Rafiul Islam in Tutorial
Publish Date - 20/02/2017

Essential Keyboard Shortcut Tips for Photoshop (Part 03)

In the previous tutorial (Essential Keyboard Shortcut Tips for Photoshop - Part 02), I've shown so many shortcuts on layer panel and marquee tool. I also show some basic shortcuts in the 1st part of this series. Today's episode is the final episode. Here I'm gonna show you some tips about brush presets, pen tool, text tool, blending options and much more. Hope that you'll learn a vast knowledge about Photoshop and it'll help you to be a professional graphic designer. So let's start.

Essential Keyboard Shortcut Tips for Photoshop (Part 03) | By Graphiccomb

Using the Brush Tool

With the brush settings, you can change the size, shape, and transparency of your brush strokes to achieve a number of different visual effects.

Increase/Decrease Brush Size

Mac: ]/[                             Pc: ]/[


Getting your brush size just right is one of the most important aspects of Photoshop. Do it with this command.

Increase/decrease Brush Hardness

Mac: }/{                                 Pc: }/{


Brush hardness is just as important, so get it right with this shortcut.

Previous/Next Brush

Mac: ,/.                                     Pc: ,/.


Save time and distractions by using these simple commands to swiftly move through the various brushes on offer.

First/Last Brush

Mac: </>                          Pc: </>


If you don't want to have to go through the entire array of Brushes on offer, hit these commands to go back to the start or end.

Toggle airbrush option

Mac: Shift+Alt+P                             Pc: Shift+Alt+P


Simulate spraying painting with Photoshop's airbrush tool using this helpful shortcut.


Working with your images

If you want to manipulate your image like color correction, adjustment layers etc, then you should know this little tips.


Mac: Cmd+L                               Pc: Ctrl+L


When editing your images, you'll be using the levels box regularly. Save yourself some time with this Photoshop shortcut.


Mac: Cmd+M                              Pc: Ctrl+M


This will allow you to quickly edit the Curves on your image.

Colour Balance

Mac: Cmd+B                              Pc: Ctrl+B


This is a perfect Photoshop shortcut to edit the Colour Balance of your images.


Mac: Cmd+U                              Pc: Ctrl+U


These two powerful Photoshop tools will aid you in the color balance battle and will decrease the amount of crossover.


Mac: Cmd+Shift+U                   Pc: Ctrl+Shift+U


Convert your color image to grayscale values, leaving the image in the same color mode.

Quick Image Fixes

Auto Tone

Mac: Shift+Cmd+L                  Pc: Shift+Ctrl+L


Auto Contrast

Mac: Opt+Shift+Cmd+L                 Pc: Alt+Shift+Ctrl+L


Auto Color

Mac: Shift+Cmd+B                          Pc: Shift+Ctrl+B


While they're not reliable cure-alls, these tools are usually worth a go for automatically improving your images.

Lens correction

Mac: Shift+Cmd+R                          Pc: Shift+Ctrl+R


The camera always lies, particularly where lens distortion is involved. Use the lens correction filter to reduce the effect of barrel distortion, pincushion distortion and vignetting.

Adaptive Wide Angle

Mac: Opt+Shift+Cmd+A               Pc: Opt+Shift+Ctrl+A


Wide angle lenses can bring their own particular distortions, and Photoshop has a filter for this. The Adaptive Wide Angle filter can quickly straighten lines that appear curved in panoramas, or photos taken with fish-eye and wide angle lenses.

Camera Raw Filter

Mac: Shift+Cmd+A                        Pc: Shift+Ctrl+A


With older versions of Photoshop you have to run Adobe Camera Raw as a separate program, but in Photoshop CC it's available as a filter, enabling you to non-destructively apply sophisticated adjustments to any image type.

Content Aware Scale

Mac: Cmd+Shift+Opt+C               Pc: Ctrl+Shift+Alt+C


Scale your image to your preferred state with this super quick shortcut.

Content Aware Move

Mac: Shift+J                                 Pc: Shift+J


The latest content-aware tool in Photoshop CC enables you to move objects around in a photograph, and it'll intelligently fill in the gaps where they used to be.

Create Clipping Mask

Mac: Cmd+Opt+G                         Pc: Ctrl+Alt+G


A great way to keep shadows and shading where they belong, the clipping mask tool is a basic but useful tool.

