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Speed Up Editng With Function Keys
When there's too much to clone
Create a Mask with a Channel

Straightening Horizons
Cloning Layers
Realtime Feathering
Dodge/Burn Layer
Controlling Shadows/Highlights
When Cloning Isn't Enough


Set Up Function Keys to Speed Up Image Editing

One method we use to speed up image editing is learning Photoshop's keyboard shortcuts to minimize opening menus. Some common components of our workflow do not have default Photoshop keyboard shortcuts. Since Photoshop allows you to assign custom function keys, such as F1, we've made shortcuts to commonly used adjustments in our workflow.

You may customize Photoshop's keyboard shortcuts with the Edit>Keyboard Shortcuts menu. Some of the function keys we use are:

  • F4: Open Unsharp Mask filter
  • F5: Duplicate Image
  • F7: Image Size
  • F8: Canvas Size
  • F9: Stroke a border
  • F10: Threshold layer (useful for finding black and white points in an image)
  • F11: Open Curves adjustment layer
  • F12: Open Hue/Saturation layer
  • F13: Flatten image


You may customize Photoshop's keyboard shortcuts with the Edit>Keyboard Shortcuts menu.