Adobe Photoshop CS5 Shortcuts keys and Tips to make your Photoshopping Simple and Faster

Admit it, Photoshop has made our life very easy, In this Article  we shall shed some light at the  shortcuts  which professionals use to perform tasks of hours in minutes.

Adobe Photoshop is a huge program with loads of commands, but it is very time consuming experience to perform a task when we don’t know the shortcuts (short keys).

So what we’ve decided is to post a list of routinely used  shortcuts and tips  that will greatly  increase the speed of your work.

Expert Advice:  Open Photoshop and test these shortcuts as you right away, that’s the best way to memorize them.

So here are almost all the Shortcut keys and Tips that will make you a Adobe Photoshop Pro

TOOLBAR

1. Caps Lock  switches your cursor to Plus sign for precision, while working with  painting or editing tools.

2.  To draw a straight line, click where you want the line to start, then go to the point where you want the line to end,  hold Shift and Click.

3.  Holding Ctrl  will change you current tool to  Move Tool, temporarily.

4.  Holding Spacebar  will change you current tool to  Hand Tool, temporarily.

5. Holding Alt  will change you current tool to  Eyedropper Tool, temporarily if you are working with a painting tool.

6.  Ctrl + Alt + Click and drag  the image, it will create a duplication of the current image image or selection and make an overlay on top.

7.  If you  hold down Alt  while using  Burn or Dodge Tool, it switches the tool functions in between them.

8.  When you are done typing with any  text tool, press  Ctrl+Enter, Photoshop will understand you are done.

9.  Alt + Mouse Scroll  changes the zoom level

10.  While using  Magnetic Lasso Tool, pressing  Delete  button will remove the previous anchor point.

11.  While working with  Zoom Tool,  Ctrl + Spacebar  = zooms in,  Alt + Spacebar  = zooms out.

12.  Eyedropper Tool  to captures foreground color,  hold Alt and click, it will capture the color for background.

13.  When drawing a line with  Measure Tool, if you  hold Alt  and draw another line from the end of the first line, it will also measure the angle.

14.  When using  Marquee Tools,  hold down Alt  and it will make the click point as the center point of the selection.When using  Brush Tool, or other  Paint Tools, pressing the numbers on the numeral pad will alter the transparency. ([4=40%] or [press 4 then 5 will get 45%])

15. Hold Shift  and press +  or –  it will change the layer and painting modes:

  • N = Normal
  • I = Dissolve
  • M = Multiply
  • S = Screen
  • O = Overlay
  • F = Soft Light
  • H = Hard Light
  • D = Color Dodge
  • B = Color Burn
  • K = Darken
  • G = Lighten
  • E = Difference
  • X = Exclusion
  • U = Hue
  • T = Saturation
  • C = Color
  • Y = Luminosity
  • Q = Behind 1
  • L = Threshold 2
  • R = Clear 3
  • W = Shadow 4
  • V =  Mid-tones  4
  • Z = Highlights 4
  • (This will work with these tools: Alpha turned off, Indexed Mode, Line tool, Bucket Tools, Dodge and Burn)

Workspace

16.  When you  double click  the gray background area,   the Open  command will run. (Works when no file is opened)

17.  Double clicking on the title  of any panel will minimize or maximize it.

18.  All Cancel  buttons in every Photoshop windows and tables, will be transformed into a Reset  button by just holding  Alt.

19. Pressing Tab  will hide toolbar and panels, while  Shift + Tab  will only hide panels. This is one the most used trick in Photoshop.

20.  Let’s have some fun, wanna change the grey background color outside the opened file, selectPaint Bucket tool, hold shift and click. Voila! (works only when a file is opened)

21.  Open a file and press  F  button, it switches among the 3 different screen modes so you can easily choose the best workspace for your current task.

22. Ctrl + Backspace  and  Alt + Backspace  will fill in the whole image area with foreground color or background colors.

23.  Pressing  Shift + Backspace  will pop-up the option window,  Alt + Shift + Backspace  and  Ctrl + Shift + Backspace, will fill the image with foreground or background color but will not change the values in of the areas of alpha.

24. Ctrl+J  makes a duplicate layer.

25. Ctrl + D  to deselect everything, and  Ctrl+Shift+D  to reselect what you deselected.

26.  You can show or hide a path by pressing  Ctrl+shift+H

27.  Pressing  Ctrl+Tab  allows you to toggles between opened image files.

28. Alt drag  a step from a serial action can copy it to another action.

29.  If you want to import an object from  Illustrator to Photoshop, just Copy and Paste. Photoshop will ask you whether to import it as a vector or bitmap.

30.  Double clicking the  Hand Tool  will provide you the largest full image preview possible.

31.  Double clicking the  Zoom Tool  sets the zoom level to 100%.

32.  Pressing  X  will swap the foreground and background colors.

33.  Pressing  D  will resets the foreground and background colors to default (mostly Black and White)

34. Ctrl+Shift+N  opens the new layer with a dialog box, Ctrl+Shift+Alt+N creates a new layer, no questions asked.

35. Ctrl+E  Merges Layers

Tool Selection Shortcut

Q  = QUICK MASK
Q  = MAGIC WAND
E  = ERASER
R  = Rotate Tool (CS5), with the new snap tools, if you hold R and rotate, after you let got it will snap back to the same tool as you had previously
T  = TYPE TOOL
Y  = HISTORY BRUSH
U  = VECTOR SHAPE
I  = EYE DROPPER
O  = DODGE AND BURN
P  = PEN TOOL (drawing paths)
A  = PATH SELECTION TOOL
S  = STAMP TOOL (clone)
G  = PAINT BUCKET/GRADIENT TOOL
H  = HAND
J  = HEALING BRUSH
L  = LASSO
Z  = ZOOM
X  = SWAP BACKGROUND AND FOREGROUND
C  = CROP
V  = MOVE TOOL
B  = BRUSH
N  = NOTES
M  = MARQUEE
[  = Make brush smaller
]  = Make brush bigger

  • SHIFT + (key of tool)  will switch between that tool family.  ALT+Click  on tool do the same function.
  • Alt+Delete  Fills the selection or layer with foreground color.  Ctrl+Delete  Fills the selection or layer with background color.
  • Alt+Shift+Delete  Fills the selection or layer with foreground color while preserving transparency.  Ctrl+Shift+Delete  Fills the selection or layer with background color preserving transparency.
  • Shift+F5  Opens the Fill Dialog Box

Text

Ctrl+H  Manipulates the visibility of currently selected text.

¢     Ctrl+Shift+B  Makes the text Bold

¢    Ctrl+Shift+I  Italic

¢    Ctrl+Shift+U  Underline

¢      Ctrl+Shift+?  Strikethrough

¢    Ctrl+Shift+K  All Block Letters

¢    Ctrl+Shift+H  All Small Caps (Block Letters in smaller font size)

¢  Ctrl+Shift+=  SuperScript

¢      Ctrl+Shift+-  SubScript

¢      Ctrl+Shift+L  Aligns the text to left.

¢      Ctrl+Shift+R  Aligns right.

¢      Ctrl+Shift+C  Aligns Center.

¢      Ctrl+Shift+J  Justified Alignment.

¢      Ctrl+Shift+F  Forced Justified.

 

This almost cover all the shortcuts available in Adobe Photoshop CS5 and lower, if you think we missed a few please let us know.

 

Dhawal D