Adobe Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts | Cheatsheet ⭐

This post combines all the keyboard shortcuts for Adobe Photoshop into a single list that you can bookmark. So whenever you forget a certain Photoshop short key, you can refer to this list.

Selection Tools
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Hidden (non-visible) tools Option + tool Alt + tool
Path Selection and Direct Selection tools Shift + A Shift + A
Brush, Pencil, Color Replacement, and Mixer Brush tools Shift + B Shift + B
Crop, Slice, Slice Select, and Perspective Crop tools Shift + C Shift + C
Default Foreground and Background colors Shift + D Shift + D
Eraser, Background Eraser, and Magic Eraser tools Shift + E Shift + E
Gradient and Paint Bucket tools Shift + G Shift + G
Hand tool H H
Eyedropper, Color Sampler, Ruler, and Note tools Shift + I Shift + I
Spot Healing Brush, Healing Brush, Patch, Red Eye, Content-Aware Move tools Shift + J Shift + J
Lasso, Polygonal Lasso, and Magnetic Lasso tools Shift + L Shift + L
Rectangular Marquee and Elliptical Marquee tools Shift + M Shift + M
Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools Shift + O Shift + O
Pen and Freeform Pen tools Shift + P Shift + P
Switch Standard/Quick Mask modes Shift + Q Shift + Q
Rotate View tool R R
Clone Stamp and Pattern Stamp tools Shift + S Shift + S
Horizontal Type, Vertical Type, Horizontal Type mask, and Vertical Type mask tools Shift + T Shift + T
Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle, Ellipse, Polygon, Line, and Custom Shape tools Shift + U Shift + U
Move and Artboard tools Shift + V Shift + V
Magic Wand and Quick Selection tools Shift + W Shift + W
Foreground and Background colors Shift + X Shift + X
History Brush and Art History Brush tools Shift + Y Shift + Y
Zoom tool Z Z
Previous Brush , ,
Next Brush . .
Switch Preserve Transparency / /
Decrease Brush Hardness { {
Increase Brush Hardness } }
First Brush < <
Last Brush &Rt; &Rt;
Camera Raw Dialog Box
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Zoom tool Z Z
Hand tool H H
White Balance tool I I
Color Sampler tool S S
Crop tool C C
Straighten tool A A
Spot Removal tool B B
Red Eye Removal tool E E
Basic panel Ctrl + Alt + 1 Cmd + Option + 1
Tone Curve panel Ctrl + Alt + 2 Cmd + Option + 2
Detail panel Ctrl + Alt + 3 Cmd + Option + 3
HSL/Grayscale panel Ctrl + Alt + 4 Cmd + Option + 4
Split Toning panel Ctrl + Alt + 5 Cmd + Option + 5
Lens Corrections panel Ctrl + Alt + 6 Cmd + Option + 6
Camera Calibration panel Ctrl + Alt + 7 Cmd + Option + 7
Presets panel Ctrl + Alt + 9 Cmd + Option + 9
Open Snapshots panel Ctrl + Alt + 9 Cmd + Option + 9
Parametric Curve Targeted Adjustment tool Ctrl + Alt + Shift + T Cmd + Option + Shift + T
Hue Targeted Adjustment tool Ctrl + Alt + Shift + H Cmd + Option + Shift + H
Saturation Targeted Adjustment tool Ctrl + Alt + Shift + S Cmd + Option + Shift + S
Luminance Targeted Adjustment tool Ctrl + Alt + Shift + L Cmd + Option + Shift + L
Grayscale Mix Targeted Adjustment tool Ctrl + Alt + Shift + G Cmd + Option + Shift + G
Last-used Targeted Adjustment tool T T
Adjustment Brush tool K K
Graduated Filter tool G G
Increase / decrease brush size ] / [ ] / [
Increase / decrease brush feather Shift + ] / Shift + [ Shift + ] / Shift + [
Increase / decrease Adjustment Brush tool flow

(In increments of 10)|= / –|= / –|
|Temporarily switch from Add to Erase mode for the Adjustment Brush tool, or vice versa|Alt|Option|
|Increase / decrease temporary Adjustment Brush tool size|Alt + ] / Alt + [|Option + ] / Option + [|
|Increase / decrease temporary Adjustment Brush tool feather|Alt + Shift + ] / Alt + Shift + [|Option + Shift + ] / Option + Shift + [|
|Increase / decrease temporary Adjustment Brush tool flow

