93 Must-Know Keyboard Shortcuts For Photoshop (Mac & PC)

Whether it’s your first time in Photoshop or you’ve been at it for years, keyboard shortcuts are sure to save you some serious time in the program. With so many shortcuts to choose from, it’s hard to know exactly which ones you should know about. Especially since you may not actually use some of them.

That’s why I wanted to put together this list of must-know keyboard shortcuts that you will actually use. All of the shortcuts below are broken up into their specific uses. For example, document-related shortcuts, Tool related shortcuts, and more. That way you can easily find the section that’s most applicable to you!

So, let’s get started!

Table of Contents

Document Shortcuts In Photoshop

There’s no better place to start than the File Menu. These shortcuts allow you to easily perform the File functions in photoshop without having to access the File Menu. You’ll learn how to create a new document, open a file, save a file, and more, all without accessing the File Menu.

1. New file  

Windows: Control + N

Mac: Command + N 

Creates a new document in Photoshop. 

2. Open a file 

Windows: Control + O

Mac: Command + O 

Opens an existing file in Photoshop.

3. Browse In Bridge 

Windows: Alt + Control + O

Mac: Option + Command + O

This opens Adobe Bridge, making it easy to browse for your files. 

4. Open As 

Windows: Alt + Shift + Control + O

Mac: Option + Shift + Command + O

You can use this shortcut to open a file in your desired format in Photoshop. 

5. Edit in ImageReady

Windows: Shift + Control+ M

Mac: Shift + Command + M

This allows you to access the ImageReady editor and use it to edit your photos. 

6. Close file in Photoshop

Windows: Control + W

Mac: Command + W

Close a single file with ease in Photoshop using this shortcut. 

7. Close All

Windows: Alt + Control + W

Mac: Option + Command + W

This allows you to close all the opened files in your Photoshop session. 

8. Close and Go To Bridge

Windows: Shift + Control + W

Mac: Shift + Command + W

You can close your files and open the Bridge at the same time using this shortcut. 

9. Save a file in Photoshop

Windows: Control + S

Mac: Command + S

Save your work using this quick and well-known shortcut.

10. Save As

Windows: Shift + Control + S 

Mac: Shift + Command + S

Save your work and choose the desired file type with this shortcut.

Tools Shortcuts In Photoshop

Photoshop has a number of tools that you can use to perform a variety of tasks. While working, you’ll need to access them to carry out various functions such as painting, zooming, erasing, and more. Here’s a list of keyboard shortcuts to quickly access Photoshop’s tool while working:

11. Move Tool (Pointer) – V 

Allows you to move a selection or layer.

12. Object Selection Tool – W 

This allows you to select an object or part of an object in an image.

13. Rectangular Marquee Tool (Select Tool) – M

You use the rectangular marquee tool to create rectangular selections of any size.

14. Lasso Tool – L

The Lasso Tool allows you to create free form selections.

15. Eyedropper – I

The eyedropper tool samples color from an image.  

16. Crop Tool – C

Trims or expands the edge of an image. Learn how to crop in Photoshop here.

17. Eraser – E

Erases an image by changing the pixels to the background layer or making them transparent.

18. Shape Tool – U

Allows you to draw rectangles, ellipses, polygons, and custom shapes which are created as a shape layer.

19. Text Tool – T 

The text tool enables you to create text in Photoshop.

20. Brush – B

Used to paint custom brush strokes.

21. History Brush – Y

Allows you to restore parts of an image to prior states.

22. Spot Healing Brush – J

Used to remove blemishes and marks.

23. Gradient Tool – G

Used to create a gradual blend between colors.

24. Path Selection Tool – A

Allows you to select a whole path.

25. Hand Tool – H

Used to pan over different areas of an image.

26. Rotate View – R

Allows you to rotate the view of an image.

27. Pen Tool – P

Used to make or change paths or shapes with anchor points and handles.

28. Clone Stamp – S

Allows you to paint with pixels from another part of the image.

29. Dodge – O

Used to lighten areas of an image.

