The Simple Photoshop CS5 Cheat Sheet

In the computer graphics community, we are awash with tools that are incredibly complex and take years to master. Sometimes, even professionals forget what a particular function does; that’s what cheat sheets are for. It seems, though, that the majority of Photoshop cheat sheets out there are enormous compilations of every possible keyboard shortcut there is. While this is a great approach for a reference book, it’s somewhat daunting and counterproductive for the majority of the work done in Photoshop. Here’s a Photoshop cheat sheet that focuses on important, useful functions, stuff that advanced users need to get their work done. It uses a concise syntax for each shortcut, with a legend in the bottom right corner. The second page covers all the layer blending modes. This cheat sheet is guaranteed to make your workflow faster (and even some pros will pick up a shortcut or two). Enjoy!

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17 Responses:

  1. ziggyx2003 says:

    Thank you very much. Will come in very handy.

    ( 2 years and 3503 days ago )
  2. tasha says:

    Very useful!!!

    ( 2 years and 3503 days ago )
  3. Kinematic says:

    Awesome! Thanks for putting this together.

    ( 2 years and 3502 days ago )
  4. SEO Divers says:

    Great! Thank you

    ( 2 years and 3502 days ago )
  5. sknightdesigns says:

    I’ve been meaning to put one of these together myself, thanks for saving me the trouble!

    ( 2 years and 3501 days ago )
  6. Timber Door Manufacturer says:

    Wow, thanks for putting this together! Would be really useful!!

    ( 2 years and 3501 days ago )
  7. spray foam insulation says:

    That looks really handy! Now I just need to upgrade from CS3 to CS5. I so want to play with the new tools!

    ( 2 years and 3499 days ago )
  8. ajay says:

    its excellent

    ( 2 years and 3452 days ago )
  9. niamhsfather says:

    Thanks a million, now… have you got one for Indd or Illy?

    ( 2 years and 3411 days ago )
  10. Adam says:

    A PC Version would have been nice aswell 🙂

    ( 2 years and 3411 days ago )
  11. Lol says:




    ( 2 years and 3410 days ago )
  12. Luis Lopez says:

    Excelent!! This is just what I need to work faster.

    ( 2 years and 3410 days ago )
  13. Craig says:

    This maybe a noob question but what does L1 and L2 mean? :S

    ( 2 years and 3410 days ago )
  14. Craig says:

    Ahhh I get it now! Doh!

    ( 2 years and 3410 days ago )
  15. Lucho says:

    Excellent! This is a very handy thing. I am not sure I get the L1 & L2 thing though.

    ( 2 years and 3410 days ago )
  16. Asif Imran says:

    Absolutely fantastic. I really can’t compare the speed with and without the cheatsheet !! It’s really amazing.

    ( 2 years and 3176 days ago )
  17. Naphier says:

    Holy awesomeness! Thank you so much. I’ve found otehr shortcut references, but they were hard to read, this is clear and includes so much more!! You’ve saved me hours of work. Thank you!!!

    ( 2 years and 2898 days ago )