Friday Fab Five

For something new here on the blog, I thought it might be fun to share some of my favorite keyboard shortcuts in Photoshop.  The idea here is that people will share their top five in the comments area and we can get an idea of many more keyboard shortcuts than we ever could have found out on our own (unless of course you are some Photoshop guru like The Photoshop Guys and the trainers/instructors of the world that do this for a living and already know all the shortcuts.)

So, anyway, here’s my Friday Fab Five Photoshop shortcuts and what they do:

  1. CMD/CTRL+J = duplicates your existing layer
  2. CRTL+ALT+SHIFT+E = Stamp Visible  This takes all your visible layers and merges them onto a new layer.  Increases file size, but very cool
  3. CMD/CTRL+’ = (yes, that’s apostrophe) – it activates the grid in your preferences.  Since my grid is set to every 33.33% and one subdivision, it basically shows a Rule of Thirds grid overlay on my images – very handy for compositional cropping
  4. Left and right brackets – decrease and increase your active brush, whether it’s for clone stamp, healing brush, eraser, history brush – whatever
  5. Alt+Eyedropper = you can drag the eyedropper outside of Photoshop to sample a color in another application (great for color matching)

So, those are my five for this friday – what are yours?  Sound off in the comments!  In the meantime, have a great weekend and happy shooting! I’ll leave you with my favorite What the Duck cartoon of the week:


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5 comments for “Friday Fab Five

  1. Pat W.
    June 19, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Wow, #3 is boffo. How could I not have known that. The rest are my top ones too. I also use some masking shortcuts a lot. Alt+mask icon to add mask filled with black. Alt backspace or Ctl backspace to change fill of existing mask to black or white. and Ctl I to invert mask. Can you tell I do a lot of masking? 🙂

    By the way, I always enjoy reading your blog.

  2. Dave Seeram
    June 19, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Great post Jason! My fav and probably most used shortcut is holding down the ALT (PC) or Option(Mac) key while clicking on the background layer’s visibility icon. This toggles all other layers on/off for a quick before/after view of your work!

    Keep up the great work!

    Dave Seeram
    PhotographyBB Online Magazine

  3. June 19, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    I have a shot just like that drop. Taken high shutter speed and using 2 speedotron lights and a black bowl. I see you must have added color maybe???

  4. June 20, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    I use ctrl 0 (zero) a lot. First this I do when I open an image is ctrl 0 ctrl J to maximize the image and then duplicate the layer to do my editing on that.

    I also have my customizable sharpening action ona shortcut because I use it for every file.

    I use ctrl alt L for working on files that are the same as it brings up levels with the settings used last time and mostof the time the images are similar enough that I can just hit enter but I can tweak it if I need to (for a group of similarly exposed images). I also use Ctrl F for rerun filter for another image that I want the same filter run on.

  5. June 23, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Cmd+alt+G to clip to the layer below is a favorite of mine when doing more graphic design stuff. Cmd/Ctrl+E to merge down is another great one. 🙂 Thanks!

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