65+ Pro-Level Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts You’re Not Using!

Master these pro-level Photoshop keyboard shortcuts to unleash the power of brushes, selections, layers, and hidden features! – this video is your all-access pass to a faster, more efficient editing workflow.

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out, we’ve got something for you. Watch now and discover the keys to unlocking your full creative potential in Photoshop!

This tutorial contains both Photoshop Windows keyboard shortcuts and macOS keyboard shortcuts. Enjoy!

1. Liquify Filter 

(Windows: N, macOS: N)

The Liquify filter offers powerful pixel manipulation. Use the four warp tools to push and pull pixels. Hold Alt (Option on macOS) while painting to reconstruct areas as you move a layer.

2. Preventing Snapping 

(Windows: Ctrl while dragging, macOS: Command while dragging)

Hold Ctrl (Command on macOS) while dragging with the Clone Stamp tool to prevent unintentional snapping, ensuring precise cloning without interference.

3. Clone Stamp Sample Scaling & Resetting Clone Source 

(Windows: Alt + Shift + Bracket keys, macOS: Option + Shift + Bracket keys & Window > Clone Source, then click Reset button)

Scale the sample source by holding Alt + Shift (Option + Shift on macOS) and tapping the bracket keys.

Left bracket scales down, while the greater than and less than keys rotate the sampled pixels.

Reset the Clone Source by accessing Window > Clone Source and clicking the Reset button.

4. Puppet Warp for Precise Distortion 

(Windows: Alt + Drag, macOS: Command + Drag)

In Edit Puppet Warp, use pins to reposition elements. Hold Alt (Option on macOS) to rotate a selected pin, providing finer control over distortions.

5. Zoom to Layer Content 

(Windows: Alt + Click on Layer Thumbnail, macOS: Option + Click on Layer Thumbnail)

Zoom in to fit the entire content of a layer on the screen by holding Alt (Option on macOS) and clicking on the layer thumbnail.

6. Opening Flattened PSD Files 

(Windows: Shift + Alt + Click Open, macOS: Shift + Option + Click Open)

Open large PSD files faster by holding Shift + Alt (Shift + Option on macOS) and clicking Open. Be cautious, as saving will override the original file.

7. Erase with Active Brush 

(Windows: Tilde key ~ while painting, macOS: Tilde key ~ while painting)

Avoid using the eraser tool; instead, hold the tilde key (~) while painting to erase with the currently active brush.

8. Rotating Brush 

(Windows: Left/Right Arrow keys while painting, macOS: Left/Right Arrow keys while painting)

Rotate the brush tip clockwise or counterclockwise while painting by tapping the right or left arrow keys.

9. Eyedropper Tool Shortcut 

(Windows: Alt, macOS: Option)

Temporarily enable the Eyedropper tool while painting by holding Alt (Option on macOS), allowing you to pick colors seamlessly.

10. Brush Preview Shortcut 

(Windows: Caps Lock, macOS: Caps Lock)

If the brush preview disappears, tap the Caps Lock key to bring it back.

11. Intersecting Selections 

(Windows: Alt while dragging, macOS: Option while dragging)

Switch between Lasso and Polygonal Lasso tools seamlessly by holding Alt (Option on macOS) during selection. Create complex selections by intersecting shapes. Hold Alt + Shift while dragging to subtract from the existing selection.

13. Deselecting 

(Windows: Ctrl + D, macOS: Command + D)

Deselect active selections quickly by pressing Ctrl + D (Command + D on macOS).

14. Redoing Last Selection 

(Windows: Ctrl + Shift + D, macOS: Command + Shift + D)

Reapply the last active selection by pressing Ctrl + Shift + D (Command + Shift + D on macOS).

15. Loading Luminosity 

(Windows: Ctrl + Alt + 2, macOS: Command + Option + 2)

Load luminosity to target bright or dark pixels for precise adjustments.

16. Inverting Selection 

(Windows: Ctrl + Shift + I, macOS: Command + Shift + I)

Invert the active selection quickly using Ctrl + Shift + I (Command + Shift + I on macOS).

