Not a Fan of Photoshop Speed Keys? Here are the 10 Essential Ones …



Most people have a love / hate relationship with Speed Keys, regardless of the software program.  But they’re called Speed Keys for a reason – they can save you lots of time with repetitive functions.


You should get into the habit of using a few basic Speed Key Combinations: Once you start to memorize these, you’ll significantly increase the speed with which you work.


There are hundreds of speed key combinations — Don’t be over-whelmed, as you only need a handful.  The 10 shown below are the ones that I believe you’ll find the most useful – and to me, essential.




Here are the 10 Essential Speed Keys (Mac in Parentheses), and what they do:


To Save your File:


•  Control (Command)  +  ” S “  – Save your File


To View your File:


•  Control (Command)  +  ” + “  – Enlarge Image Size


•  Control (Command)  +  ” – “  – Reduce Image Size


•  Control (Command)  +  ” 0 “  – Fit to Monitor Screen


•  “F” Key – Toggle through Standard & Full Screen Modes


•  “Tab” Key – Toggle to Show/Hide all Panels


Navigation though your file:


 “Navigator” Panel – Drag with mouse to desired location


•  “Space Bar” Key + Left Mouse Button – Drag with mouse to desired location


Overall Process:


•  “Arrow” Keys  – Use to make small changes in:

a)  numerical values in menus 

b)  position of crop guides while using crop tool 


 Control (Command) + “Z” – Undo a History Step -Works in more than just Photoshop!




By the way, feel free to copy this page, or you can print the Speed Keys out (and more!) here:


… and here are more free useful downloads for photographic post-processing:


Oh, and yes – all of this is part of my book designed for photographers, “Not just another Photoshop Book”, available exclusively on Amazon:


Questions?  Comments?  Lemme know, I’m here to help …


Thx again, and cheers!


JW 🙂


Need to Calibrate and Profile your Monitor? Here’s how to do it correctly – WITH VIDEO


There are 3 steps necessary to successful color management – Profiling your Monitor is “Step #1”.  But let’s face it:  the main reasons most people avoid profiling their monitor are because they’ve got to buy something, and/or they think it’s too complicated.


The truth is, it can be quite simple to get your monitor to match the output of your printer.  All you need are the right tools, the main one being a Monitor Profiling package, which consists of a piece of hardware called a colorimeter, and the software to go with it.


Here are the two best packages available:


1)  X-Rite i1 Display Pro –   I love X Rite products, and this is the one I use.  It costs around $225 street price, and is available from Amazon, B&H Photo, etc.  Click here for more from X-rite.

2) Datacolor Spyder 5 – Around $225 street price – Although the package does an excellent job, I personally don’t think the software is as user-friendly as the X-Rite product.  Click here for more from Datacolor.


The following 4 videos (split into 4 parts for ease of viewing) are specific to the X-Rite i1 Display Pro, but the procedure should be similar for the Datacolor Spyder.  Watch all four videos sequentially – these take about 15 minutes (or less) total to watch – Best viewed in HD – Enjoy!


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Here are some subjects mentioned in the Videos:


•  Calibration Starting Point: In the “Advanced Mode” of your software I would suggest setting a calibration “starting point” of:


•    5500°K (Kelvin)
•   2.2 Gamma
•   110 Lumens (CD/M2).


•  Here’s the procedure for “zero-ing” in your optimal monitor settings: you may need to “zero-in” your optimal monitor settings – but generally I’ve found that the above values are correct 90+% of the time.


If, after calibrating and profiling your monitor, you see a trend of your prints coming out consistently dark, then you need to recalibrate and re-profile and lower your lumens value to, say, 100 lumens.


Or, if your prints tend to be consistently warmer (reddish-yellowish) overall, change your color temperature to 5000°K.  Conversely if they are consistently  cooler (blue-ish, cyan-ish), change your color temperature to 6000°K.  A note of caution: Before you make these adjustments, all other aspects of your Color Management must be in order.


•  By the way, if you’re new to Color Management, here’s a link to my FREE PDF, “The 3 Steps to Successful Color Management” –   Click here


•  Click here to buy my Photoshop book, “Not Just Another Photoshop Book”, exclusively on Amazon – available in Kindle or Paperback:


Questions?  I’m only an email away – Thx again, and cheers!


JW 🙂


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