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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.

Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts

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.

Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts

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Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts

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  • Behind the design Link

    As always, here are some insights from the designer herself:

    Originally, I intended to buy a keyboard overlay with Photoshop shortcuts, but couldn’t find any for a PC, just for Macs. So I compiled a list of keyboard shortcuts, and thought they would fit nicely on a mousepad. I think printing it out and hanging it by the monitor works just as well. I hope those learning Photoshop will find it useful, as well as the more advanced users who may have forgotten some of the less-often-used shortcuts. They save a lot of time, and can impress your boss!

    Thank you very much, Kenneth! We appreciate your efforts.

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

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

    • 3

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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.

      • 5

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

      • 6

        Hey Lala. You really should be more sympathetic. Poor “Cute” is a lonely woman, clearly in pain. Why else would she go to a nerdy page like this one for love. She’s obviously tried all other options. She’s tried the pool-boy, the cable-guy, her tennis instructor, her sons friends, her grandsons friends — tragically none of them can stand the smell of vaseline and olives for that long. It’s a shame there is no PC keyboard shortcut for the rich application of love.

        I will love you “Cute Anna Baly.” I will come and find you! … (command + z)

  3. 8

    Hi Everyone,
    Very useful resource for Photoshop designers.

    Rahul Chauhan

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    • 10

      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

  4. 11

    Do you have MAC version? Thank you.

    • 12

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

    • 13

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

      • 14

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

        • 15

          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.

  5. 16

    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)

    • 18

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

  7. 19

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

  8. 20

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

  9. 21

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

  10. 22

    Thanks for the article. Great overview :)

  11. 23

    very usefull…the blue gradient is horrible ;)

  12. 25

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

  13. 26

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

    • 27

      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.

  14. 28

    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…

  15. 29

    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?

  16. 31

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

  17. 32

    V. useful. Thanks :)

  18. 33

    Very useful. And interesting.

  19. 34

    Awesome, thanks!

  20. 35

    Shocked that this isn’t for Mac :P

  21. 36

    Love It!… Hate the background color though…

  22. 37

    Tomas Thorvardarson

    February 10, 2010 5:21 am

    Nice collection of shortcuts, but I think you’re missing the one I personally use a lot:
    Ctrl + Alt + 0, to zoom back to 100% (original size).

  23. 38

    For AZERTY’s keyboard users, I’ve adapated the pdf.

  24. 40

    very nice, but this is def. not for your CS4 users. There are a couple of major changes from CS3 to CS4.

  25. 41

    Here is a link to a much better resource of Adobe/Quark/Apple shortcuts, Mac and PC, for everyone to use:

    It’s not as visual, more of a list. I prefer Noble’s.

  26. 42

    photoshop shortcuts for the 1000th time… (Y) :S

  27. 43

    thank you !

  28. 44

    First of all: SM thanks for changing the layout with the tabs! I love it!

    2nd: They (logitech eg.) should create keyboards like this!

  29. 45

    This is EPIC.

    Keyboard shortcuts are vital to production in news, without them nothing would ever get done in time.

    Anyone that wants to ever call themselves adept at Photoshop MUST use shortcuts.


  30. 46

    it s more helpful for me thank you


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