50 Essential Photoshop Shortcuts For Web Design

Photoshop Shortcuts

Photoshop ShortcutsPhotoshop is one of the most popular ‘go to’ applications for web designers. Partly because of its array of functions but mostly because it is a powerful tool that scales with the user’s knowledge level; allowing beginners and experts alike to create and edit graphics/photography.

Photoshop’s popularity to some extent can be attributed to its flexibility. Photoshop touches the daily lives of millions; from wedding photographers to students to web designers – all will use Photoshop slightly differently and all will more than likely have a set of core functions they use more than other.

Shortcuts are a Photoshop user’s biggest friend. The more you know, the quicker you can work and the quicker you can move onto the next task. Whether that results in more money or getting to bed before midnight; speed = a happy designer. This article highlights our fifty essential Photoshop shortcuts specifically for web designers. Hopefully they will speed up your day!

Slicing & Optimising

  1. Ctrl – toggles between the Slice and Slice Selection tool
  2. Shift+drag – draws a square slice
  3. Alt+drag – to draw from the centre outwards
  4. Shift+Alt+drag – to draw a square slice from the centre outward
  5. Space+drag – to reposition a slice while creating a slice
  6. Right click slice – open a context-sensitive menu

Measurement (PS Extended)

  1. Shift+Ctrl+M – record a measurement
  2. Ctrl+D – deslect all measurements
  3. Ctrl+A – select all measurements
  4. Shift+Ctrl_H – hide/show all measurements
  5. Backspace – removes a measurement
  6. Arrow Keys – nudges the selected measurement
  7. Shift+Arrow Keys – nudges the measurement in increments
  8. Ctrl+left/right Arrow Key – extend/shorten selected measurement
  9. Shift+Ctrl+left/right Arrow Key – Extend/shorten selected measurement in increments
  10. Ctrl+up/down Arrow Key – rotate selected measurement

View Images

  1. Shift+Ctrl+W – close a file in Photoshop and open a Bridge
  2. Q – Toggle between Standard mode and Quick Mask mode
  3. F/Shift+F – Toggle forward/backward between Standard Screen Mode, Maximized Screen Mode, Full Screen Mode, and Full Screen Mode with menu bar
  4. Double-click Hand Tool – fit image in window
  5. Ctrl+1 – magnify 100%
  6. Home/End – move view to upper-left corner or lower-right corner
  7. \ – toggle layer mask on/off as rubylith (layer mask must be selected)
  8. Ctrl+Tab – cycle through open documents
  9. Shift+Ctrl+Tab – switch to previous document
  10. Ctrl+drag over preview in Navigator panel – zoom in on specified area of an image

Select & Move Objects

  1. Space + drag any marquee tool (except single column or single row) – reposition marquee while selecting
  2. Shift+drag – add to a selection
  3. Alt+drag – subtract from a selection
  4. Shift+drag – constrain marquee to square or circle (if no other selections are active)
  5. Alt+drag – switch from Magnetic Lasso tool to Lasso tool
  6. Alt+click – switch from Magnetic Lasso tool to Polygonal Lasso tool
  7. Move tool+Alt+drag selection – move copy of a selection
  8. Move tool+Arrow Keys – move selection 1 pixel
  9. Any selection+Arrow Keys – move selection area 1 pixel
  10. Ctrl+Arrow Keys – move layer 1 pixel when nothing is selected on layer
  11. Magnetic Lasso tool+[ or] – increase/decrease detection width
  12. [+/ – toggle crop shield off and on
  13. Ruler tool+Alt+drag end point – make protractor
  14. Alt+drag guide – convert between horizontal and vertical guide
  15. Any selection tool+Shift+drag – add to a selection
  16. Any selection tool+Alt+drag – subtract from a selection
  17. Shift+drag guide – snap guide ruler ticks (except when Snap is unchecked)

Transform Selections, Selection Borders & Paths

  1. Alt – transform from centre or reflect
  2. Shift – constrain
  3. Ctrl – distort
  4. Enter – apply
  5. Ctrl+. or Esc – cancel
  6. Ctrl+Alt+T – free transform with duplicate data
  7. Ctrl+Shift+Alt+T – transform again with duplicate data
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