Posts tagged "Custom Keyboard Shortcuts"

December 6, 2016

Custom Keyboard Shortcuts for Painting Tools in Photoshop CC

Update! Click here (20 Brush and Painting Tool Shortcuts in Photoshop CC) to see twenty of my favorite tips related to brushes and painting in Photoshop CC in a single post.

Did you know that you can create custom keyboard shortcuts to toggle options such as Brush Pressure Controls for Size and Opacity?

To do so, choose Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts. Next to “Shortcuts For”, choose Tools. Then scroll down to the bottom of the list. To add a Keyboard shortcut to an item, click in the empty space to the right and tap the shortcut on the keyboard.


Note: the “K” and “N” keys are not assigned to any other tools (in Photoshop’s default Essentials workspace), so you might want to assign those first. And, the keyboard shortcuts for Tools  are limited to a single key (i.e., you can’t add modifier keys like Command/Control or Option/Alt).

While you’re in this dialog, be sure to check out the other options that you can assign shortcuts to including the Mixer Brush and other options like Airbrush mode!

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July 12, 2016

New Custom Keyboard Shortcuts Available for Brush Options in Photoshop CC

Update! Click here (20 Brush and Painting Tool Shortcuts in Photoshop CC) to see twenty of my favorite tips related to brushes and painting in Photoshop CC in a single post.

Keyboard Shortcuts  can now be assigned to quickly toggle airbrush and pressure sensitivity controls for qualifying painting tools (such as the Brush, Clone Stamp, History etc.).


To assign your custom keyboard shortcut, select Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts and Shortcuts For: Tools.


  • Use Toggle Brush Airbrush Mode to assign a keyboard shortcut to toggle the Airbrush attribute.
  • Use Toggle Brush Pressure Controls Opacity to assign a keyboard shortcut to toggle the Brush Pressure controls (when off, the brush pressure is controlled by the Brush preset).
  • Use Toggle Brush Pressure Controls Size to assign a keyboard shortcut to toggle the Brush Size controls (when off, the brush size is controlled by the preset).


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September 11, 2015

Quickly Navigating Between Tile and Consolidate to Tabs in Photoshop

When working with Photoshop, I find that  I often need to toggle between viewing one open document and viewing all open documents (tiled in my workspace). To eliminate wasting valuable time looking through menus or trying to find icons, I customize Photoshop’s keyboard shortcuts . To do this, choose Window > Workspace > Keyboard Shortcut & Menus. Under the “Shortcuts for Application Menus”, select Window and and scroll down to “Tile” and “Consolidate to Tabs”. Add shortcuts that make sense to you (I used Shift + Command + T for Tabs ,and Shift + Command + R for Consolidate to Tabs – or, in my mind, “Return to primary image”).


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August 19, 2015

Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts in Photoshop CC 2015

Learn how to customize your keyboard shortcuts in my free video (Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts), from

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May 7, 2014

Customizable Keyboard Shortcuts to Add Layer Masks in Photoshop

To customize Photoshop’s keyboard shortcuts to add a layer mask, select Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts. Set the “Shortcuts For” to Application Menus and toggle the disclosure triangle for the Layer menu. Scroll down to layer Mask and add your own shortcuts by clicking in the blank area to the right of the command. Click Accept and then OK. Assigning shortcuts is a quick way to add a layer mask while ignoring/respecting the current selection.



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September 16, 2013

Selecting Paths In Photoshop CC (v14.1)

In Photoshop CC, the Photoshop engineers added the ability to use either the Path Selection or Direct Selection tool to drag in the image area and select more than one path – even if the paths were on different layers. Given this feature, customers have since requested they be able to limit the layers that Photoshop allowed drag-selecting shapes from based on whether or not the layer was selected. So now, in Photoshop CC (v14.1), with either the Path Selection and/or Direct Selection tool selected, you can choose between selecting All Layers or Active Layers in the Options bar when drag-selecting paths in the image area.


In addition, using the Keyboard Shortcut editor, under Shortcuts For: Tools you can assign a keyboard shortcut to toggle between the options (Direct Selection Mode Toggle).

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February 12, 2013

Hiding Menu Items in Photoshop

If there are menu items that  you never use in Photoshop, you can hide them by selecting Edit > Menus. Navigate to the menu that you want to hide and click the eye icon (the Visibility button), to toggle it off. If you hide menu items for a category (such as File, or Edit etc.), a new “Show All Menu Items” command will be listed at the bottom. You can click this command to temporarily display the hidden menus.

Note: To make switching between tasks in Photoshop easier (such as painting or working with video), changes made to both Menus and Shortcuts can be saved as Sets (using the icons at the top of the Keyboard Shortcuts and Menus dialog).

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September 25, 2012

Accessing the Menu Bar via a Keyboard Shortcut in Photoshop CS6

Normally the shortcut Command + F2 (Mac) | Control + F2 (Win) moves the focus to the menu bar. However, in Photoshop CS6  this keyboard shortcut is not editable since it is hard coded into Photoshop to lighten the interface. Thanks to Pete Green, here is a workaround for accessing the menu bar (Application Menus) using a different keyboard shortcut.

By default, Command + Shift + / (Mac) | Control  + Shift + / is assigned to display the Photoshop Online Help. We will release this default shortcut using the keyboard shortcut editor. Once released Command + Shift + / (Mac) | Control  + Shift + / will display the Search option in the menu bar. From there, you can either begin to type/search the menu item you’re looking to use, or you can just use the arrow keys from there to navigate the menus.

To clear the default Command + Shift + / (Mac) | Control  + Shift + /  shortcut, choose Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts > Help. Under “Photoshop Online Help”, clear out the entry for Command + Shift + / (Mac) | Control  + Shift + / (you can leave the CMD+/ shortcut there) and click OK.

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September 24, 2012

Customizable Shortcuts for Tools

You can easily change the shortcut assigned to a Tool using Photoshop’s Keyboard shortcut editor (Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts) but you’ll quickly find that most of the letters in the alphabet are already taken. Of course you can reassign shortcuts for tools that you don’t use, but it might be easier to assign “N”  or “K”  since they are not already being used as part of the default set.

For example, I find it helpful to assign “K” to bring up the Color Picker, and “N” for my Mixer Brush.

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February 3, 2012

Lightroom – Customizable Keyboard Shortcuts

Recently several customers have inquired about creating custom keyboard shortcuts in Lightroom. Unfortunately we don’t have a keyboard shortcut editor like Photoshop but there is a plug in called Keyboard Tamer that might let you accomplish what you need:

Or, for a more extended (and a bit more expensive) option you can try RPG Keys for Lightroom and Photoshop.

I hope these might be helpful.

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August 18, 2010

Hiding Menus

At any time, if you’re feeling overwhelmed at the number of menu items that Photoshop displays, you can hide the ones that you aren’t using. Simply select Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts  and click the Menu tab. Navigate to any of the menus that you don’t want to see, and click the eye icon to toggle it’s visibility. You can hide/show as many menus as desired, even save different sets for using when working on different tasks.

Note: when you choose to hide menu items, a command to “Show All Items” will be added to the bottom of the Menu or Panel. To temporarily see hidden menu items, click on “Show All Menu Items” or Command (Mac) / Control (Win) -click on the menu.

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August 17, 2010

Printing a Customized Keyboard Shortcut List

Clicking the Summarize button while in the Keyboard Shortcut editor (Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts), will export all of the current shortcuts to HTML and open the list in your default browser where you can print them (warning – it is a VERY long list)!

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August 16, 2010

Customizable Keyboard Shortcuts in General

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.

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