by Julieanne Kost

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August 16, 2010

As I’m sure that many of you already know, you can create your own custom keyboard shortcuts for Tools, Application and Panel Menus in order to dramatically increase the speed at which you select commands. My rule of thumb is: if I use the feature/tool more than 3 times a day, then I’m going to either learn the shortcut assigned to it or, if there isn’t one I’m going to assign my own.

To modify the shortcuts select Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts. The shortcuts for the Tools are limited to single letters so you will probably need to remove the shortcut for one tool in order to assign it to another. For example if you constantly toggle back and fourth between the Brush and Mixer Brush tools, you might want to set the Mixer Brush to K to quickly select it (without having to use the tool panel to select the Mixer Brush or use another shortcut such as the shift +B  to cycle through the brushes).

The Application and Panel Menus have to contain the Command (Mac) / Control (Win) modifier or an F-key. For example, some of the menu items that I have assigned shortcuts to are:

Window > Arrange > Tile Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Shift + T

Window > Arrange Consolidate to Tabs Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Shift + R

The Color Picker (it’s under the Tools menu) N

Layer > Flatten Image Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Shift + F

Image Adjustments > HDR Toning Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Shift + H

Edit > Puppet Warp Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Shift + W

File > Export > Render Video Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Shift + M

Obviously you’ll make your own and I expect that after you do you’ll really see that you are saving some time.