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Keyboard Shortcuts

Photoshop CS6 Shortcuts: Mac

Here are many keyboard shortcuts for Photoshop CS6, including lesser known and hidden keystrokes!

Draw Marquee from Center Option-Marquee
Add to a Selection Shift
Subtract from a Selection Option
Intersection with a Selection Shift-Option
Make Copy of Selection w/Move tool Option-Drag Selection
Make Copy of Selection when not in Move tool Cmd-Option-Drag Selection
Move Selection (in 1-pixel Increments) Arrow Keys
Move Selection (in 10-pixel Increments) Shift-Arrow Keys
Select all Opaque Pixels on Layer Cmd-Click on Layer Thumbnail (in Layers panel)
Restore Last Selection Cmd-Shift-D
Feather Selection Shift-F6
Move Marquee while drawing selection Hold Space while drawing marquee
Fit on Screen Double-click on Hand tool or Cmd-0
100% View Level (Actual Pixels) Double-Click on Zoom Tool or Cmd-Option-0
Zoom in Cmd-Space-Click or Cmd-Plus(+)
Zoom out Option-Space-Click or Cmd-Minus(–)
Hide all tools and panels Tab
Hide all panels except Toolbox and Options bar Shift-Tab
Rotate through full screen modes F
Scroll image left or right in window Cmd-Shift-Page Up/Down
Jump/Zoom to part of Image Cmd-drag in Navigator panel
Toggles layer mask on/off as rubylith \
Layer Shortcuts
Create new layer Cmd-Shift-N
Select non-contiguous layers Cmd-Click layers
Select contiguous layers Click one layer, then Shift-Click another layer
Delete Layer Delete key
View contents of layer mask Option-Click layer mask icon
Temporarily turn off layer mask Shift-Click layer mask icon
Clone layer as you move it Option-Drag
Find/Select layer containing object Control-Click on object w/Move tool
Change layer opacity Number keys (w/Move tool selected)
Cycle down or up through blend modes Shift-Plus(+) or Minus(–)
Change to a specific blend mode (w/Move tool) Shift-Option-letter (ie: N=Normal, M=Multiply. etc.)
Switch to layer below/above current layer Option-[ or Option-]
Move layer below/above current layer Cmd-[ or Cmd-]
Type Shortcuts
Select all text on layer Double-Click on T thumbnail in Layers panel
Increase/Decrease size of selected text by 2pts Cmd-Shift->/<
Increase/Decrease size of selected text by 10 pts Cmd-Option-Shift->/<
Increase/Decrease kerning/tracking Option-Right/Left Arrow
Align text left/center/right Cmd-Shift-L/C/R
Fill selection with background color Cmd-Delete
Fill selection with foreground color Option-Delete
Fill selection with foreground color using Lock Transparent Pixels Option-Shift-Delete
Fill selection with source state in History panel Cmd-Option-Delete
Display Fill dialog box Shift-Delete
Sample as background color Option-Click w/Eyedropper tool
To get Move tool While in any painting/editing tool-hold Cmd
To get Eyedropper with Paint tools Option
Change paint opacity (with Airbrush OFF) Number keys
Change paint opacity (with Airbrush ON) Shift-Number keys
Change Airbrush flow (with Airbrush ON) Number keys
Change Airbrush flow (with Airbrush OFF) Shift-Number keys
Cross-Hair Cursor Any painting/editing tool-turn Caps Lock on
Decrease/Increase Brush Size [ or ]
Decrease/Increase Hardness of Brush Shift-[ or Shift-]
Switch between preset Brushes < or >
Open Brushes pop-up panel Ctrl-Click in Image window
Erase to History panel's source state Option-Eraser
Cycle down or up through blend modes Shift-Plus(+) or Minus(–)
Change to a specific blend mode Shift-Opt-letter (ie: N=Normal, M=Multiply, etc.)
Create fixed color target from within a dialog box Shift-Click in image window
Delete fixed color target Option-Click on target with Color Sampler tool
Create new spot-color channel from current selection Cmd-Click on New Channel button in Channels panel
Pen Tool Shortcuts
To get Direct Selection tool while using Pen Cmd
Switch between Add-Anchor and Delete-Anchor Point tools Option
Switch from Path Selection tool to Convert Point tool when pointer is over anchor point Cmd-Option
To Select a whole path w/Direct Selection tool Option-click
Convert path to a selection Cmd-click on path name (in Paths panel)
Panel Shortcuts
Show/Hide Brushes panel F5
Show/Hide Color panel F6
Show/Hide Layers panel F7
Show/Hide Info panel F8
Show/Hide Actions panel Option-F9
Open Adobe Bridge Cmd-Option-O
Other Shortcuts
Switch between open documents Cmd-tilde(~)
Undo or Redo operations beyond last one Cmd-Option-Z/-Shift-Z
Apply Last Filter Cmd-F
Opens Last Filter Dialog Box Cmd-Option-F
Hand Tool Spacebar
Reset Dialog Box Hold Option, Cancel turns into Reset Button, Click it
Increase/Decrease value (in any option field) by 1 unit Up/Down Arrow
Increase/Decrease value (in any option field) by 10 units Shift-Up/Down Arrow
Repeat Last Transformation Cmd-Shift-T
Measure Angle between Lines (Protractor Function) After ruler is drawn, Option-Drag end of line with Ruler Tool
Move Crop Marquee while creating Hold Space while drawing
Snap Guide to Ruler ticks Hold Shift while dragging
Highlight Fields in Options bar (n/a for all tools) Return
Don't Snap object edge while moving Hold Control while dragging
V Move
M Marquee tools
L Lasso tools
W Quick Selection, Magic Wand
C Crop and Slice Tools
I Eyedropper, Color Sampler, Ruler, Note, Count
J Spot Healing Brush, Healing Brush, Patch, Red Eye
B Brush, Pencil, Color Replacement, Mixer Brush
S Clone Stamp, Pattern Stamp
Y History Brush, Art History Brush
E Eraser tools
G Gradient, Paint Bucket
O Dodge, Burn, Sponge
P Pen tools
T Type tools
A Path Selection, Direct Selection
U Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle, Ellipse, Polygon, Line, Custom Shape
K 3D Tools
N 3D Camera Tools
H Hand
R Rotate
Z Zoom
D Default colors
X Switch Foreground and Background colors
Q Quick Mask Mode
To switch between all tools within groups, add the Shift key to the letters above
For example, to switch between rectangular and elliptical marquee hit Shift-M

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