Black and White Dialog Box

Mac: Shift+Cmd+Alt+B                  Pc: Shift+Ctrl+Alt+B


Speed up the process of converting color photos to black and white with this shortcut, which opens the black and white adjustment dialog box.


Using Different Blending Options

Blending options include quite a number of features to enhance the look of your graphic. Blending options are located in the top menu bar under Layer -> Layer Style -> Blending Options, or you can double-click any layer to bring up the options for that particular layer.

Once you open blending options, you can cycle through blending modes manually by selecting them from the toolbar on the right-hand side of your screen above the layers panel or you could use keyboard shortcuts to select them without moving your mouse. To use these keyboard shortcuts, select the Move tool and then select the layer you'd like to use the blending options on.

Here's the complete list of keyboard shortcuts for Photoshop's layer blend modes.

Blending Modes Mac Pc
Normal Shift+Opt+N Shift+Alt+N
Dissolve Shift+Opt+I Shift+Alt+I
Darken Shift+Opt+K Shift+Alt+K
Multiply Shift+Opt+M Shift+Alt+M
Color Burn Shift+Opt+B Shift+Alt+B
Linear Burn Shift+Opt+A Shift+Alt+A
Lighten Shift+Opt+G Shift+Alt+G
Screen Shift+Opt+S Shift+Alt+S
Color Dodge Shift+Opt+D Shift+Alt+D
Linear Dodge Shift+Opt+W Shift+Alt+W
Overlay Shift+Opt+O Shift+Alt+O
Soft Light Shift+Opt+F Shift+Alt+F
Hard Light Shift+Opt+H Shift+Alt+H
Vivid Light Shift+Opt+V Shift+Alt+V
Linear Light Shift+Opt+J Shift+Alt+J
Pin Light Shift+Opt+Z Shift+Alt+Z
Hard Mix Shift+Opt+L Shift+Alt+L
Difference Shift+Opt+E Shift+Alt+E
Exclusion Shift+Opt+X Shift+Alt+X
Hue Shift+Opt+U Shift+Alt+U
Saturation Shift+Opt+T Shift+Alt+T
Color Shift+Opt+C Shift+Alt+C
Luminosity Shift+Opt+Y Shift+Alt+Y


Don't go stressing yourself out thinking you have to memorize all 23 keyboard shortcuts, especially for the blend modes you'll rarely if ever use. But for the ones you use every day, like Screen, Multiply, Overlay and Color, being able to quickly select them from your keyboard, and knowing how to easily scroll through them all from your keyboard, can definitely save you some time and make working with Photoshop a little bit easier.


Using Type Tool

Knowing these shortcuts will help you editing text layer very easily.

Increase/Decrease Size by 2pt

            Mac: Cmd+Shift+> (Increase)        Pc: Ctrl+Shift+> (Increase)              Mac: Cmd+Shift+< (Decrease)       Pc: Ctrl+Shift+< (Decrease)


Use this command to Increase/Decrease size of selected text by 2 pt.

Increase/Decrease Size by 10pt

    Mac: Cmd+Shift+Opt+> (Increase)           Pc: Ctrl+Shift+Alt+> (Increase)      Mac: Cmd+Shift+Opt+< (Decrease)          Pc: Ctrl+Shift+Alt+< (Decrease)


This command will help you to Increase/Decrease size of selected text by 10 pt.

Increase/Decrease Kerning/Tracking

      Mac: Opt+Right Arrow                  Pc: Alt+Right Arrow     Mac: Opt+Left Arrow                    Pc: Alt+Left Arrow


Use this command to Increase/Decrease kerning/tracking.

Align Text Left/Center/Right

      Mac: Cmd+Shift+L (Left)              Pc: Ctrl+Shift+L (Left)                Mac: Cmd+Shift+C (Center)          Pc: Ctrl+Shift+C (Center)             Mac: Cmd+Shift+R (Right)            Pc: Ctrl+Shift+R (Right)        


Use this command to align your texts.


These are the keyboard shortcuts for brush presets, image adjustment, blending options and text tool which are used always by the designers. Thanks for reading through these tips and shortcuts, I hope you’ve learned something new from these. 

The essential keyboard shortcut tips for photoshop (part 01)

The essential keyboard shortcut tips for photoshop (part 02)


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