From Digital Photography School (via Lifehacker): a quick list of 18 of the author’s most commonly used Photoshop shortcuts, broken out into three groups: simple, intermediate, and advanced.
Although this is from a photography site, these shortcuts apply to just about any Photoshop user. A quick list of my faves, and a followup of additional shortcuts from myself as well as from the user comments on the tip page. Sure to enhance your productivity.
My faves, which I am trying to embed in muscle memory:
- 1->0 (Tool Opacity) — I usually run my brush opacity around 5% or 10%, but some things require a bit more opacity. Just press one of the numbers from 1 to 0 and your tool opacity will change from 10% up to 100%. If you want finer control, press a second number quickly after the first, and you can get any percentage you want. So pressing 4 will get you 40% opacity, while pressing 4 then 3 will give you 43% opacity.
- Shift + 1->0 (Tool Flow) — This works exactly like the opacity changer, but you just have to hold the Shift key down while you hit the numbers.
- Ctrl + Alt + Shift + N (New Layer No Dialog) — This command skips the dialog box and just places a new layer on top of the active layer.
- Ctrl + Shift + C (Copy Merged) — This works basically like the copy command, except you get a merged copy of the composite image sent to the clipboard. This command only works if youâ€™ve made a selection on the image first (use Ctrl+A to select all), otherwise youâ€™ll get a copy of nothing. This is useful if you want to duplicate what you see on the screen into another image file or even another layer.
- Ctrl + Alt + Shift + E (Stamp Visible) — This is actually one of my favorite commands. First, Iâ€™ll create a new empty layer on top of the stack. Then Iâ€™ll select that new layer and use this command. It does basically the same thing as the copy merged command, except it places the copy right into the new layer. I use this for creating layer blends, sharpening, and any other type of editing that canâ€™t be done non-destructively.
They did leave out a few which I use (and other commenters on the post point out):
- Control-Option-Z for multiple Undos via the History palette
- Control-T to Transform your selection
- Control-Spacebar to Zoom (plus the Option key to zoom out)
- Control – and + to zoom in or out
- Control-J: new layer from selection
- D key: reset foreground/background colors to the Default black/white
- X key: Swap foreground & background colors
- Control-D: Deselect all
- Control-E: merge current layer with layer below it
- and of course the most important one of all… Control-S to save!