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Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet (PDF)

Over the last months we released a variety of icon sets, tools and templates, but now we would like to release something a bit different for a change. In this post we are glad to release Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts, a PDF-file with a handy overview of most useful keyboard shortcuts available in Adobe Photoshop. The cheat sheet was created by Kenneth Setzer and released especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers.

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The cheat sheet is a mousepad-sized image featuring a typical PC keyboard. Photoshop’s keyboard shortcuts are listed for each key, with the shortcut and its icon printed on the individual key. In red is the shortcut you will get by hitting the key in combination with the Ctrl key. For example, typing "t" in Photoshop will activate the Type tool, while typing Ctrl+t will allow you to use the Transformation tool. Additional shortcuts requiring more than two keys are listed as well.

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Download the cheat sheet for free! Link

Of course, you can use the PDF for all of your projects for free and without any restrictions. The PDF may not be resold, sublicensed, rented, transferred or otherwise made available for use. Please link to this article if you want to spread the word.

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    Awesome, this is going on my wall. It’s missing one of my faves, though.

    ‘Tab’ will toggle all of the tool panels. It clears your screen of all the extras, leaving just your design behind in all its glory.

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    Hmm, thanks for this useful post quiet handy for photoshop users

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      • 4

        Hey Cute, go advertise your business on a site for lonely gold diggers, this is a design site, you don’t belong here. Happy hunting! loser.

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        Richard Fleming

        February 10, 2010 11:43 am

        The sad part is that she thinks us designers are millionaires. I can only say ‘I wish’. :)

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    Hi Everyone,
    Very useful resource for Photoshop designers.

    Rahul Chauhan

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      pls tell me about how to create a beautiful images by using photoshop including all photoshop shortcuts and steps how to make designs and to make awesome pics…………….. pls sir

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    Do you have MAC version? Thank you.

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      The mac version would be the same, just opt the ctrl for the command key.

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      duh…I thought MAC guys were on the ball with this stuff

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        who still designs on a PC? Wow your 2000 and late lol…

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          Sorry to inform you DirtyD but only about more than half of designers in America uses MAC and the rest of the world uses PC which is still more powerful & reliable.
          For Mac users info change the Ctrl with Cmd & Alt with Opt.

          To Kenneth, thanks a lot for this helpful manual.

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    Thanks for the effort and time dude. Really appreciated
    Anyways, do you have a short cut for Illustrator or Flash hehe ^_^.
    More power to you.

  6. 17

    Nice! I wonder what the boss will say if I print this out at work (where I don’t have photoshop)

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      I am sure your boss has seen far worse things printed off at work.
      At least it is something educational.

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    Bogdan Prigorie

    February 10, 2010 1:56 am

    thank you for sharing this! Very handy little thing :)

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    Tidy Web Design

    February 10, 2010 1:58 am

    VERY TIDY!!! Shortcuts make it soooo much easier!!! Thanks

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    Thanks a lot for this sheet, it’s just great. :-)

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    Peter Hilgersom

    February 10, 2010 2:05 am

    Thanks for the article. Great overview :)

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    very usefull…the blue gradient is horrible ;)

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      I completely agree…
      It’s quite a nice pdf, but this blue gradient hurts the eyes…

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    For Mac users is probably better to go with – it’s active, you can click the shortcut directly in the list.

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    why would you put a gradient background on a file tha’ts intended for printing on a printer ? :-/

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      Yeah, I thought the background was a little odd. Something I would never send to a printer.

      Another way to get the shortcuts to a printer or leave them onscreen if you gotta enough space:
      If you google “Adobe Shortcut App” ( you will find and Adobe Air App that has all the shortcuts for the entire suite (Win+Mac) from which you can print-out Cheat Sheets for the shortcuts.

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    What, no Ctrl+Backspace/Delete? That’s one of the staples ;)
    And there are more Ctrl+Alt ones out there~
    And yes, a plain white background or at least a grayscale dither would be more appropriate…

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    it seems to be a CS3 cheetsheet?!
    “R” does not activate “Blur” anymore. It’s used for the “Rotation-Tool” in CS4/CS5 beta. isn’t it?

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    Nice Sheet.. I’ll post it to my wall…
    Thanks :)

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    V. useful. Thanks :)

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    Very useful. And interesting.

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    Awesome, thanks!

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    Shocked that this isn’t for Mac :P


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