(In increments of 10)|Alt + = / Alt + –|Option + = / Option + –|
|Change to New mode from Add or Erase mode of the Adjustment Brush tool or the Graduated Filter|N|N|
|Switch Auto Mask for Adjustment Brush tool|M|M|
|Switch Show Mask for Adjustment Brush tool|Y|Y|
|Switch pins for Adjustment Brush tool|V|V|
|Switch overlay for Graduated Filter, Spot Removal tool, or Red Eye Removal tool.|V|V|
|Rotate image left / right|L / Ctrl + ]|L / Cmd + ]|
|Rotate image right|R / Ctrl + [|R / Cmd + [|
|Zoom in|Ctrl + +|Cmd + +|
|Zoom out|Ctrl + –|Cmd + –|
|Temporarily change to Zoom In tool|Ctrl|Cmd|
|Temporarily change to Zoom Out tool and change the Open Image button to Open Copy and the Cancel button to Reset.|Alt|Option|
|Switch preview|P|P|
|Full screen mode|F|F|
|Temporarily activate the White Balance tool and change the Open Image button to Open Object.|Shift|Shift|
|Choose multiple points in Curves panel|Click the first point, Shift + click additional points|Click the first point, Shift + click additional points|
|Add point to curve in Curves panel|Ctrl + click in preview|Cmd + click in preview|
|Move selected point in Curves panel

(1 unit)|Arrow keys|Arrow keys|
|Move selected point in Curves panel

(10 units)|Shift + arrow key|Shift + arrow key|
|Open selected images in Camera Raw dialog box from Bridge|Ctrl + R|Cmd + R|
|Open selected images from Bridge bypassing Camera Raw dialog box|Shift + double-click image|Shift + double-click image|
|Display highlights that will be clipped in Preview|Alt + drag Exposure, Recovery, or Black sliders|Option + drag Exposure, Recovery, or Black sliders|
|Highlight clipping warning|O|O|
|Shadows clipping warning|U|U|
|Add 1 – 5 star rating

(Filmstrip mode)|Ctrl + 1 … 5|Cmd + 1 … 5|
|Increase / decrease rating

(Filmstrip mode)|Ctrl + . / Ctrl + ,|Cmd + . / Cmd + ,|
|Add red label

(Filmstrip mode)|Ctrl + 6|Cmd + 6|
|Add yellow label

(Filmstrip mode)|Ctrl + 7|Cmd + 7|
|Add green label

(Filmstrip mode)|Ctrl + 8|Cmd + 8|
|Add blue label

(Filmstrip mode)|Ctrl + 9|Cmd + 9|
|Add purple label

(Filmstrip mode)|Ctrl + Shift + 0|Cmd + Shift + 0|
|Camera Raw preferences|Ctrl + K|Cmd + K|
|Deletes Adobe Camera Raw preferences|Ctrl + Al

(on open)|Option + Shift

(on open)|

Move and copy selections
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Reposition marquee while selecting *Any marquee tool + Spacebar + drag

**(except single column and single row)*|*Any marquee tool + Spacebar + drag

**(except single column and single row)*|
|Add to a selection|Any selection tool + Shift + drag|Any selection tool + Shift + drag|
|Subtract from a selection|Any selection tool + Alt + drag|Any selection tool + Option + drag|
|Intersect a selection|*Any selection tool + Shift + Alt + drag

**(except Quick Selection tool)*|*Any selection tool + Shift + Option + drag

**(except Quick Selection tool)*|
|Constrain marquee to square or circle (if no other selections are active)|Shift + drag|Shift + drag|
|Draw marquee from center (if no other selections are active)|Alt + drag|Option + drag|
|Constrain shape and draw marquee from center|Shift + Altdrag|Shift + Option + drag|
|Change to Move tool|Ctrl

(except when Hand, Path, any Pen, Shape, or Slice tool is selected)|Cmd

(except when Hand, Path, any Pen, Shape, or Slice tool is selected)|
|Switch from Magnetic Lasso tool to Lasso tool|Alt + drag|Option + drag|
|Switch from Magnetic Lasso tool to polygonal Lasso tool|Alt + click|Option + click|
|Apply/cancel an operation of the Magnetic Lasso|Enter / Esc or Ctrl + .|Return / Esc or Cmd + .|
|Move copy of selection|Move tool + Alt + drag selection|Move tool + Option + drag selection|
|Move selection area 1 pixel|Any selection + Arrow|Any selection + Arrow|
|Move selection 1 pixel|Move tool + Arrow|Move tool + Arrow|
|Move layer 1 pixel when nothing selected on layer|Ctrl + Arrow|Cmd + Arrow|
|Increase / decrease detection width|Magnetic Lasso tool + [ or ]|Magnetic Lasso tool + [ or ]|
|Accept cropping or exit cropping|Crop tool + Enter or Esc|Crop tool + Return or Esc|
|Switch crop shield off and on|/|/|
|Make protractor|Ruler tool + Alt + drag end point|Ruler tool + Option + drag end point|
|Snap guide to ruler ticks

