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31 Photoshop Hotkeys You Might Not Have Learned Before

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You might think you know Photoshop through and through, but even if you’ve been using the photo editor for ages, you still may learn a little something from this tutorial by Nathaniel Dodson over at Tutvid.

Dodson has put together a quick run through of some of the least known but most useful Photoshop CC hotkeys that he’s pretty sure you’ve never heard of. In all, he covers 31 different commands from “Precise Brushing Mode” to “Bird’s Eye View” and beyond.

Check out the full list below and then watch the video to see each hotkey in action.

  1. Precise Brushing Mode – Caps Lock
  2. Add a Clipping Mask – Alt/Opt + G
  3. Fill and Preserve Transparency – Shift + Alt/Opt + Backspace/Delete
  4. Camera RAW Switching Panels – Cmd/Ctrl + Alt/Opt + 1-9
  5. Create Filled Layer Mask – Alt/Opt + Click
  6. Copy from Multiple Layers – Shift+Cmd+C
  7. Load Channel as a Selection – Cmd/Ctrl + Alt/Opt + Shift + 2-5
  8. Hide/Show Layer(s) – Cmd/Ctrl + ,
  9. Cycle through Brushes – (<) or (>)
  10. Open Adjustment w/ Previous Settings – Add Alt/Opt to Adjustment Hotkey
  11. Last Filter w/ Dialog Box to Adjust – Cmd/Ctrl + Alt/Opt + F
  12. Choose Different Layer Styles – Cmd/Ctrl + 0-9
  13. Drag in and Center image – Hold Shift Key
  14. Create New Layer Behind – Cmd/Ctrl + Click
  15. Load Path as a Selection – Cmd/Ctrl + Enter/Return
  16. Find Free Transform Handles – Cmd+T and then Cmd+0
  17. Bird’s Eye View – Hold “H” and drag
  18. Flip Tool Usage – Alt/Opt
  19. Show/Hide Marching Ants – Cmd/Ctrl + H
  20. Align Text Left, Center, Right – Cmd-Shift-L/C/R
  21. Show/Hide Guides – Cmd/Ctrl + ;
  22. Show/Hide Rulers – Cmd/Ctrl + R
  23. Temporarily Disable Snapping – Ctrl key
  24. Hotkey Select “Deep” Tools in Toolbar – Shift + Hotkey
  25. Panel Control in UI – Tab & Shift + Tab
  26. Nudge Points on Curves Line – Arrow Keys & Ctrl/Tab to go to next point
  27. Cycle Through Tools in Toolbar – Alt/Opt + Click Icons
  28. Navigate Document – Mouse Wheel + Cmd/Ctrl & Mouse Wheel
  29. Mouse Wheel to Zoom – Cmd/Ctrl + Alt/Opt + Mouse Wheel
  30. Select Layer Contents in Layers Panel – Cmd/Ctrl + Click w/ Move Tool
  31. Duplicate and Nudge Graphic – Alt/Opt + Arrow (add shift to nudge 10px)

So, did you learn something? Hopefully at least a few of these came as a pleasant surprise. And if you want to see more tips and tricks and tutorials, check out Nate’s YouTube channel or head over to the Tutvid website.

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