Photoshop Tips, Tricks, And Shortcuts For Photographers

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Adobe Photoshop is by far the single most powerful photo manipulation and digital image editing software ever created. It is the gold standard for all things post production when it comes to still photography and digital imagery. (If you need something to manage your photos you're probably looking for Adobe Lightroom)

If you're a photographer you owe it to yourself to learn at least a little Photoshop.

If you want a free photoshop alternative consider downloading "GIMP". It has much of the functionality of photoshop but is free and open source. (As an aside, Darktable is an alternative to Adobe Lightroom)

Here are some useful things you can do with Photoshop:

Photoshop is your digital darkroom. You can manipulate images, exaggerate certain elements and fix or touch up other elements. If you want to take your photography to the next level learning how to fix minor issues in Photoshop is a really important.

Here are some of the most common Photoshop keyboard shortcuts.

Common Photoshop Shortcuts

Below you will find some of the most common Photoshop shortcuts.

Ctrl+N -- New Document
Ctrl+O -- Open Document
Ctrl+Tab -- Switch between actively open documents within Photoshop (if you use a tabbed browser, this usually switches tabs in that as well)
Ctrl+A -- Select All
Ctrl+C -- Copy
Ctrl+X -- Cut
Ctrl+V -- Paste
Ctrl+S -- Save
Ctrl+P -- Print
Ctrl+Shift+S -- Save As (this allows you to save the document while adjusting different parameters, such as name, location, file type, compression, etc.)
Ctrl+Z -- Undo
Ctrl+Y -- Redo
Ctrl+Alt+W -- Close all documents

The following are mostly Photoshop-specific.

Ctrl+K -- Toggle Preferences Dialog Box
Ctrl+J -- Duplicate Currently Selected Layer
Ctrl+Shift+N -- Create New Layer
Ctrl+L -- Open "Levels" Dialog Box
Ctrl+Shift+L -- Apply "Auto Levels" (note that this is the same effect as opening the "Levels" Dialog Box and hitting the "Auto" button)
Ctrl+M -- Open "Curves" Dialog Box
Ctrl+F -- Reapply Last Used Filter (it retains the last settings used)
Ctrl+U -- Open Hue/Saturation Dialog Box
Ctrl+B -- Open Color Balance Dialog Box

Ctrl+Alt+Z -- One "Step" Back in History (this is a glorified "Undo"; the number of "steps" that Photoshop remembers can be adjusted in the Preferences Dialog Box)
Ctrl+Shift+Z -- One "Step" Forward in History

Ctrl+R -- Toggle Ruler Display (adjusted in Preferences Dialog Box)
Ctrl+' -- Toggle Grid Display (adjusted in Preferences Dialog Box)
Ctrl+; -- Toggle Guide Display (adjusted in Preferences Dialog Box)

Ctrl+E -- Merge Down (this merges one layer into the one directly below it; it also merges layers in a group or a selection)
Ctrl+Shift+E -- Merge Visible (this merges all layers that are currently visible, indicated by the presence of the little eye icon by the layer thumbnail)

Ctrl+T -- Free Transform
Ctrl+Shift+T -- Reapply Last Used Transform

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