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10 Really Useful PHOTOSHOP Keyboard SHORTCUTS That You Don’t Know (Probably) – Photoshop CC Tutorial

10 Really Useful PHOTOSHOP Keyboard SHORTCUTS That You Don’t Know (Probably) – Photoshop CC Tutorial


In this article I’m going to show you 10 really useful Photoshop keyboard shortcuts that you don’t know probably. Hi everyone welcome back to another very exciting tutorial, here at the Tapasheditz and my name is Tapash .

In This Photoshop cc tutorial I’m going to show you ten really useful keyboard shortcuts that you probably don’t know .Let me know in the comments how many of these shortcuts were new to you and also let me know what shortcuts I miss that. You find really useful that way the comments section can be a good resource for great keyboard shortcuts . Okay let’s get started…..


The first shortcut – is how to redo the last selection Photoshop.

Actually , remembers the last selection that you use. Let me show you how that works .

I’m going to select the quick selection tool and I’m going to make a selection around her arms

and I’m gonna hold alt option on the Mac , subtract from the selection and now that I have her arm selected. I can create a new layer and I’m just gonna paint in a shadow; so I’m gonna paint with black like .


So then I can press ctrl D command D to deselect    and I can continue painting a shadow down here and maybe now I want to add to the shadow or maybe create highlights on her sleeves but I don’t want to waste the time creating the selection again.So I can simply press ctrl shift D that’s command shift D in the Mac to bring back the last active selection;

so now I can paint with white on a new layer with the overlay blending mode and now I can create highlights on her sweater then I can’ Press ctrl D command D to deselect and if I need to bring back the selection once again ctrl shift the command shift D on the Mac.


The next keyboard shortcut that I’m going to show you is the lock transparent pixels shortcut .So I’m going to select the brush tool and then I’m gonna select the color that you can really see .So I’m gonna select red and I’m gonna create a new layer and I’m going to paint with red .So maybe your painting or retouching or doing anything where you’re creating new pixels and a blank layer then if I want to make an adjustment like maybe paint with a different color ;

so I’ll select blue and you want to paint directly over those pixels but not affect the pixels that are transparent then you’re gonna need to use this keyboard shortcut . I’m gonna undo that by pressing ctrl alt .

See what you want to do, is press the question mark key  which is the forest lash key and then that locks transparent pixels .So when you paint you only paint on the pixels that are opaque not they’re transparent also notice in the layers panel that the lock transparent pixels icon is selected and there is a lock on that layer .

So I can press the forward slash key to remove that and now I can paint anywhere in the layer , I can press the 4 slash key again and maybe use adifferent tool like maybe the burn tool and I can burn only the opaque pixels.I’m not generating any new ones by painting on transparent pixels.


The next keyboard shortcut that I’m going to talk about is one that actually gave me a lot of problems when I was first starting out in Photoshop . I have the brush tool selected and you can see the brush preview.

If I use the bracket keys on the keyboard to increase or decrease the size on my brush you’ll see the cursor change.


It’s giving us a preview of the actual brush but if you inadvertently hit the caps lock key  we no longer get that preview we just have the crosshair cursor on our painting tool .

So even if you decrease or increase the size of the brush which I’m doing.Now you won’t see the preview

So make sure that the caps lock key is off .If you’re ever missing that preview of the brush and the very first time that I came up across this problem. I actually ended up uninstalling Photoshop believe it or not because I thought my Photoshop was broken. That was back with Photoshop version 7 and I’m sure I’m not the only one who is confused by the caps lock but anyway just remember the cap locks key gives you the crosshair cursor or the brush preview and I prefer the brush preview of course.


The next keyboard shortcut , I want to show you- is the fit to screen or bird’s eye view . Keyboard shortcut which is really the same one. So I’m gonna press ctrl T command T   to transform and I’m gonna zoom out 

then I’m going to make this image larger like so……

then I’m gonna double tap on the hand tool

which fits the image to screen and actually the keyboard shortcut to fit to screen is ctrl 0

However when you press ctrl T command T  on the Mac to transform but the corner handles are outside the canvas and you cannot see them.

You can use that same keyboard shortcut ctrl 0  to zoom out and see the handles.

So whenever you transform something and you don’t see the handles ctrl 0 command 0  also as a side .Note control 1 command 1  on the Mac zooms in to 100% t he actual view .So basically the same thing as double clicking in the hand tool or right-clicking with the zoom tool and selecting 100.


In the next keyboard shortcut I’m going to show you – how to toggle the canvas color.

So I’m gonna zoom out .Just so that we can see sometimes you’re working with an image and your canvas color really doesn’t help you see the image. So you may need to change the color of it . So that you can see the image better; so you can press the spacebar in the F key  on the keyboard to toggle between the canvas colors , see that it’s healing toggling between the canvas colors and you can add your own custom canvas color.



if you like but I prefer the presets that Photoshop has available .So once again spacebar and the F key if you want to toggle the canvas colors to the opposite direction just add the shift key to that.


