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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).

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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.


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  1. Debi on December 29, 2009 at 9:48 am

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

  2. Crissie McDowell on December 29, 2009 at 10:25 am

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

  3. Angie from The Arthur Clan on December 29, 2009 at 10:26 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this tip Jodi. Fantastic!~Angieco-founder of

  4. Tracy on December 29, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Thanks! I always forget to use my short cuts! I went in and set them all up again and plan on using them!

  5. Michelle on December 29, 2009 at 1:21 pm

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

  6. Joy Dockery Neville on December 29, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    oh thank u, i needed this!!!

  7. Michelle Hamstra on December 29, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    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?

  8. Tracy Siravo Larsen on December 29, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    BIG help! Thanks!!!!!!!

  9. Trude Ellingsen on December 29, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    So simple yet so helpful! Thanks! 🙂

  10. jessica~ on December 29, 2009 at 7:19 pm

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

  11. Carolyn Bowles on December 30, 2009 at 10:49 am

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

  12. Alexandra on December 30, 2009 at 6:32 am

    Thanks for sharing 🙂 🙂

  13. Nicole Benitez on December 31, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Ohh Thank you!! This made my day!

  14. Kaylene Bitter on January 1, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    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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