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Photoshop tools & shortcut commands for windows

 If you are beginner in Photoshop, learning shortcut commands may be useful. Here is the list, I'll keep on adding to it time to  time as I learn new commands.

Remember 'em first:
# Use "shift" for adding to selection.
# Use "alt" for subtraction from selection.
# Use "shift+alt" to get intersection area.
# Use "[" to decrease and "]" to increase the size of the cursor (i.e., brush).

Undo - Redo

# Use ctrl+alt+Z for "undo" and ctrl+shift+Z for "redo".
# You can also use F12 to restore an image (File>Revert).
# Also can use "history panel" for getting back to any state of change ( window menu > history ).

  • z + click to zoom in any part of image
  • z + alt + click to zoom out
  • ctrl + spacebar to zoom in
  • ctrl + alt + spacebar to zoom out
  • ctrl+0 image to fit-in in canvas
  • ctrl+1 100% zoom
  • alt + scroll-up to zoom-in
  • alt + scroll-down to zoom-out
  • select zoom tool or hold z > draw a rect to zoom-in
  • bird's eye view : h + click , put the rect where to zoom-in
  • at bottom left, you can ring your zoom value | select that, press ctrl, move curser left, right
  • V = move tool; you can use it to move an image, as well as dump it on another tab.
Selection Tools
  • M = rectangular marquee; shift + M = elliptical marquee;  other are row/column marquee
  • L = lasso tool; shift +L = polygonal lasso tool; once again, shift+L = magnetic lasso tool
  • W = quick selection tool; shift+W = magic wand tool
  • Q = toggle quick mask mode
  • X = to switch b/w foreground and background


  • Lasso tool while using Lasso tool, hold "alt" then release the mouse, it will convert in Polygonal Lasso tool on the fly.
  • Polygonal Lasso tool: # Press "alt + click, drag" it will change Polygonal Lasso tool into Lasso tool. # Remember "paste into" is very good =>
  • Magnetic Lasso tool: # Use "Backspace" to delete the anchor points one by one.  # Use "Frequency" (top middle) to set the number of anchor points. # When CAPS On, Magnetic Lasso will turn in a circle, to increase/decrease size of this circle use "Width" (top middle) -- or --- use "[", "]" to make the circle smaller or bigger. # To increase "Contrast" (top middle) use period ".", to decrease use comma ",". ### While using Magnetic Lasso tool, press "alt+click, drag" it will switch first to Polygonal Lasso, then to Lasso tool, and when you release "mouse" it will switch back to Magnetic Lasso tool.
  • Quick Selection tool: #Remember "refine edge" at top middle. # This video is also good to understand how to select hair  Adobe "refine edge " tutorial:
  • Magic Wand tool: # More "tolerance" (top middle), more pixels "magic wand tool" will select. # See how "contiguous" works in video.
  • Quick Mask Mode tool:# press "x" to switch b/w "background" and "foreground", color -- then use "brush" to add or remove from selection. And remember, white reveals; black conceals. # see "refine edge" in video.
Guides, Grids, Ruler
  • ctrl+' = to get grids on an image; to get the center of an image=> ctrl+K > guides, grids > gridline every 50%, subdivisions 1.
  • ctrl+r = to get the ruler
  • guides = press ctrl+r first, then drag the guides from top and left
  • ctrl+; = to make the guides disappear
Crop & Slice
  • C = to get crop tool; shift+C = perspective crop tool; again, shift+C = slice tool; and again, shift +C = slice select tool
  • Non destructive crop:  uncheck at top middle "Delete Cropped Pixels"
Eye dropper tool; 3D Material eye dropper tool; Color sampler tool; Ruler tool; Note tool; 1-2-3 Count tool
  • i = crop tool; shift +i = material eye dropper; again, shift+i = color sampler tool; again, shift+i = ruler tool; again, shift+i =note tool; again, shift+i = 1-2-3 count tool.
  • alt+click on any part of an image = to change the background color; press X to swap.
Spot healing tool, healing brush tool, patch tool, content aware move tool, red eye tool
  • J = spot healing tool; shift+J = healing brush tool ; again, shift+J = patch tool; again, shift+J = content aware move tool; again, shift+J = red eye tool
  • Path tool helps in making the exact copy of the target area.
Brush tool, pencil tool, color replacement tool, mixture brush tool
  • B = brush tool; shift +B = pencil tool; again, shift+B = color replacement tool; again, shift+B = mixture brush tool
Clone stamp tool, pattern stamp tool
  • S = stamp tool; shift+S = pattern stamp tool
History brush tool, art history brush tool
  • Y = history brush tool; shift+Y = art history brush tool
Eraser tool, background eraser tool, magic eraser tool
  • E = eraser tool; shift + E = background eraser tool; again, shift+E = magic eraser tool
Gradient tool, paint bucket tool, 3D material drop tool
  • G = Gradient tool; shift + G = paint bucket tool; again, shift + G = 3D material drop tool.
Blur tool, sharpen tool, smudge tool
  • I couldn't find any short cut for them
Dodge tool, burn tool, sponge tool
  • O = dodge tool; shift+O = burn tool; again, shift + O = sponge tool
Pen tool, freedom pen tool
  • P = pen tool; shift +P = freedom pen tool
(Text) Horizontal type tool, Vertical type tool, Horizontal type mask tool, Vertical type mask tool
  • T, and shift +T to rotate among tools.
Path selection tool, direct selection tool
  • A, and shift +A to rotate.
Rectangle tool, rounded rectangle tool, ellipse tool, polygon tool, line tool, custom shape tool
  • U, and shift+U to rotate among tools.
Hand tool, rotate view tool
  • H = hand tool; R = rotate view tool

Don't forget them:
    press tab, to toggle left and right panels.
    press tab + shift , to toggle right panel.
    press tab (2times) > hover mouse to left panel or right panel to make 'em visible
    press f for toggle full screen
    if any tool in left panel is selected, you can change opacity by directly dialing any number.
    with Magic Wand or with some other tool, select something + press Backspace, to delete them.
  • Inorder to rotate photoshop has to rewrite each pixel of an image.
  • ctrl+shift+I = to inverse selection
  • ctrl+D = to deselect
  • q = to toggle on/off quick mask mode
  • shift+f1 = color theme to go darker; shift+f2 = color theme to go lighter
  • ctrl+tab = to switch b/w images; also, ctrl+shift+tab
  • spacebar = to bring hand tool on the fly
  • ctrl+shift+x : filter menu > liquify

Useful in resizing of text, and other properties

  • ctrl+shift+, = to minimize  by "1"; ctrl+shift+alt+, = to minimize by "5"
  • ctrl+shift+. = to maximize by "1"; ctrl+shift+alt+. = to maximize by "5"
  • ctrl+ mouse scroll down = value decreases; ctrl + mouse scroll up = value increases.

Which shortcut commands in Photoshop are your favorite ones, pls let me know in comments.


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