30. Zoom Tool – Z 

Magnifies or reduces the view of an image.

31. Default Foreground & Background Colors – D

Restores the foreground and background colors to their default state, black, and white. 

32. Switch Foreground & Background Colors – X

Allows you to switch between the foreground and background colors. 

33. Edit in Quick Mask Mode – Q 

Allows you to quickly make selections and modify existing ones.

34. Change Screen Mode – F

Used to easily toggle between the three Photoshop screen modes.

Brush Tool Shortcuts In Photoshop

The Brush Tool (B) is one of the most important tools in Photoshop. Whether you’re doing digital painting, photo editing, or even graphic design, you’ll be using the brush tool. Here are some shortcuts to help you better master the Brush Tool in Photoshop. 

35. Previous or Next Brush Style 

Windows & Mac: , or  .

This allows you to easily swap between brush styles without having to access the Brush Tool’s menu.

36. Choose The First or Last Brush Style Used

Windows & Mac: Shift + , or Shift + . 

This shortcut makes it easy to switch to the first or the last brush style you used during your session. 

37. Toggle Airbrush Option

Windows: Shift + Alt + P

Mac: Shift + Option + P

Allows you to easily toggle on and toggle off the airbrush option for the brush tool.

 38. Show/Hide Brush panel

Windows & Mac: F5

Easily access Photoshop’s brush panel by tapping the F5 key. 

 39. Increase or Decrease Brush Size

Windows & Mac: ] or [ 

When you’re working, you rarely ever need one brush side. Increase and decrease your brush size with ease using the ] or [  keys. 

40. Fill 

Windows & Mac: Shift + F5

Fill a layer with color by holding the Shift key and tapping the F5. 

Photoshop History & Edit

Nothing is more sacred than the undo button. As many creatives say, “Control/Command+ Z is your best friend” and they’re right. But it’s not the only great shortcut in Photoshop that can make things easier for you. Read on to see the shortcuts you’ll need to streamline your design and editing process in Photoshop. 

41. Undo 

Windows: Control +  Z

Mac: Command + Z

Allows you to revert the last action taken. 

42. Step Forward

Windows: Shift + Control + Z

Mac: Shift + Command + Z

This allows you to redo an action that was previously reverted. 

43. Step Backward

Windows: Alt + Control + Z

Mac: Option + Command + Z

Enables you to revert multiple prior actions taken during a session. 

44. Free Transform

Windows: Control + T

Mac: Command + T

Allows you to apply transformations to an image. These include transformations include rotate, skew, scale, distort, and perspective. 

45. Fade

Windows: Shift+ Control + F

Mac: Shift + Command + F

You can use this shortcut to fade the effects of an adjustment or filter that you applied to your image.

46. Cut

Windows: Control + X

Mac: Command + X 

This simple shortcut allows you to cut an image or object in your image to paste elsewhere in your document.

47. Copy

Windows: Control + C

Mac: Command + C

This well-known shortcut allows you to copy an image or an object in your image to your clipboard for pasting. 

48. Copy Merged

Windows: Shift + Control + C

Mac: Shift + Command + C

As you know, Photoshop works with layers, the copy merged function copies all the elements from a selection from all present layers, not just the active one. 

49. Paste

Windows: Control + V 

Mac: Command + V

Another well-known shortcut, this one allows you to paste the copied/cut objects. 

50. Paste Into

Windows: Shift + Control + V

Mac: Shift + Command + V

This is a special type of pasting in Photoshop which allows you to paste a copied selection into another image o another part of your image as a new layer. 

Layer Shortcuts In Photoshop

Layers are everything in Photoshop. Mastering layers is a key step in becoming a Photoshop Master. Here are the shortcuts you need to know to help you become a Layer Master. 

51. Create New Layer

Windows: Shift + Control + N

Mac: Shift + Command + N

Create a new layer with ease with this shortcut.

52. Duplicate a Layer 

Windows: Hold Alt and drag

Mac: Hold Option and drag

When you want to duplicate a layer, hold down the Alt/Option key, then click and drag the object on the layer. This will duplicate the layer. 

