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Cheat Sheet

Photoshop 6 For Dummies

From Photoshop 6 For Dummies by Deke McClelland, Barbara Obermeier

Photoshop 6 offers a creative cornucopia for editing, altering, and enhancing images. Beyond a well-equipped toolbox, you get a variety of palettes as well as shortcut keys that help you navigate, layer, select, paint, and edit your images at the touch of a key or two.

Toolbox Shortcuts in Photoshop 6

To help you manipulate images, Photoshop 6 offers a toolbox with a whole bunch of useful tools. You click the Photoshop icon and sometimes another key or two to access the tools that make working and playing with Photoshop 6 so fun. The following table shows the toolbox images and their shortcut keys.

If you uncheck the option Use Shift key for Tool Switch in your Preferences, you can eliminate the need to press the Shift key to change tools.


Keyboard Shortcuts for Navigating in Photoshop 6

When you’re working with Photoshop 6, the navigation tools help you zoom in and out up and down, and generally navigate around an image. You can use the keyboard shortcuts in the following table to zip to and fro whether you’re on a PC or a Mac.

Action PC Mac
Scroll image spacebar+drag spacebar+drag
Zoom in Ctrl+spacebar+click Apple command key+spacebar+click
Zoom in and change window size Ctrl+plus Apple command key+plus
Zoom out Alt+spacebar+click Option+spacebar+click
Zoom out and change window size Ctrl+minus Apple command key+minus
Scroll up or down PageUp/PageDown Page Up/Page Down one screen
Scroll left or right Ctrl+Page Up/ Page Down Ctrl+Page Up/Page Down
Move to upper-left corner of image Home Home
Move to lower-right corner of image End End
Zoom to 100% Double-click on Zoom tool Double-click on Zoom tool
Fit on Screen Ctrl+0 Apple command key+0
Switch between Photoshop and the Finder or other open applications Ctrl+Tab Apple command key+tab

Keyboard Shortcuts for Selecting in Photoshop 6

In order to play with images in Photoshop 6, it’s nice to be able to choose, or select, an image or part of an image so that you can draw on it, add color to it, or even delete it. The keyboard shortcuts available in Photoshop 6 help you manage a variety of selection tasks, and the following table tells you what to press in both Windows and Mac systems.

Note: All selection tricks are performed with selection tools. (There’s a shocker.)

Action PC Mac
Draw straight lines Alt+click with Lasso tool Option+click with Lasso tool
Add to selection outline Shift+drag Shift+drag
Deselect specific area Alt+drag Option+drag
Deselect all but intersected area Shift+Alt+drag Shift+Option+drag
Deselect entire image Ctrl+D Apple command key+D
Reselect last selection Ctrl+Shift+D Apple command key+Shift+D
Select everything Ctrl+A Apple command key+A
Hide extras Ctrl+H Apple command key+H
Move selection outline only Drag or press an arrow key Drag or press an arrow key
Fill selection with foreground color Alt+Backspace Option+Delete
Fill selection with background color Ctrl+Backspace Apple command key command key+Delete
Display Fill dialog box Shift+Backspace Shift+Delete
Cut selection Ctrl+X Apple command key+X
Copy selection Ctrl+C Apple command key+C
Paste image last cut or copied Ctrl+V Apple command key+V
Reapply last filter Ctrl+F Apple command key+F
Adjust levels Ctrl+L Apple command key+L
Free transform Ctrl+T Apple command key+T
Transform again Ctrl+Shift+T Apple command key+Shift+T

Keyboard Shortcuts for Daily Activities in Photoshop 6

When you work with Photoshop 6, you need to know how to do basic, everyday tasks such as opening and closing images. Plus, it’s good to know the quick ways to do the print, save, undo, and other commands you use in any program. The following table clues you into the shortcut keys you use with a PC or Mac to execute everyday commands.

Action PC Mac
Cancel operation Esc or Ctrl+period Esc or Apple command key+period
Close image Ctrl+W Apple command key+W
General preferences Ctrl+K Apple command key+K
Display last preferences panel used Ctrl+Alt+K Apple command key+Option+K
Open image Ctrl+O Apple command key+O
Print image Ctrl+P Apple command key+P
Page setup Ctrl+Shift+P Apple command key+Shift+P
Quit Photoshop Ctrl+Q Apple command key+Q
Save image to disk Ctrl+S Apple command key+S
Save As Ctrl+Shift+S Apple command key+Shift+S
Save for Web Ctrl+Alt+Shift+S Apple command key+Option+Shift+S
Undo last operation Ctrl+Z Apple command key+Z

Palette Shortcuts in Photoshop 6

As you use Photoshop 6, you give your inner artist free rein. The palettes in Photoshop 6 help you in your creative endeavors, and the following table helps you with the practical matter of accessing the palettes, with the shortcut keys to use whether you’re using a PC or a Mac.

Action PC Mac
Color palette F6 F6
Layers palette F7 F7
Info palette F8 F8
Actions palette F9 F9
Step forward in History palette Ctrl+Shift+Z Apple command key+Shift+Z
Step backward in History palette Ctrl+Alt+Z Apple command key+Option+Z
All palettes, Options bar, and Toolbox Tab Tab
Just palettes Shift+Tab Shift+Tab
Raise value in option box Up arrow Up arrow
Lower value in option box Down arrow Down arrow

Shortcut Keys for Painting in Photoshop 6

One of the cool features of Photoshop 6 is the fact that it comes equipped with painting tools that you can use to alter your images. And Photoshop provides shortcut keys to help you paint quickly and easily. The following table tells you how to change brush size and color intensity with the press of a key or two.

Action PC Mac
Increase brush size ] ]
Decrease brush size [ [
Change opacity of tool in 10% increments 1, ... , 9, 0 1, ... , 9, 0
Paint or edit in straight lines Click, Shift+click Click, Shift+click
Change eraser type Shift+E Shift+E
Erase to History Alt+drag Option+drag

Shortcut Keys for Layers in Photoshop 6

The ability to add layers to images is a fun feature of Photoshop 6. The following table tells you how to access a new layer and move selections between layers, and generally shows you how to navigate through layers with the touch of a few keys. Identify the action and find the keys that accomplish it for the system you use.

Action PC Mac
New layer Ctrl+Shift+N Apple command key+Shift+N
Clone selection to a new layer Ctrl+J Apple command key+J
Cut selection to a new layer Ctrl+Shift+J Apple command key+Shift+J
Change opacity of layer in 10% increments 1, ... , 9, 0 1, ... , 9, 0
Activate layer that contains specific image Ctrl+click Apple command key+click with Move tool
Activate next layer up Alt+] Option+]
Activate next layer down Alt+[ Option+[
Hide all layers but one Alt+click on eyeball Option+click on eyeball
Show all layers Alt+click on eyeball Option+click on eyeball
Select the contents of active layer Ctrl+click on layer name in Layers palette Apple command key+click on layer name in Layers palette
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