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How Many of These 13 LITTLE-KNOWN Photoshop Type Keyboard Shortcuts Do You Know?

February 23, 2020

Hi. Welcome back to the I’m Jesus Ramirez. In this Photoshop tutorial, I’m going to show
you 15 little-known type keyboard shortcuts. These shortcuts will allow you to work faster
and better with text. Let me know in the comments how many of these
shortcuts are new to you. And if you see at least one that you find
useful, then click on that “like” button. And of course, don’t forget to subscribe and
to click on that “notification” button. Okay, let’s get started. I’m going to select the type tool, and with
this first keyboard shortcut, I’m going to show you how you can rotate, scale, and move
a new text layer. Let me show you what I mean. When you click with the type tool in Photoshop CC,
you’ll get dummy text. And you can of course type whatever you like. For example, the word “text” and the word
“layer.” And if I want to move, rotate, or scale that
layer, you can hold the Ctrl key, that’s the Command key on the Mac, and you’ll get access
to the transformation handles. So you can click-and-drag to transform it
and scale it up. I can click and drag it to move it, and I
can hover just outside of the bounding boxes until I get the double-sided arrow and click-and-drag
to rotate, and this is still editable text. Did you know that you can fill with the foreground
and background color on a text layer? Let me show you what I mean by that. With the text selected, you can press Alt
and Backspace, that’s Option Delete on the Mac, to fill with the foreground color. If you just have the entire text layer selected without selecting a specific part of the text and then you use the same keyboard shortcut,
Alt and Backspace, Option Backspace on the Mac, it fills the entire layer. To fill with the background color, you can
press control backspace. That’s command backspace on the Mac. If you want to create a new text layer near
another text layer, sometimes when you click, you might accidentally activate the previous
text layer. So you would have to click away, far away,
and then move this text layer onto the space that you want to put it in. However, what you can do is use this keyboard
shortcut when creating the new layer. So, I’m going to select the type tool. Then I’m gonna hover over directly this area
and hold the Shift key. If I hold the Shift key and click, I create
the new text layer near the previous text layer, and it doesn’t activate. Notice what happens if I click on the same
area and not hold the shift key. It activates the previous text layers. So remember, hold the shift key if you want
to create a new text layer near a previous text layer without activating it. To change the size of your text, simply select
the text that you want to adjust. Then hold Ctrl Shift and the greater than
key to make the text larger. That’s the same key as the period or the less
than key, that’s the same key as the comma to make text smaller, and you can see how
that adjusts the text side. You can quickly make the text in your layer
all caps or underlined by using a keyboard shortcut. And you can do so by selecting your text and pressing Control Shift K,
that’s Command Shift K on the Mac, to turn your letters
into capital letters. And to underlined, you can select the text and press Ctrl Shift U, that’s Command Shift U on the Mac, to underline. To quickly make your text bold or italics,
you can highlight the text and then press control shift B, that’s command shift B on
the Mac, for bold. Notice that the bold font weight was added. If your font does not have a bold weight,
what will happen instead is, Photoshop will add a faux bold to your text, so keep that
in mind. And for italics, you can press control shift
I, that’s command shift I on the Mac, and the same thing will happen. If your font does not have the italic weight,
you will add a faux italic. This next keyboard shortcut is one that not
a lot of people know, but I use it all the time, and I think that it’s worth remembering
since it can be very useful. In the characters panel, you will notice that
I have enabled all these formatting options. To quickly reset them all to default, you
can double click on the text layer thumbnail to select the text and then press control
shift Y. That’s command shift Y on the Mac. Notice how now, all these buttons are disabled,
and I can continue working with the text with the default formatting. And by the way, if you’re enjoying this tutorial,
then you might also enjoy some of my other Photoshop text tutorials. I have a playlist on YouTube where I keep
all my text tutorials, tutorials such as the Black Panther text effect, some 3D text effects,
and even some beginner tutorials such as how to type in a circle in Photoshop and how to
place text behind anything. I’ll place a link to this playlist right below
in the description. Now I’m gonna show you three really important
keyboard shortcuts. They will allow you to change the letting,
kerning, and tracking, and so that you can see what I’m doing, I’m going to enable the
characters panel under window. I’m going to enable the text, and I’m first
going to show you how to adjust the letting. That’s the spacing in between the lines. So, you can select text, and if you hold alt,
that’s option on a Mac, and use the down arrow key, you can move the text down. Notice the values here in the character panel,
and I can tap on the up arrow key while holding Alt to move the text back up. If you add the Shift key to that, you can
change the baseline shift, which moves the selected characters up or down relative to
the baseline of the text. So I’m holding alt shift and tapping on the
up arrow key. To move the text below the baseline, tap the
down arrow key. See that? And you can see the numerical values in this
text box. So you don’t have to remember
the keyboard shortcuts. You can use this dialog box if you’d like. But you can do things much faster if you remember
the keyboard shortcuts, and to change the kerning, click in between two characters. Then hold alt and the left arrow key or the
right arrow key, and this changes the space in between two
characters, and you can see how this text box is changing as I make those adjustments
with the keyboard shortcut. If you’re working with paragraphs, and you
want to disable the hyphenation. these hyphens. you can enable the text, press Ctrl A, command
A on the Mac, to select all the text. And then press control alt shift H, that’s
command option shift H on the Mac, to toggle the paragraph hyphenation. And I can bring the hyphens back by using
the same keyboard shortcut, and this is not going to be a technique that use a keyboard
shortcut. But I still think that it’s valuable, and
you can consider it a bonus. If you want to reposition an active text layer
without exiting the editing mode, then, you can hover just outside of the text until the
cursor changes into the move tool icon. Then you can click and drag to move it and
release after you reposition it. Once again, hover over just outside of the
bounding box. You’ll see the cursor change. Then click and drag and release, and again,
if you found any of these keyboard shortcuts useful, then click on that “like” button now, and let me know down in the comments below
how many of them you knew already. If this is your first time at the Photoshop
Training Channel, then don’t forget to click on that “subscribe” and “notification” buttons. Thank you so much for watching, and I will
talk to you again in the next tutorial.


