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[PhotoShop] A list of shortcuts you should definitely remember [with practice]

Everyone who uses PhotoShop on a daily basis. Do you use shortcuts properly?

For example, switching tools. You’ll have tons of tools to switch between when working in Photoshop. Those who have switched tools 100 times, 200 times, or 1000 times or more. Did you bother clicking the tool with the mouse to switch?

If so, remember the shortcuts now and use the shortcuts to switch tools. That alone should dramatically improve your work efficiency.

This site allows you to intuitively learn shortcuts while looking at the actual preview screen, so please give it a try. Please use the list of shortcuts with explanations at the bottom.

Let’s practice first

The following practice functions include all Photoshop exercises. If you want to practice by dividing by genre, please select a menu from the items in “TRAINING” on this site and practice.

Press the START button below to enter practice mode.
* Input mode switching ctrl + shift + alt + space
Guide mode
Repeat mode

Tool switching shortcut list

In PhotoShop, tool switching is assigned by one letter. There are many shortcuts for the brush tool that have the initials of the tool name, such as “b”, so it’s easy to remember. Let’s remember everything at this opportunity.

If it’s hard to remember them all, at least by remembering the shortcuts for your favorite tools, you’ll be up and running quickly.

Common to Windows & mac

Switch to move toolv
Switch to rectangle selection toolm
Switch to Lasso Tooll
Switch to Quick Select Toolw
Switch to crop toolc
Switch to eyedropper tooli
Switch to the Sport Repair Brush toolj
Switch to brush toolb
Switch to copy stamp rules
Switch to history brush tooly
Switch to eraser toole
Switch to Gradient Toolg
Switch to dodge toolo
Switch to pen toolp
Switch to horizontal text toolt
Switch to path component selection toola
Switch to rectangle toolu
Switch to palm toolh
Switch to rotate view toolr
Switch to zoom toolz

When you want to switch to a tool in the same tool group

As mentioned above, each tool is divided into groups. To switch to a tool in the same group, hold down the “SHIFT key” and enter the alphabet assigned to the tool to switch.

Switch between tool groupsshift【key】

Group layers

It is a shortcut that can be grouped when multiple layers are selected. As the number of layers increases, the management becomes more difficult, so it is necessary to always have a habit of managing them neatly. There are also shortcuts for ungrouping, so be sure to remember them as well.

Layer management is a tedious task, but if you remember these shortcuts, you will be able to keep the layer structure easy to understand without stress.

Group layersWindowsCtrlg
Ungroup layersWindowsCtrlshiftg

Show/hide layers

This is a shortcut that allows you to show or hide layers. In other words, it means toggling the eyeball mark on the layer palette on and off. You can switch it on and off with the same shortcut.

Hide layersWindowsCtrl,
Show LayerWindowsCtrl,

Switching the selected layer

You can switch the selected layer without using the layer palette. If you remember this shortcut, you can switch the selected layer no matter where the cursor is, which will improve work efficiency and reduce stress. Please remember it.

Select back layerWindowsalt[
Select foreground layerWindowsalt]

Reorder layers

Normally you drag the mouse to reorder the layers, but remember the shortcuts to reorder them wherever your cursor is.

Use it in combination with the above “Switch Selected Layers” shortcut to achieve comfortable work.

Select layer to backWindowsCtrl[
Bring selected layer to frontWindowsCtrl]

Layer lock

A shortcut that locks a layer so that it cannot be edited. Since the lock and unlock are the same shortcut, it is a mechanism that can be toggled on and off. It’s good to remember.

Lock LayerWindowsCtrl/
Unlock layersWindowsCtrl/

Combine layers

A shortcut used when you want to combine multiple layers. If you use this shortcut cut with multiple layers selected, they will be combined.

As the name implies, you can combine all visible layers. Be careful when using it.

Combine layersWindowsCtrle
Merge display layersWindowsCtrlshifte

Shortcuts related to other layers

Find layer is a shortcut that you can select smoothly even if the layer is complicated as long as you name the layer firmly. Let’s make a habit of using it.

Select all layersWindowsCtrlalta
Search LayerWindowsCtrlaltshiftf

Drawing color/background color

This is a shortcut that you can use unexpectedly if you want to use it. It may not come out very well, but this shortcut is quite usable if you devise its usage.

Since it is versatile, it is good to be aware of how to use it according to the situation.

