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

how to use keyboard photoshop shortcut tools
  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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toolsTo change the settings simply go to the Edit menu and then Keyboard shortcuts.


If you think you would prefer the key 'A' for the rotate view then go to the shortcuts for tools and click the shortcut for the rotate view (or any other tool) and Change to 'A' (or whatever you want) and then click accept and Click OK


You can also create a shortcuts file via the save all shortcuts 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 add a shortcut and remove a shortcut which basically match the same functionality of just selecting the shortcut itself and changing it from the current value to a new value. If you try and enter a value other than A - Z it will be rejected


A nice feature of the keyboard shortcuts and tools panel is the summary button. If you want to create a reminder html web page with all the tool shortcuts then click the summary button



There is a reset option. You can set that via the same panel via the dropdown with the toolbar marked set. Go to the Photoshop keyboard shortcuts panel and Select the "photoshop defaults" and Accept


Some of the items have multiple entries such as the rectangle / ellipse etc and they are all set to U (I mean, surely we need the Chinese alphabet or at least one with more than 26 characters). 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


List of current settings is below

M - 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)


I have to say, some of them are not obvious and why some have multiple / shift letters and others are left blank are 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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