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    10new ones thx

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  • Reply Marc Herrmann January 10, 2019 at 9:10 am

    Didn't know ANY of them…. Honestly I don't use text boxes very often, that's why I'm gonna forget your precious tips very fast, that's for certain. But nevertheless thank you very much for your valuable input!

  • Reply Ανδρέας Κεμάλης January 10, 2019 at 9:11 am

    Thanks for this, awesome (again) video

  • Reply Roy Blumenthal January 10, 2019 at 9:12 am

    Wow! The only things I did know were ctrl-u, ctrl-b, ctrl-i. Everything else is fresh knowledge. All of these tips are very useful to me, cos I make my own fonts using a plugin called FONTSELF. It's excellent for creating full fonts. But I struggle to get the kerning and leading right. These tips make fixing individual words and lines really quick and easy. Thanks, Jesús!

  • Reply Salman Ali January 10, 2019 at 9:28 am

    I love this video sir..

  • Reply R Garlin January 10, 2019 at 9:32 am

    Very helpful, thanks Jesús! Many were timely reminders for me, but the 'reposition' shortcut was a great new trick to discover!

  • Reply Faiz Yusof January 10, 2019 at 9:38 am

    Thanks for another good and helpful video. Thanks for your time doing all the videos

  • Reply Nurb 2Kea January 10, 2019 at 9:45 am

    Nice, good one! Thanks 🙂

  • Reply Aditya Singhania January 10, 2019 at 9:51 am

    Great video!

  • Reply Technical Mentor January 10, 2019 at 10:07 am

    Love you sir….

  • Reply TheYun77 January 10, 2019 at 10:09 am

    I just knew the last one :s Very good video !

  • Reply S Selvam January 10, 2019 at 10:12 am

    These shortcuts applicable for current version PS 2019?

