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5 Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts for Faster Editing!

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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.


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Keyboard Shortcuts – Mac

  • Spacebar + CMD + Click&Drag – Precise 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&Drag – Precise 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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