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Defining Shortcut Keys

A wise man once wrote “time is money,” and Photoshop is a program that can consume a lot of time. That’s why the Photoshop application uses keyboard shortcuts. Keyboard Shortcuts, as their name implies, let you perform tasks in a shorter period of time. For example, if you want to open a new document in Photoshop, you can click the File menu, and then click New, or you can abandon the mouse and press Ctrl+N (Win) or cmd-n.jpg (Mac) to use shortcut keys. Using shortcut keys reduces the use of the mouse and speeds up operations. In fact, a recent study in the American Medical Journal suggested that the use of shortcut keys significantly cuts down on repetitive stress, and reduces instances of carpal tunnel syndrome. Photoshop raises the bar by not only giving you hundreds of possible shortcut keys, but also actually allowing you to define your own shortcuts.

Create a Keyboard Shortcut

  • yellow_circle-01.jpg Click the Edit menu, and then click Keyboard Shortcuts.
  • yellow_circle-02.jpg Click an arrow (left column) to expand the menu that contains the command for which you want to create a shortcut.
  • yellow_circle-03.jpg Select an item from the Commands list.
  • yellow_circle-04.jpg Use the keyboard to create the new shortcut. For example, press Ctrl+N (Win) or cmd-n.jpg (Mac).
  • yellow_circle-05.jpg Click Accept.
  • yellow_circle-06.jpg Click OK.
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