Thursday, January 26, 2012

Keyboard Shortcuts




This is a list of what I consider to be the most essential keyboard shortcuts in Photoshop and Illustrator. Thankfully you'll notice that many of them are the same. All of these and more are listed in each program under Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts. There the keyboard shortcuts can not only be viewed but also modified, deleted or added to. Want a keyboard shortcut for one that doesn't exist? Make one.

Photoshop Interface
SPACE BAR = grabber hand
CMND + / CMND - = zoom in and out
F = cycle through full screen modes
TAB = hide/reveal panels
CMND N = create a new document
CMND SHIFT N = create a new layer
CMND E = merge a layer with the layer beneath
CMND SHIFT E = merge all visible layers
[ = reduce brush size (when on brush tool)
] = increase brush size (" " " ")
CMND X = cut
CMND V = paste
ALT DELETE = fill with foreground color
CMND DELETE = fill with background color
CMND A = select all
CMND D = deselect selection
CMND SHIFT I = invert selection
ESC = typically gets you out of an awkward situation (polygon lasso, fullscreen mode without panels)
ALT CLICK (on an eyeball in the layers panel) = show only that layer
CMND CLICK (on the image preview in the layers panel) = quick select that layer (if layer is unlocked)
CMND F = apply last filter used again
CMND L = levels
CMND M = curves
CMND S = save
CMND SHIFT S = save as
CMND SHIFT ALT S = save for web and devices

CMND ` = step forward through documents (if multiple documents are open)
CMND SHIFT ` = step background through documents (" " " " ")
ARROW KEYS = nudge a selection or layer
CMND R = show / hide rulers


Photoshop Tool Panel
As you hover over each tool you will see the keyboard shortcut for each tool listed. Here are a few examples:
V = move tool
M = marque tool
B = brush tool
I = eye dropper
S = stamp tool
L = lasso tool


Illustrator Interface

SPACE BAR = grabber hand
CMND + / CMND - = zoom in and out
F = cycle through full screen modes
TAB = hide/reveal panels
CMND N = create a new document
CMND SHIFT [ = send object to bottom of layers
CMND SHIFT ] = bring object to top of layers
[ = reduce brush size (when on brush tool)
] = increase brush size (" " " ")
CMND X = cut
CMND V = paste
ESC = typically gets you out of an awkward situation (isolation mode)
ALT CLICK (on an eyeball in the layers panel) = show only that layer (works for layers but not objects)
CMND S = save
CMND SHIFT S = save as
CMND SHIFT ALT S = save for web and devices
CMND ` = step forward through documents (if multiple documents are open)
CMND SHIFT ` = step background through documents (" " " " ")
ARROW KEYS = nudge a selection or layer
CMND Y = outline mode
CMND R = show / hide rulers


Illustrator Tool Panel
As you hover over each tool you will see the keyboard shortcut for each tool listed. Here are a few examples:
V = move tool (black arrow)
A = direct selection tool (white arrow)
B = brush tool
I = eye dropper
P = pen tool
ALT (when on pen tool) = displays convert anchor point tool


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