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Pixelmator Pro keyboard shortcuts

You can use keyboard shortcuts to quickly accomplish many tasks in Pixelmator Pro. To use a keyboard shortcut, press all the keys in the shortcut at the same time.

While Pixelmator Pro comes with many pre-assigned keyboard shortcuts, you can also create some custom ones yourself to best suit your workflow. See Customize keyboard shortcuts to learn more.

Navigate an image

Zoom in Command ⌘ + +
Zoom out Command ⌘ + -
Zoom to fit Command ⌘ + 0
View actual size Option ⌥ + Command ⌘ + 0 or Command ⌘ + 1
Select Zoom tool Z
Navigate using the Zoom tool Click to zoom in, Option ⌥–click to zoom out, drag over an area to zoom in to it
Scroll an image Press and hold Space, then drag the image
Freely rotate the canvas Press and hold Space + R, then click and drag to rotate the canvas

Select tools

Style S
Arrange V
Color Picker I
Free Selection L
Rectangular Selection M
Cycle through Free, Magnetic, and Polygonal selection tools Shift ⇧ + L
Elliptical Selection Y
Color Selection W
Quick Selection Q
Paint B
Erase E
Color Fill N
Gradient Fill G
Repair R
Rectangle Shape U
Pen P
Type T
Cycle through the Circular, Path, Freeform and the regular type tools Shift ⇧ + T
Color Adjustments A
Effects F
Crop C
Slice and Export for Web K or Shift ⇧ + Command ⌘ + E

Open, save, and export images

Create a new image Command ⌘ + N
Open an image Command ⌘ + O
Save an image Command ⌘ + S
Duplicate an image Shift ⇧ + Command ⌘ + S
Save an existing image as a new image Option ⌥ + Shift ⇧ + Command ⌘ + S
Export an image Command ⌘ + E
Create a new image from your Photos library Option ⌥ + Command ⌘ + N

Basic edits

Undo last action Command ⌘ + Z
Redo last action Shift ⇧ + Command ⌘ + Z
Cut Command ⌘ + X
Copy Command ⌘ + C
Paste Command ⌘ + V
Paste and match style Option ⌥ + Shift ⇧ + Command ⌘ + V
Duplicate layer or selected area Shift ⇧ + Command ⌘ + D or Command ⌘ + J
Cut and paste selected area Shift ⇧ + Command ⌘ + J
Duplicate a layer and move it by a pixel Option ⌥ – Arrow
Duplicate a layer and move it by 10 pixels Option ⌥ + Shift ⇧ – Arrow
Change the size of the image Option ⌥ + Command ⌘ + I
Use ML Super Resolution to increase the resolution of an image Option ⌥ + Command ⌘ + U
Change the size of the image canvas Option ⌥ + Command ⌘ + C
Change the color profile of the image Shift ⇧ + Command ⌘ + K
Replace an image Shift ⇧ + Command ⌘ + R
Enter the color picker mode Option ⌥–click the color picker next to the color well.

Work with layers

Create an empty new layer Shift ⇧ + Command ⌘ + N
Insert an image as a layer Shift ⇧ + Command ⌘ + V
Delete selected layer(s) Backspace ⌫ key
Select all layers Option ⌥ + Command ⌘ + A
Merge selected layers Option ⌥ + Command ⌘ + E
Merge all layers Option ⌥ + Shift ⇧ + Command ⌘ + E
Group layers Command ⌘ + G
Ungroup layers Shift ⇧ + Command ⌘ + G
Lock or unlock layers Slash / key
Hide or show layers Control ⌃ + H
Copy layer mask Option ⌥–drag a layer mask from one layer to another
Temporarily disable layer mask Shift ⇧–click a layer mask
Create clipping mask Option ⌥–click between two layers in the Layers sidebar or press Option ⌥ + Command ⌘ + G
Select next layer in layer list Option ⌥ + Right bracket ]
Select previous layer in layer list Option ⌥ + Left bracket [
Select top layer in layer list Option ⌥ + Period .
Select bottom layer in layer list Option ⌥ + Comma ,
Bring selected layer(s) forward Command ⌘ + Right Bracket ]
Send selected layer(s) to the front Option ⌥ + Command ⌘ + Right Bracket ]
Bring selected layer(s) backward Command ⌘ + Left Bracket [
Send selected layer(s) to the back Option ⌥ + Command ⌘ + Left Bracket [
Move a layer while any tool is active Command ⌘–drag the layer

