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Hi fellow designer/developer

,

So you want to use adobe photoshop faster?

You want to create images in just minutes?

This means you need photoshop shortcuts, photoshop tips and tricks!

I've collected some of these adobe photoshop shortcuts for you. Just use the
following keyboard combinations to learn photoshop the easy and the fast
way!

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There are a lot of photoshop shortcuts! There's a quicker way to:

Access menus when in full screen mode
Apply Last Used Filter
Change Blending Modes without using the Layers palette
Change brushes without using the Brush palette
Change the background outside an image
Change the opacity of a brush or layer
Close the working window
Copy a layer
Copy Layer as new image
Create a clipping path without knowing how to use paths
Create new Layers without using the Layers palette
Fill layers or selections without the Paint Bucket
Free up space on the scratch disk
Hide palettes and rulers
Hide the effects of a Mask layer
Hide the marching ants
Interact with Layers without using the Layers palette
Invert a selection
Invert an image's colours
Load channels without using the Channels palette
Make 2 images the same size
Make Free Transform appear
Make layers appear and disappear
Make selections without using the Magic Wand
Open an image file
Paste images into a Layer Mask
Preserve Transparency
Quit
Sharpen with Blur Tool
Select All Text
Turn off Palettes -- except Tools
Use one-keystroke actions
View image and canvas size
Working with Images
Zoom

Access menus when in full screen mode

Press SHIFT + F and the file menu will appear at the top of the screen.

Additionally, notice that in full screen mode, the Tools palette has a tiny
addition to it: in the top right corner of the palette is a small arrow. Click this
arrow and you can also gain access to the File menu.

Apply Last Used Filter

To apply the last-used filter:
Press CTRL + F

Apply the last-used filter with new settings:
CTRL + ALT + F

Change Blending Modes without using the Layers palette

Select the marquee tool, and you can use these commands:

Move to the next Blending Mode: ALT + SHIFT + "+"
Move to the previous Blending Mode: ALT + SHIFT + "-"
Jump to Dissolve: ALT + SHIFT + I
Jump to Multiply: ALT + SHIFT + M
Jump to Screen: ALT + SHIFT + S
Jump to Overlay: ALT + SHIFT + O
Jump to Soft Light: ALT + SHIFT + F
Jump to Hard Light: ALT + SHIFT + H
Jump to Colour Dodge: ALT + SHIFT + D
Jump to Colour Burn: ALT + SHIFT + B
Jump to Darken: ALT + SHIFT + R
Jump to Lighten: ALT + SHIFT + G
Jump to Difference: ALT + SHIFT + E
Jump to Exclusion: ALT + SHIFT + X
Jump to Hue: ALT + SHIFT + U
Jump to Saturation: ALT + SHIFT + T
Jump to Colour: ALT + SHIFT + C
Jump to Luminosity: ALT + SHIFT + Y
And of course the most important one...
Jump to Normal: ALT + SHIFT + N

Note: This works on any tool that offers Blending Modes. Those tools are
Airbrush, Paintbrush, Pencil, Clone Stamp, Pattern Stamp, History Brush,
Gradient, Blur, Sharpen, Smudge, Dodge, Burn, Sponge and the Vector
Objects tool.

Also, Adobe has a nasty tendency to change these various shortcuts with
each new release. Don't be surprised if these are slightly different in newer
versions of PhotoShop.

Change brushes without using the Brush palette

This is a good one if you're working in full screen mode, with all the palettes
hidden.

To change the brush to the next/previous option, simply use the '[' or ']' keys.

Build up a comprehensive set of brushes, and save them for future reference.

Change background outside an image

1. Select the Paint Bucket tool (G).

2. Select the colour you want to change the background to.

3. Move your cursor outside the bounds of the image, then press SHIFT +
left click.

Change the opacity of a brush or layer

How's it done? Simply use the number keys. For example, 1 will give you
10% opactiy, while 9 will give you 90% opacity (0 gives you 100%!).

Also, if you type the number quickly, you can get increments, e.g. 56%. This
works with brushes, rubber stamp -- even layers.

Close a working window
Press CTRL + W

Copy a layer

Hold ALT and click/drag on your canvas.

If you've got a selection, then CTRL + ALT and drag (within that selection)
will copy and float the contents.

With no selection active, CTRL + ALT and drag will copy the contents of
that layer to a new layer and drag it.

Copy Layer as new image

Layer > Duplicate Layer > Document: New

Create a clipping path without knowing how to use paths

1. Create two layers, one with a simple shape (a circle, for instance) and
one with a picture.

2. Place the layer with the picture above the layer with the circle.

3. Holding down the ALT button, click the line that separates the two
layers. You'll know you've got it right when the cursor changes to a left-
facing arrow with two circles.

This tip allows you to create a clipping path based on the lower object's
transparency. This means that if you have an object that's feathered at the
edges, the picture will be feathered as well.

Create new Layers without using the Layers palette

You can do this in a number of ways:

Press CTRL + SHIFT + N to open the "new layer" dialog box. This will
allow you to name the layer at the same time you create it.
Copy the current layer to a new layer: CTRL + J
Copy the current layer to a new layer and name the layer: CTRL + ALT
+J
Copy the current selection to a new layer: CTRL + J
Copy the current selection to a new layer and name the layer: CTRL +
ALT

Fill layers or selections without the Paint Bucket

There are several ways to accomplish this:
Through the Fill dialogue box: Press SHIFT + BACKSPACE. This opens
the Fill dialog box. You can then choose one of several options including
Foreground colour, Background colour, pattern and more.

To fill the area with the foreground colour, press ALT + BACKSPACE.

