60 Photoshop shortcuts to speed up your workflow

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

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 dialogue 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 dialogue 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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