Photoshop Hot Key Hacks!

Have you ever made a funny shape with your fingers, like an elephant or a dog, and plopped them on the key board while in Photoshop to see what kind of effect it has.  Some Hot Keys make you feel like your hand is turning into a claw-like object of mass destruction.  For instance, CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+E, to make a layer stamp.  With that one you almost need 2 hands!!!

I was playing around in Photoshop the other day wondering, “What will happen if I do this, CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+M and boom, a genie appeared that granted me three wishes!

Hot key menu

Well, okay, the genie didn’t quite happen, but a new window popped up that scared the daylights out of me.  I didn’t want to mess with it because it looked “official”.  However, the more I looked at it the more I realized I had “cracked” the hot key code.  I hacked Photoshop…. not really… but I felt like it!

What it did was bring me into a window that showed me every single Photoshop Hot Key and allowed me to modify them if I so chose!  How cool is that!  It even allowed me to “Summarize” every hot key in Photoshop.  It does it in a .htm file so I did you the favor of copying it into this post (below the tutorial).  I thinned out all the junk that didn’t have a hot key.

Here is the video tutorial that goes over the Keyboard Shortcuts and Menus window.



Adobe® Photoshop® CC 2014 Keyboard Shortcuts

Application Menus

Command Shortcut
New… Ctrl+N
Open… Ctrl+O
Browse in Bridge… Alt+Ctrl+O
Open As… Alt+Shift+Ctrl+O
Close Ctrl+W
Close All Alt+Ctrl+W
Close and Go to Bridge… Shift+Ctrl+W
Save Ctrl+S
Save As… Shift+Ctrl+S
Save for Web… Alt+Shift+Ctrl+S
Revert F12
File Info… Alt+Shift+Ctrl+I
Print… Ctrl+P
Print One Copy Alt+Shift+Ctrl+P
Exit Ctrl+Q
Undo/Redo Ctrl+Z
Step Forward Shift+Ctrl+Z
Step Backward Alt+Ctrl+Z
Fade… Shift+Ctrl+F
Cut Ctrl+X
Copy Ctrl+C
Copy Merged Shift+Ctrl+C
Paste Ctrl+V
Paste Special>
Paste in Place Shift+Ctrl+V
Paste Into Alt+Shift+Ctrl+V
Fill… Shift+F5
Content-Aware Scale Alt+Shift+Ctrl+C
Free Transform Ctrl+T
Again Shift+Ctrl+T
Color Settings… Shift+Ctrl+K
Keyboard Shortcuts… Alt+Shift+Ctrl+K
Menus… Alt+Shift+Ctrl+M
General… Ctrl+K
Levels… Ctrl+L
Curves… Ctrl+M
Hue/Saturation… Ctrl+U
Color Balance… Ctrl+B
Black & White… Alt+Shift+Ctrl+B
Invert Ctrl+I
Desaturate Shift+Ctrl+U
Auto Tone Shift+Ctrl+L
Auto Contrast Alt+Shift+Ctrl+L
Auto Color Shift+Ctrl+B
Image Size… Alt+Ctrl+I
Canvas Size… Alt+Ctrl+C
Layer… Shift+Ctrl+N
Layer Via Copy Ctrl+J
Layer Via Cut Shift+Ctrl+J
Vector Mask>
Create/Release Clipping Mask Alt+Ctrl+G
Group Layers Ctrl+G
Ungroup Layers Shift+Ctrl+G
Bring to Front Shift+Ctrl+]
Bring Forward Ctrl+]
Send Backward Ctrl+[
Send to Back Shift+Ctrl+[
Merge Layers Ctrl+E
Merge Visible Shift+Ctrl+E
All Ctrl+A
Deselect Ctrl+D
Reselect Shift+Ctrl+D
Inverse Shift+Ctrl+I
All Layers Alt+Ctrl+A
Find Layers Alt+Shift+Ctrl+F
Refine Mask… Alt+Ctrl+R
Feather… Shift+F6
Last Filter Ctrl+F
Adaptive Wide Angle… Alt+Shift+Ctrl+A
Camera Raw Filter… Shift+Ctrl+A
Lens Correction… Shift+Ctrl+R
Liquify… Shift+Ctrl+X
Vanishing Point… Alt+Ctrl+V
Proof Colors Ctrl+Y
Gamut Warning Shift+Ctrl+Y
Zoom In Ctrl++
Zoom Out Ctrl+-
Fit on Screen Ctrl+0
100% Ctrl+1
Extras Ctrl+H
Target Path Shift+Ctrl+H
Grid Ctrl+’
Guides Ctrl+;
Rulers Ctrl+R
Snap Shift+Ctrl+;
Lock Guides Alt+Ctrl+;
Actions Alt+F9
Brush F5
Color F6
Info F8
Layers F7
Photoshop Help F1

Panel Menus

Command Shortcut
Render Alt+Shift+Ctrl+R
Export 3D Layer…
Close Tab Group
Step Forward Shift+Ctrl+Z
Step Backward Alt+Ctrl+Z
New Layer… Shift+Ctrl+N
Create/Release Clipping Mask Alt+Ctrl+G
Merge Layers Ctrl+E
Merge Visible Shift+Ctrl+E


Tools Shortcut
Move Tool V
Rectangular Marquee Tool M
Elliptical Marquee Tool M
Lasso Tool L
Polygonal Lasso Tool L
Magnetic Lasso Tool L
Quick Selection Tool W
Magic Wand Tool W
Eyedropper Tool I
3D Material Eyedropper Tool I
Color Sampler Tool I
Ruler Tool I
Note Tool I
Count Tool I
Crop Tool C
Perspective Crop Tool C
Slice Tool C
Slice Select Tool C
Spot Healing Brush Tool J
Healing Brush Tool J
Patch Tool J
Content-Aware Move Tool J
Red Eye Tool J
Brush Tool B
Pencil Tool B
Color Replacement Tool B
Mixer Brush Tool B
Clone Stamp Tool S
Pattern Stamp Tool S
History Brush Tool Y
Art History Brush Tool Y
Eraser Tool E
Background Eraser Tool E
Magic Eraser Tool E
Gradient Tool G
Paint Bucket Tool G
3D Material Drop Tool G
Dodge Tool O
Burn Tool O
Sponge Tool O
Pen Tool P
Freeform Pen Tool P
Horizontal Type Tool T
Vertical Type Tool T
Horizontal Type Mask Tool T
Vertical Type Mask Tool T
Path Selection Tool A
Direct Selection Tool A
Rectangle Tool U
Rounded Rectangle Tool U
Ellipse Tool U
Polygon Tool U
Line Tool U
Custom Shape Tool U
Hand Tool H
Rotate View Tool R
Zoom Tool Z
Default Foreground/Background Colors D
Switch Foreground/Background Colors X
Toggle Standard/Quick Mask Modes Q
Toggle Screen Modes F
Toggle Preserve Transparency /
Decrease Brush Size [
Increase Brush Size ]
Decrease Brush Hardness {
Increase Brush Hardness }
Previous Brush ,
Next Brush .
First Brush <
Last Brush >


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