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Adobe Photoshop CS6 Extended for the beginning user: Keyboard Commands

This guide will act as a quick reference for those who are first encountering Adobe Photoshop CS6 as well as good review for users who have worked with it before.

Yikes! Get me out of here!

When working with Photoshop, you may get confused, do something you didn't mean to, or want to get back to your image in an earlier state in the editing process.  Here are a few of the more general commands to get you out of trouble, and make your life easier.

I botched an edit and need to go back to a previous version.

  • Ctrl + Z - Undo
  • Note: You can only use Ctrl + Z to undo the last step you made. Unlike other programs, where you can press Ctrl + Z repeatedly to move back multiple steps, you will have to use your History viewer (found on the top of the Panel Dock) to move back multiple steps, or press Ctrl + Alt + Z.

Oops, I went back too far.

  • Ctrl + Shift+ Z - Redo

There is a chain of blunders I need to back up from.

  • Ctrl + Alt + Z - takes you a step back in the image editing process

I've completely destroyed this image and can't undo back far enough.

  • File-->Revert - Reverts image back to its original saved format (also F12)

Default Keyboard Commands

Taking a shortcut using the keyboard might only save you a few seconds, but when you add up those seconds over hundreds of different operations and all of a sudden you've got quite a bit of extra time on your hands. See all the default keyboard commands you can use with CS6. If you don't like these defaults, you can set your own keyboard shortcuts. Go to Edit-->Keyboard Shortcuts.

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