Fill only non-transparent pixels:

To fill only the non-transparent pixels of an area with the Foreground
colour, press ALT + SHIFT + BACKSPACE.
To fill only the non-transparent pixels of an area with the Background
colour, press CTRL + SHIFT + BACKSPACE.

This includes partially transparent areas, which means that if an object is
feathered, the action will fill (partially) the partially transparent pixels. This
allows you to keep shadows and feathered items looking identical to the way
you originally designed them.

Free up space on the scratch disk

Every PS user out there must have experienced the problem of the scratch
disk, so here's a solution.

PhotoShop isn't exactly good at handling disk space, and the way to flush the
scratch disk is to save more information on it! It sounds silly, but if you create
a really small file, say 1x1 pixel and save it as a PSD, then this will pull the
chain and flush the scratch, allowing you to save your big file.

Or you can choose EDIT > PURGE > ALL or

EDIT > PURGE > CLIPBOARD

Hide palettes and rulers

Press the TAB key to toggle the palettes between 'visible' and 'invisible'.

Hide the effects of a Mask layer

Hold down the SHIFT button and click the Mask layer icon.

Hide the marching ants

Press CTRL+H (but don't forget to put it back as soon as you can!)

Interact with Layers without using the Layers palette

There are several ways to do this.
To select a layer without the layers palette:

1. Position your mouse over the layer you wish to change to and press
CTRL + right mouse button.

2. A menu of the layers will be displayed directly underneath the cursor
ed.

3. Press CTRL + ALT + right mouse button, and the upper-most layer that
has an object on it will be selected.

Note, in version 6, transparency (or opacity) lower than around 30% will
prevent you from selection a layer with the second option.

To move layers without using the layers palette:

Move a layer down one level, press CTRL + [
Move a layer up one level, press CTRL + ]
Move a layer to the bottom, press CTRL + SHIFT + [
Move a layer to the top, press CTRL + SHIFT + ]

To select layers without using the layers palette:

Select a layer down one level, press ALT + [
Select a layer up one level, press ALT + ]
Select the bottom layer, press ALT + SHIFT + [
Select the top layer, press ALT + SHIFT + ]

Invert a selection

Press CTRL + SHIFT + I

Invert an image's colours

Press CTRL + I

Load Channels without using the Channels palette

To quickly see what channels are available to you, press CTRL and 1, 2, 3,
4, etc. This will display a greyscale version of that colour channel (CTRL + ~
takes you back to the composite channel).

To actually load the selection from a channel, hold down CTRL + ALT +
[number].

Make 2 images the same size
1. Select one image.

2. Then select the Image Size dialogue box from the Image menu as
normal. You'll notice that the Window menu as well as others
(dependent on whether you're using a Mac or a PC) will still be
available.

3. Select the Window menu and click the name of the second image from
the bottom of the menu.

4. The dimensions in the Image Size dialogue box will now be identical to
the second image.

Make Free Transform appear

Press Ctrl+T

Make layers appear

You can click in the eye and drag down the list, or
Option-click (Mac OS) or Alt-click (Windows) a layer's eye icon to
display only that layer, or
Option-click (Mac OS) or Alt-click (Windows) in the eye column again
to redisplay all the layers.

Make selections without the Magic Wand

Select and then CTRL + click the layer that contains the element to
automatically surround everything on that layer with marching ants.

An easy way to open an image file

A double-click on the working area (grey area on most users' copies of
PhotoShop) will open the dialog box.

Paste images into a layer mask

On the image to be inserted:

1. Hit CTRL + A

2. Then press CRTL + C

3. Go to the layer where image will be inserted and ALT + click on its
Mask

4. Then press CTRL + V
5. ALT + click on Mask again, to stop viewing the Mask

Also, click on the little link icon between the layer and its mask. You can now
move the mask without moving the layer (and vice versa).

Preserve Transparency

Select the layer or layer group and press "/".

Quit

CTRL + Q

Sharpen with Blur Tool

Hold down ALT + Left Click and drag

Select All Text

Press CTRL + A

Turn off Palettes -- except Tools

Press SHIFT + TAB

Use one-keystroke actions

F2 - Crop
Create a rectangular selection and press F2. Useful for cropping out "big
data": the information outside the bounds of the image that bulks up your file
size. Use with caution.

F3 - Stroke
Create a selection of any shape and press F3.

A dialog box opens allowing you to change thickness, colour, location and
blending.

This takes the default foreground colour as the initial colour. Careful: this tool
uses the last selected painting tool (and brush) as the "brush" with which to
create the stroke. This means that it the Pencil tool is the last tool you used,
the stroke will be aliased.

F5 - Expand Selection
Create a selection of any shape and press F5.

This opens the Expand dialog box and allows you to enter a value between 1
and 100.

F6 - Contract Selection
Create a selection of any shape and press F6.

This opens the Contract dialog box and allows you to enter a value between
1 and 100.

F7 - Gaussian Blur
Create a selection of any shape and press F7.

This opens the GB dialog box and allows you to enter a value. The default
value is 3 pixels.

F8 - Rotate Canvas
Opens the Rotate Canvas dialog box and allows you enter a value, as well as
choose clockwise or counter-clockwise.

View image and canvas size

Yes (on the PC): right click on the title bar of an image and you'll get a series
of options including Duplicate, Image Size, Canvas Size, etc.

Zoom

Ctrl + Alt + + = zoom in (expanding window size)
Ctrl + Alt + - = zoom out (shrinking window size)
Ctrl + + = zoom in (retains window size)
Ctrl + - = zoom out (retains window size)
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