15 Amazing Photoshop Shortcuts You Aren’t Using

Hi, welcome back to The
Photoshop Training Channel.com, I’m Jesus Ramirez. In this video I’m going to show you fifteen
amazing shortcuts that you aren’t using. Before we get started I would like to ask
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any tutorial goes up that way you don’t miss any new tutorials. Okay, let’s get started. You probably are already with
the clone Stamp Tool. It allows you to clone or copy pixels from
one area to another. If you hold Alt on Windows, Option on the
Mac, and click on your image you will set the sample source, the area that you will
copy pixels from. The preview will show you the size of the
brush, and the content that you will paint. But did you know that you can change the size,
rotation, and the offset of the source by using a keyboard shortcut? If you hold alt Shift, Option Shift on the
Mac, and tap on any of the arrow keys you will offset the sample source. Notice that preview updating as I tap the
arrow keys. To rotate the sample source you can hold alt
Shift, Option Shift on the Mac, and tap on the less than or greater than keys. Those are the same keys as the period and
comma keys. And if you hold alt Shift, and tap on the
bracket keys you will scale the sample source allowing you to clone something at a different
size than what you sampled. Keep in mind that these clone tool shortcuts
only work with North American keyboards. If a shortcut doesn’t work for you then you
can go into window, clone source, and use this panel to offset, scale, rotate, and even
reset the clone source. When retouching sometimes you may want to
target either the highlights or the shadows of an image. To quickly select the bright pixels on the
photo you can press Ctrl alt 2 on windows, that’s Command Option 2 on the Mac. If you want to target the shadows of the image
you can then invert the selection by pressing Ctrl Shift i, Command Shift I on the Mac. If you create a color balance adjustment layer
you will see that Photoshop automatically applies a layer mask in the shape of that
selection then you can make an extreme adjustment, and you will see how the adjustment only effects
the shadows. To invert a layer mask and target the highlights
again you can click on the layer mask icon, and in the properties panel you can click
on the invert button, or you could also press Ctrl i to invert the contents of the layer
mask. Notice that the adjustment now only effects
the highlights of the image. One useful shortcut for painting or compositing
in Photoshop is the lock transparent pixel shortcut. If you press the forward slash key you will
lock the transparent pixels, and you will only be able to paint on pixels that are not
transparent. Notice that I’m only painting on the contents
of this layer leaving the transparent pixels intact. To unlock the transparent pixels press the
forward slash key again. This is the same example that I used on my
making custom Photoshop brushes video. If you want to learn more about how to make
custom brushes from your photos then checkout this video, I’ll place a link right below
in the description. The liquefy filter is probably one of Photoshop’s
most powerful and used tools. You can find it under filter, liquefy. With the forward warp tool you can distort
pixels by pushing them as you paint. You probably already know that you can reduce
the distortion that you create by using the reconstruct slider under the brush reconstruct
Options. It works much like the fade Command. As I drag to the left the distortion decreases. Moving the slider to 0 gives you back your
original image and sliding it to 100 gives you the full effect that you applied. This is of course a global adjustment. If you want to target the reconstruction to
a specific area then use the forward warp tool while holding alt, Option on the Mac,
and paint on the specific areas that you would like to reconstruct. Another powerful distortion tool in Photoshop
is the puppet warp tool found in the edit menu. It allows you to place pins on your image
that you can then click and drag to distort it. If you don’t get the results that you’re expecting
when you drag the pins then hold alt, Option on the Mac, while you hover over a pin then
when you see a circle with a double sided arrow click and drag to rotate the pin and
adjust the way that the distortion is applied. And then you can keep rotating it until you
get the results that you’re looking for. If you want to watch a full explanation about
how this tool works then check out my complete guide on the puppet warp tool, I’ll place
a link right below in the description. When painting, compositing, or retouching
you may need to use more than one brush often switching back and forth from two or more
brushes. This can become a tedious process if you have
to keep going back up to the brushes panel to select the new brush. But did you know that you can press the less
than or greater than keys to cycle between brushes? The less than key allows you to move backwards
on the brushes list while the greater than key allows you to move forward on the list. Another way in which you can save time in
Photoshop is by reducing the time that you spend clicking on the layer thumbnail, or
