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Photoshop Shortcuts Library Keyboard Keys For Windows and Mac
Incorporating shortcuts into your editing workflow can help make things faster and easier for you. Adobe Photoshop is an essential editing tool with numerous functions that can help you gain great creative control while editing. And Photoshop shortcuts can help you make the process seamless. However, there is a long list of Photoshop functions and a long list of shortcuts as well. So do you need to know each one of them? Well, if you have the superhuman power to remember them all, then sure! But for the most part, there is a list of some essential shortcuts that will help you out, and this blog gives you free access to that list.

Essential & Commonly Used Photoshop Shortcuts

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Below is a curated list of some of the most commonly used keyboard shortcuts for Adobe Photoshop for both Windows and Mac.

1. Function Keys

Action Shortcut Keys for Windows Shortcut Keys for Mac
Cut F2 F2
Copy F3 F3
Paste F4 F4
Undo Ctrl + Z Command + Z
Multiple Undos Ctrl + Alt + Z Command + Opt + Z
Duplicate Ctrl + J Command + J
Duplicate All Visible Layers Ctrl + Alt + Shift + E Command + Shift + Opt + E
Switch Foreground & Background Colors X X
Save & Close Documents Ctrl + S Command + S
Revert F12 F12
Fill Shift + F5 Shift + F5

2. Selection Tools

Action Shortcut Keys for Windows Shortcut Keys for Mac
Select All Ctrl + A Command + A
Deselect Ctrl + D Command + D
Hide Selection and Planes Ctrl + H Command + H
Add to a Selection Any selection tool + Shift and drag Any selection tool + Shift and drag
Subtract From a Selection Any selection tool + Alt and drag Any selection tool + Opt and drag
Inverse Selection Ctrl + Shift + I Command + Shift + I
Magic Wand Tool & Quick Selection Tool W W
Move Tool V V
Marquee Tool M M
Lasso Tool L L
Crop Tool C C
Brush Tool B B
Healing Brush Tool J J
Clone Stamp Tool S S
Gradient Tool G G
Dodge Tool & Burn Tool O O
Zoom Tool Z Z
Decrease Brush Hardness { {
Increase Brush Hardness } }
Previous Brush , ,
Next Brush . .
First Brush < <
Last Brush > >

3. Blending Modes

Action Shortcut Keys for Windows Shortcut Keys for Mac
Normal Shift + Alt + N Shift + Option + N
Dissolve Shift + Alt + I Shift + Option + I
Darken Shift + Alt + K Shift + Option + K
Multiply Shift + Alt + M Shift + Option + M
Color Burn Shift + Alt + B Shift + Option + B
Linear Burn Shift + Alt + A Shift + Option + A
Lighten Shift + Alt + G Shift + Option + G
Screen Shift + Alt + S Shift + Option + S
Color Dodge Shift + Alt + D Shift + Option + D
Linear Dodge Shift + Alt + W Shift + Option + W
Overlay Shift + Alt + O Shift + Option + O
Difference Shift + Alt + E Shift + Option + E
Exclusion Shift + Alt + X Shift + Option + X
Hue Shift + Alt + U Shift + Option + U
Saturation Shift + Alt + T Shift + Option + T
Color Shift + Alt + C Shift + Option + C
Luminosity Shift + Alt + Y Shift + Option + Y
Desaturate Sponge Tool + Shift + Alt + D Sponge Tool + Shift + Option + D
Saturate Sponge Tool + Shift + Alt + S Sponge Tool + Shift + Option + S
Dodge/Burn Shadows Dodge Tool/Burn Tool + Shift + Alt + S Dodge Tool/Burn Tool + Shift + Option + S
Dodge/Burn Midtones Dodge Tool/Burn Tool + Shift + Alt + M Dodge Tool/Burn Tool + Shift + Option + M
Dodge/Burn Highlights Dodge Tool/Burn Tool + Shift + Alt + H Dodge Tool/Burn Tool + Shift + Option + H

4. Adjustment Layers & Layers Panel

Action Shortcut Keys for Windows Shortcut Keys for Mac
Fit Layer(s) to Screen Alt-click layer Option-click layer
New Layer via Copy Ctrl + J Command + J
New Layer Ctrl + Shift+ N Command + Shift+ N
New Layer via Cut Shift + Ctrl + J Shift + Command + J
Close All Open Documents Except the Current Document Ctrl + Alt + P Command + Option + P
Cancel Any Modal Dialog Window Escape Escape
Select the First Edit Field of the Toolbar Enter Return
Navigate Between Fields Tab Tab
Group Layers Ctrl + G Command + G
Ungroup Layers Ctrl + Shift + G Command + Shift + G
Select All Layers Ctrl + Alt + A Command + Option + A
Merge Layers Select layers that you want to merge, then press Ctrl + E Select layers that you want to merge, then press Ctrl + E

5. Other Important Keyboard Shortcuts

Action Shortcut Keys for Windows Shortcut Keys for Mac
Cross-Hair Cursor Caps Lock Caps Lock
Show/Hide Panels & Toolbar Tab Tab
Show/Hide Panels Shift-Tab Shift-Tab
Rulers Ctrl + R Command + R
Default Colors D D
Free Transform Ctrl + T Command + T
Cycle Through Blending Modes Shift + or Shift – Shift + or Shift –
Flip Between Open Documents Ctrl-Tab Command-Tab
Increase/Decrease Brush Size Ctrl + Alt + right-click on the image and drag left or right Command + Option + right-click on the image and drag left or right
Restore Last Selection Ctrl + Shift + D Command + Shift + D
Cycle Overlay Options O O
Lock Transparent Pixels / /
Set the Sample Source While Using Clone Tool Alt & click on the image Option & click on the image
Offset Clone Sample Source Alt-Shit and click on any of the arrow keys Option-Shit and click on any of the arrow keys
Rotate Clone Sample Source Alt-Shit and click on < or > Option-Shit and click on < or >
Scale Clone Sample Source Alt-Shit and click on any bracket keys Option-Shit and click on any bracket keys
Switch on to the Layer Mask Ctrl + / Command + /
Revert the File F12 F12
Keyboard Shortcuts Panel Alt + Shift + Control + K Option + Shift + Command + K
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The Photoshop shortcuts mentioned above could help you in reducing your editing time significantly. Most of the shortcut keyboard keys are used in a similar manner in Windows as in Mac. The only difference being Control (Ctrl) is replaced with Command, Alt with Option, and Backspace with Delete (Del). We hope you found this article resourceful! For more Lightroom and Photoshop blogs, check out our Lightroom and Photoshop tips section.

Further Read: How To Create A Grid In Photoshop

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Source: Adobe Photoshop


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