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Top 10 Photoshop shortcuts

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Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
November 5, 2012

Here are ten of our favourite shortcuts for working more efficiently in Photoshop

Shortcut 1

Cmd/Ctrl + [ / ] – Move layers up and down the palette to reorder their positions.

Shortcut 2

The D key – Sets the Foreground and Background swatches back to black and white.

Shortcut 3

Number keys (1 up to 0) – Changes the opacity of the tool in use. Or changes a layer’s opacity if the Move tool is selected.

Shortcut 4

Shift with + / – keys – Press multiple times to cycle through the blend modes for any given layer.


Shortcut 5

The  F key – Cycles through the different Photoshop screen modes

Shortcut 6

Cmd/Ctrl+Opt/Alt+Shift – Instantly removes all colour from your image for monochrome effects.

Shortcut 7

Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+N – Adds a new blank layer in the composition

Shortcut 8

Cmd/Ctrl+0 – Positions your image to fit the size of the screen.

Shortcut 9

Shift with any tool shortcut – Hold Shift and press B for the Brush tool for example, to cycle through the other tools underneath. This works for any tool.

Shortcut 10

Opt/Alt-click – Do this command over a Background layer to skip the new layer dialog box.



    Loved the shortcuts and info – brilliant thanks

  • Derek Hattersley

    Slightly different for Macs but still good tips.