Photoshop shortcuts you should know

When it comes to Photoshop, the shortcuts play a vital role in the efficient workflow, letting you perform a wide variety of actions instantly. This application is huge and has got a long list that can be an intimidating task to master them all especially for the newbies. Today we have handpicked some of the most widely used shortcuts which will allow you to change brushes instantly, edit the text and control layers etc. there are many shortcuts for enhancing the file management and which help in 3D work. Below are some of the shortcuts for Photoshop which will come in handy during any image editing operation.

To Create New Layer

  • Windows: Shift+Ctrl+N
  • Mac: Shift+Cmd+N

To scroll through the Layers

  • Windows: Alt [ ]
  • Mac: Option[ ]

In order to scroll through the layers rapidly you need to hold Alt/Option and then use left and right bracket keys [ ] to scroll through: left is down and right is up.

To create new Layer behind selected Layer

  • Windows: Cmd+New Layer Icon
  • Mac: Ctrl+New Layer icon

To Fill a Layer

  • Windows: Alt+Delete (foreground) or Ctrl+Delete (background)
  • Mac: Alt+Backspace (foreground) or Cmd+Backspace (background)

This command will let you fill an empty layer with the current background or foreground colour.

To Flatten Layers:

  • Windows: Ctrl+Alt+Shift+E
  • Mac: Cmd+Alt+Shift+E

Add a new and empty layer to the top of the stack and then select it and then use the command mentioned above in order to flatten the layers in an image for sharpening the results. This will add a flattened version pf your image to the new layer but will leave the stacked layers intact as well.

To merge visible layers

  • Windows: Ctrl+Shift+E
  • Mac: Cmd+Shift+E

This command will merge all of your existing layers into one layer but one thing must be kept in mind that once you have merged all the layers than it is very difficult to separate all of them so be careful when merging your layers into one.

Creating new layer via copy

  • Windows: Ctrl+J
  • Mac: Cmd+J

With this command you can create new layer from an existing layer.

Creating new layer via cut

  • Windows: Ctrl+Shift+J
  • Mac: Cmd+Shift+J

Just like creating a new layer via copy, this command will allow you to create a new layer with the image area included in it which is selected. The difference between via copy and cut command is that via cut command will remove the portion which is selected from the original image.

To stamp down selected layers

  • Windows: Ctrl+Alt+E
  • Mac: Cmd+Alt+E

When you have selected all your layers you need to use this command in order to merge them into one piece. If you want to see them merged as a new layer you are required to add in the Shift modifier. This comes in handy if you are required to make adjustments at later stages.

To send layer to bottom of stack

  • Windows: Ctrl+Shift+[
  • Mac: Cmd+Shift+[

With this command you can move your required layer to the bottom of the stack of images which you are working with in Photoshop.

To send layer to top of stack

  • Windows: Ctrl+Shift+]
  • Mac: Cmd+Shift+]

With this command you can move your required layer to the top of the tack of images.

To copy multiple layers

  • Windows: Shift+Ctrl+C
  • Mac: Shift+Cmd+C

First of all you are required to draw a selection and once it is made you need to use this command to take every layer into clipboard.

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