Quick Tip: Editing Faster in Photoshop

Have you ever wished you could click a button and have Photoshop do your work for you?  If you own Photoshop Actions and a Keyboard, it is almost that easy.

You can assign your actions to “F” keys on your keyboard.  Most keyboards have 12 F Keys.  Some have 15 or more.  You can also add in Shift and Control/Command for more possibilities.

To assign an action to an F Key, just double click on the individual action (within the folder).


Then the dialog box shown below will pop up.  You just drop down, select a key that is available, click “ok” and you are done.  Once you fill your main F Keys, you can do the same thing with SHIFT + and F Key, Control/Command + and F Key and then lastly Shift + Control/Command+ an F Key.

I have my most used actions set to F Keys.  It definitely speeds up my workflow.

Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions

Jodi Friedman is the founder of MCP Actions. She designs popular Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets that make editing faster, easier and more fun.

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    […] 1 votes vote Quick Tip: Editing Faster in Photoshop Have you ever wished you could click a button and have Photoshop do your work for you?  If […]

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    Debi says:

    Jodi – you always have the best tips! Thanks for all you do – Blessings in 2010!!!

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    Gotta love shortcuts! I had no idea this was an option. THanks.

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    Thank you so much for sharing this tip Jodi. Fantastic!

    co-founder of

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    Tracy says:

    Thanks! I always forget to use my short cuts!

    I went in and set them all up again and plan on using them!

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    Michelle says:

    I cannot wait to get to use this! Thanks for sharing this helpful hint.

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    oh thank u, i needed this!!!

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    Michelle Hamstra says:

    I love this option! But with my Mac its somehow not working because of the MacBooks preset functions… For example, I hit F12 and the dashboard shows up. Any suggestions?

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    So simple yet so helpful! Thanks! :)

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    jessica~ says:

    Um, I will use this ALWAYS. Thanks for this tip!!

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    I was just thinking of assigning f-keys today. Thanks for the help Jodi!

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    Alexandra says:

    Thanks for sharing :) :)

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    Ohh Thank you!! This made my day!

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    Kaylene Bitter says:

    Thanks so much for sharing all you little tips and secrets. They are so appreciated. I was able to assign “flatten image” to a key, but when I try to assign one of my actions to an “f” key it won’t bring up the actions options box. I must be doing something very simple wrong, because the other one was so simple. When I double click on the action is just highlights the whole name as if I were going to change the name. I double click on the arrow, the name, right click, left click and no option box will appear. I am clicking on the action it’s self within the box. I know it must be something simple I am not doing, if you have a minute could you maybe tell me what I am doing wrong? Thanks so much again for all your tips!


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