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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 October 16, 2019

                11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

                Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

                Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

                In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

                1. ScheduleOnce

                  ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

                  ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

                  ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

                  Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

                  Available on Web

                  2. Calendly

                    Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

                    You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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                    Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

                    3. Assistant.to

                      For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

                      From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

                      While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

                      Available on Web

                      4. Acuityscheduling

                        Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

                        It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

                        Available on Web | iOS | Android

                        5. Pick

                          Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

                          At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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                          Available on Web

                          6. X.ai

                            For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

                            This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

                            Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

                            Available on Web

                            7. YouCanBook.me

                              is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                              They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                              Available on Web

                              8. Doodle

                                Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                                It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                                You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                                While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                                Available on Web | iOS | Android

                                9. WhenAvailable

                                  WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                                  Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                                  Available on Web

                                  10. Rally

                                    Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                                    Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                                    Available on Web

                                    11. NeedtoMeet

                                      Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                                      NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                                      While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                                      Available on Web

                                      Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                                      In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                                      To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                                      Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                                      A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                                      Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                                      If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                                      Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                                      With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                                      The Bottom Line

                                      Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                                      Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                                      Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

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