Style tool

Cycle through blend modes Shift ⇧ + Plus + or Minus -
Set layer opacity Press a number key once or twice quickly in succession. Press the 0 key once for 100% and twice for 0%
Temporarily view original layer without styles applied Hold O key

Arrange tool

Resize a layer Drag a layer handle
Duplicate a layer Shift ⇧ + Command ⌘ + D or Option ⌥–drag
Disable alignment guides while moving or resizing Command ⌘–drag
Resize a layer from the center Option ⌥–drag a layer handle
Constrain the aspect ratio when resizing a layer Shift ⇧–drag
Constrain the aspect ratio when resizing a layer from the center Option ⌥ + Shift ⇧–drag a layer handle
Open the shortcut menu for the selected layer Control ⌃–click the layer
Rotate a layer Command ⌘–drag a layer handle
Rotate a layer in 15º steps Shift ⇧ + Command ⌘–drag a layer handle
Move a layer in a straight or diagonal line Shift ⇧–drag a layer

Free Transform

Turn on Free Transform Command ⌘ + T
Skew Drag a transform handle while holding Shift ⇧ + Command ⌘
Distort Drag a transform handle while holding the Command ⌘ key
Perspective Transform Drag a transform handle while holding Option ⌥ + Shift ⇧ + Command ⌘

Selection tools

Select the entire image Command ⌘ + A
Deselect an active selection Command ⌘ + D
Invert a selection Shift ⇧ + Command ⌘ + I
Load the outline of a layer as a selection Option ⌥ + Command ⌘ + L or Command ⌘–click the thumbnail of a layer
Turn on Refine Selection Option ⌥ + Command ⌘ + R
Copy a selected area Command ⌘ + C
Cut a selected area Command ⌘ + X
Paste a selected area Command ⌘ + V
Duplicate a selected area Shift ⇧ + Command ⌘ + D
Constrain selection to a circle or a square Press and hold Shift ⇧ after starting a selection
Add to a selection Hold down Shift ⇧ before starting to select
Subtract from a selection Hold down the Option ⌥ key before starting to select
Intersect a selection Hold down the Shift ⇧ and Option ⌥ keys before starting to select

Paint and erase

Reset foreground and background colors to white and black D
Switch between foreground and background color X
Paint or erase a straight line Shift ⇧–click
Paint or erase a vertical or horizontal line Press and hold the Shift ⇧ key before starting to paint
Open brush settings Double-click a brush
Navigate through brushes Comma , or Period .
Increase or decrease brush size Right bracket ] or Left bracket [
Increase or decrease brush softness Shift ⇧ + Right bracket ] or Shift ⇧ + Left bracket [
Constrain gradient to 15º angle Shift ⇧–drag gradient
Pick a color from an image Option ⌥–click
Fill layer with foreground color Command ⌘ + Backspace ⌫
Fill layer with background color Option ⌥ + Backspace ⌫
Set Paint tool opacity Press a number key once or twice quickly in succession. Press the 0 key for 100%, or 00 for 0%
Cycle through blend modes Shift ⇧ + Plus + or Minus -

Clone tool

Set clone source Option ⌥–click

Draw shapes

Choose the Rectangle Shape tool U
Unite a shape with the selected shape Press and hold the Shift ⇧ key before starting to draw
Subtract a shape from the selected shape Press and hold the Option ⌥ key before starting to draw
Intersect a shape with the selected shape Press and hold Option ⌥ + Shift ⇧ before starting to draw
Move a shape on the canvas while using any shape tool Command ⌘–drag a shape
Select a different shape on the canvas while using any shape tool Command ⌘–click a shape
Select multiple shapes on the canvas while using any shape tool Press and hold Command ⌘ + Shift ⇧ then click or drag to select shapes
Move multiple shapes on the canvas while using any shape tool After selecting multiple shapes, press and hold the Command ⌘ key and drag the shapes

