This is our next installment on a series of posts about undocumented Photoshop shortcuts and tricks. For our previous 5 pointers – click here.

1. Hide Other Layers

By holding down Opt whilst also clicking on the visibility icon, this hides all other layers.

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2. Navigate layer blending mode

This is a super quick way of viewing all the different blending mode options available for use upon a layer. Just hold down Opt + Shift + “-” OR “+” key which allows you to navigate through the various modes/effects.


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3. Navigate the tool list

You can navigate through the tool list by pressing Shift + tool shortcut. For example: B = Brush tool, if you press Shift + B again, you will switch to Pencil tool. If you hover your mouse over the various tool options, you will see that they each carry a letter shortcut – indicating what letter shortcut to press.


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4. Opacity

You can set the layer opacity by pressing the number keys (ie. 1 = 10%, 2 = 20%…). Also, when you have the brush tool selected, pressing the number keys will adjust the brush opacity.


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5. Increase / decrease brush size

With the Brush tool selected, you can increase / decrease the brush size by pressing [ or ] key (square bracket key). Press Shift + [ or ] will increase / decrease brush hardness.


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We’ll be posting the next set of tricks in a few days time, so do pop back.

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