I have always wanted to work most efficiently in Photoshop and in Elements so that I can concentrate on the creativity of what I am doing and not have to waste time hunting for functions on menus. So I am a huge user of keyboard short-cuts. Jenn initially wasn’t a big keyboard shortcut user but since she started designing she has come to realize how much of a great timesaver they can be. Here’s 4 more that will help you get the right size type when working in Photoshop or Elements.

Fess up time: I am guilty of knowing these and not using them! They are great time savers so I will start using them right away! (I tested these in Adobe Photoshop Elements 5 and Photoshop CS – they should work in all versions though).

type-boxIn the type size box along the top, Ctrl-click and drag left and right to reduce and enlarge the type before your eyes. (Early version of Photoshop and Elements your cursor may actually change to arrows pointing left and right.

Second and this is a cool one: again click inside the type size box and use the scroll wheel on your mouse to enlarge or reduce the type.

Third: Also in the type size tool bar, use your up and down arrow keys to change the type size up or down by one point. Holding down the Shift key and using the arrow up or down will change the value by ten.

character-boxNow the three shortcuts above also work in character palette. Access your character palette by selecting your type tool and hitting the character toggle button character-toggle along the top of the type tool bar.

type-selectedAnd the last one: Here’s one to easily resize type that you have selected without even gong up to the type size tool bar! With your type selected in your layout of picture, hit Ctrl-Shift-< to make the type smaller and Ctrl-Shift-> to make the type bigger.

I hope these quick tips keep your working faster and easier in both Photoshop and Elements. So what do you think? Were these helpful or did I just confuse everyone! Leave us a comment.

Until next week – Keep Scrappin’


(type picture courtesy of a Creative Commons license)

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Stan brings to the site a long career in the photo industry from working as a professional photographer to 13 years with Kodak to his present position asDirector or Marketing with Advanced Photographic Solutions color lab.Having spent all his adult life in the photo industry, Stan discovered the wild world of digiscrap through wife Jenn (better known as ScrapKitty Design). Even 12 years of teaching Photoshop and digital imaging to photographers didn't prepare him for the wild and wooly world of digi-crops, so he sticks to teaching classes and writing about photography and PS/PSE on their blog www.scrappersworkshop.com/blog. Stan and Jenn are transplanted Yankees in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, and would not live in lake effect snow again if you paid them.


  1. Beckygtx says:

    OK, I fess up – I did not know these at all! Very cool. Thanks!

  2. Pamela Nielsen says:

    love the last one! Thanks! I have trouble remember all the shortcuts.

  3. CarolAnn says:

    Thanks for the Shortcut
    tips will have to start making a list.

  4. gabs says:

    I never can remember the shortcuts – but thanks for mentioning them

  5. Great tips. I bought a pen tablet and am using that more with scrapping. Using it combined with key strokes really simplifies things.

  6. Zanne says:

    These are great Stan… now I just need a cheat sheet to have right at my computer for all the shortcuts.


  7. aud says:

    great tip — thanks for sharing!!!

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