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Top 18 Helpful Photoshop Shortcut Commands

Working professionally or even trying your hands at Photoshop can actually be a complex and a really time consuming task for the advanced users as well as for the beginners. Here the top 18 most helpful shortcut commands to help you with Photoshop.

Simple shortcut commands for Photoshop

  1. H(hand tool) : Whenever you zoom in to a particular portion of your considered photo, this command will allow you to access the hand tool for a quick and steady panning purpose. It also allows you to zoom in that too without switching to any kind of the zoom tool.
  2. Z(Zoom Tool) : This command allows you to use the zoom tool that would allow you to access the zoom in feature in your picture.
  3. Ctrl+O (Fit in screen): This form of dirty as well as quick command allows you to bring the complete image of your considered photo completely on your skin.
  4. B (Brush Tool): The brush tool has been proved to be extremely useful as far as working with the concepts of masks is involved.
  5. Ctrl+Z (Undo): Such a command has been proved to be effective from generations to correct small mistakes.
  6. Tab (Show/ Hide Palettes): This command allows you to hide the palettes, therefore, allowing you with more working space in the room.

Intermediate Shortcut Commands for Photoshop

  1. [ (Decrease Brush Size) : This tool helps in decreasing the brush size so as to concentrate on more details in pictures like illustrated maps.
  2. ] (Increase Brush Size): It rapidly increases the size of brush for focussing on larger areas.
  3. Shift + [(Decrease Brush Softness): Helps in decreasing the overall softness of the editing brush by an estimated twenty five per cent.
  4. Shift + ] (Increase Brush Softness): Helps in increasing the overall softness of the editing brush by an approximate twenty five per cent.
  5. 1->0 (Tool Opacity): As a general rule of thumb, most of the brushes work well with opacity of five per cent or maximum ten per cent. However, using this command you can change the opacity around the brush from a minimum of ten per cent to a maximum of hundred per cent according to your specific requirements.
  6. Shift + 1->0 (Tool Flow): Such a key works as an opacity changer. However, you are only required to hold the normal shift key down to do so.
  7. Ctrl + Tab (Next Point on Curves Adjustment): For adjusting the curves dialog, you can employ a number of distinctive points even on the detailed images such as the illustrated maps. This tool has been proved to be really helpful in making small shifts in your workspace.

Advanced Shortcut Commands for Photoshop

  1. Ctrl + Shift + N (New Layer): This command will allow the user to bring up the usual new layer or the in use dialog box. In addition to this, it also aids in placing an all new layer directly on top of the currently active layer.
  2. Ctrl + Alt + Shift + N (New Layer No Dialog): This command would help the user in simply skipping the dialog box so as to place the new layer or active layer.
  3. Ctrl + Shift + C (Copy Merged): This command is very much similar to the copy command. However, the only difference between the two is that while the copy command would allow you to copy the text or portion according to your convenience but this command will allow you to merge a copy of the overall composed image to the clipboard.
  4. Ctrl + Alt + Shift + E (Stamp Visible): This command is somewhat similar to the earlier discussed copy merge command except that it directly places the copied portion in to the new layer.
  5. Ctrl + Alt + Shift + K (Show Keyboard Commands): This command helps you in bringing up the dialog box containing all the keyboard short cuts.

Max Stele is a Photoshop expert. His expertise area focuses on the designing as well as creation of illustrated maps.

{ 3 comments… add one }
  • Kathy Daunt

    July 17, 2013, 2:19 pm

    I am Magento developer but still the the advanced shortcut commands you given for Photoshop is very useful for me. Thanks for the post.

    • Bilal Ahmad

      July 18, 2013, 9:42 pm

      Kathy@ I am glade it helped you.

  • vishal

    July 13, 2013, 6:44 pm

    Hi Bilal..
    nice post, it gives the very easy and understandable shortcuts. And its very beneficial to Photoshop user..thanks..!!!


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