Photoshop Shortcuts: PC

Keyboard Shortcuts

Here are many keyboard shortcuts for Photoshop, including lesser known and hidden keystrokes!

Draw marquee selection from center Alt–drag selection
Add to a selection Shift
Subtract from a selection Alt
Intersect with a selection Shift–Alt
Copy the selection with Move tool Alt–drag selection
Copy the selection when not in Move tool Ctrl–Alt–drag selection
Move selection (in 1-pixel increments) Arrow keys
Move selection (in 10-pixel increments) Shift–Arrow keys
Select opaque pixels on layer Ctrl–click layer thumbnail in Layers panel
Reselect last selection Ctrl–Shift–D
Feather selection Shift–F6
Move the marquee while drawing it Hold Spacebar while drawing
Fit on Screen Ctrl–0 or Double–click on Hand tool
Zoom to 100% Ctrl–1 or Double–click on Zoom tool
Zoom in or out Cmd–Plus(+) or Cmd–Minus(–)
Zoom in or out Hold Spacebar with Ctrl or Alt & click
Cycle through fullscreen modes F
Scroll image left or right in window Ctrl–Shift–Page Up/Down
Toggle layer mask on/off as rubylith \
Create new layer Ctrl–Shift–N
Select non-contiguous layers Ctrl–click layers
Select contiguous layers Click one layer, then Shift–click another layer
Delete layer Delete key
View contents of layer mask Alt–click layer mask icon
Temporarily turn off layer mask Shift–click layer mask icon
Duplicate a layer as you move it Alt–drag
Find/Select the appropriate layer Right–click an object with Move tool
Change layer opacity Number keys (with Move tool selected)
Cycle down or up through blending modes Shift–Plus(+) or Minus(–)
Set blending mode (in Move tool) Shift–Alt–letter (N=Normal, M=Multiply, etc.)
Select the layer below or above current layer Alt–[ or ]
Send layer backward or forward in stacking order Ctrl–[ or ]
Select all text on layer Double–click on T thumbnail in Layers panel
Decrease/Increase size of selected text by 1 pt Ctrl–Shift–< or >
Decrease/Increase size of selected text by 5 pts Ctrl–Shift–Alt–< or >
Decrease/Increase kerning or tracking Alt–Left/Right arrow
Align text left/center/right Ctrl–Shift–L/C/R
Decrease/Increase brush size [ or ]
Decrease/Increase hardness of brush Shift–[ or ]
Switch between preset brushes < or >
Open Brushes pop-up panel Right–click in image window
Fill selection with Background color Ctrl–Backspace
Fill selection with Foreground color Alt–Backspace
Fill selection with Foreground color using Lock Transparent Pixels Shift–Alt–Backspace
Fill selection with source state in History panel Ctrl–Alt–Backspace
Open the Fill dialog Shift–Backspace
Sample as background color Alt–click with Eyedropper tool
To get Move tool While in any painting/editing tool, hold Ctrl
To get Eyedropper with painting tools Alt
Change paint opacity (with Airbrush OFF) Number keys
Change Airbrush flow (with Airbrush ON) Number keys
Change Airbrush flow (with Airbrush OFF) Shift–Number keys
Change paint opacity (with Airbrush ON) Shift–Number keys
Use Crosshair cursor for any painting/editing tool turn Caps Lock on
Erase to History panel’s source state Alt–Eraser
Cycle down or up through blending modes Shift–Plus(+) or Minus(–)
Set blending mode (in Brush tool) Shift–Alt–letter (N=Normal, M=Multiply, etc.)
Create fixed color target when in a dialog Shift–click in image window
Delete fixed color target Alt–click on target with Color Sampler tool
Create new Spot Color channel from current selection Ctrl–click on New channel button in Channels panel
Pen Tool & Paths
Get the Direct Selection tool while using Pen tool Ctrl
Switch between Add Anchor and Delete Anchor Point tools Alt
In Pen tool, get Convert Point tool when over an anchor point Alt
To select a whole path with Direct Selection tool Alt–click
Convert path to a selection Ctrl–click on path thumbnail in Paths panel
Show & Hide panels
Hide/Show the Tools & all panels Tab
Hide/Show all panels except Tools & Options bar Shift–Tab
Brush Settings F5
Color F6
Layers F7
Info F8
Actions Alt–F9
Temporarily use the Hand tool Hold Spacebar
Switch between open documents Ctrl–Tab
Toggle Last History State Ctrl–Alt–Z
Reapply last filter used Ctrl–Alt–F
Reset a dialog Hold Alt, Cancel turns into Reset button, click it
Increase/Decrease value in any option field by 1 Up/Down arrow
Increase/Decrease value in any option field by 10 Shift–Up/Down arrow
Reapply last transformation Ctrl–Shift–T
Measure an angle (protractor) With Ruler tool: draw a line, then Alt–drag end of the ruler line
Move object while drawing (Crop, Rectangle, Marquee, etc.) Hold Spacebar while drawing
Snap Guide to Ruler ticks Hold Shift while dragging
Highlight fields in Options bar (n/a for all tools) Enter
Don’t snap object edge while moving Hold Ctrl while dragging
Open App-Wide Find (find features, tools, files, help, etc.) Ctrl–F
V Move & Artboard
M Marquee tools
L Lasso tools
W Quick Selection & Magic Wand
C Crop & Slice tools
K Frame
I Eyedropper & more
J Spot Healing Brush, Remove, Healing Brush, Patch, Content-Aware Move, & Red Eye
B Brushes & Pencil
S Clone Stamp & Pattern Stamp
Y History Brush & Art History Brush
E Eraser tools
G Gradient, Paint Bucket, & 3D Material Drop
O Dodge, Burn, & Sponge
P Pen tools
T Type tools
A Path Selection & Direct Selection
U Rectangle & Other Shape tools
To switch between tools in a group, add Shift to the letters above. Example: Switch between Rectangular & Elliptical Marquee with Shift–M.
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