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Tips & Tricks

25 Awesome Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts That You May Not Know

By fotosiamo on October 29th 2012

I like to think of myself is a semi-expert in Photoshop, especially when it comes to retouching for my fashion and commercial photography work. I love the amount of keyboard shortcuts that are available in Photoshop. And I thought I knew quite a bit, too. That is, until I run into PSD Tut’s article on 25 Awesome Keyboard Shortcuts for Photoshop That You May Not Know.

There are really some shortcuts there that I just never even know about, like using Alt + Shift + Right Click (Win) or Control + Option + Cmd + Click (Mac) to pull up an HUD color picker.

Adobe Photoshop HUD-Picker

If you go to Preferences under the Edit Menu, you can choose what type of color picker that you want to display when you use this shortcut.

Adobe Photoshop HUD-Picker Preference

The other shortcut that I find useful is to quickly change the brush size and hardness on-the-fly. To do this, all you have to do is is Ctrl + Alt + Right-Click (Win) or Control + Option + Click (Mac). You can then drag your mouse up and down to change the hardness, and left and right to change the brush size.

Adobe Photoshop Brush-Size-&-Hardness

Be sure to read the rest of the articles to learn more cool keyboard shortcuts on Adobe Photoshop.

(You can also check out this cool large wallpaper jpeg for more Photoshop keyboard shortcuts)


So which of these shortcuts do you find most useful? What other keyboard shortcuts do you like/recommend?


Joe is a rising fashion and commercial photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. He blends creativity and edge with a strong style of lighting and emotion in his photographs. Be sure to check out his work at and connect with him on Google Plus and on Facebook

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  1. Ed Rhodes

    thanks for sharing these shortcuts!

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  2. Arron5764

    You keep using the word “know” when you should be using the past tense “knew”.

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