MacOS).

Images

As we mentioned above, this is the leader to make and design images, in this case We will show you the most necessary to better optimize your photos.

Key combination Action

Ctrl + B
Color balance.

Ctrl + M
Curves

Shift + Ctrl + B
Automatic color.

Alt + Shift + Ctrl + L
Automatic contrast.

Ctrl + U
Tones and Saturation.

Ctrl + I
To invest.

Ctrl + Alt + X
Extract.

Alt + Click Image
Double.

Alt + Shift + Click imag
Duplicate aligned

Ctrl + L
Levels.

Ctrl + Shift + L
Automatic levels.

Shift + Ctrl + U
Desaturate.

Filter Gallery

This program allows us to use a large number of filters and in turn offers us a preview of a large part of them. Without a doubt this will add an extra touch to our images. But do you want to know how to do it with the keyboard? Let’s see!

Key combination Action

Alt + Click on the selected filter
Apply a new filter above the selected one.

Alt (⌥) + Click on the selected filter
Apply a new filter above the selected one. (MacOS).

Alt + Click on the triangle
Open or close the triangles.

Alt (⌥) + Click on the triangle
Open or close the triangles. (MacOS).

Ctrl + Alt + F
Apply the last filter used.

Shift + Ctrl + X
Liquefy.

Alt + Shift + Ctrl + X
Creator of motifs.

Liquefy filter

If we want use this filter We will also have a series of shortcuts to make our work easier:

Keys Action

W
Warp forward.

R
Rebuild.

C
Pinwheel to the right.

S
Deflate.

B
Inflate.

OR
Push to the left.

M
Reflect.

T
Turbulence.

F
Freeze mask.

D
Defrost mask.

How to change and customize keyboard shortcuts to use Adobe Photoshop?

Of course, there are a lot of shortcuts for Photoshop functions, but sometimes there are so many that far from helping us, we tend to confuse them and become an eight. So it would be great if we could customize these shortcuts according to what we can memorize more easily, right?

Well, Adobe Photoshop It also allows us to edit the different keyboard shortcuts. Thus we can configure the list of shortcuts at our discretion or need that will help us to carry out the processes more quickly and easily.

  • The first thing we will have to do is click on “Edit”> “Keyboard shortcuts”.

Photoshop keyboard shortcuts

  • This will open a window with the menu commands by default that the program brings.

Photoshop program menu command

  • You will select the method you want to change clicking to open the drop-down menu.

customize keyboard shortcuts to use Adobe Photoshop

  • Done this you will add the combination of keys you want for said action and voila.

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments, we will answer you as soon as possible, and it will also be of great help to more members of the community. Thank you! 😉

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