Learning shortcuts is an excellent way to improve the efficiency of your workflow. Rather than provide a long list of all the Photoshop shortcuts, I have picked out a useful selection that you can learn as a starting point. Try to practice with a couple of these every week and you’ll be using Photoshop like a boss in no time!

For further reading, I have written companion posts for Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, and macOS.

General Tricks

magic wand icon

ActionMacWin
Increase/Decrease brush size ] / [ ] / [
Increase/Decrease brush hardness } / { } / {
New Layer as a copyCmd + JCtrl + J
Temp. select Hand ToolSpacebarSpacebar
Cycle through open documentsCmd + TabCtrl + Tab
Create new LayerCmd + Shift + NCtrl + Shift + N

Tools

cursor icon

ActionMacWin
MoveVV
MarqueeMM
LassoLL
Magic WandWW
CropCC
EyedropperII
Spot Healing BrushJJ
BrushBB
EraserEE
GradientGG
DodgeOO
TypeTT
HandHH
ZoomZZ
Cycle through hidden toolsOption + click on toolAlt + click on tool
Cycle through hidden toolsHold Shift and press the corresponding key aboveHold Shift and press the corresponding key above

Adjustments

adjustments icon

ActionMacWin
CurvesCmd+MCtrl+M
LevelsCmd+LCtrl+L

Selections

selection icon

ActionMacWin
Move selection x1 unitArrow keysArrow keys
Move selection x10 units:Shift + Arrow keysShift + Arrow keys
Add to selection:ShiftShift
Subtract from selection:OptionAlt
Feather selection:Shift+F6Shift+F6
Select opaque pixels on layer:Cmd + click on layer panelCtrl + click on layer panel

View

eye icon

ActionMacWin
Zoom In/Out:Cmd+ +/-Ctrl+ +/-
Hide all tools and panels:TabTab
Hide panels except Tools and Options:Shift+TabShift+Tab