Although my husband was a graphic designer, I’ve only recently started using Photoshop myself. I do a little bit of photo editing, but I really enjoy working with graphics more.
Whether you’re using it for photography or design, one of the keys to getting the most out of Photoshop is to use hotkeys for the things that you do regularly.
Here are a few of my favorites:
- V = move tool
- M = marquee tool
- C = crop tool
- E = eraser tool
- ctrl+A = select all
- ctrl+shift+I = select inverse
- ctrl+alt+I = image size
- ctrl+S = save
- ctrl+shift+S = save as
- ctrl+n = new file
But the real power comes from creating your own shortcuts.
For example, I often crop and resize images for galleries and posts, and so I’ve set up ctrl+shift+R as a quick way to crop to a selection.
I’m sure that photographers have a much different set of favorite shortcuts, and professional designers probably do as well. But whether you’re a beginner or an expert, set a goal to learn or create a couple of new shortcuts a week until you simplify most of your work processes!
To see all of the shortcuts available and set your own custom commands, use alt+shift+ctrl+K to open your keyboard shortcuts.
What is your favorite Photoshop shortcut?