60 Photoshop shortcuts to speed up your workflow

We love Clipping Masks. Does that make us weird? DOES IT?! Ok. Fair enough

34. Levels

  • MAC: Cmd+L
  • WINDOWS: Ctrl+L

When editing your images, you'll be using the Levels box regularly. Save yourself some time with this Photoshop shortcut.

35. Free Transform

  • MAC: Cmd+T
  • WINDOWS: Ctrl+T

This command opens Photoshop's Free Transform tool for resizing, rotating, and skewing an image using a draggable outline.

36. Curves

  • MAC: Cmd+M
  • WINDOWS: Ctrl+M

This Photoshop shortcut enables you to quickly edit the Curves on an image.

37. Colour Balance

  • MAC: Cmd+B
  • WINDOWS: Ctrl+B

This is the perfect Photoshop shortcut to edit the Colour Balance of your images.

38. Hue/Saturation

  • MAC: Cmd+U
  • WINDOWS: Ctrl+U

These two powerful Photoshop tools will aid you in the colour balance battle, and decrease the amount of crossover.

39. Desaturate

  • MAC: Cmd+Shift+U
  • WINDOWS: Ctrl+Shift+U

Convert your colour image to grayscale values, leaving the image in the same colour mode.

40. Quick image fixes

Auto Tone

  • MAC: Shift+Cmd+L
  • WINDOWS: Shift+Ctrl+L

Auto Contrast

  • MAC: Opt+Shift+Cmd+L
  • WINDOWS: Alt+Shift+Ctrl+L

Auto Color

  • MAC: Shift+Cmd+B
  • WINDOWS: Shift+Ctrl+B

After a quick fix for a photo? While they're not reliable cure-alls, these tools are usually worth a go for automatically improving your images.

41. Lens correction

  • MAC: Shift+Cmd+R
  • WINDOWS: Shift+Ctrl+R

The camera always lies, particularly where lens distortion is involved. Use the lens correction filter to reduce the effect of barrel distortion, pincushion distortion and vignetting.

42. Adaptive Wide Angle

  • MAC: Opt+Shift+Cmd+A
  • WINDOWS: Opt+Shift+Ctrl+A

Wide-angle lenses can bring their own particular distortions, and Photoshop has a filter for this. The Adaptive Wide Angle filter can quickly straighten lines that appear curved in panoramas, or photos taken with fish-eye and wide-angle lenses.

43. Camera Raw Filter

  • MAC: Shift+Cmd+A
  • WINDOWS: Shift+Ctrl+A

With older versions of Photoshop you have to run Adobe Camera Raw as a separate program. But in Photoshop CC it's available as a filter, enabling you to non-destructively apply sophisticated adjustments to any image type.

44. Content Aware Scale

  • MAC: Cmd+Shift+Opt+C
  • WINDOWS: Ctrl+Shift+Alt+C

Scale your image to your preferred state with this super-quick Photoshop shortcut.

45. Content-Aware Move

  • MAC AND WINDOWS: Shift+J

The latest content-aware tool in Photoshop CC enables you to move objects around in a photograph, and it'll intelligently fill in the gaps where they used to be.

46. Create clipping mask

  • MAC: Cmd+Opt+G
  • WINDOWS: Ctrl+Alt+G

A great way to keep shadows and shading where they belong, the clipping mask tool is basic but useful.

47. Blending modes

  • MAC: Shift++ or -
  • WINDOWS: Shift++ or -

Photoshop has a variety of blending modes to create cool effects. Use this command to cycle through each.

48. Black and white dialog box

  • MAC: Shift+Cmd+Opt+B
  • WINDOWS: Shift+Ctrl+Alt+B

Speed up the process of converting colour photos to black and white with this Photoshop shortcut, which opens the black and white adjustment dialog box.

49. Change image size

  • MAC: Cmd+Opt+i
  • WINDOWS: Ctrl+Alt+i

Set up your image sizes with ease with this quick and simple shortcut.

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