16 Keyboard Shortcuts for Photoshop

September 07, 2016

If you’re anything like me, working in Photoshop can be the most time-consuming part of your day! Today’s post is about getting a little of that time back and become more efficient.

Keyboard shortcuts allow you to instantly access certain steps in Photoshop, without having to navigate through menus to find them! This not only saves you time, but also makes your job a little easier and can save you a lot of aggregation!

So without further ado, here are 16 of my favorite Keyboard Shortcuts for Photoshop!

B – Brush Tool
G – Gradient (or Paint Bucket) Tool
S – Clone Stamp Tool
J – Healing Brush Tool (or Spot Healing Brush Tool or the Patch Tool )
D – Change your color palette to default Black & White
X – Swap your foreground and background colors in your color palette
W – Magic Wand Tool
T – Text tool
Z – Zoom Tool (Click to zoom in, hold down Alt while clicking to zoom out)

Shift + Ctrl + N (Shift + Cmd + N) Create a new layer.

Ctrl +J (Cmd + J) – New layer via copy (Used to duplicate current layer. However, if a selection is made this shortcut will duplicate only that selection up into a new layer. Nice!)

Ctrl + Alt + Z (Cmd + Opt + Z) – Undo previous steps

Ctrl + Shift + Z (Cmd + Shift + Z) – Redo previous steps

Ctrl + I (Cmd + I) – Invert (This will select the opposite of what is currently selected.)

Ctrl + Alt + Shift + E (Cmd + Opt + Shift + E) – Stamp Visible (Merges all visible layers into one new layer which is awesome for creating composites!)

Ctrl + G (Cmd + G) – Group selected layers (Hold down Ctrl key and click multiple layers to select more than one.)


I hope you enjoyed these quick tips! If 16 new shortcuts seems a little daunting to memorize, no worries! Just choose a few each week to try and put them to use. The more you use them, the more they will seem like second nature. And trust me, all that saved time and frustration adds up!

Have a favorite shortcut that isn’t listed above? Share it with us in the comments below! 

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