Edit shapes

Make a shape editable Return ↵ key
Break apart the direction lines of a smooth anchor point Option ⌥–drag a direction point
Rejoin the direction lines of a smooth anchor point Option ⌥–drag the opposite direction point
Select or deselect multiple anchor points Shift ⇧–click an anchor point or Shift ⇧–drag to draw a selection over multiple anchor points
Delete the selected anchor point(s) Backspace ⌫ key
Stop editing a shape Esc key

Draw paths with the Pen tool

Add a sharp point Click anywhere in the image
Add a smooth point Drag anywhere in the image
Delete the most recently added anchor point Backspace ⌫ key
Adjust the direction lines of a smooth anchor point after adding it Command ⌘–drag a direction line
Break apart the direction lines of a smooth anchor point while adding it Press and hold the Option ⌥ key while dragging to add an anchor point
Break apart the direction lines of a smooth anchor point after adding it Option ⌥–drag a direction point
Adjust the direction lines of a smooth anchor point after adding it Command ⌘–drag a direction line
Finish drawing a path and close it Return ↵ key
Finish drawing a path and leave it open Esc key

Type tool

Expand the text box to both directions Option ⌥–drag a text box handle
Move the text box along the path (when editing text on a path) Shift ⇧–drag a text box handle

Color Adjustments

Automatically enhance the colors of an image (ML Enhance) Shift ⇧ + Command ⌘ + M
Remove camera noise and image compression artifacts (ML Denoise) Control ⌃ + Shift ⇧ + D
Apply the Hue & Saturation adjustment Command ⌘ + U
Apply the Color Balance adjustment Command ⌘ + B
Apply the Levels adjustment Command ⌘ + L
Apply the Curves adjustment Command ⌘ + K
Invert Colors Command ⌘ + I
Temporarily view original layer without adjustments Hold O key

Effects

Apply the Color Fill effect Option ⌥ + Command ⌘ + F
Temporarily view original layer without effects Hold O key

General

Show Pixelmator Pro welcome screen Command ⌘ + Shift ⇧ + 1
Show Pixelmator Pro preferences Command ⌘ + Comma ,
Show guides Option ⌥ + Command ⌘ + Semicolon ;
Show rulers Command ⌘ + R
Show grid Option ⌥ + Command ⌘ + Apostrophe '
Show colors Shift ⇧ + Command ⌘ + C
Show tool labels H
View document info Shift ⇧ + Option ⌥ + Command ⌘ + I
Show Info bar Command ⌘ + Forward Slash /
Hide toolbar Option ⌥ + Command ⌘ + T
Show or hide overlay Command ⌘ + Shift ⇧ + H
Show or hide interface Control ⌃ + Command ⌘ + H
Show Tab bar Shift ⇧ + Command ⌘ + T
Hide Tools sidebar Option ⌥ + T
Hide Layers sidebar Option ⌥ + L
Switch Layers sidebar to List view Option ⌥ + Shift ⇧ + L
Switch Layers sidebar to Thumbnails view Control ⌃ + Shift ⇧ + L
Enter fullscreen Control ⌃ + Command ⌘ + F
Close window Command ⌘ + W
Close all windows Option ⌥ + Command ⌘ + W
Show Next Tab Control ⌃ + Tab ⇥
Show Previous Tab Control ⌃ + Shift ⇧ + Tab ⇥
View All Tabs Shift ⇧ + Command ⌘ + Backslash \
Cycle through windows Command ⌘ + Grave `
Minimize window Command ⌘ + M
Minimize all windows Option ⌥ + Command ⌘ + M
Hide Pixelmator Pro Command ⌘ + H
Hide others Option ⌥ + Command ⌘ + H
Print Command ⌘ + P
Quit Pixelmator Pro Command ⌘ + Q

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