How to use Photoshop Keyboard tool shortcuts tutorial

How to use Photoshop keyboard tool shortcuts tutorial (CC 2017 2015 CS6 etc) for super quick access to tools.

Photoshop keyboard tool shortcuts

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  1. Access the Photoshop keyboard tool shortcuts by pressing keys such as M or U etc Press M (rectangular marquee)

  2. Press U (rectangle tool)

  3. Z (zoom) keyboard tool shortcut etc

  4. Tool icon will be selected in the Photoshop toolbar

  5. Press return to display any options for the tool

 

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How to use : imageSimply just press the letter to go direct to that feature such as the move or custom shape etc.

 

There is now another way of approaching this in the latest version as there is now a search feature which can do much the same (albeit slower)

 

You will notice in the image on the right, the icon also conveniently shows a picture now with the (M) etc indicated in the description. To get to that I pressed the letter M

 

Access the panel : toolsTo see the list such as move, hand etc then go to the edit menu and keyboard shortcuts

 

Go to the tools section via the dropdown

 

Changing the settings : changeIf you think you would prefer the key 'A' for the rotate view then go to the panel and click the shortcut column for the rotate view (or any other tool) and change to 'A' (or whatever you want) and then click accept and Click OK

 

If you change your mind, you can click undo or just cancel.

 

Create your own key list : listYou can also create a shortcuts file via the save all button (in the panel) and that file will then be accessible via the dropdown (which also has the quick access to the defaults) and you can restore the set at any point.

 

There are a few buttons for adding and deleting as well as accept and undo.

 

Summary button :

summaryA very useful feature is the summary or summarize button - if you want a complete list then just click the button in the panel

 

If you want to create a reminder html web page with all the details included in the panel then click the summarize button.

 

The list actually more useful for all the other zillions of commands and how to use (I assume this list is easy to remember)

 

Reset them : defaultThere is a reset option.

 

You can set that via the same panel via the dropdown with the toolbar marked set.

 

Go to the panel and Select the "Photoshop defaults" and Accept

 

Multiple entries for rectangle etc and loop around them: multipleSome of the items have multiple entries such as the rectangle / ellipse etc and they are all set to U. You can hold down the shift key and scroll through them all. Not ideal but a solution. In the case of rectangles etc

 

Press U and Hold down the shift key and Press U again and Press U again to scroll through all the tools

 

Current settings for tools :

annotationM - Rectangular Marquee

V - Move

L - Lasso

W - Magic wand

C - Crop

I - Eyedropper

J - Patch

B - Brush

S - Clone stamp

Y - Art history

E - Background eraser

G - Gradient

O - Dodge

P - Pen

T - Type

A - Path selection

U - Rectangle

H - Hand

R - Rotate

Z - Zoom

D - Default colors

Q - Quick mask mode

F - Screen mode

X - Swap between colors (not listed if you hover over the items)

 

You can hover over the different toolbar tools and you will see a little highlighted text appear giving the tool name and the shortcut set

 

Additional notes : menuI have to say, some of them are not obvious and why some have multiple / shift letters and others are left blank is also odd.

 

Of course, you can set your own as well as filling in the blanks as well as use the 2 remaining characters not used (K, N)

 

I am certain the list will change as new items are added or as people decide that P is better as path selection or patch.

 

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