(except Quick Selection tool)|Shift + rag guide|Shift + drag guide|
|Convert between horizontal and vertical guide|Alt + drag guide|Option + drag guide|

Painting
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Choose foreground color with Eyedropper Any painting tool + Shift + Alt + right-click and drag Any painting tool + Ctrl + Option + Cmd and drag
Choose foreground color from image with Eyedropper tool Any painting / shape tool + Alt

(except when Paths option is selected)|Any painting / shape tool + Option

(except when Paths option is selected)|
|Choose background color|Eyedropper tool + Alt + click|Eyedropper tool + Option + click|
|Color sampler tool|Eyedropper tool + Shift|Eyedropper tool + Shift|
|Deletes color sampler|Color sampler tool + Alt + click|Color sampler tool + Option + click|
|Sets opacity, tolerance, strength, or exposure for painting mode|Any painting / editing tool + number keys|Any painting / editing tool + number keys|
|Sets flow for painting mode|Any painting or editing tool + Shift + number keys|Any painting or editing tool + Shift + number keys|
|Mixer Brush changes Mix setting|Alt + Shift + number keys|Option + Shift + number keys|
|Mixer Brush changes Wet setting|Number keys|Number keys|
|Mixer Brush changes Wet and Mix to zero|0|0|
|Cycle through blending modes|Shift + + / —|Shift + + / —|
|Open Fill dialog box on background or standard layer|Backspace, or

Shift + Backspace|Delete, or

Shift + Delete|
|Fill with foreground or background color|Alt + Backspace, or

Ctrl + Backspace|Option + Delete, or

Cmd + Delete|
|Fill from history|Ctrl + Alt + Backspace|Cmd + Option + Delete|
|Displays Fill dialog box|Shift + Backspace|Shift + Delete|
|Lock transparent pixels on/off|/|/|
|Connects points with a straight line|Any painting tool + Shift + click|Any painting tool + Shift + click|

Text
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Move type in image Ctrl + drag type when Type layer is selected Cmd + drag type when Type layer is selected
Choose 1 character left/right or 1 line down/up, or 1 word left/right Shift + ←/→ or ↓/↑ / Ctrl + Shift + ←/→ Shift + ←/→ or ↓/↑ / Cmd + Shift + ←/→
Choose characters from insertion point to mouse click point Shift + click Shift + click
Move 1 character left/right, 1 line down/up, or 1 word left/right ←/→, ↓/↑, or Ctrl + ←/→ ←/→, or Cmd + ←/→
Create a new text layer, when a text layer is selected in the Layers panel Shift + click Shift + click
Choose a word, line, paragraph, or story Double-click, triple-click, quadruple-click, or quintuple-click Double-click, triple-click, quadruple-click, or quintuple-click
Show/Hide selection on selected type Ctrl + H Cmd + H
Display the bounding box for transforming text when editing text, or activate Move tool if cursor is inside the bounding box Ctrl Cmd
Scale text within a bounding box when resizing the bounding box Ctrl + drag a bounding box handle Cmd + drag a bounding box handle
Move text box while creating text box Spacebar + drag Spacebar + drag
Brush Panel
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Delete brush Alt + click brush Option + click brush
Rename brush Double-click brush Double-click brush
Change brush size Alt + right-click + drag left or right Ctrl + Option + drag left or right
Increase/decrease brush softness/hardness Alt + right-click + drag up or down Ctrl + Option + drag up or down
Choose previous/next brush size , / . , / .
Choose first/last brush Shift + , or

Shift + .|Shift + , or

Shift + .|
|Display precise cross hair for brushes|Caps Lock, or

Shift + Caps Lock|Caps Lock|
|Switch airbrush option|Shift + Alt + P|Shift + Option + P|

