Five Photoshop keyboard shortcuts you need to know (2022)

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There are several hundred keyboard shortcuts in Photoshop. The more keyboard shortcuts you know the faster your workflow. Here are my top five to help you reduce your mousing around.

The most versatile tool in Photoshop is the Move tool. When it is active, layer opacity can be adjusted using the numbers. Tap a keyboard number and the opacity changes to 10 times its amount— 1 is 10% opacity, 5 is 50%, 0 is 100%. Want something in between? Tap the numbers quickly — 7 followed immediately by 8 is 78% opacity.

The Move tool (Shift + V) also allows blending modes to be chosen from the keyboard.

Power tip: If you don’t want to hold down the shift key to change tools, there’s a preference setting for that. Open Preferences (macOS: Photoshop > Preferences, Win: Help > Preferences) choose Tool and uncheck Use Shift Key for Tool Switch. Now any tool can be selected by hitting its letter key. So the Move tool keyboard shortcut is simply V.

New layer with naming window: Command (Win: Ctrl) + Shift + N

When I’m working in Photoshop, I often want a new layer. Sure, I can mouse over to the bottom of the Layers panel to get a numbered new layer or go to the menu bar and choose Layer > New > Layer which opens the dialog. It’s so much easier to hit the keyboard shortcut to make the new layer.

Best of all, like choosing a new layer from the menu bar, the window opens up with the space to name the layer highlighted and ready to get named. This makes the layer stack easy to understand when it gets opened later.


There are a few extras in this window. Beyond renaming (a really good habit to develop), you can clip it to the layer below it. This is useful for special effects. Here you can color a layer to make it stand out as part of similar layers. The Mode drop-down is for choosing the blending mode. If a neutral color works with a blending mode, checking the box fills the layer with that neutral color. The darken modes fill it with white, the lighten modes fill it with black and the overlay modes fill it with 50% gray.

Opacity sets the see-through-ish-ness of the layer. This saves so many mouse moves!

If you want to go directly to a new layer and bypass the dialog, add the Option (Win: Alt) key.

Copy active layer or selection to a new layer: Command (Win: Ctrl) + J

All of the visible layers are copied to a brand new layer. It’s ready for more editing. All of the earlier work is preserved.

Duplicating a layer in the layer stack is easy. Highlight the layer, hold down the Option (Win: Alt) key and drag it up to make a copy. That won’t work if the layer is a background layer. However, this shortcut does work on background layers.

Press Command (Win: Ctrl) + J. Right-clicking a layer in the Layer panel and choosing Duplicate Layer always works too. Of course, there’s more to this keyboard shortcut.

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Copy visible layers to a new one: Command (Win: Ctrl) + Option (Win: Alt) + Shift + E

This is the keyboard shortcut to use instead of flattening a set of layers you think you are completely happy with. You’ll change your mind. I promise.

Copying all the layers below to a new one keeps all of them intact for future changes that you will eventually decide to make. You’ll be glad you learned this one. You can do this from the Layers menu by choosing Merge Visible and adding the Option (Win: Alt) key. Without Option (Win: Alt) the layers are flattened. Not good.

In the Layers panel choose the hamburger menu and choose Merge Visible adding the Option (Win: Alt) key. Always remember to add the Option (Win: Alt) key.

When a selection is on the active layer, Command (Win: Ctrl) + J jumps it to a new layer. Adding the Shift key cuts the selection from the active layer. Bonus — Command (Win: Ctrl) + Option (Win: Alt) + J opens the new layer dialog so it can be renamed without double-clicking the name in the Layer panel.

Save as: Command (Win: Ctrl) + Shift + S

This shortcut opens the Save … window. There is a lot going on in it too. When a photo has multiple layers, there are only four options to save it: Photoshop (.psd), Large Document Format (.psb), Photoshop PDF (.pdf) or TIFF (.tif.)

Want to save the file as a JPEG or other non-layer format? Click Save a Copy …

Photoshop makes a copy of the photo, flattens it and makes all of the formats available for the save.

These five keyboard shortcuts are super timesavers and bring you a lot of versatility at the same time!

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Which are the 5 basic shortcut keys? ›

Windows keyboard shortcuts
  • Copy: Ctrl + C.
  • Cut: Ctrl + X.
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  • Open Task View: Windows logo key + Tab.
  • Display and hide the desktop: Windows logo key + D.
  • Switch between open apps: Alt + Tab.
  • Open the Quick Link menu: Windows logo key + X.

What are the top 10 keyboard shortcuts everyone should know? ›

Top 10 Keyboard Shortcuts
  • - Top 10 Keyboard Shortcuts -
  • Ctrl+C or Ctrl+Insert and Ctrl+X. Both Ctrl+C and Ctrl+Insert will copy highlighted text or a selected item. ...
  • Ctrl+V or Shift+Insert. ...
  • Ctrl+Z and Ctrl+Y. ...
  • Ctrl+F. ...
  • Alt+Tab or Ctrl+Tab. ...
  • Ctrl+Backspace and Ctrl+Left or Right arrow. ...
  • Ctrl+S.

