Recently I've been photoshop-ing a fair bit as I'm making posters/website for an upcoming event for a student society. By accident, I found a shortcut that did exactly what I wanted! The elusive shortcut ctrl+alt+shift+e creates a new layer of whatever you see on the screen right now (or 'stamp visible' in photoshop terminology).
So after the amazing discovery, decided to put up a few photoshop shortcuts that I feel are essential. I'm no photoshop guru, but these are the shortcuts that I probably can't live without. I'm using Photoshop CS2, but most these shortcuts should probably work with most versions of photoshop. Seems like Adobe likes multi-keyed shortcuts, so organised them into the number of keys on the keyboard you need to press - wonder if there are any more than 4!
Single key shortcuts
- v - changes to 'move' mode. So if you have a layer selected, you can now drag it with your mouse or nudge it.
- m - changes to 'marquee' mode.
- a - changes to 'direct selection' mode. If you have an active vector path, you can now go 'right click -> make selection' and then you can fill the selection with colours etc.
- x - switches the foreground/background colours
- d - resets the palette to the default of foreground/background colours to black/white respectively
- [ & ] - decreases & increases (respectively) your brush size
Double key shortcuts
- alt+backspace - fills the layer with foreground colour
- ctrl+backspace - fills the layer with background colour
- ctrl+d- deselects your selection. Handy if you are horrible at selecting stuff like me.
- ctrl+e - merges your current layer with the layer below it
- ctrl+g - groups the layer(s) you have currently selected into a folder
Triple key shortcuts
- ctrl+alt+z - goes back through the history undo-ing the previous actions (find ctrl+z useless as it just undoes the last step)
Quadruple key shortcuts!
- ctrl+alt+shift+s - opens the 'save for web' dialogue where you can choose to save as jpg, gif, png etc.
- ctrl+alt+shift+e - creates a new layer and puts in that single layer whatever you see on the screen right now
(not exactly a shortcut, but just as useful!)
- shift- when creating a selection, holding down 'shift' while dragging the selection keeps the proportion. Nice when you need a perfect circle/square, or if you're dragging in a logo/image
- space- when creating a selection, holding down 'space' will let you move the location of your selection. Always found it hard to know where to create the selection so it is exactly where I need it to be.
- ctrl- if you ctrl+click on a layer, it will select the outline of the image on that layer.