  • Reply Peter Cullen January 10, 2019 at 10:13 am

    Thanks Jesus… I only knew The Ctrl T shortcut for The Text Control Rotate expand etc and usually Use Just One font First then select the Remainder say and change its Style… Font and Size But now I Kow that I can also Resize it to Greater than the 72 max in The Font Control windows … Thanks… I have found some interesting Text Combinations though That allow using 72 for both Fonts… but one Is Hige and the other is about 1/10 the size but both are size 72… interesting… Thanks again Great now I just have to practice and use them before I forget them all again!!

  • Reply Александр January 10, 2019 at 10:50 am

    last reposition trik is the best

  • Reply Kim Huff January 10, 2019 at 11:25 am

    I can't believe how many of these I didn't know!

  • Reply N Ezzeldin January 10, 2019 at 11:34 am

    Thank you ever so much, you are a treat tutor and i love all your tutorials

  • Reply Mikael Thorén January 10, 2019 at 11:57 am

    Great tut (as always). 😀 There was many new ones for me.

  • Reply Olanrewaju Adeyemi January 10, 2019 at 11:59 am

    Really helpful stuff. Thanks.

  • Reply Brian Carroll January 10, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    Very good nice one

  • Reply PD January 10, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    I was typing I. Hindi/ Sanskrit – the text displayed correctly in the layers info panel but on the composite all the conjuncts and ligatures were incorrect. I had to convert Mangal font to Unicode then use KrutiDev font to display it correctly.

  • Reply Bryoni Mason January 10, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    Strikethrough is spelled wrong

  • Reply Brian Spurr January 10, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    Wow great stuff, all useful!

  • Reply SRA Rizvi January 10, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    It is very useful video…. I think all need it to know

  • Reply simpa1968 January 10, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Great video! I learned so much, thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Eric January 10, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Request : Keyboard shortcuts for Photoshop action … or is it the same thing?

  • Reply Jinal Bhuptani January 10, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    I was knowing 1st 3

  • Reply Rodney Schmidt January 10, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    Excellent video! Had no idea about these keyboard shortcuts… makes working with text in Photoshop (something I have traditionally hated) so much easier!

  • Reply Gerd Kalesse January 10, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    Wow! Thank you, Jesús

  • Reply Pauline Merlin January 10, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    Very useful indeed. The key is to keep remembering them over time… Will have to watch this video again, I am sure.

  • Reply Houston Brown January 10, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    I knew about half of them. Thank you.

  • Reply ScousePhotographer January 10, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    Nice. There was in fact a few in there I didn’t know, and now will use. Especially the resizing shift&command one. Thanks dude. Owe you 🙂

  • Reply Jose A. Justiniano January 10, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    Hola Jesús cómo se hace la firma en una foto para tener el derecho de autor felicidades éxito en el año que empieza Dios te bendiga.

  • Reply Kaisessie January 10, 2019 at 11:56 pm

    knew them all already..

  • Reply Kriss Buddle January 11, 2019 at 1:09 am

    Whilst playing with these (new to me) shortcuts I discovered ANOTHER one! Shift+Command+H (on a Mac) converts selected text to all capitals but with the first letter of each word larger than the rest!

  • Reply Ant Pruitt January 11, 2019 at 3:19 am

    Beautiful. I'm horrible with text. Thanks for this!

  • Reply Luca Ibra January 11, 2019 at 7:37 am

    That moment when you know the video is gonna be great even before he makes it!
    "Because you are blessed for being a subscriber to the best channel ever existed for photoshop"

  • Reply Comfortable Quotes January 11, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    2:26 Why that typing line is so bigger than the fonts?
    I'm facing that stupid issue too.

  • Reply JM Naquin January 11, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    i knew a few, but learned a few too. I must say tho I HATE THE AUTO-SCALE in the new version! Making that default is a PITA!!! Been using PS since PS2! (no, not CS2… PHOTOSHOP 2)

  • Reply Vincent Spratling January 11, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    There was a lot i didn't know.And thank you for your video

  • Reply Steve H January 11, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    Great! love all your videos…. Is there a shortcut to convert back and forth between 'paragraph text' and 'point text'?

  • Reply Svetlodana January 11, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    Knew almost all of them but the reset to the default was great. thanks!

