Adobe Photoshop Keyboard Shortcut Key List

Knowing all the Keyboard Shortcut keys/Hotkeys for Adobe Photoshop can be a time saver, especially if you know your way around the keyboard. Here’s a list of the most important keyboard shortcuts for Photoshop.

Knowing all the Keyboard Shortcut keys/Hotkeys for Adobe Photoshop can be a time saver especially if you know your way around the keyboard.  In fact, I find myself frustrated with new applications until I master all the Shortcut keys. With Adobe Photoshop, knowing the Photoshop Hotkeys can substantially 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 for more bang for the buck!

KeysVisual IconTool Description
MimageCurrent Marquee
Shift-Mimage imageSwitch Marquee mode
WimageMagic Wand
LimageCurrent Lasso
Shift-Limage image imageSwitch Lasso tool mode
IimageEye Dropper Tool
Shift-Iimageimage imageSwitch between Eye Dropper Tools
JimageCurrent Health brush or Path or Eye
Shift-Jimageimage imageSwitch between Health brush / Patch / Eye
BimageCurrent Pencil or Brush or Color Replace
Shift-Bimage image imageSwitch between Pencil / Brush / Replace
SimageCurrent Clone or Pattern Stamp
Shift-SimageimageSwitch between Clone and Pattern Stamp
EimageCurrent Erase tool
Shift-Eimageimage imageSwitch between Eraser tools
GimageCurrent Paint Bucket or Gradient tool
Shift-GimageimageSwitch between Paint Bucket / Gradient
RimageCurrent Blur, Sharpen or Smudge
Shift-Rimageimage imageSwitch between Blur, Sharpen or Smudge
OimageCurrent Dodge, Burn, or Sponge
Shift-Oimageimage imageSwitch Dodge, Burn, or Sponge
PimageCurrent Pen Tool
Shift-Pimage image imageSwitch Between Pen Tools
TimageCurrent Type Tool
Shift-Timage image imageSwitch between Type Tools
UimageCurrent Shape Tool
Shift-Uimageimage imageSwitch between Shape tools
Kimage3D Distortion Tool
Nimage3D Camera Tool
HimageHand Tool
ZimageMagnifying Glass Tool


Misc Hotkey Commands For Photoshop

Ctrl-Alt-ShiftSelects the area with light tones (greater than 50%)
Ctrl-WClose current document/image (may prompt save dialog)
Ctrl-FRepeat Filter
Ctrl-ASelect All
Ctrl-Shift-SSave as..
Ctrl-Shift-Alt-SSave for Web
Ctrl-Shift-LAuto levels
Ctrl-Shift-Alt-LAuto contrast
Ctrl-Shift-KColor Settings
Ctrl-JNew layer via copy
Ctrl-Alt-JNew layer via copy and  rename layer
Ctrl-Shift-JNew layer via cut
Ctrl-Alt-GGroup layer with the previous one
Ctrl-PPrint with preview
Ctrl-Alt-PPrint and open printer settings
Ctrl-Shift-PPage setup
Ctrl-Alt-UHue/Saturation in Color mode
Ctrl-Alt-Shift-EMerge all visible layers into the active one
Ctrl-Alt-ShiftSelects the area with light tones (greater than 50%)
Ctrl-Alt-OOpen as..
Ctrl-Shift-OFile browser
Ctrl-IInverse Selection
Ctrl-Shift-Alt-PDirect Print
Ctrl-Alt-XPattern Maker

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



  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


    • MrGroove

      March 29, 2011 at 9:37 am

      Your Welcome

  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

    • Steve Krause

      February 16, 2018 at 2:49 pm

      Great list. Thanks for sharing Simon!

  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! :D ^^^

    Otherwise, this is awesome!

  6. AMOX888

    August 11, 2011 at 5:35 pm



    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.

    • Steve Krause

      July 13, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      No problem.

      Sent from my Mobile

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