Photoshop: Text Tool Keyboard Shortcuts CodeUnit 10 MAR 2010

In order to speed up your work using Photoshop’s powerful but sometimes quite frustrating text tool, here are a couple of handy keyboard shortcuts you might like to remember:

  • Commit text changes by pressing CTRL+Enter. (Pressing Enter on its own will just start a new line obviously!)
  • With all text selected, you can hide the selection colour with CTRL+H to see an accurate preview. Useful when working with colour in particular!
  • CTRL+Shift+Left or Right arrow keys selects the whole next or previous word.
  • CTRL+Shift+< or > decreases or increases the font-size by 2 points.
  • CTRL+Shift+ALT+< or > decreases or increases the font-size by 10 points.
  • CTRL+ALT+Left or Right arrow keys increase or decrease letter kerning by 100.
  • ALT+Left or Right arrow keys increase or decrease letter kerning by 20.
  • CTRL+ALT+Up or Down arrow keys move the text baseline up or down by 10.
  • ALT+Up or Down arrow keys move the text baseline up or down by 2.
  • CTRL+Shift+L, R or C aligns the paragraph of text left, right or center.

Finally, and although not a keyboard shortcut, double clicking on the T icon in the layers panel will actually select all text in that layer.

Useful.

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  • Gab

    Personally, I’m fond of using shortcuts everytime I’m doing something in front of my PC. Shortcuts actually make my life easier. No need to click everything from time to time. Some steps are automatically eliminated.
    .-= Gab´s last blog ..Purchase a House in Australia: The Truth about House Flipping =-.

  • Gab

    Personally, I’m fond of using shortcuts everytime I’m doing something in front of my PC. Shortcuts actually make my life easier. No need to click everything from time to time. Some steps are automatically eliminated.
    .-= Gab´s last blog ..Purchase a House in Australia: The Truth about House Flipping =-.

  • Absolutely. In general shortcuts will always be the quickest route to go – though that said, you do need to know your way around the shortcuts before you can actually use them! :)
    .-= Craig´s last blog ..White Lion… An Opinon =-.

  • Absolutely. In general shortcuts will always be the quickest route to go – though that said, you do need to know your way around the shortcuts before you can actually use them! :)
    .-= Craig´s last blog ..White Lion… An Opinon =-.

  • I like to make use of shortcuts cause I can maximize my time working in front of my PC. Imagine, you can eliminate unnecessary steps with these shortcut keys.

  • agreed, though I have a sneaky suspicion that you are in fact a spam comment. So, are you?

  • The use of shortcuts is very useful to everybody. It can help you maximize your allotted time for work by just using these shortcuts. Thanks for sharing this great tutorial!

  • I always try using shortcuts to make my things get faster, and thanks a lot for this post as it will help me a lot.

  • Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts. Any way I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon. Big thanks for the useful info.