Restore default drawing color and background colorWindowsd
Swap drawing color and background colorWindowsx

Switching between quick mask modes

This is a shortcut for switching to the quick mask mode that allows you to visualize the selection range more clearly.

In the quick mask mode, you can see the shade of the selection range, which is very convenient for fine adjustment of the selection range. Let’s make a habit of using it.

Switch to quick mask modeWindowsq
Switch to image drawing mode (return from quick mask mode)Windowsq

Brush size

This is a shortcut to change the brush size and hardness. If you use a brush a lot, be sure to remember this shortcut. The work speed will change considerably.

Reduce brush sizeWindows[
Increase brush sizeWindows]
Reduces brush hardnessWindows{
Increased brush hardnessWindows}


History related shortcuts. Undo / Redo (ctrl + z) is well known, but if you want to go back the history by two steps or more, use the shortcut of “Go back one step in the history”.

Go back one step in historyWindowsCtrlaltz
Take history one stepWindowsCtrlshiftz

Cut, copy, paste

You can also cut, copy, and paste in Photoshop. It can be used in various formats such as bitmaps and vector data, and is intuitive to use.

Special shortcuts such as ignoring layers and copying visible parts are also available. This is recommended because it will increase the variation of your work.

Copy the combined part (copy the whole visible part)WindowsCtrlshiftc
Special paste (paste in selection)WindowsCtrlshiftv

Inversion of gradation

Depending on the person, it may not be used very often, but it is a shortcut that can be used for high-level machining.

Inversion of gradationWindowsCtrli

Open image resolution/Canvas size

This is a shortcut for setting the canvas. In particular, I think that there are many opportunities to use shortcuts that open image resolution and canvas size.

Open image resolutionWindowsCtrlalti
Open canvas sizeWindowsCtrlaltc

Make a layer with the selected area copied

This is a shortcut that allows you to copy the selected area, create a new layer, and paste it with a single command. This is also recommended as it will save you some steps.

Create a layer with a copy of the selected areaWindowsCtrlj

Clipping mask

Shortcut to make the selected layer a clipping mask. It is a shortcut that can be toggled with the same command and toggled.

This shortcut is exactly the same as right-clicking between layers in the layer palette while holding down alt or option.

Create clipping maskWindowsCtrlaltg
Remove clipping maskWindowsCtrlaltg

Selection range

It is a shortcut for selection, which is one of the important elements of Photoshop again. All of them are used well, so learning is essential.

[Selection range] Select all selection rangeWindowsCtrla
[Selection range] DeselectWindowsCtrld
[Selection range] ReselectionWindowsCtrlshiftd
[Selection range] Invert selection rangeWindowsCtrlshifti


There are many people who use [ctrl] or [cmd] + SPACE & mouse operation to scale the window, but there are also shortcuts available.

Zoom outWindowsCtrl
Zoom inWindowsCtrl;
Fit to screen sizeWindowsCtrl0


This is a shortcut for switching the display of extras such as guides and grids. There are times when the guide and grid are necessary and times when they are annoying, so if you can easily switch, you can work without stress.

Show ExtrasWindowsCtrlh
Hide extrasWindowsCtrlh


Shortcuts related to files. It may be no exaggeration to say that it is the first action to remember because it is an action that is always necessary for work.

Open fileWindowsCtrlo
overwrite saveWindowsCtrls
Save asWindowsCtrlshifts
Save for webWindowsCtrlshiftalts

Shortcut to open the color adjustment dialog

It is a shortcut to open the dialog of each color adjustment. It’s much easier to open with a shortcut than to open it from the top menu, so be sure to remember it.

Open color settingsWindowsCtrlshiftk
Open level correctionWindowsCtrll
Open tone curveWindowsCtrlm
Open Hue/SaturationWindowsCtrlu
Open color balanceWindowsCtrlb
Open black and whiteWindowsCtrlshiftaltb

Shortcuts for color adjustment and immediate reflection

It is a type of shortcut that immediately reflects the color effect without displaying the dialog. Reversing the gradation is a convenient shortcut when you want to make a black one white. As with shortcuts, remembering how to use various effects will help you to use Photoshop well.

Inversion of gradationWindowsCtrli

Automatic color adjustment shortcut

It is a shortcut that automatically adjusts colors on the Photoshop side. I think that it is more accurate to adjust manually, but if the quality is good to some extent, this function may be sufficient.

Automatic tone correctionWindowsCtrlshiftl
Auto contrastWindowsCtrlshiftaltl
Automatic color correctionWindowsCtrlshiftb



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