Selecting Tools with Handy Keyboard Shortcuts in Photoshop Elements 11

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

Part of Photoshop Elements 11 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

In Photoshop Elements 11, you don’t see tools nested in pop-out toolbars, as you have in previous versions. Companion tools are contained in the Tool Options below the image window. Selecting a tool in the Tools panel opens the Tool Options, where you can select additional tools if you’re using keyboard shortcut keys.

To cycle through tools that share a keyboard shortcut, in Photoshop Elements 11, simply press the key that corresponds to your desired tool until that tool is selected. For example, if the Elliptical Marquee was the last tool used, press M to return to the Marquee tool. The following figure shows you the keyboard shortcut for each tool in the Tools panel, as well as which tools share a keyboard shortcut.