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7 Photoshop shortcut keys for layering

Photoshop is an amazing software that has been the favourite of designers worldwide ever since it was launched. However, when there is a huge bulk of task to accomplish, time consumed may be high paving way for delays. If you don’t want this to happen, there are certain Photoshop shortcut keys about which you must know.

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Below listed are some of the not so popular but really helpful shortcuts

Creating a new layer

1

WINDOWS:

Shift+Ctrl+N

MAC:

Shift+Cmd+N

Start you next project within seconds; avoid the long process. The command create a new layer along with dialog box in no time. 

Creating a new stratum behind the selected layer

2

WINDOWS:

Press Cmd and New Layer Icon simultaneously

MAC:

Press Ctrl and New Layer icon at the same time

For dropping in a new one behind a selected already existing one, use the above mentioned shortcut.

Filling a layer

3

WINDOWS:

Press Alt and Delete together for foreground filling and Ctrl+ Delete fills the background

MAC:

Press Alt and Backspace together for foreground filling andCmd +Backspace fills the background

Empty levels can be filed with the present background or foreground colour.

Flattening layers

4

MAC:

Here hit Cmd along with Alt, Shift and alphabet E

WINDOWS:

Press Ctrl and Alt, Shift and E together

To your stack’s top, add an empty new layer. After selecting it, you can use the above jotted command for flattening sections in the corresponding image for sharpening the result. By this the image’s flattened version is added to the new one without leaving the levels very intact. This can be very helpful.

Merging visible layers

5

WINDOWS:

Press alphabet E along with Ctrl and Shift

MAC:

Strike on the keys Cmd and Shift together with alphabet E

Using this command, all the existing sections can be merged for creating a single new layer. You should keep in mind that it is very hard to separate them after merging.

Stamping down the selected layers

6

WINDOWS:

Press alphabet E along with Ctrl and Alt

MAC:

Strike on the keys Cmd and Alt together with alphabet E

After selecting the layers, this command can be used for merging all these into a single one. For viewing them as a merged new layer, just add to Shift modifier. Doing so can be helpful for making any sorts of modifications later on when demands occur.

New layer by copying and cutting

7

Underlying command helps in creating a new one by copying.

WINDOWS:

Ctrl+J

MAC:

Cmd+J

For creating a new layer via cut below command can come very handy.

WINDOWS:

Ctrl + Shift + J

MAC:

Cmd+Shift+J

If you make use of the above mentioned shortcuts in Adobe Photoshop, the work will move smoothly and swiftly. This means, work get submitted on time every time. Also, more projects can be taken thus increasing the growth of your business.  So master these and see the huge difference these tricky shortcuts can make to your working process.

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