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50 Photoshop Shortcuts You Need To Know To Make You A Pro

50 Photoshop Shortcuts You Need To Know To Make You A Pro

Photoshop is the premier image editing software today. It might as well be synonymous with image editing itself.

In fact, the word “Photoshop” has become more than a proper noun; it’s a verb — defined as the act or process of altering an image with Photoshop software. Despite its incredible utility, however, many people don’t know how to make the most out of this sophisticated digital editing tool.

Take a look at the following 50 Photoshop shortcuts that can help you unlock this software program’s full potential.

50 Photoshop keyboard shortcuts

With all of its capabilities and functions, Photoshop does a great job of making tasks easy and intuitive to perform. The difficult part is remembering all the shortcuts and how they work.

Here are a few of the most useful shortcuts.

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1. Shift+Alt+Ctrl+E allows you to merge the visible layer to a new layer.
2. Alt+Delete lets you fill an object with the foreground color.
3. Ctrl+Delete lets you fill an object with the background color.
4. Ctrl+Shift+I is useful for inverting the current selection.
5. Shift+Alt+Ctrl+T can save time by allowing you to repeat the previous transformation.
6. Hold Shift to add to the existing selection.
7. Hold Alt to subtract from the existing selection.
8. Ctrl+Alt+Z allows you to undo the last action or take a step backward.

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    9. Ctrl+Shift+[ is useful for sending a layer to the bottom.
    10. Ctrl+] does the opposite: it brings a layer forward.
    11. Alt+Brush Tool lets you pull a color from an existing image quickly (instead of clicking on the standard eyedropper tool).

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      12. ] or [ lets you increase or decrease your brush size on-the-go.
      13. } or { lets you change the brush hardness.
      14. , confers the ability to scroll between the various brush types.
      15. Shift+Alt+P is useful for toggling the airbrush option.

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        16. Ctrl+L lets you use the levels box without wasting time.
        17. Ctrl+T is an easy way to open the free transform tool for rotating, resizing, and skewing images with the movable outline.
        18. Ctrl+M is useful if you wish to edit curves quickly and efficiently on an image.
        19. Ctrl+U can significantly decrease the effort it takes to find the right hue and saturation for your colors.
        20. Ctrl+Shift+U, on the other hand, can desaturate the colors in your image.

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          21. Shift+Ctrl+L is the best shortcut for auto-toning an image.
          22. Alt+Shift+Ctrl+L lets you auto-contrast an image.
          23. Shift+Ctrl+B is the auto-color shortcut.
          24. Shift+Ctrl+R is extremely useful for correcting lens distortions such as barrel distortion, pincushion distortion, and vignetting.
          25. Opt+Shift+Ctrl+A will quickly fix distortions relating to panoramas and wide angle lenses.

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            26. Ctrl+Alt+I easily lets you change an image’s size.
            27. Shift+Ctrl+Alt+B is the best way to open the black-and-white dialog box for easy conversion of color photos.
            28. Ctrl+Alt+O is one of the most useful tools for the perfectionist. It gives you the power to see each pixel individually.
            29. Ctrl+O lets you fit your work to the screen to see the entire canvas.
            30. Ctrl+Shift+L/C/R is the best way to align text automatically to the left, center, or right.
            31. Ctrl+Plus(+) is the easiest way to zoom in.
            32. Ctrl+Minus(-) is the easiest way to zoom out.

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              33. Esc will let you cancel completely.
              34. Ctrl+Z undoes the last pin adjustment.
              35. Ctrl+A selects all the pins.
              36. Ctrl+D deselects all pins.
              37. Shift and click allows you to select multiple pins.
              38. Shift, click, and drag to move multiple pins simultaneously.
              39. H will temporarily hide pins.
              40. Dodge tool/burn tool+Shift+Alt+S lets you dodge/burn shadows.
              41. Dodge tool/burn tool+Shift+Alt+M lets you dodge/burn midtones.
              42. Dodge tool/burn tool+Shift+Alt+H lets you dodge/burn highlights.

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                43. Alt+Ctrl+Shift+S takes you to the “Save for Web” box for publishing to the Internet.
                44. Ctrl+K is the fastest way to get to the preferences menu.
                45. Ctrl+O lets you open a new image.
                46. Ctrl+N is helpful for creating a new document in your workspace.
                47. Shift+Ctrl+X is helpful for people who like to use the liquefy tools often.
                48. Ctrl+R will toggle the ruler on and off to satisfy your preference.
                49. Ctrl + ‘ will show or hide the grid.
                50. Alt+Ctrl+; locks guides and lets you work within certain parameters.

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                While these 50 keyboard shortcuts can certainly be helpful to you, this list is nowhere near comprehensive. There are hundreds of different keyboard shortcuts, and the nature of your work will determine which ones are best suited for you.

                It’s also important to remember there are thousands of free resources available on the Internet to help you out; whether you’re looking for resources to help you get around in Photoshop, or whether you’re just looking for royalty-free images and icons to get started with a new design project.

                Use the 50 quick shortcuts above to help you as you improve your Photoshop skills and expertise.

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                Last Updated on February 15, 2019

                7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                Joe’s Goals

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                  Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                  Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                  Daytum

                    Daytum

                    is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                    Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                    Excel or Numbers

                      If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                      What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                      Evernote

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                        I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                        Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                        Access or Bento

                          If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                          Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                          You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                          Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                          All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                          Conclusion

                          I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                          What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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