What are the 30 shortcut keys? ›

First, let's run through the alphabet of Ctrl/Command + shortcuts. Windows users should use the Ctrl key.
  • Ctrl + R: Right justify.
  • Ctrl + S: Save.
  • Ctrl + T: Create hanging indent (tab).
  • Ctrl + U: Underline.
  • Ctrl + V: Paste.
  • Ctrl + W: Close document.
  • Ctrl + X: Cut.
  • Ctrl + Y: Redo previously undone action.
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What are 7 shortcut keys and their functions? ›

List of basic computer shortcut keys:
  • Alt + F--File menu options in the current program.
  • Alt + E--Edits options in the current program.
  • F1--Universal help (for any sort of program).
  • Ctrl + A--Selects all text.
  • Ctrl + X--Cuts the selected item.
  • Ctrl + Del--Cut selected item.
  • Ctrl + C--Copy the selected item.
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What is F1 f2 f3 F4 f5 f6 f7 f8 f9 f10 f11 F12? ›

The function keys or F-keys on a computer keyboard, labeled F1 through F12, are keys that have a special function defined by the operating system, or by a currently running program. They may be combined with the Alt or Ctrl keys.

What are the 10 keys on the keyboard? ›

A numeric keypad, number pad, numpad, or ten key, is the palm-sized, usually-17-key section of a standard computer keyboard, usually on the far right. It provides calculator-style efficiency for entering numbers.

What are the 4 special keys in keyboard? ›

Special Keys or Control Keys

There are various control keys; some are: The Tab key, Shift key, Caps Lock key, Backspace, Space bar, Enter key, Ctrl key, and CapsLock keys to name just a few.

What are the 12 function keys? ›

  • The F1 key.
  • The F2 key.
  • The F3 key.
  • The F4 key.
  • The F5 key.
  • The F6 key.
  • The F7 key.
  • The F8 key.
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What is shortcut key A to Z? ›

CTRL Shortcuts from A-Z:

CTRL + A = Select text. CTRL + B = Bold text. CTRL + C = Copy text. CTRL + D = Open font formatting window. CTRL + E = Center text.

What is the Ctrl 5? ›

Excel shortcuts
Shortcut keyActionVersion
Ctrl + 3ItalicAll
Ctrl + 4UnderlineAll
Ctrl + 5StrikethroughAll
Ctrl + 6Show/Hide objectsAll
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How do I get a list of keyboard shortcuts? ›

Press Ctrl + Alt + ? on your keyboard. Keyboard shortcut overview is now open.

What is the basic shortcut keys? ›

Ctrl + C – Copy the selected item. Ctrl + Ins – Copy the selected item. Ctrl + V – Paste the selected item. Alt + F – File menu options in the current program.

What are the 7 selection tools in Photoshop? ›

Adobe Photoshop also offers a number of selection tools: Quick Mask, Rectangular marquee, Elliptical marquee, Lasso, Polygonal Lasso, Magnetic Lasso, Magic Wand. The most efficient way to make a selection in Adobe Photoshop is to use Quick Mask mode.

What does command 5 do in Photoshop? ›

Command + 5 (Mac) | Control + 5 (Win) displays the Yellow Channel. Command + 6 (Mac) | Control + 6 (Win) displays the Black Channel.

What is F7 for? ›

F7 – Used to spell check and grammar check a document in Microsoft Apps (e.g. Word). F8 – Used to access the boot menu in Windows when turning on the computer. F9 – Refreshes a document in Microsoft Word and sends and receives emails in Outlook.

What is F7 used for in the computer? ›

The F7 key is commonly used to spell check and grammar check a document in Microsoft programs such as Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, and other Office products. Shift + F7 runs a Thesaurus check on the highlighted word.

What does FN F5 mean? ›

Apple keyboard F5 key

The default F5 key primary function on the MacBook decreases the keyboard backlight. Pressing fn + F5 for the secondary function is F5.

How many keys are there in keyboard? ›

The standard computer keyboards typically contain 101 keys for inputting character sets including alphabets, numbers, symbols, or functions.

Are there 24 keys? ›

There are 24 keys in music because there are 12 notes and 2 key types. The 12 notes eventually produce 12 major keys and 12 minor keys and altogether we have 24 keys in music.

What is the 7 symbol on a keyboard? ›

To create the ampersand symbol using a U.S. keyboard, hold down the Shift and press the 7 key on the top of the keyboard.

Is there 108 keys in keyboard? ›

Answer: 104 buttons or keys.

What is the 3 key symbol? ›

Also called a hash, number sign, or pound sign, the octothorpe is the typographical symbol "#" (two horizontal lines and two vertical lines, crossed). On US QWERTY keyboards, the # symbol appears on the same key as the number 3. It can be typed by holding Shift and pressing 3 on the keyboard.

What are the 3 types of key? ›

Keys are of seven broad types in DBMS:
  • Candidate Key.
  • Primary Key.
  • Foreign Key.
  • Super Key.
  • Alternate Key.
  • Composite Key.
  • Unique Key.