The next keyboard shortcut that I’m going to show you is the feather selection keyboard shortcut. So I’m gonna select the elliptical marquee tool   and I’m gonna create a very simple selection like so. Notice that the feather is set to 0  which means that if I create a new layer and fill say with the foreground color and you can do so by holding alt and backspace  you will of course get a really sharp edge but if you want to feather that then what you would need to do is deselect. Type in the feather amount

that you want and then make the selection again but if you created a complicated selection it might take you too long to redo the selection. So what you want to do is apply the feather to the selection .T o do so ; you can hold shift in the f6 key ,  one of the function keys Shift + f6  and that brings up the feather selection window

and you can enter a feather radius we can try 20 pixels and press ok. Now if we fill with the foreground color Alt + backspace option delete on the Mac. You’ll see now that we no longer have a sharp fill .We now have a fill with feather in .


The next example I’m going to show you how to use the spring-loaded keyboard shortcut .So this is not really a single keyboard shortcut .It’s more of how the keyboard shortcuts affect the tools .If used in a certain way so let’s say we have the burn tool  selected and I start burning the image and I want to zoom in. I can hold Z   and I’m still holding Z zoom in release and it goes back into the burn tool ; so I didn’t really have to sell again.So whenever you hold a keyboard shortcut down the tool will temporarily be selected and when you release you go back to the previous tool ,so maybe in this case you can hold the R key    to rotate click and drag we rotate the image .

I release the R key  and I go back into the burn tool. I’m gonna rotate again now there’s a trick to that ,however if you hold R and you click and drag to rotate. Make sure that you release the mouse button. First and then the R key. Because if you hold the letter R, click to rotate and release the letter R first it’ll go into the actual rotate tool see that how that. Now is selected .So make sure that you release the mouse button first and then release the letter R. I’m gonna double click on the rotate tool to bring it back to the regular view and I’m just going to select the hand tool and double click on that to fit the image to screen.


In the next example I’m gonna show you something that I have here on this folder.  I have two circles a black circle in a white circle. 

If you wanted to create a design where you’re gonna fill something around the circle . Maybe you’re creating a watch or something like that there’s a keyboard shortcut that you should know which is the repeat the last transformation keyboard shortcut .So I’m gonna press ctrl H command H  to bring back guides that I was hiding 

ctrl H command H  Heise extras and I’m gonna press ctrl T command C or transform click and drag the pivot point to the center of that circle

then I can change the rotation to 20 degrees and hit enter  ; so that of course rotates that circle into that position. Now if I press ctrl alt shift T  command option shift T to duplicate that same transformation onto any layer watch what happens , I’m pressing that same keyboard shortcut over and over and over again.

So that duplicates that circle around the larger circle and that works because we change the pivot point to the center of the larger circle and we change in increments of 20 degrees which of course divides equally among the 360 degrees of a circle, so you can use this technique to create very interesting designs by simply duplicating the last transformation that you did onto a new layer.


In the next keyboard shortcut that I want to show you is one that I use all the time and I like to call it the whoopsie-daisy key because when you make a mistake you can always go back and not even worry about pressing cancel or anything like that. Let me show you what I mean by that so maybe you’re working in Photoshop and you click on the crop tool   and you decide that you no longer want to be in the crop tool maybe even you started making a crop

but you really want to cancel that simply press the Escape key  and that’ll get rid of that maybe you open up a window. So let me switch tools and go into edit fill and decide that you no longer want the fill window .You can just press the Escape key   the same thing will happen with any window maybe you press ctrl K  command key on the Mac to bring up the Preferences panel .

Maybe you don’t want it anymore you can press the Escape key .   If you select the type tool  and you click and you decide that you no longer want that text layer you can simply press the Escape key  and that cancels out of that tool and the layer disappears. So if you make a mistake and you’re in a tool or window that you don’t want to be in just hit the Escape key .


Now the next few examples are extras. These are just a couple of things that I use all the time so one of those is with text . So I’m going to create a text box . 

Then I’m gonna go into type paste lorem ipsum


which is the generic text and I’m just gonna press ctrl a  command a to select all the text and I’m going to change the color to white .So that you can see it better . So notice how there’s hyphens

that is hyphenation and that’s enabled by default .So if you want to get rid of the hyphens just press ctrl-a command a  and the Mac to select all the text and then you can press ctrl alt shift H  that’s command option shift H on the Mac and it gets rid of all the hyphens.

It removes the hyphenation in the way of doing that without a keyboard shortcut is by going into the paragraph panel ,

clicking on the flyout menu selecting hyphenation and then unchecking this checkbox.


So the keyboard shortcuts so much easier once again the keyboard shortcut is ctrl alt shift H command up shift H  on the Mac.

Another keyboard shortcut that I use all the time is holding the Alt key on any one of these eye icons to hide all the other layers .Except for the layer that I clicked on. So I held alt option on the Mac click on this layer and all the other layers were hidden. I can do the same thing again to bring them back. I can do the same thing with this black circle .So hold alt option on the Mac click on the eye icon to hide all other visible layers and to bring them back. Alt option on the Mac and click again and the last bonus keyboard shortcut is another one that I use a lot when I make mistakes .Sometimes, you just make too many mistakes on one file that you have to go back to the last time that you saved it or to how the file first look when it was open you can simply press the f12 key  on the keyboard function 12 to revert the image .

So how many of these shortcuts were new to you let me know in the comments below and as I said earlier in the posts your favorite keyboard shortcut not shown in this in the comments and check out what other people are commenting and maybe you’ll discover something that can be useful to you. I really hope that you enjoy this tutorial and that you learn something new. Thank you so much for watching and I will talk to you again soon

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