17. Quick Mask Mode 

(Windows: Q, macOS: Q)

Enter Quick Mask mode (Q) to refine selections by painting with white or black.

18. Feathering Selection 

(Windows: Shift + F6, macOS: Shift + F6)

After making a selection, press Shift + F6 to open the feather selection window. Input your desired blur amount and hit OK. Note that, unlike other methods, this approach lacks a visual preview of how the feathering impacts your selection.

19. Fade Command 

(Windows: Ctrl + Shift + F, macOS: Command + Shift + F)

Immediately adjust the opacity or blending mode of the last applied filter or adjustment using Ctrl + Shift + F (Command + Shift + F on macOS).

20. Easter Egg: Banana Tool

Simply click the three-dot icon in the toolbar, choose “Edit Toolbar,” hold Shift, and click “Done” to add the Banana Tool. Unveil the banana icon, bringing a playful twist to your editing experience.

21. Distance Between Objects

Utilize Ctrl (Command on macOS) while hovering to see the distance between layers, aiding in precise alignment.

22. Revert Image 

(Shortcut: F12)

Quickly revert the image to the last saved state or its initial state using F12.

23. Closing Multiple Documents 

(Shortcut: Ctrl + Alt + P, macOS: Command + Option + P)

Close all documents except the active one with Ctrl + Alt + P (Command + Option + P on macOS).

24. Whoopsie-Daisy Key 

(Shortcut: Esc)

Escape from unintended actions or tools by pressing Esc, a helpful “whoopsie-daisy” key.

25. Resetting Preferences 

(Shortcut: Ctrl + Alt + Shift during startup, macOS: Command + Option + Shift during startup)

Reset Photoshop preferences by holding Ctrl + Alt + Shift (Command + Option + Shift on macOS) immediately after startup.

26. Turn the Cancel Button to Reset 

(Shortcut: Alt while in dialog boxes, macOS: Option while in dialog boxes)

Hold Alt (Option on macOS) to turn the Cancel button into a Reset button in various dialog boxes.

27. Enabling Visual Guides 

(Shortcut: Ctrl + R, macOS: Command + R)

Press Ctrl + R (Command + R on macOS) to activate rulers, then effortlessly create visual aids by dragging from the rulers. These guides won’t appear in your final image. Hold Alt and click on a vertical guide to transform it into a horizontal guide, and vice versa.

28. Moving Multiple Guides 

(Shortcut: Alt + Shift + Drag on guides, macOS: Option + Shift + Drag on guides)

Hold Alt + Shift (Option + Shift on macOS) and drag to move multiple guides simultaneously.

29. Guide Customization 

(Shortcut: Alt + Shift + Double-click on a guide, macOS: Option + Shift + Double-click on a guide)

Customize guides by holding Alt + Shift (Option + Shift on macOS) and double-clicking, allowing for color and positional adjustments.

30. Setting Default Colors 

(Shortcut: D)

Set foreground and background colors to default (black and white) using the D key.

31. Swap Colors 

(Shortcut: X)

Toggle between foreground and background colors by tapping the X key.

32. Fill with Foreground Color 

(Shortcut: Alt + Backspace, macOS: Option + Delete)

Fill the active layer or selection with the background color using Ctrl + Backspace (Command + Delete on macOS).

33. Fill with Background Color 

(Shortcut: Ctrl + Backspace, macOS: Command + Delete)

Fill the active layer or selection with the background color using Ctrl + Backspace (Command + Delete on macOS).

34. Opaque Pixels Filling

(Shortcut: Alt + Shift + Backspace, macOS: Option + Shift + Delete)

Fill opaque pixels with foreground or background color using appropriate shortcuts like holding Alt, Shift, and Backspace (Option, Shift, and Delete on macOS). Witness the magic as you fill only the opaque pixels.

35. Fill with History 

(Shortcut: Ctrl + Alt + Backspace, macOS: Command + Option + Delete)

Press Ctrl + Alt + Backspace to trigger this feature. Delve into the history of your edits by exploring Window > History.

