10 Photoshop Shortcuts to Speed Up your Workflow

This is a pretty intensive tutorial cover simple to complex photoshop shortcuts that I use every day to speed up my workflow. This cheat sheet compliments the video so follow along whether you are a Mac user or a Windows user.

enjoy!

MAC USERS

1- Creating a New Layer:

SHFT+OPTN+CMD+N

2- Zoom Image

SPACEBAR + CMD + click & drag left-right

* the order in which you hit the keys matters on Mac to avoid opening spotlight search.

3- Resize Brush

CTRL+OPTN click & drag left-right to change size

or

CTRL+OPTN click & drag up-down to change brush hardness/softness

4- Stamp Visible Layer

SHFT+OPTN+CMD E

5-Liquify

SHFT+CMD X

6- Create Custom Shortcut

Go to EDIT > Keyboard Shortcuts and select the filter or task you want to create a shortcut for. Make it something you’ll easily remember. See #7 Gaussian Blur for reference.

7- Gaussian Blur

SHFT+OPTN+CMD+ G

*(you can use ANY combination of keys that you want. I wanted it to end with ‘G’ so I could remember Gaussian).

8- 2 Window Display

SHFT+CTRL+OPTN+CMD+ W

and

SHFT+CTRL+OPTN+CMD+ V - for the 2 window vertical split

*(you can use ANY combination of keys that you want. I wanted it to end with ‘W’ and ‘V’ so I could remember Window and Vertical).

9- Creating your own PS Action - Frequency Separation

Hit Record in the Action Tab

>Make a new Stamp Visible Layer

>Rename it to Low Frequency

>Make another Stamp Visible Layer on top of LF

>Rename it to High Frequency

>Set the Opacity on the High Frequency Layer to 0%

>Select the Low Frequency Layer

> Add Gaussian Blur at around 4.6 to Low Frequency Layer

>Select High Frequency Layer

> Set Opacity on High Frequency Layer to 100%

> On the top menu go to IMAGE > APPLY IMAGE

Set the SOURCE to LOW FREQUENCY

Change the blending mode to ADD

Change the SCALE: 2

OFFSET: 0

Make sure INVERT is selected

Click ‘OK’

>Change Blending mode on High Frequency Layer to LINEAR LIGHT

>Select both layers and Group them using CMD+G

>Rename the Group to Frequency Separation 16bit

>Open the the group and select Low Frequency

> Click the STOP RECORD BUTTON in the actions panel

>Check the box next to Gaussian Blur in the Actions panel.

>ENJOY Frequency Separation

10- Group Layers

Select the layers you want grouped and hit

CMD+G

WINDOWS USERS

1- Creating a New Layer:

SHFT+ALT+CTRL+N

2- Zoom Image

CTRL + SPACEBAR click & drag left-right

3- Resize Brush

ALT+Right Click and drag left-right

4- Stamp Visible Layer

SHFT+CTRL+ALT+E

5-Liquify

SHFT+CTRL+X

6- Create Custom Shortcut

Go to EDIT > Keyboard Shortcuts and select the filter or task you want to create a shortcut for. Make it something you’ll easily remember. See #7 Gaussian Blur for reference.

7- Gaussian Blur

SHFT+ALT+CTRL+ G

*(you can use ANY combination of keys that you want. I wanted it to end with ‘G’ so I could remember Gaussian).

8- 2 Window Display

SHFT+ALT+CTRL+ W

and

SHFT+ALT+CTRL+ V - for the 2 window vertical split

*(you can use ANY combination of keys that you want. I wanted it to end with ‘W’ and ‘V’ so I could remember Window and Vertical).

9- Creating your own Action - Frequency Separation 16bit

Hit Record in the Action Tab

>Make a new Stamp Visible Layer

>Rename it to Low Frequency

>Make another Stamp Visible Layer on top of LF

>Rename it to High Frequency

>Set the Opacity on the High Frequency Layer to 0%

>Select the Low Frequency Layer

> Add Gaussian Blur at around 4.6 to Low Frequency Layer

>Select High Frequency Layer

> Set Opacity on High Frequency Layer to 100%

> On the top menu go to IMAGE > APPLY IMAGE

Set the SOURCE to LOW FREQUENCY

Change the blending mode to ADD

Change the SCALE: 2

OFFSET: 0

Make sure INVERT is selected

Click ‘OK’

>Change Blending mode on High Frequency Layer to LINEAR LIGHT

>Select both layers and Group them using CRTL+G

>Rename the Group to Frequency Separation 16bit

>Open the the group and select Low Frequency

> Click the STOP RECORD BUTTON in the actions panel

>Check the box next to Gaussian Blur in the Actions panel.

>ENJOY Frequency Separation

10- Group Layers

Select the layers you want grouped and hit

CTRL+G