What are the 3 lock keys on a keyboard? ›

Most keyboards have three different types of lock functions:
  • Number Lock – Num Lock. Allows the user to type numbers by pressing the keys on the number pad, rather than having them act as up, down, left, right, page up, end, and so forth. ...
  • Capital Lock – Caps Lock. ...
  • Scrolling Lock – Scroll Lock.

What key number is F12? ›

Key Code Table
0Caps Lock
1026 (Num Lock)F11
1037 (Num Lock)F12
1048 (Num Lock)
1059 (Num Lock)
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What is F10 on keyboard? ›

F10. In most Microsoft Windows programs, by default, F10 activates the menu bar or Ribbon of an open application. Shift + F10 is the same as right-clicking a highlighted icon, file, or Internet link. Access the hidden recovery partition on Compaq, HP, and Sony computers.

What is the F9 key? ›

The F9 key is a function key found at the top of almost all computer keyboards. The key is often used to open Mission Control on an Apple computer. As mentioned below, the F9 key also has other uses depending on the computer and program.

Why Ctrl Z is used? ›

Alternatively referred to as Control+Z and C-z, ^z, Ctrl+Z is a keyboard shortcut often used to undo the previous action. Most programs that support the Ctrl+Z keyboard shortcut allow you to use it multiple times.

What is Ctrl Shift Z? ›

Use Ctrl-Shift-Z to redo actions.

What is Ctrl D and Ctrl Z? ›

The CTRL-D and CTRL-Z "end of file" indicators serve a similar purpose on Unix and Windows systems respectively, but are implemented quite differently. On Unix systems (including Unix clones like Linux) CTRL-D, while officially described as the end-of-file character, is actually a delimiter character.

What is Ctrl K? ›

Control-K is a common computer command. It is generated by pressing the K key while holding down the Ctrl key on most computer keyboards. In hypertext environments that use the control key to control the active program, control-K is often used to add, edit, or modify a hyperlink to a Web page.

What means Ctrl K? ›

In Microsoft Word and other word processors, pressing Ctrl + K inserts a hyperlink at the text cursor's current location.

What Ctrl N means? ›

Ctrl+O. Create a new document. Ctrl+N. Save the document.

Why are there 61 keys? ›

The reasons are: they are much easier to play (very little resistance) the action is much faster (allows you to play repeated notes very quickly) 61 key keyboards are around 40 inches wide (depending on a particular model), they are a better option for those who travel with their instrument.

Do keyboards have 61 keys? ›

If you are a beginning piano student, a 61-key keyboard should be a good fit for all of your needs. It should also fit easily into small spaces. However, intermediate and advanced pianos may want to trade a 61-key keyboard in for the full 88-key range.

What is function of F1 to F12 keys? ›

The F1 through F12 FUNCTION keys have special alternate commands. These keys are called enhanced function keys. Enhanced function keys provide quick access to frequently used commands that can increase your productivity. These commands are typically printed above or on the keys.

What are keyboard shortcuts called? ›

In computing, a keyboard shortcut also known as hotkey is a series of one or several keys to quickly invoke a software program or perform a preprogrammed action.

What shortcut is Ctrl A? ›

Ctrl + A Select all contents of the page. Ctrl + B Bold highlighted selection. Ctrl + C Copy selected text. Ctrl + X Cut selected text.

What is the shortcut key of control 5? ›

Ctrl+5 in Microsoft Word

In Microsoft Word, pressing Ctrl + 5 changes a line, paragraph, or all highlighted text to have 1.5 spaces per line. You may also press Ctrl + 1 to set the line spacing to single, or Ctrl + 2 to set it to double spacing.

What are the 6 types of keys in keyboard? ›

  • The Numeric Keys.
  • Functional keys.
  • Keys for alphabetic.
  • Special keys for Characters.
  • Space bar.
  • Enter keys.
  • Control keys.
  • Alt Keys.

What are basic keys? ›

These are special keys that allow you to use computer to perform specific functions. Examples are: space bar, tab key, caps lock key, control key, shift key, delete key, return key, Alt key, home and end, insert and arrow keys.

What is the shift 5 key? ›

To turn this so-called “Sticky Keys” feature on, press the Shift key five times in a row. An on-screen message appears, asking you if you want to turn on this feature. You can also enable Sticky Keys in the Windows 10 Settings app under Ease of Access > Keyboard.

How do I see all keyboard shortcuts? ›

Press Ctrl + Alt + ? on your keyboard.

What are the 7 types of keys? ›

Keys are of seven broad types in DBMS:
  • Candidate Key.
  • Primary Key.
  • Foreign Key.
  • Super Key.
  • Alternate Key.
  • Composite Key.
  • Unique Key.

How many keys are there? ›

How Many Music Keys Are There? Since there are 12 major scales, there are 12 major keys. Likewise, there are 12 minor scales and, therefore, 12 minor keys. So there are 24 keys all together.

How many keyboard shortcuts are there? ›

A list of keyboard shortcuts (also called access keys, shortcut keys). Windows comes up with interesting … 199 keyboard shortcuts of a computer.

Which key is higher G or F? ›

Each pitch in a melody in the 'key' of G major would be 2 half-steps higher than the same melody in the 'key' of F major. The two melodies would sound alike except that the one in G: would sound a little higher.


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