Each action creates a history state, representing the image’s evolution. Use Ctrl + Alt + Backspace to fill your canvas with content from a specific historical moment. The active history source, indicated by the history brush icon, determines the content filled.

36. Hide Layers

(Shortcut: Ctrl + Comma, macOS: Command + Comma)

Quickly toggle layer visibility by hiding the currently active layer with Ctrl + Comma (Command + Comma on macOS). Use the same shortcut to reveal it.

37. Activate Layers 

(Shortcut: Alt + Bracket keys, macOS: Option + Bracket keys)

Effortlessly cycle through layers by holding Alt and tapping the bracket keys. Alt + Left Bracket activates the layer below, while Alt + Right Bracket activates the layer above.

38. Adding to Active Layers 

(Shortcut: Shift + Alt + Bracket keys, macOS: Shift + Option + Bracket keys)

Expand your layer selection by incorporating Shift + Alt with the bracket keys. Add the layer below with Shift + Alt + Left Bracket and the layer above with Shift + Alt + Right Bracket.

39. Activate All Layers 

(Shortcut: Ctrl + Alt + A, macOS: Command + Option + A)

Activate all layers at once with Ctrl + Alt + A (Command + Option + A on macOS), streamlining your workflow for comprehensive adjustments.

40. Move Layer Up

(Shortcut: Ctrl + Right Bracket, macOS: Command + Right Bracket)

Efficiently rearrange layers in the stack by holding Ctrl and tapping the Right Bracket key to move a layer up.

41. Move Layer To Top

(Shortcut: Shift + Ctrl + Right Bracket, macOS: Shift + Command + Right Bracket)

Swiftly place a layer at the top of the stack by holding Shift + Ctrl and tapping the Right Bracket key.

42. Activate Masks 

(Shortcut: Ctrl + Backslash, macOS: Command + Backslash)

Directly access layer masks by pressing Ctrl + Backslash (Command + Backslash on macOS), allowing for focused adjustments on the mask.

43. Activate Layer 

(Shortcut: Ctrl + 2, macOS: Command + 2)

Toggle between the layer and its mask with ease using Ctrl + 2 (Command + 2 on macOS), simplifying your editing process.

44. Opacity & Fill Shortcuts 

(Shortcut: Number keys)

Adjust layer opacity swiftly by tapping the desired number key (e.g., 8 for 80%).

For fill adjustments, hold Shift and tap the corresponding number key (e.g., Shift + 6 for 60%).

45. Lock Transparent Pixels 

(Shortcut: Forward Slash)

Securely lock transparent pixels by pressing the Forward Slash key, ensuring adjustments only affect opaque areas.

46. Renaming Layers 

(Shortcut: Tab)

Accelerate the renaming process by editing a layer’s name, then pressing Tab to move to the layer below. Shift + Tab moves to the layer above.

47. Tool Shortcuts

Activate essential tools seamlessly using dedicated keyboard shortcuts, such as B for the Brush tool, Z for the Zoom tool, and W for the Object Selection tool.

48. Spring-Loaded Shortcuts

Employ spring-loaded shortcuts for on-the-fly tool changes. Hold down a key (e.g., R for Rotate View) to switch temporarily, then release to revert to the original tool.

49. Bird’s Eyeview 

(Shortcut: Spacebar + F)

Toggle between canvas colors with Spacebar + F, minimizing distractions and enhancing focus on your artwork.

50. Repeating Transformation 

(Shortcut: Ctrl + Alt + Shift + T, macOS: Command + Option + Shift + T)

Duplicate and rotate layers systematically by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Shift + T (Command + Option + Shift + T on macOS), creating a series of transformations.

51. Changing Canvas Colors 

(Shortcut: Ctrl + Spacebar + F, macOS: Command + Spacebar + F)

Shift between canvas colors effortlessly using Ctrl + Spacebar + F (Command + Spacebar + F on macOS), customizing your working environment.