53. New Layer via Copy

Windows: Control + J

Mac: Command + J

Copy the contents of a selection onto a new layer with this shortcut. 

54. New Layer via Cut

Windows: Shift + Control + J

Mac: Shift + Command + J

This shortcut allows you to cut the contents of a selection onto a new layer. 

55. Create/Release Clipping Mask

Windows: Alt + Control + G

Mac: Option + Command + G

You can use this layer to quickly create or release a clipping mask. 

56. Group Layers

Windows: Control + G

Mac: Command + G

Group your layers with ease with this simple shortcut. 

57. Ungroup Layers in Photoshop

Windows: Shift + Control + G

Mac: Shift + Command + G

If you’ve grouped your layers and want to ungroup them, then this is the shortcut to use. 

58. Bring Layer to The Front 

Windows: Shift + Control + ]

Mac: Shift + Command + ]

This puts the selected layer at the top of the layer panel. 

59. Bring a Layer Forward

Windows: Control + ]

Mac: Command + ]

Easily shift a layer upward with this shortcut. 

60. Send a Layer Backward

Windows: Control + [

Mac: Command + [

Instead of moving a layer upward, send it down the line with this shortcut. 

61. Send Layer to The Back

Windows: Shift + Control + [

Mac: Shift + Command + [

This shortcut allows you to send a layer to the bottom of the layer panel. 

62. Merge Layers

Windows: Control + E

Mac: Command + E

Use this shortcut to merge all of your existing layers together. 

63. Merge Visible Layers

Windows: Shift + Control + E

Mac: Shift + Command + E

Instead of merging all of your layers, use this shortcut to only merge the visible ones. 

64. Create a New Layer Behind Selected layer

Windows: Command + New Layer Icon

Mac: Command + New Layer Icon

When you create a new layer, it is typically created above the selected layer. Use this shortcut to create it behind the selected layer instead. 

 65. Fill a Layer

Windows: Alt + Delete (foreground) or Control + Delete (background)

Mac: Option + Backspace (foreground) or Command + Backspace (background)

Fill a layer with any color you desire with this shortcut. 

66. Flatten layers

Windows: Control + Alt + Shift + E

Mac: Command + Option + Shift + E

Use this shortcut to flatten all of your layers into one image. 

67. Stamp down selected layers

Windows: Control + Alt  + E

Mac: Command + Option + E

This function creates a new layer with the merged contents of two or more selected layers. It’s a great way to have a merged layer without losing your original layers. 

Blending Options Shortcuts In Photoshop

Blending modes are used to affect how two layers blend together in Photoshop. They are used to achieve a multitude of effects. Here are the shortcuts that can help you easily access Photoshop’s Blending Modes and improve your workflow. 

68. Cycle Through Different Blending Modes

Windows & Mac: Shift + + or – 

This shortcut allows to cycle through the different blending modes with ease.  

69. Normal Mode

Windows: Shift + Alt + N

Mac: Shift + Option + N

Applies the default blending mode to an active layer in Photoshop. 

70. Dissolve

Windows: Shift + Alt + I

Mac: Shift + Option + I 

Applies the dissolve blending mode to an active layer. 

71. Darken

Windows: Shift + Alt + K

Mac: Shift + Option + K 

Applies the darken blending mode to an active layer. 

72. Lighten 

Windows: Shift + Alt + G

Mac: Shift + Option + G

The active layer’s blending mode is changed to lighten. 

73. Multiply

Windows: Shift + Alt + M

Mac: Shift + Option + M

Allows you to easily apply the multiply blending mode to an active layer. 

74. Overlay

Windows: Shift + Alt + O

Mac: Shift + Option + O

Applies the overlay blending mode to the selected active layer. 

75. Hue

Windows: Shift + Alt + U

Mac: Shift + Option + U

Allows you to apply the hue blending mode to a selected layer in Photoshop. 

