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Sep 29, 2016

5 Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts for Faster Editing!

5 Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts for Faster Editing!

Learning keyboard shortcuts is the best way to work faster and more efficiently in Photoshop. In today’s episode, we explore 5 Keyboard Shortcuts that are sure to speed up your Workflow in Photoshop.

Keyboard Shortcuts – Mac

  • Spacebar + CMD + Click&DragPrecise Zoom
    • Use this Keyboard Shortcut to quickly zoom in and out of specific areas of a photo. Especially great for detailed editing work in Photoshop. Zoom in for detailed work, then zoom-out to see the results.
  • CTRL + ALT + Click&Drag – Change Brush Size and Hardness
    • Click&Drag Left and Right to change Brush size. Click&Drag Up and Down to change Brush hardness.
  • V, 1-9, 0 – Adjust Layer Opacity
    • To change layer opacity, first select the Move Tool by pressing “V”. This will make any changes applicable to the layer, not a specific Tool like the Brush Tool. Use the numbers on the top of the keyboard to correspond to layer opacity. “1” will make opacity 10%. “5” will make opacity 50%.
  • OPTN + CMD + SHIFT + M – Add Layer Mask
    • Learn how to create Keyboard Shortcuts in this episode. There is no default keyboard shortcut for making a layer mask – we suggest making one to save time!
  • OPTN + CMD + SHIFT + S – Save for Web and Devices
    • To save images with the correct settings for display online, be sure to use “Save for Web and Devices”

Keyboard Shortcuts – PC

  • Spacebar + CTRL + Click&DragPrecise Zoom
    • Use this keyboard shortcut to quickly zoom in and out of specific areas of a photo. Especially great for detailed editing work in Photoshop. Zoom in for detailed work, then zoom-out to see the results.
  • CTRL + ALT + Right-Click&Drag – Change Brush Size and Hardness
    • Right-Click&Drag Left and Right to change brush Size. Right-Click&Drag Up and Down to change brush Hardness.
  • V, 1-9, 0 – Adjust Layer Opacity
    • To change layer opacity, first select the Move Tool by pressing “V”. This will make any changes applicable to the layer, not a specific Tool like the Brush Tool. Use the numbers on the top of the keyboard to correspond to layer Opacity. “1” will make opacity 10%. “5” will make Opacity 50%.
  • ALT + CTRL + SHIFT + M – Add Layer Mask
    • Learn how to create keyboard shortcuts in this episode. There is no default Keyboard Shortcut for making a layer mask – we suggest making one to save time!
  • ALT + CTRL + SHIFT + S – Save for Web and Devices
    • To save images with the correct settings for display online, be sure to use “Save for Web and Devices”

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    Gre Thomas

    Re; zooming in and out quickly. When I am zoomed in retouching I will often use the “H” key, it will pop you out to a full screen shot with a rectangle indicating the area I was in but I can move the rectangle to the next area I want to look at, I release the H key and I am zoomed back in. Really cool and fast way to get around though some might need to take a motion sickness pill.

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    Blu Sanders

    Is there a shortcut for expanding a layer to the height and width of the image? For example, when I put a texture layer over a photo, I size it manually to the size of the image. Thanks!

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    Deb Marak

    I see Aron uses a Wacom. Can he give a referral? I’m tired of using my mouse with PS.
    Thank you!

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      Artu

      There was already video about this. He talked about why he uses tablet, what size and why this particular. There are even tutorials on using Wacom tablet.

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    Mark Day

    Is there a keyboard shortcut for showing before and after in full screen i.e. when the layers panel is not visible?

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      Andy

      If i was doing this (windows), i would just use CTRL+ALT+Z to get to the point where i want the “before” and then CTRL+Z swaps between your “latest” edition and your now new “before” edition… Then just keep hitting CTRL+Z to switch between then over and over and over etc etc.

      Then if your happy with your changes, just make sure you go back to your ‘latest’ version and then your history is still there.

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    Gina Heaton

    Oh I loved this video. So nice. Anyway to copy and paste these shortcuts. I tried to put them into a file but I couldn’t paste. Can you tell me how so I won’t forget?

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      Bob Hallsworth

      On a Mac; Select the text at the top of these comments, then Cmd + C Go to where you want to put it, (e.g I use Notes) create new note, then Cmd + V
      On Windows it’s Ctrl+C then Ctrl+V

  • Jonathan Solis

    to modify the softness and hardness and the zise is just alt and right click in windows no other keys

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    Michael

    Thanks for reminding me of some of the short cuts. I do have a question regarding Opacity. Do you have to be in the “move tool” to allow the opacity levels to be adjusted? Or just to make sure you are not in the “brush tool”

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    Karla Bernstein

    Where does PS save the export for the web–I created it but cant find the saved version.

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      Nick

      When you hit the Save button in the first dialog box the Finder (Mac) opens and the default or last folder is displayed in the Save in tab at top.

  • Pat

    What’s the best technique to remove the dark area behind the younger girl’s head and back and also the light line that goes through both of their faces? Thanks much.

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    mike36

    hi please where I can find Shortcuts in Win Keyboard for step back when I work in pics

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    Kevin miles

    Hi, thanks for another great tutorial, I find them and your self really easy to follow. I have one question though, in some tutorials like in ‘How to add birds’ you sample a colour off of the background. How do you do that? I know that it must be one of the simpler things but, you know how it is until you know how to do it it’s one of the hard things.
    Thanks in anticipation.

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    Ronny

    Hi aaron, if you want to post an image on the web I recommend export as png. Jpg looks horrible.

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    Ronny

    Hey guys, there’s a bug in the comment system. I’ve been trying to answer some of these questions but the submit comment button keeps mixing with the next commenter’s name and I fail to submit. Thanks.

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    rob

    You wont believe how long I have spent trying to find a keyboard shortcut to ‘add a mask’!!

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    Mark

    Hi Phlearn thanks for sharing, but changing brush size using shortcuts is not working to my macbook i dont know why but in windows it works i used to used it before and when i watched this video i tried it but sadly not working in mac its just the PS software moving THanks anyways.

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    john luigi Lamarca

    help me through my satisfaction and desired photoshop tutorials..great thanks all the way