Layers Panel
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Load layer transparency as a selection Ctrl + click layer thumbnail Cmd + click layer thumbnail
Add to present selection Ctrl + Shift + click layer thumbnail Cmd + Shift + click layer thumbnail
Subtract from present selection Ctrl + Alt + click layer thumbnail Cmd + Option + click layer thumbnail
Intersect with present selection Ctrl + Shift + Alt + click layer thumbnail Cmd + Shift + Option + click layer thumbnail
Load filter mask as a selection Ctrl + click filter mask thumbnail Cmd + click filter mask thumbnail
New layer Ctrl + Shift + N Cmd + Shift + N
New layer via copy Ctrl + J Cmd + J
New layer via cut Shift + Ctrl + J Shift + Cmd + J
Group layers Ctrl + G Cmd + G
Ungroup layers Ctrl + Shift + G Cmd + Shift + G
Create/release clipping mask Ctrl + Alt + G Cmd + Option + G
Choose all layers Ctrl + Alt + A Cmd + Option + A
Merge visible layers Ctrl + Shift + E Cmd + Shift + E
Create new empty layer with dialog box Alt + click New Layer button Option + click New Layer button
Create new layer below target layer Ctrl + click New Layer button Cmd + click New Layer button
Choose top layer Alt + . Option + .
Choose bottom layer Alt + , Option + ,
Add to layer selection in Layers panel Shift + Alt + [ or ] Shift + Option + [ or ]
Choose next layer down/up Alt + [ or ] Option + [ or ]
Move target layer down/up Ctrl + [ or ] Cmd + [ or ]
Merge a copy of all visible layers into target layer Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E Cmd + Shift + Option + E
Merge layers Highlight layers you want to merge, then Ctrl + E Highlight the layers you want to merge, then Cmd + E
Move layer to bottom or top Ctrl + Shift + [ or ] Cmd + Shift + [ or ]
Copy present layer to layer below Alt + Merge Down command from the Panel pop-up menu Option + Merge Down command from the Panel pop-up menu
Merge all visible layers to a new layer above the presently selected layer Alt + Merge Visible command from the Panel pop-up menu Option + Merge Visible command from the Panel pop-up menu
Show/hide this layer/layer group only or all layers/layer groups Right-click the eye icon Ctrl + click the eye icon
Show/hide all other presently visible layers Alt + click the eye icon Option + click the eye icon
Switch lock transparency for target layer, or last applied Lock / /
Edit layer effect/style, options Double-click layer effect/style Double-click layer effect/style
Hide layer effect/style Alt + double-click layer effect/style Option + double-click layer effect/style
Edit layer style Double-click layer Double-click layer
Disable/enable vector mask Shift + click vector mask thumbnail Shift + click vector mask thumbnail
Open Layer Mask Display Options dialog box Double-click layer mask thumbnail Double-click layer mask thumbnail
Switch layer mask on/off Shift + click layer mask thumbnail Shift + click layer mask thumbnail
Switch filter mask on/off Shift + click filter mask thumbnail Shift + click filter mask thumbnail
Switch between layer mask/composite image Alt + click layer mask thumbnail Option + click layer mask thumbnail
Switch between filter mask/composite image Alt + click filter mask thumbnail Option + click filter mask thumbnail
Switch rubylith mode for layer mask on/off \ or Shift + Alt + click \ or Shift + Option + click
Choose all type; temporarily select Type tool Double-click type layer thumbnail Double-click type layer thumbnail
Create a clipping mask Alt + click the line dividing two layers Option + click the line dividing two layers
Rename layer Double-click the layer name Double-click the layer name
Edit filter settings Double-click the filter effect Double-click the filter effect
Edit the Filter Blending options Double-click the Filter Blending icon Double-click the Filter Blending icon
Create new layer group below present layer/layer set Ctrl + click New Group button Cmd + click New Group button
Create new layer group with dialog box Alt + click New Group button Option + click New Group button
Create layer mask that hides all/selection Alt + click Add Layer Mask button Option + click Add Layer Mask button
Create vector mask that reveals all/path area Ctrl + click Add Layer Mask button Cmd + click Add Layer Mask button
Create vector mask that hides all or displays path area Ctrl + Alt + click Add Layer Mask button Cmd + Option + click Add Layer Mask button
Display layer group properties Right-click layer group and choose Group Properties, or double-click group Ctrl + click the layer group and choose Group Properties, or double-click group
Select/deselect multiple contiguous layers Shift + click Shift + click
Select/deselect multiple discontiguous layers Ctrl + click Cmd + click

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