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Photoshop Productivity Tips and Tricks


If you work with Photoshop on a frequent basis, you probably have some shortcuts that you use to help you save time. Photoshop has an immense amount of features, however, so there may be many shortcuts that you are unaware of.  The following will discuss Photoshop shortcuts that you can use to help you improve your productivity while using the program. Over time, you can become familiar with them and implement them into your routine to help cut down on the time you spend on projects.

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How to Cycle Through Blending Modes

Press Shift and the + or - key

How to show or hide all panels

Use this tip if you want less clutter as you work.  All you have to do is press Tab.

How to Show or Hide All Panels Except for the Toolbox and Options Bar

Press Shift + Tab

How to Merge All Visible Layers

Windows: Press Ctrl + Shift + E

Mac: Press Command + Shift + E

How to Group Layers

Use this to group your selected layers together.

Windows: Press Ctrl + G

Mac: Press Command + G

How to Ungroup Layers

Use this to ungroup selected layers.

Windows: Press Ctrl + Shift + G

Mac: Press Command + Shift + G

How to Copy Visible Layers and Paste Them in a New Layer

Windows: Press Ctrl + Alt + Shift + E

Mac: Press Command + Option + Shift + E

How to Duplicate a Layer

Windows: Press Ctrl + Alt + any of the Up, Down, Left, or Right arrow keys.

Mac: Press Command + Option + any of the Up, Down, Left, or Right arrow keys.

How to Lock Layer Transparency

Simply press /

How to Show or Hide More Than One Layer

Click the visibility icon and drag it past the layers you want to show or hide.

How to Hide All Other Layers

Windows: Hold the Alt key and click on the visibility icon.

Mac: Hold the Option key and click on the visibility icon.

How to Undo Your Last Change

Keep in mind that this undo can only be used one time.

Windows: Press Ctrl + Z

Mac: Press Command + Z

How to Step Forward

Windows: Press Ctrl + Shift + Z

Mac: Press Command + Shift + Z

How to Step Backward

Windows: Press Ctrl + Alt + Z

Mac: Press Command + Option + Z

The shortcuts we have listed are just a very small sample of the ones that exist for Photoshop and its users.  If you are new to the program, however, they do provide a good base for you to build on, and you should see your Photoshop productivity increase.


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