Using Photoshop shortcut keys is one way to simplify and speed up editing an image. Since I am always looking for any method to speed up my process, I find these helpful. Many shortcut keys are pre-assigned by Photoshop and can be found under the Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts Menu.
However, it is also easy to assign your own Photoshop shortcut keys for processes you do often.
Here are some simple instructions that pertain to Photoshop CS6:
1) Navigate to the Application Menu Command you wish to change.
2) Click on that command and a white box will be displayed.
3) Press the keys you would like the command to respond to.
4) Press OK.
As you can see in the example below, I have assigned the shortcut keys for the command for Image > Mode > 8 Bit to Command+B. If the keyboard command you are attempting to assign is already in use, you will be alerted and you can decide if you want to continue.
Here are a list of some of my favorite shortcut keys:
Save: Command/Windows + S
Close: Command/Windows Key + W
New: Command/Windows + N
Free Transform: Command/Windows + T
Convert Profile: Command/Windows + R
Convert to 8 bit: Command/Windows + B
Invert: Command/Windows+ I
Merge Down: Command/Windows + E
Merge Up: Option/Alt + Command/Windows+ E
Flatten: Command/Windows + F
Select All: Command/Windows + A
Deselect All: Command/Windows + D
Editing and using Photoshop shortcut keys is very easy to do and will truly help you save time when editing your photos.
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