In this article, we offer you a list of the most frequently used hot keys for Adobe Photoshop CS3.

For convenience, keyboard shortcuts are grouped by functional accessories (common, work with layers, work with text, and so on). A brief explanation is given for each combination.

1. Shared keys.
CTRL + N – create a new document. A dialog box opens in which you can set the parameters for the document being created.

CTRL + ALT + N – create a new document with default settings.
CTRL + O – open. The dialog box for selecting the file to open in the program appears.
CTRL + ALT + O – open as. You can change file attributes when opening.

CTRL + K – program settings. The program settings dialog box opens. Here you can set the basic parameters.

CTRL + P – print. The printer selection dialog box and profile settings and print options open.

CTRL + Z – undo / redo
CTRL + S – save. The file is saved in the current format.
CTRL + SHIFT + S – save as. You can select the file save options.
ALT + SHIFT + CTRL + S – save for web and devices. A dialog box opens in which you can optimize the compression settings and save the file to reduce its size. Usually used to prepare images for placement on various web resources.

CTRL + A – select all. Selects layer content
CTRL + ALT + S – save a copy. Saves a copy of the image. The word “copy” is added to the file name.
CTRL + SHIFT + Z – a step forward. Go forward one action.
CTRL + ALT + Z – step back. Go back one action.
CTRL + C or F3 – copy. Copies the selected area to the clipboard.
CTRL + V or F4 – paste. Inserts an object from the clipboard with the creation of a new layer.
CTRL + X – cut to clipboard. The selected area is cut out of the image, but not deleted permanently, but is stored in the clipboard.
CTRL + SHIFT + V – paste to .. Same, but this creates a layer mask.
CTRL + W or CTRL + F4 – close image
CTRL + Q or ALT + F4 – exit from the program.
F – selection of window display mode.
CAPS LOCK – switch the cursor between the crosshair and the icon of the current tool. Convenient when you need precise positioning tool.
TAB – show / hide palettes. It is convenient to use when you need to work with the image at 100% magnification, since the image can be viewed on full screen.
CTRL + (+) / (-) – increase / decrease image.
CTRL + 0 (zero) – by the size of the window
ALT + CTRL + 0 (zero) – real size

2. Work with layers.
SHIFT + CTRL + N – create a new layer. The dialog box for selecting the parameters of the layer being created opens.

ALT + SHIFT + CTRL + N – creates a layer with default settings, without opening the dialog box.
F7 – show / hide the layers palette.

ALT +] – go up one layer
SHIFT + ALT +] – go to the top layer
ALT + [- go down one layer
SHIFT + ALT + [- go to lower layer
CTRL + J – duplicate the layer or copy the selected area to the new layer.
SHIFT + CTRL + J – cut the selected area to a new layer
CTRL +] – move the layer up in the layers palette.
SHIFT + CTRL +] – set the layer on top
CTRL + [- move the layer down in the layers palette.
SHIFT + CTRL + [- set the layer below.
CTRL + E – merge layer with the underlying
SHIFT + CTRL + E – merge visible layers.
ALT + SHIFT + CTRL + E – create a new active layer from the contents of all visible layers. It is important that all layers remain unchanged.
CTRL + G – create a group of layers (you must first select the layers).

SHIFT + CTRL + G – ungroup layers
SHIFT + ALT + letter – activate blending mode. Each mode corresponds to a certain letter, usually it is the first letter of the mode name (for example, Multiply – M, i.e. multiplication)
SHIFT + (+) or (-) – change blending modes (with active selection tool)

3. Channels and masks.
From CTRL + 1 to CTRL + 9 – switch between independent color and mask channels.
CTRL + ~ – view a composite (composite) color image.
Create a layer mask from the selection outline – click on the mask icon at the bottom of the layers palette
Q – switch between quick mask mode and normal mode

4. Filters
CTRL + F – repeat the last filter with the same settings.
CTRL + ALT + F – the same, but with the opening of the settings dialog box
CTRL + click and ALT + click – scaling in the filter preview window
ALT + click Cancel – reset parameters in command dialog boxes (works with almost all commands and filters)

5. Brushes.
[And] – reduce or increase the diameter of the brush by 25%
Entering a single digit with the active brush tool – adjust the opacity of the brush in increments of 10.
Fast entry of two digits – fine adjustment of opacity.

Those interested can download the full list of hot keys here.

I wish you creative success!
Author: Evgeny Kartashov

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