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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 Command ⌘ + 1 or
Option ⌥ + Command ⌘ + 0
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 (use the Hand tool) Press and hold Space, then drag the image or press H on your keyboard
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
Shape U (selects the last used Shape)
Cycle through commonly used shape tools Shift ⇧ + U
Pen P (selects the last used Pen tool)
Cycle through Pen and Freeform Pen tools Shift ⇧ + 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 Command ⌘ + J or
Shift ⇧ + Command ⌘ + D
Cut and paste selected area Shift ⇧ + Command ⌘ + J
Duplicate a layer and move it by a pixel Option ⌥ + Arrow key
Duplicate a layer and move it by 10 pixels Option ⌥ + Shift ⇧ + Arrow key
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 Forward slash / key
Hide or show layers Option ⌥ + L
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 Control ⌃ + M

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
Temporarily switch from painting to erasing Hold down ` or ~ on your keyboard.
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 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 Control ⌃ + M

Effects

Apply the Color Fill effect Option ⌥ + Command ⌘ + F
Temporarily view original layer without effects Control ⌃ + M

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 names Control ⌃ + O
View document info Shift ⇧ + Option ⌥ + Command ⌘ + I
Show Info bar Command ⌘ + Forward slash /
Hide toolbar Option ⌥ + Command ⌘ + T
Show or hide overlay Shift ⇧ + Command ⌘ + 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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