52. Interface Color Themes 

(Shortcut: Ctrl + Shift + F1/F2, macOS: Command + Shift + F1/F2)

Quickly transform the entire interface by adjusting the brightness using Ctrl + Shift + F1 for a darker tone or Ctrl + Shift + F2 for a lighter one. Alternatively, access these options through the Preferences panel by pressing Ctrl + K and navigating to the Interface tab.

53. Easter Egg: Toast and Coffee Cup

(Shortcut: Ctrl + Alt + Shift + Click Themes, macOS: Command + Option + Shift + Click Themes)

Hold Ctrl + Alt + Shift and click on any theme to transform icons into toast. Repeat for a switch to coffee cups. While it won’t alter your interface, these fun surprises add a delightful touch to your editing experience.

54. Precise Rotations 

(Shortcut: Arrow keys in Rotate field)

Fine-tune rotations during free transform by clicking in the rotate field and using arrow keys for 01-degree increments (Shift for 10-degree increments).

55. Moving Curves 

(Shortcut: Arrow keys)

Enhance precision in curves adjustments by selecting a point and using arrow keys for precise movement.

56. Transforming Active Text 

(Shortcut: Ctrl while transforming, macOS: Command while transforming)

Effortlessly transform active text layers while retaining editability by holding Ctrl (Command on macOS) during transformations.

57. Creating New Text On Where You Click 

(Shortcut: Shift + Click)

Initiate a new text layer precisely where you click by holding Shift and clicking, eliminating the need for repositioning.

58. Fast Font Size Change 

(Shortcut: Ctrl + Shift + Greater/Less Than, macOS: Command + Shift + Greater/Less Than)

Swiftly adjust the font size by highlighting text and using the keyboard shortcuts for incremental changes.

59. Text Formatting 

(Shortcuts: Ctrl + Shift + K/U/B/I, macOS: Command + Shift + K/U/B/I)

Quickly format text by using Ctrl + Shift + K (Capitalize), Ctrl + Shift + U (Underline), Ctrl + Shift + B (Bold), and Ctrl + Shift + I (Italics).

60. Reset Text Format 

(Shortcut: Double-click on Text Layer Thumbnail + Ctrl + Shift + Y, macOS: Double-click on Text Layer Thumbnail + Command + Shift + Y)

Efficiently reset text formatting to default by double-clicking the text layer thumbnail and pressing Ctrl + Shift + Y (Command + Shift + Y on macOS).

61. Adjust Leading 

(Shortcut: Alt + Up/Down Arrow, macOS: Option + Up/Down Arrow)

Fine-tune leading by selecting text and holding Alt (Option on macOS) while tapping the Up or Down arrow keys for precise adjustments.

62. Adjust Baseline Shift 

(Shortcut: Shift + Alt + Up/Down Arrow, macOS: Shift + Option + Up/Down Arrow)

Refine baseline shift by selecting characters, holding Shift + Alt (Shift + Option on macOS), and using Up or Down arrow keys for controlled vertical movement.

63. Adjust Kerning

(Shortcut: Alt + Left/Right Arrow, macOS: Option + Left/Right Arrow)

Enhance character spacing by clicking between characters, holding Alt (Option on macOS), and using Left or Right arrow keys for precise kerning adjustments.

64. Disable/Enable Hyphens 

(Shortcut: Shift + Alt + Ctrl + H, macOS: Shift + Option + Command + H)

Toggle hyphens in paragraphs on and off using Shift + Alt + Ctrl + H (Shift + Option + Command + H on macOS), ensuring control over text appearance.

65. Saving All Shortcuts 

(Shortcut: Ctrl + Alt + Shift + K, macOS: Command + Option + Shift + K)

Save an HTML file containing all Photoshop keyboard shortcuts, including custom ones, using Ctrl + Alt + Shift + K (Command + Option + Shift + K on macOS). Accessible under Keyboard Shortcuts in the Preferences panel.

Whether navigating layers, fine-tuning text, or customizing your interface, these shortcuts elevate your skills. Embrace the power of key commands, streamline your workflow, and become a Photoshop master with these Photoshop keyboard shortcuts!

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