My favourite keyboard shortcuts in Photoshop explained.

Yesterday I posted my favourite keyboard shortcuts in Adobe Photoshop. I thought it would be a good idea to explain what they were, so here goes.

J - Spot healing brush. This is one of my favourite tools in Photoshop. The only thing I use more is the clone stamp tool. You can also use this shortcut to get to the patch repair tool, equally awesome and one that I am using more and more. You just have to change the brush using the mouse. And don't think that this tool is for spot removal only - it does much much more than that.

S - Clone stamp tool. Yes this is what I use for everything that the spot healing brush can't do. You select an area to sample from and paint over the area requiring attention. An incredibly useful and powerful tool.

[ - Decrease brush size. With any tool or brush, pressing this bracket key reduces the size of the brush. I use this all the time in conjunction with the clone stamp tool and spot healing brush.

] - Increase brush size. I don't need to elaborate on this any more....

Control 1 - Zoom the image to 100%. I use this before checking an image for dust spots, defects etc.

Home - go to the top left corner of an image. I use this in conjunction with the zooming above - this starts me off in the top left hand corner.

Control 0 - go to the full view of the image. Normally once I have finished some kind of detail work to see how good my work was.

Page Down - to scroll down the image one screen at a time. Whilst going through my editing/ cleaning/ tidying/ polishing of an image.

Space bar - press the space bar key and hold it down. The mouse pointer becomes a grabber so you can navigate around the image

Control S - saves an image back into my Lightroom Catalogue as a Tif file right next to the original RAW file.

Control Z - to undo the last thing I did

Shift Alt Z - to go back more than one step

I hope that you find these keyboard shortcuts helpful. I use Photoshop to clean up images after processing in Lightroom. These keyboard shortcuts allow me to do this quickly and efficiently and save me loads of time.

Rick McEvoy Photography

Sunday 19th March 2017