My Top 10 Photoshop Shortcut Keys

There are a few shortcut keys in Photoshop that I dearly love. I’ve mentioned some of them before, but I like to occasionally remind myself of them. Maybe they’ll be helpful to you too.

I’ve put a few of my most commonly used keyboard shortcuts in a list. The lower the number, the more I couldn’t live without it.

#10 Ctrl+W | ⌘+W = Close Image

#9 Ctrl+Alt+C | ⌘+Option+C = Canvas Size

#8 Ctrl+Alt+I | ⌘+Option+I = Image Size

#7 Ctrl+Alt+Shift+C | ⌘+Option+Shift+C = Content Aware Scale

#6 Ctrl+Alt+Shift+E | ⌘+Option+Shift+E = Convert Visible into New Layer

#5 Ctrl+J | ⌘+J = Duplicate Selected Layer

#4 L = Lasso Tool

#3 V = Move Tool

#2 Alt+Mouse Wheel | Option+Mouse Wheel = Quick Zoom

#1 Space Bar = Grab and Pan Image

There are too many to list and even more to memorize. It’s especially tough to remember them all when you use different software programs everyday. I used to write shortcut keys on the backs of my hands with a permanent marker to help me memorize them fast. By the time the ink wore off I had that shortcut lodged permanently in my memory banks. Would I recommend this technique? No. Sticky notes work just as well on your monitor. See.

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  1. Gary Brook April 11, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Unfortunately, my most common shortcut is Cmd|Ctrl – Z, the Undo command 😉

    • Jimmy April 11, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      You’re right Gary. I forgot to mention Undo ⌘+Z/Ctrl+Z and Step Backward ⌘+Option+Z/Ctrl+Alt+Z. They absolutely come first.

  2. Tim April 17, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    what would be the shortcut key to acquire a 24 pk of beer, pizza, and a call girl service ?? :~D

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