76. Saturation 

Windows: Shift + Alt + T

Mac: Shift + Option + T

Applies the saturation blending mode to an active layer. 

77. Luminosity

Windows: Shift + Alt + Y

Mac: Shift + Option + Y 

This applies the luminosity blending mode to the active layer in your document. The luminosity blending mode blends the lightness values while ignoring the color information. 

Adjustment Shortcuts In Photoshop

When you’re working in Photoshop, you often find yourself needing to adjust your image’s size, color, brightness, and more. The shortcuts listed will show you how to easily access the image adjustment functions necessary to bring your vision to life. 

78. Levels 

Windows: Control + L

Mac: Command + L

Opens the levels panel for your image, which allows you to move or stretch the brightness levels of the image’s histogram. 

79. Auto Levels

Windows: Shift + Control + L

Mac: Shift + Command + L

This allows you to automatically adjust your image’s levels. 

80. Auto Contrast in Photoshop 

Windows: Alt + Shift + Control + L

Mac: Option + Shift + Command + L

This shortcut automatically adjusts your image’s contrast for an improved look. 

81. Auto Color

Windows: Shift + Control + B

Mac: Shift + Command + B

Automatically adjusts the color of your image

82. Curves

Windows: Control + M

Mac: Command + M

This opens up the Curves panel for your image, which allows you to change points throughout your image’s tonal range. 

83. Color Balance

Windows: Control + B

Mac: Command + B

This access the Color Balance panel. You can use it to correct color imperfections in your image. 

84. Hue/Saturation

Windows: Control + U

Mac: Command + U

The Hue/Saturation panel allows you to tweak the colors of your image based on their hue, saturation, and lightness. 

85. Desaturate

Windows: Shift + Control + U

Mac: Shift + Command + U

This shortcut desaturates your image, muting the colors and making your image appear gray. 

86. Image Size

Windows: Alt + Control + I

Mac: Option + Command + I

The Image Size function allows you to change the size of your image, the dimensions used are height and width. 

87. Canvas Size in Photoshop

Windows: Alt + Control + C

Mac: Option + Command + C

The Canvas Size function allows you to change the size of your canvas in Photoshop without affecting any existing images. 

Selection Shortcuts In Photoshop

Selections are a must in Photoshop. They make editing a lot easier and are another thing to master if you want to become a Photoshop pro. Here are selection shortcuts to take you to the next level in Photoshop. 

88. Select All

Windows: Control + A

Mac: Command + A

This shortcut selects everything on the active layer. 

89. Deselect

Windows: Control + D

Mac: Command + D

Use this shortcut to cancel any existing selection. 

90. Reselect

Windows: Shift + Control + D

Mac: Shift + Command + D

This allows you to reselect your most recent selection. 

91. Inverse

Windows: Shift + Control + I 

Mac: Shift + Command + I

This shortcut inverts your selection.  That means that everything except what you originally selected falls into the selection. 

92. Select All Layers

Windows: Alt + Control + A

Mac: Option + Command + A

This selects all the layers that you created in your document.

93. Feather Selection 

Windows: Alt + Control + D

Mac: Option + Command + D

Opens the feather selection dialog box, so you can apply a feather effect to your selection. 

There you have it, 93 shortcuts to help you streamline your workflow in Photoshop. Although it’d be nearly impossible to remember all of these at once, feel free to bookmark this page and implement these different shortcuts gradually into your projects!

Happy Editing!

Article By

Brendan Williams

Hey, I'm Brendan! I'm a professional photographer and photo retoucher who has spent the majority of his career shooting or retouching outdoor lifestyle and social media campaigns for brands like G-Adventures, xoxo Bella, P&G, Fitbit, Chevy, Tourism California, and more. You can view my photography portfolio here.

These days I primarily focus my efforts on this site, creating guides and tutorials that I wish I had earlier in my career. Each week I publish new tutorials on Photography, Photoshop, Lightroom, and Canva to help you unlock new skills and bring your creativity to new levels! Everything you learn here is backed by real experience, so you can finally skip the fluff and focus only on what matters.

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