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The most important Photoshop shortcuts for Windows and Mac OS

Adobe Photoshop (CS and Creative Cloud) and Adobe Lightroom are among the most popular photo editing software options worldwide. These programs are available for Mac OS and Windows – but they come at a price. Despite the relatively high costs, Photoshop is considered indispensable by many professional photographers, architects, designers, and countless private enthusiasts, too. This is due to Photoshop’s wide range of functions, the long-term experience of the Adobe team, and the big development advantages it holds over other software developers.

Given the numerous functions, design options, and tools in these Adobe programs, most users try to take advantage of Photoshop tricks that simplify and speed up general use.

Keyboard combinations, known as shortcuts, help save time and increase comfort. Below is our collection of the most important Adobe Photoshop shortcuts for Windows and Mac OS.

File Photoshop shortcuts (PC/Mac)

Result Windows Mac OS
New… Ctrl + N Cmd + N
Open… Ctrl + O Cmd + O
Browse in Bridge Alt + Ctrl + O Cmd + Option + O
Open As… Alt + Shift + Ctrl + O Cmd + Shift + Option + O
Close Ctrl + W Cmd + W
Close All… Alt + Ctrl + W Alt + Cmd + W
Close and Go to Bridge Shift + Ctrl + W Cmd + Shift + W
Save Ctrl + S Cmd + S
Save As… Alt + Ctrl + S Cmd + Shift + S
Save for Web… Alt + Shift + Ctrl + S Cmd + Option + Shift + S
Revert F12 F12
File Info… Alt + Shift + Ctrl + I Cmd + Shift + Option + I
Print… Ctrl + P Cmd + P
Finish Ctrl + Q Cmd + Q

Photoshop tricks for editing images

Result Windows Mac OS
Undo Ctrl + Z Cmd + Z
Step Forward Shift + Ctrl + Z Cmd + Shift + Z
Cut Ctrl + X Cmd + X
Copy Ctrl + C Cmd + C
Copy Merged Shift + Ctrl + C Cmd + Shift + V
Paste Ctrl + V Cmd + V
Paste in Place Shift + Ctrl + V Cmd + Shift + V
Paste Into Alt + Shift + Ctrl + V Cmd + Shift + Option + V
Fill… Shift + F5 Shift + F5
Content-Aware Scale Shift + Ctrl + Q Cmd + Shift + Q
Free Transform Ctrl + T Cmd + T
Select All Ctrl + A Cmd + A
Invert Selection Ctrl + Shift + I Cmd + Shift + I
Select All Layers Ctrl + Alt + A Cmd + Shift + A
Deselect Ctrl + D Cmd + D

Photoshop shortcuts for orientation

Result Windows Mac OS
Colour Settings… Shift + Ctrl + K Cmd + Shift + K
Keyboard Shortcuts… Alt + Shift + Ctrl + K Cmd + Shift + Option + K
Menus… Alt + Shift + Ctrl + M Cmd + Shift + Option + M
General Preferences… Ctrl + K Cmd + K

Photoshop tricks for images

Result Windows Mac OS
Adjust Levels… Ctrl + L Cmd + L
Adjust Curves… Ctrl + M Cmd + M
Adjust Hue/Saturation… Ctrl + U Cmd + U
Adjust Colour Balance… Ctrl + B Cmd + B
Black & White… Alt + Shift + Ctrl + B Cmd + Shift + Option + B
Invert Ctrl + I Cmd + I
Desaturate Shift + Ctrl+ U Cmd + Shift + U
Auto Tone Shift + Ctrl + L Cmd + Shift + L
Auto Contrast Alt + Shift + Ctrl + L Cmd + Shift + Option + L
Auto Colour Shift + Ctrl + B Cmd + Shift + B
Image Size… Alt + Ctrl + I Cmd + Option + I
Canvas Size… Alt + Ctrl + C Cmd + Option + C

Photoshop shortcuts for layers

Result Windows Mac OS
New Layer… Shift + Ctrl + N Cmd + Shift + N
New Layer via Copy Ctrl + J Cmd + J
New Layer via Cut Shift + Ctrl + J Cmd + Shift + J
Create/Release Clipping Mask Alt + Ctrl + G Cmd + Option + G
Group Layers Ctrl + G Cmd + G
Ungroup Layers Shift + Ctrl + G Cmd + Shift + G
Merge Visible Layers Shift + Ctrl + E Cmd + Shift + E

Arrange Layers

Result Windows Mac OS
Bring to Front Shift + Ctrl + ] Cmd + Shift + ]
Bring Forward Ctrl + ] Cmd + ]
Send Backward Ctrl + [ Cmd + [
Send to Back Shift + Ctrl + [ Cmd + Shift + [

Photoshop tricks: define your own shortcuts

Our list is just a small selection of the numerous Photoshop shortcuts available. And it’s even possible to define your own shortcuts, allowing you to implement the keyboard combinations that suit your needs. To create your own Photoshop shortcuts, select the menu ‘Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts’ (or use the shortcut Alt + Shift + Ctrl + K). This will open the dialogue box ‘Keyboard Shortcuts and Menus’. Here, you can see the standard set of Photoshop shortcuts and can create a new set for your own use. Every user can personalise their own individual shortcuts for application menus, panel menus, or tools.

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