I was working on a scrapbooking project recently when Photoshop weirded out. It happens once in awhile. No big deal. This time was unusual, though, because my Tool Bar disappeared.
I wondered if I had pressed the Tab key to temporarily hide my Tool Bar and panels, so I pressed Tab again, hoping the Tool Bar would reappear. It didn’t.
At that point I had a choice—close Photoshop and reopen it, and hope that would solve the problem, or keep on working without my Tool Bar.
You’ve got to understand that my project required me to use multiple tools, but I made the decision to continue working. Why? Because I knew enough keyboard shortcuts that I could last for quite a while without the Tool Bar.
Whether you work in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, you have keyboard shortcuts at your disposal that will make your work faster and easier. In fact, almost all the keyboard shortcuts are the same in both programs, which means that once you learn them in Photoshop Elements, you’ll be ahead of the game when you upgrade to Photoshop someday.
So let me give you a little quiz. (No fair peeking!) See how many of the following shortcuts you know by heart (These are the same in both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements):
Rectangular Marquee tool
Clone Stamp tool
Polygonal Lasso tool
Elliptical Marquee tool
Apply the last filter again
Create a new document
Open an existing document
Close a document
Make a merged copy on a single layer
Turn to grayscale
Invert a selection
Open the Image Size dialog box
Zoom in to your document
Zoom out of your document
Fit your document to the desktop
Show all of a Transform outline that is partially hidden
If you don’t know some of these, or want to see if your answers are correct, here are the correct keyboard shortcut answers. Even learning just one today will help you!
So how about you? Do you have a favorite Photoshop or Photoshop Elements keyboard shortcut you can’t live without? I’d love for you to share it in the comments. It’s even better if you can stump the teacher. I promise I’ll ‘fess up if you post one I don’t know.