the layer mask thumbnail. When you’re working a layer, and you would
like to switch over to the layer mask you don’t have to click it. All you need to do is press Ctrl backslash,
that’s Command backslash on the Mac. Notice that the focus, the white outline,
moved to the layer mask, and now you can continue painting and that will of course affect the
layer mask and not the layer. To go back into the layer press Ctrl 2, that’s
Command 2 on the Mac, and the focus will jump back to layer thumbnail, and you can keep
working with the actual pixels of the layer. You probably already know that you can fill
with your foreground color by pressing alt Backspace, that’s Option delete on the Mac,
and that you can fill with the background color by pressing Ctrl Backspace, Command
delete on the Mac. But did you know that there is a shortcut
that allows to only fill opaque pixels, so that you don’t effect transparent ones? If you add the Shift key to those fill shortcuts
you will only fill over the nontransparent pixels. For example if I press Shift alt Backspace
on Windows, and Shift Option delete on the Mac, I will fill with the foreground color,
but only effect the opaque pixels and not the transparent ones. Shift Ctrl Backspace, or Shift Command delete
will fill with the background color only on nontransparent pixels. When you have a selection active sometimes
you may run a Command that disables it, or you simply disable it to do something else. If you want to bring back a selection remember
that you can press Ctrl Shift D, that’s Command Shift D on the Mac, to restore the last active
selection. One fast and easy way to change the size and
hardness off your brush is to hold Ctrl alt on Windows, Command Option on the Mac, then
right-click and drag left and right to adjust the size of the brush. And drag up and down to adjust the hardness
of the brush. Sometimes when working with Photoshop you
may get carried away and apply a bunch of adjustments, filters, or distortions that
it’s best to simply start from scratch. When this happens you can press the F12 key
to revert the file back to the last save point. If you haven’t saved the document since you
opened it Photoshop will restore it back to the opening state. Another way of getting to the revert function
is by going into the file menu and selecting revert. When working with text sometimes you may need
to adjust the spacing between two letters. One fast and easy way of doing so is to place
the cursor between the two letters that you would like to adjust then hold alt, Option
on the Mac, and tap on the left arrow key to decrease the space between the two character,
or tap on the right arrow key to increase the space. This next example is not really a keyboard
shortcut Command, but it is a great time saver that I think qualifies as a shortcut. As you know with the eyedropper tool you can
click on your image to select a color. But did you know that you could select a color
from outside of Photoshop? If you drag the application window to the
side to reveal any other application, you can click and hold inside of Photoshop to
select the color then if you drag out of the Photoshop window without releasing the mouse
button you will see that Photoshop will start selecting colors from outside the application. Once you find the color that you like, release
the mouse button, and that color will be set to the foreground color inside of Photoshop. This keyboard shortcut is one that everyone
should know. If you have been using Photoshop for a while
then you probably have run into this problem before. With a painting tool selected such as a brush
tool you can see the preview of the brush. If you tap on the caps lock key you will switch
over to the crosshair cursor. This could be very useful in some cases, but
if you inadvertently activate it it can be extremely frustrating especially if you don’t
know how to disable it. When I was just starting out in Photoshop,
I actually uninstalled the app to try to fix this issue. Little did I know that all I needed to do
to disable it was just to hit that caps lock key. Let me know in the comments if this has ever
happened to you. It will make me feel a whole lot better to
know that I wasn’t the only one who ran into that problem. This next shortcut will be a bonus. This is a fun Easter Egg that you can use
to play a funny prank on a friend or coworker. If you click on the three dot icon in the
toolbar, and go into the toolbar editor you can hold Shift, and click on done. Doing so will replace the three dots with
a banana. The icon doesn’t do anything. It’s just a funny little icon that surely
will freak out your friends. To remove it go back into the edit toolbar
menu, and hold alt on Windows, Option on the Mac, and click on done. Let me know in the comments below if you’re
planning on playing a prank on someone with this Easter Egg. Remember if this is your first time at The
Photoshop Training Channel then don’t forget to click on that subscribe and notification
buttons. If you enjoyed any of the shortcuts then click
on that like button and let me know in the comments below which shortcut that was. Thank you so much for watching. I will see you again in the next tutorial.

