Join Michael Ninness for an in-depth discussion in this video Blending mode keyboard shortcuts, part of Photoshop Blend Mode Magic.
All right, this video is for those people that dream in keyboard shortcuts. You drop your keys, you think Command+Z. Ba-bum-bum. Tip your waiter, I'll be here all week. Would you believe that every single blend mode has its own keyboard shortcut? Oh yes, it's true. You can cycle through blend modes like we talked about before. You hold down the Shift key with the Move tool down and just hit Plus and Minus and that will cycle through. But if there is a blend mode that you know you want to jump to, you can type its direct keyboard shortcut. So again I have my layer active here and I have got my Move tool chosen. It's a matter of holding down Shift+Option on the Mac or Shift+Alt on Windows and then typing a letter. Now the good news is that most of them make sense. So right now this Texture layer is set to Soft Light. I want to get it back to Normal.
What do you think I'm going to type? That's right. N for Normal and that takes me back to no blend. What about those three that I wanted you to memorize, Screen, Multiply, and Overlay? Yeah, you guessed it. S for Screen, M for Multiply, O for Overlay, SMO, that's an acronym again. So again I'm just holding down Shift+Option, Shift+Alt in Windows and I'm typing that letter. I am going to run through the ones that I've memorized because these are the blend modes I use all the time. So Screen, Multiply, Overlay. F for Soft Light, H for Hard Light, G for Lighten, K for Darken, Y for Luminosity, and C for Color. Those are the blend modes I use most often in my own personal work.
Now again every blend mode does have its own keyboard shortcut. You can experiment by just typing a random letter. Let's see what does R do. It apparently doesn't do anything. Let's do L. That gives me Hard Mix. Whatever. If there is a blend mode that you don't know the keyboard shortcut for and you want to because you use it often. They are not documented anywhere. Inside Photoshop you can't assign your own keyboard shortcuts to them unfortunately. Let's take this back to Normal. But if you want to find the list of keyboard shortcuts for all the different blend modes, there is a way to do that. Let's go to our Help menu and choose Photoshop Help. That will launched your browser, whatever your default browser is, and in your Search field I'm just going to go ahead and type in keys for working with blend modes and hit Return or Enter and that will take you to a link right inside the Adobe Photoshop Help. I'll click on that link. That takes you to a table of all those keyboard shortcuts for every single blend mode available to you.
So there you have it, you can get to the fullest, memorize the ones that you used most often. I'll jump back over to Photoshop here. Again the reminder for the three that you need to learn and memorize all the time: Shift+Option, Shift+Alt, S for Screen, M for Multiply, O for Overlay.
- Understanding the three must-learn blend modes
- Adding texture overlays
- Recovering detail using Luminosity and Pin Light
- Enhancing highlight and shadow details
- Instant dust spot removal
- Using Overlay to add textured type
- Simulating film grain
- Adding antique color effects
- Combining adjustment layers with blending modes