  • Reply Atto tame January 11, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    can you do surrealism art that involves Photoshop and illustrator
    great channel btw! <3

  • Reply Jim Hatch January 11, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    i know most of the , but shift T is new to me thank you Jesus

  • Reply Hajas László January 11, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    Hi Jesús, Thanks for this tutorial. While trying out these shortcuts, I have discovered a new one ( at least new to me:). If you move or scale your text and then use CTRL + Shift + period, the text will "jump" back to its original place and its original size on the canvas.

  • Reply Joyce Rivera January 11, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    Very helpful. I didn't know a lot of them, thank you!!

  • Reply MotionStasis January 11, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    Many :L) I tend to be clunky with typography shortcuts and tweaks. This was very inspiring… and a kick in the rump to be more intentional with my text. I will try to be more "texy" 🙂

  • Reply Valois Gauvin January 12, 2019 at 2:17 am

    Merci pour les supers Tutos. Vous êtes un As ***

  • Reply Mr. Edi January 12, 2019 at 4:06 am

    thanks for the tutorial my friend, i have much learn from you.

  • Reply George Triantafyllides January 12, 2019 at 9:22 am

    You are the best. you give us what we need to know.

  • Reply Tessellatia Artilery January 12, 2019 at 11:02 am

    Brilliant video. I only knew the Ctl T short cut but all the rest were (good!) news to me. These will really speed up workflow so extremely useful to have them all presented together. Many thanks for another ace learning session.

  • Reply John Chubb January 12, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    Thanks for all the shortcuts, Jesus. Moving the cursor outside the bounding box to move the text is particularly useful as well as adjusting the leading, and changing the space between letters. It is all worthy of memorizing! Excellent lesson!

  • Reply Alistair Nitz January 13, 2019 at 3:24 am

    There are too many shortcuts in Photoshop to remember ………… arrrrgghhhh. I new about half and half. The shortcut for bold, underline and italics will help in improving workflow.

  • Reply mikail ibrahim January 13, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    extremely valuable……i love it…

  • Reply Ladislav Mertlik January 14, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    all new to me – many thanks!

  • Reply Heidi Schwartz January 14, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    You'er the best!!!! Thanks again for a great tutorial!

  • Reply ASM Techbase January 15, 2019 at 12:26 am

    I have been watching your tutorials for a while now, really like them. They are nice and clean, straight to the point, just awesome !

  • Reply Rivey Firdaus January 16, 2019 at 2:23 am

    thank you so much, you solved the problem that i didnt know exist

  • Reply Mustafa Jackson January 17, 2019 at 12:29 am

    These type tips and tricks were terrific; Thanks.

    I am a subscriber.

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  • Reply sal juarez January 20, 2019 at 3:24 am

    Great video and lots of jewels here. Hoping that one day you get to cover the mixer brush and history brush and the proper use of the tools. Looking forward to your content. Gracias.

  • Reply Sumith Shetty January 27, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    Oh lord jesus saved me

  • Reply Titus Media February 14, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    very helpful I love your all videos I am learning through it thank you so much please upload more videos

  • Reply Terrel Cohen February 15, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    Hey do the type shortcuts work with Indesign and illustrator??

  • Reply KarlKreationHD March 26, 2019 at 8:45 am

    Hello! First thanks for the awesome tips! These are awesome!
    However I got a question thought! Which are the exact bracket keys regarding the clone stamp toll? Because I'm french and I use an azerty keyboard. I looked them up but nothing that I found actually allowed me to scale bigger/ smaller before cloning.

  • Reply Harry Karanassos April 19, 2019 at 8:24 am

    Another excellent tutorial with so many useful shortcuts. Thank you for a really worthwhile effort.

  • Reply mousumi cute May 5, 2019 at 7:30 am

    Thanks Bro…..Great job….!

  • Reply Graphictoz May 23, 2019 at 2:54 am

    You are just awesome….

  • Reply Nancy Smith July 23, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    Thank you! I only knew about three. Now all I have to do is try to remember them all. But, no worries, I saved this video in my library.

  • Reply Nancy Smith July 23, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    Do you have a video on making custom fonts (fancy scripts)? If so, please send me the url?

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