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Adobe Photoshop Groovy Shortcut Key List [groovyTips]

Groovy Tips, News, Tutorials, How-To, and AnswersKnowing all the Keyboard Shortcut keys / Hotkeys for Adobe Photoshop can really be a time saver especially if you know your way around the keyboard.  In-fact, I personally find myself frustrated with new applications until I master all the Shortcut keys and with Adobe Photoshop, knowing the Photoshop Hotkeys can greatly increase the overall experience and performance for pumping out quality imagery not to mention you’ll look “’pro” in-front of your friends!



Essential Tool Hotkeys For Photoshop

Although this is not the complete list, these are the most commonly used or bang for the buck!

Keys Visual Icon Tool Description
M image Current Marquee
Shift-M image image Switch Marquee mode
V image Move
W image Magic Wand
L image Current Lasso
Shift-L image image image Switch Lasso tool mode
N image Crop
I image Eye Dropper Tool
Shift-I imageimage image Switch between Eye Dropper Tools
J image Current Health brush or Path or Eye
Shift-J imageimage image Switch between Health brush / Patch / Eye
B image Current Pencil or Brush or Color Replace
Shift-B image image image Switch between Pencil / Brush / Replace
S image Current Clone or Pattern Stamp
Shift-S imageimage Switch between Clone and Pattern Stamp
E image Current Erase tool
Shift-E imageimage image Switch between Eraser tools
G image Current Paint Bucket or Gradient tool
Shift-G imageimage Switch between Paint Bucket / Gradient
R image Current Blur, Sharpen or Smudge
Shift-R imageimage image Switch between Blur, Sharpen or Smudge
O image Current Dodge, Burn, or Sponge
Shift-O imageimage image Switch Dodge, Burn, or Sponge
P image Current Pen Tool
Shift-P image image image Switch Between Pen Tools
T image Current Type Tool
Shift-T image image image Switch between Type Tools
U image Current Shape Tool
Shift-U imageimage image Switch between Shape tools
K image 3D Distortion Tool
N image 3D Camera Tool
H image Hand Tool
Z image Magnifying Glass Tool


Misc Hotkey Commands For Photoshop

Ctrl-Alt-Shift-` Selects the area with light tones (greater than 50%)
Ctrl-W Close current document/image (may prompt save dialog)
Ctrl-Shift-Alt-X Extract
Ctrl-F Repeat Filter
Ctrl-A Select All
Ctrl-Shift-S Save as..
Ctrl-S Save
Ctrl-Shift-Alt-S Save for Web
Ctrl-L Levels
Ctrl-Shift-L Auto levels
Ctrl-Shift-Alt-L Auto contrast
Ctrl-K Preferences
Ctrl-Shift-K Color Settings
Ctrl-‘ Grid
Ctrl-J New layer via copy
Ctrl-Alt-J New layer via copy and  rename layer
Ctrl-Shift-J New layer via cut
Ctrl-Alt-G Group layer with the previous one
Ctrl-P Print with preview
Ctrl-Alt-P Print and open printer settings
Ctrl-Shift-P Page setup
Ctrl-U Hue/Saturation
Ctrl-Shift-U Desaturate
Ctrl-Alt-U Hue/Saturation in Color mode
Ctrl-Alt-Shift-E Merge all visible layers into the active one
Ctrl-Alt-Shift-` Selects the area with light tones (greater than 50%)
Ctrl-O Open
Ctrl-Alt-O Open as..
Ctrl-Shift-O File browser
Ctrl-I Inverse Selection
Ctrl-Shift-Alt-P Direct Print
Ctrl-Alt-X Pattern Maker


Do you see any groovy Photoshop shortcuts we missed?  Post your favorites in the comments below!

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10 Responses to Adobe Photoshop Groovy Shortcut Key List [groovyTips]

  1. Yukta June 16, 2010 at 1:55 am #

    ctrl-atl-z multi undo

  2. Clarissa March 11, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

    Ctrl + Alt + Shift + # Selects the lightest pixels (up to 50%)

  3. ramakrishna March 28, 2011 at 2:50 pm #


  4. Simon Hayward April 28, 2011 at 11:01 am #

    These are my personal favorites
    Brush Size Adjustments
    [ Decrease Brush Size
    ] Increase Brush Size
    Shift – [ Decrease Brush Softness (Decrease the softness of the brush by 25%)
    Shift – ] Increase Brush Softness (Increase the softness of the brush by 25%)

    you can also drag to change brush size
    Alt + right click until red overlay appears
    Drag left to make smaller
    Drag right to make bigger
    Drag down to make harder
    Drag up to make softer

    Marquee Selections
    1. Reposition a selection Move cursor inside the selection, Click and drag or Use arrow keys to move selection 1 pixel at a time.
    2. Drag a square Shift and drag
    3. Drag square from centre Shift + Alt and drag
    4. Add a second selection Shift and drag
    5. Subtract a selection Alt and drag

    If you are working on a large image you can press Space to temporarily activate the Hand tool

  5. dw96 June 7, 2011 at 2:40 am #

    Hold Space to move canvas.
    Hold shift while free transforming to maintain aspect ratio when dragging from a corner anchor point.
    ^^^ My faves! 😀 ^^^

    Otherwise, this is awesome!

  6. AMOX888 August 11, 2011 at 5:35 pm #


  7. ABID NAWAZ December 2, 2011 at 2:26 am #

    thank you brother

  8. basant July 13, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    thanks sir, I like reading your articles. i have benifit in photoshop again thank you.

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