My 22 Favourite Photoshop Shortcuts
I use Photoshop just about every day. However, I’m not someone who has every single shortcut memorised. In fact, in many cases I find it faster to keep my hand on my Wacom tablet, than move back and forth to the keyboard. That said, there are a few Photoshop keyboard shortcuts that I can’t live without, when I am editing a photo. I thought I would share my most frequently used Photoshop shortcuts with you.
The following are the Windows shortcuts. For Mac users simply replace the Ctrl with Command and Alt with Option.
- Ctrl + 0 – Makes the image fill the workspace
- Ctrl + Alt + 0 – Zooms to 100%
- Ctrl + + Zooms in
- Ctrl + – Zooms out
- Ctrl + Home – Takes you to the top left hand corner of the image
- Page Down – When you are zoomed in, pressing Page Down will take you exactly one screen down. This seems obvious but I find that it saves time over holding the space bar and dragging the image.
- Page Up – Just like above but takes you up a screen
- Ctrl + Page Down – This takes you one screen to the right
- Ctrl + Page Up – You guessed it. This takes you one screen to the left
- Holding the space bar – As mentioned above if you hold down the space bar you can drag your zoomed image location wherever you want.
- Ctrl + A – Selects everything in the active layer
- Ctrl + D – De-selects everything
- Ctrl + H – Hides the selection
- Ctrl + Shift + I – Selects the inverse
- Ctrl + T – Activates Free Transform for the layer or selection
- [ – Makes brush size smaller
- ] – Makes brush size larger
- Ctrl + J – Copies the current layer
- Ctrl + Shift + N – Creates a new empty layer
- Ctrl + N – Opens a new image
- Ctrl + O – Opens an existing image
- Ctrl + Z – Probably the most frequently used Photoshop shortcut… Undo
This is by no means a comprehensive list of Photoshop shortcuts; simply the ones I use on a daily basis. What Photoshop shortcuts can you not live without? Let me know in the comment section below.