15 useful Photoshop shortcut commands

Here are fifteen handy photoshop shortcut commands. They are handy in many occasions because you often have to move your mouse cursor in order to select a tool, but this means moving it from a position that may be difficult to find again. Plus, it becomes a very long process if you have to keep switching tools very often. The buttons are all shortcuts, and some of them work on web browsers too, such as Ctrl + Z and Ctrl + 0.


Ctrl + Alt + Shift + K (Show Keyboard Commands)

This is probably the best tool you will ever find or need. It brings up all of the keyboard commands so that you can learn them.

Ctrl + Z (Undo)

This function is available of a massive number of Windows programs and software. It is one of the many functions that most people are aware of, and it exists on photo-shopping software too. It is very handy when you are working on images and editing them with fine details.

Ctrl + 0 (Fit on Screen)

Use the “Ctrl + zero” function and the image will snap back to fitting onto the screen. It is a quick-use function that becomes second nature after a while. It is good if you have to keep zooming in for some reason and do not want the hassle of zooming out.

B (Brush Tool)

This brings up the brush tool, and it is handy to be able to press the key and find the brush tool, especially if you are editing with other tools and are having to switch back from one to the other really quickly. It is just handy to know that you have the function there if you need it.

Z (Zoom Tool)

This brings up the zoom tool, which allows you to zoom in and zoom out of your images. If you hold down the Alt key, then it will allow you to zoom out quickly too. By holding down the Alt key, you are temporarily switched onto the zoomed out mode.

H (Hand Tool)

This brings up the hand tool, and it is use to help you pan quickly. So, if you have zoomed in on something and you want to move to the side a little quicker, you can use the H letter and bring up the hand tool to help you. Or, you can hold onto the ctrl key and move around.

1->0 (Tool Opacity)

This shortcut is a little more tricky. It helps you to set your brush opacity. So if you want it at 100%, then you type in the number 100 (1 0 0). If you want an opacity of 56%, then you type in 56 (5 6). However, if you just type in 6 or 4, then it sets it to 60% or 40% respectively. If you want a smaller percentage, then you have to type in a zero first, such as 01 (0 1) for 1%.

Shift + 1->0 (Tool Flow)

This allows you to change the tool flow. It works by pressing and holding the shift key and then pressing the numbers one to zero (as they appear on your keyboard, which is a total of ten numbers). Have a look at the tool opacity function, and you will see that the tool flow works in the same way.

Tab (Hide/Show Palettes)

This is one of those things that long-time editors like to use. They like to create a little more space as they work, as being cramped in can sometimes be a bit frustrating. Pressing the Tab button to hide or show the palette is a very nice feature.

Ctrl + Shift + N (New Layer)

This brings up a new layer dialog box. It places a new layer on top of the layer that you are using right now, i.e., your active layer.

Ctrl + Alt + Shift + N (New Layer No Dialog)

This will place a new layer on top of an active layer, but will not open up a new dialog box.

Shift + ] (Increase Brush Softness)

Doing this will increase the softness of your brush by 25%. It makes your brush more and more soft the more times that you press it. Keep pressing the button repeatedly until you have found the right level of softness for the project you are undertaking.

Shift + [ (Decrease Brush Softness)

This will decrease your brush softness by 25%, so if you need it to get softer and softer, then you just keep pressing the shift + [ button until you have the right level of softness for your project.

] (Increase Brush Size)

When you are working and you are trying to edit, it is difficult to find your place again if you have to keep moving your mouse in order to change the brush size. Using this button will allow you to increase the brush size without moving the actual mouse pointer.

[ (Decrease Brush Size)

This works very nicely to ensure that your brush becomes smaller as you work. It is good because you often have to keep the brush in the same position and using this shortcut allows you to do that. It makes editing a whole lot easier on the editor.

This post is written by Kate Funk. She is a professional blogger and writer at Tutorsclass. She specializes in topics of interest to techno geeks and networking enthusiasts.

Kate Funk – who has written posts on Artatm – Creative Art Magazine.

One Response to “15 useful Photoshop shortcut commands”
  1. ValuableTuts

    Hey Kate, Great sharing! helps PhotoShop beginner to improve their designing skillsusing PhotoShop shortcut commands which you shared.

    Kudos to Kate and Artatm !!


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