80 Replies to “15 Amazing Photoshop Shortcuts You Aren’t Using”

  1. Yes, caps lock about 2yrs ago, was about ot re-install but Google came to the rescue befor I got that far :). Funny thing is haven't bumped it since.

  2. OMG…You are definitely not alone, the crosshair instead of my brush size thing has been driving me crazy! (And at this point in my life, that's a pretty short trip already!😜) These are a great set of tips. Really like the timeline markers below video too. That's another timesaver in itself… very helpful. Thank you!

  3. Great tutorial. Best tip for me was how to get my selection back but honestly, they were all helpful. Thanks.

  4. haha ihad the thing with the CapsLock as well 🙂 great video Jesus thnx a lot specialy the puppet wrap ting 🙂

  5. Yep, whenever the brush mysteriously switched to precise, I had to close and reopen PS to fix. It used to drive me crazy!

  6. I have been using photoshop for 20+ years and actually uninstalled and reinstalled photoshop when I was fairly new too. Only it wasn't with the crosshairs, it was with the quick mask selection. haha. I didn't use that option as much back in the earlier days.

  7. @Photoshop Training Channel…


    I have a problem and I know I am not alone in this.

    Most of the photographs from the '70's and even some into the '80's were done on silkscreen photo paper. This creates a unique challenge, especially for those of us less informed on Photoshop.

    Would you consider making a tutorial on removing this pattern from an image?

    I am learning a helluva lot from your tutorials and I hope this might be one of your next videos.


  8. Not just any Jesus, enjoyed them all, though I had known some or learned some from your previous videos. Another excellent video, thank you!

  9. That caps lock key was a life saver, i always thought it was a low memory thing bug that adobe could never fix until today lol

  10. Good info here. Nice video. Definitely some things I already knew but a bunch that I had no idea. The clone shortcuts are amazing. I always did it with the tool panel. I was with you on the caps lock when I first started also.


  12. Thought the size was too small to see – kept hitting the right bracket key! Eventually (don't ask how long) Googled the issue!

  13. No fuiste el unico con la tecla CAPS LOCK… casi me volvió loco, todo un dia para darme cuenta, y lo de la banana está genial.

  14. WOW, at least half of this video just blew my mind! That first bit with the clone source manipulation is really going to advance my retouching skills!

  15. Yes. That cross hair caps lock happened few days ago but reopening Photoshop for some reason helped. Now I know. Lol

  16. Didn't know more than half of these. Cloning manipulation, those transparent/opaque, highlight & shadow layer masks. Painting brush tips are awesome. Useful advanced stuff. Didn't know puppet tool was in PS, only recently knew about it in Illustrator.

  17. Glad I'm not the only one who was stumped by the caps lock key! Jésus, is there any way to rotate a brush via keyboard shortcuts?

  18. LOL you are NOT alone, Jesus! Can’t tell you how many times I closed and reopened PS, or restarted my PC, to fix the CAPS LOCK problem, but it was at least 1 million!

  19. Hello! First thanks for the awesome tips! These are awesome!

    However I got a question thought! Which are the exact bracket keys regarding the clone stamp toll? Because I'm french and I use an azerty keyboard. I looked them up but nothing that I found actually allowed me to scale bigger/ smaller before cloning.

  20. Ctrl+Shift+D to restore the last selection, and this one must be one of my favorite since I used to save the selection as a path
    BTW, I also encountered that problem caused by toggling Caps Lock key. Fortunately, I found the solution by Googling instead of reinstall the software…

  21. You are by far the best YouTube photoshop teacher/mentor. Very straight to the point with so much useful photoshop tips. Thank you for taking your time to show us less educated photoshopers

  22. I will be forever grateful for the clone tool tips.. ur the best man… And that CAPS lock really tripped me up, but thanks to you I'm over that now

  23. that caps lock really explained a lot. even though my preference is set to the preview brush, it has somehow become a crosshair…thank you.

  24. Caps Lock key… you're probably lying if you say this never happened to you!!! (Didn't uninstall though)

  25. What about German or European Keyboards.

    I don't have extra keys like the backslash key, left/right square bracket or greater than etc.
    I have the newest MacBook Pro.

  26. I figured out the caps lock thing because I went to search how to fix the problem and I was typing in capitals, realised the link. It was crushing my soul.

  27. Damn!!!!!!! I have uninstalled my photoshop at least a 100 times to fix this problem… Oh GOD!!! Thank you so much

  28. First of all, congratulations for your work. Then I wanted to ask you a question I saw that you rotate the brush quickly, I think with a keyboard shortcut, I searched the net but I found nothing. Can you tell me how to do it? Thank you!

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