20 Photoshop Secrets Revealed…

Every graphic designer works with secrets shortcuts or tricks that should never be told, like a magician ;)

But…as always, i have no secrets with you so here you have 20 tricks save-time.
Have fun and if you want…share in the comments other tips!

1) If you hold down ALT+CTRL+SHIFT (Mac: CMD+OPT+SHIFT) while starting Photoshop you can reset all the Photoshop settings back to factory default. Very usefull if you have problems with some tools or the interface.

2) One of my favorites. ALT+Click on the “eye” icon in the layer’s palette to hide all other layers.

3) Do you have trouble to find the cursor when you work with large canvases?
Simply press the spacebar and you’ll see the hand icon where the cursor is located.

4) When you are applying a “drop shadow” layer effect, try to leave open the dialog box.
You’ll be able to move the shadow with a simple drag and drop.

5) With a CTRL+Click on the triangle icon you can collapse or expand all layer groups

6) Another cool shortcut. Press CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+E
(Mac: CMD+OPT+SHIFT+E) to paste all the visible layers in a new one.

7) When you are in a dialog box, try to hold ALT(Mac: OPT) to transform the “cancel” button into a “reset” button. It doesnt work everywhere.

8) If you want to transform a path into a selection you have to press CTRL+ENTER (Mac: CMD-ENTER).

9) CTRL+ALT+Z (Mac: CTRL+OPT+ Z) to undo more than once.

10) Double Click on the stage (the gray area) to open a file or CTRL+Double Click to create a new file.

11) If you hold SHIFT while you click “File -> close”, Photoshop will close all the open windows at the same time.

12) ALT+CLICK (Mac: OPT+Click) a tool to switch through the related tools. For example, try ALT+Click (Mac: OPT+Click) on the Paint bucket tool, you will obtain the gradient tool.

13) CTRL+Click on the new layer incon to create a new layer immediately below the current layer.

14) Whit SHIFT+CTRL+ALT+T (Mac: SHIFT+CMD+OPT+T) you can repeat and clone the last transformation (made with CTRL+T).

15) To find the center of a document select the background layer and click CTRL+T (Mac: CMD+T) to see a crosshair in the middle. Now you can simply drag out a guide in this point to find the center.

16) When you have a selection hold CTRL and use the arrows to move it, one pixel at a time.
Use CTRL+SHIFT to move the selection by 10×10 pixels. With CTRL+SHIFT+D (Mac: CMD+SHIFT+T) you can load the last selection used.

17) Choose CTRL+0 to “zoom to fit”, CTRL+ALT+0 to “zoom to 100%”.
If you prefer you can zoom back to 100% pressing the space bar and then right click -> actual pixels.

18) With the type tool active press CTRL+T (mAC: CMD+T) to show and hide the respective palette.
Press CTRL+H (Mac: CMD+H) while a text is selected to show and hide the selection.

19) If you are working with the paint bucket tool, hold down ALT(OPT) to switch temporarily to the eyedropper tool.

20) To draw a straight line with the brush tool click where you want, hold down shift and then click again where you want.
Instead, to draw a dotted line you have to open the brush palette (hit F5) and from the “Brush Tip Shape” tab you have to set the “spacing” to 150%.
After that you can repeat the previous step like a normal straight line.

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crazyhunk
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wow… some really good and helpful and tips (or secrets)

thanx a lot m8…. :)

ZaFaR
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thanx a lot m8…. :)

Stobasan
Guest

@ tip number 2 – it should be alt-click (on windows).

David
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Thanks, very nice, learned a few new tricks :)

Also, another great one could be that when you have selected the “Move Tool”, you can simply hold down ALT + right clicking on any layer to highlight/go to it, in the layers panel. Very useful in large documents.

Kevio
Guest

Meh, it’s all basic stuff that’s in the manual. I use most of these daily. I certainly wouldn’t call them “secrets”.

Sachin Bhavsar
Guest

Very useful. Thanks.

niko
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secrets??? useful for beginners propably, but def not for pros. cheers anyway.

niko
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i´m looking foward. your page´s bookmarked. ;)

website design
Guest

good tricks for regular photoshop users to know

rubao
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Ctrl+H to show and hide any selection… i know all these shortcuts…but your post is very usefull for beginners
Thanx!

TraffiK
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Nice!

steve
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not to sound like a jerk, but if you’re at a renowned art and design school, and someone doesn’t know you can double-click the gray area of photoshop to open a document, or press spacebar to change to the hand icon…well, i’ll leave that sentence open ended. #17 shortcut you… Read more »
Jackie
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Thanks for this. I’ve been using PS for years and there’s no way I can remember all of the shortcuts, so it was nice to come across them all in one place. Ignore the posts from know-it-all jerks…lots of people appreciate sites such as yours which are willing to share… Read more »
Michael Garmahis
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Please have a look at Photoshop How to guide

norm
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Nothing new here!!!
Were now on cs3, can there be any “Basic” photoshop secrets left

FredEx
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Nothing new for you perhaps, Norm. There are always new people coming along. It surprises me at the number of people that are so dismissive of information put out there. Just because you seem to know everything does not mean all do. I have young nieces and nephews that are… Read more »
Jeff Justice
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You know what… I think it’s hard to learn photoshop by reading stuff, that’s why I like video tutorials better. These days so many people are creating video tutorials. I’ve seen many at http://www.codervods.com

Fritsie
Guest

Well, I’ve worked with PS for a number of years now and most definitely learned a few new tricks from this list. It’s not easy to remember all shortcuts if you do not use them regularly or if you were taught otherwise. Thanx for the insight, Francesco!

sam
Guest

Steve just becuase u use photoshop doesnt mean u have to be a graphic designer…
so thanks for the tips!

Rom
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any keyboard shortcuts for hiding/unhiding the slice guides?

Stella
Guest

Thank you very much. Most of the shortcuts are popular but there are few which I didn’t know:)

julio
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I knew some of them , but as a reminder of the ones that i FORGOT , and that I asked myself many times …how was that shortcut ????. Thank you , and please ignore all those great ( and also arrogant ) designers,,,,………
steve
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Not a graphic designer, but a web designer, and I try to use photoshop on a daily basis more as a ‘hobby’, so tips like these are useful because when I don’t get to use it for more than 5 months due to ‘real work’ it’s nice to have somewhere… Read more »
Blondie
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That’s a smart way of tiihnkng about it.

boqrbvb
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MFX Design Iasi
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Thank you!

CreativeguyA
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Hi its very nice and lovely things you have shared here and I’ll also try to get more short cuts. and I also shared this page in my blog also. hope you’ll like this.

david gouter
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Very good. Thanks

just4mano
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wahoo very grt tricks

erik
Guest

thanks so much for this “secrets”.

i have been working with Photoshop for like 10 years now and only now did i learn that

Alt + Click on the eye!!! hahahah amazing! :))

Ali
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Something i don’t know before . Thanks

sinema seyret
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this photoshop super program. thanks

Ivy K.
Guest

Yes I use ctrl + alt + shift + e all the time. It comes in handy more than you might think. Great post!

Elektronikotin
Guest

thanks, you are amazing.

Dsfg
Guest

i knew a lot of these but you mentioned some pretty awesome tips here!!!!!!!!!!

i love the one to fit the screen!!!!!
i waste time when trying to show others what my edit its looks like on the whole screen!

and he one to find the centre of the document… priceless

thanks a mil
(:

Fgdsfg
Guest

oh yeah… and the ctrl alt shift e one is aweosme too… especially when you have loads of layers and you tidyd them up in groups……
(:
that ones awesome too :P

Lie_amu
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Its actually awesome

RAY CARRENO
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