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The Full 2016 Adobe Shortcuts For Photographers Cheat Sheet

By Kishore Sawh on December 31st 2015


How many programs (is that word too last century?) do you use on the regular to accomplish all the various tasks you handle on your computer? A word processor, a spreadsheet manager perhaps, maybe some internet project management application system, and that’s all before you get to your photography work. Add that in the mix and you could very well find yourself doubling you application list.

Even if you are a laser-focused photographer that scoffs at the moving image, at the very least you’re using, I’d reckon, two highly complex programs, both likely from Adobe. And if I were a betting man, I would say probably Lightroom and Photoshop – the stone pillars of the photographic organization and post processing world. But to use these applications efficiently there requires some knowledge of shortcuts, and unless you’re of a Rain Man persuasion, that’s a helluva lot of them to remember. Never mind the fact Adobe released a rather gargantuan overhaul to their suite of creative apps halfway through the year, which saw many cosmetic and functional changes, including the shortcuts.


So to assist our feeble, overloaded, and during the holiday season, possibly alcohol- disabled brains, a shortcut cheat-sheet for the 2016 variants of Lightroom and Photoshop would be much appreciated. And wouldn’t you know it, has once again come to our aid by releasing just that.

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You can find them below, and the wonderful thing about them is that it isn’t just a long list of shortcuts, but a categorized one, which makes searching, finding, and implementing them much more practical. Within Photoshop, there are Image Command shortcuts, and those for Filter, 3D, Layers, Select Commands, Tool selection and actions, and so on. For Lightroom, it’s even more subcategorized with sections dealing with certain modules, metadata shortcuts, changing views and screen modes, comparisons, ratings, and even for using a second monitor – which if you want to check out a cool app for that which will transform your iPad and workflow, check Duet out, here.

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There are actually Cheat Sheets too for the rest of the Creative Suite from Adobe, which you can find in this previous post, but go ahead and download the PDF versions of these cheat sheets for Lightroom here, and Photoshop here. And give some love to for creating this and dishing it out sans cost.

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A photographer and writer based in Miami, he can often be found at dog parks, and airports in London and Toronto. He is also a tremendous fan of flossing and the happiest guy around when the company’s good.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Chris Biele

    I’m a lover of the keyboard shortcuts. I had memorised 80% of them for Aperture, but now I’m having to reteach myself everything for Lightroom. It’s a hassle up front, but a real time saver in the long run. Thanks for sharing this.

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  2. Pierre-Yves Roth

    nice. I might do an AZERTY version if someone is interested

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  3. Fisnik Islami

    i wan’t to have this combination in one app, it’s good if they make camera raw as lightroom.

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  4. David Blanchard

    Great cheat sheets. Be even better if the links worked. Oh well…

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    • Kishore Sawh

      Hey David, I’m not sure why they’re not working for you. I’ve tested them on 3 devices and all work just fine

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    • David Blanchard

      Tried again this AM, and it worked fine. Thanks Kishore.

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  5. Andy & Amii Kauth

    Thanks for putting this together–great resource for our readers! :)

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  6. Joseph Ford

    What’s nice about shortcuts once learned and worked into your flow. They become a real time saver.

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