Quick Tip: Photoshop Shortcuts

Quick Tip: Photoshop Shortcuts

Yesterday I taught you how to assign F Keys to your actions.  But another cool thing you can do is assign those same Keys to other stuff.

As you may know, Photoshop has numerous shortcuts built in. Everything from bracket keys (increase/decrease brush size) to D and X (to set colors to default and swap colors in the color picker).

But have you every wanted to know how to set your own?

Start by going to the top navigation in Photoshop.  Go under EDIT – KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS.


Expand the section that has a function you want to make a shortcut.  These sections correspond to the top navigation (ie. File, Edit, Layers…) Click in the gray area next to the item you want to assign.  You can see here that I have assigned Flatten to F10.  Now instead of having to go LAYER – FLATTEN in order to flatten, I just click F10. So assigned your most used items. This is a HUGE time saver. Now you can enjoy your free time!


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  1. December 30, 2009 at 9:24 am — Reply

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  2. December 30, 2009 at 2:49 pm — Reply

    Thanks for the tips!

  3. December 30, 2009 at 10:14 am — Reply

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  4. December 30, 2009 at 12:00 pm — Reply

    My problem with doing this would be that I would constantly forget what shortcut I had assigned to what key!! Lol…..

  5. Janie Pearson
    December 30, 2009 at 12:52 pm — Reply

    Thanks a million for this post and the one before it on Actions shortcuts. You MADE me finally get things moving faster in my editing process and I know it will be a huge time saver. You always nail it when it comes to offering truly helpful tips and how-tos.

  6. December 30, 2009 at 5:18 pm — Reply

    I knew about the shortcut keys for actions, but this is a new and most welcomed tip!
    Thanks Jodi!

  7. January 5, 2010 at 10:38 am — Reply

    thanks for the reminder! this is going to make it so much quicker!!! 🙂

  8. January 8, 2010 at 10:47 am — Reply

    I am glad this tip was helpful to everyone.

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Quick Tip: Photoshop Shortcuts