The New dekeKeys: Enhanced Keyboard Shortcuts for Photoshop CS5

As many of you know, I’m in the process of developing and releasing my Photoshop CS5 One-on-One tutorials, which have for years ranked among the #1 book and video resources on Photoshop. My exhaustive Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals video course went live on the Online Training Library early this month. My book, Adobe Photoshop CS5 One-on-One, is nearly complete. And I’ll release the Advanced and Mastery video courses in the coming months.

Whether book or video, my One-on-One courses begin by urging you to load a collection of custom keyboard shortcuts called dekeKeys. The reason: You can work inside Photoshop more quickly and fluidly if you can access the most essential commands by pressing a few keys, as opposed to wasting precious (not to mention tedious) time hunting through menus. With dekeKeys, you can work as fast as you can think.

dekeKeys: Enhanced Shortcuts for Photoshop CS5

Today I make these keyboard shortcuts available for free to members of dekeOnline. (If you’re not yet a member, it costs nothing and it’s easy. Just click here to get started.)

dekeKeys CS5 alters Photoshop’s default keyboard shortcuts in several important ways. You can:

  • Access the best detail-correction filters, including Unsharp Mask, Smart Sharpen, Reduce Noise, and High Pass.
  • Rotate a crooked image from the keyboard.
  • Gain quick access to Photoshop’s most essential commands, including Crop, Place, Stroke, Color Range, Blending Options, Rasterize, Consolidate All, and Print Size. (Why are these so great? Check out my training.)
  • My favorite: Create the most common adjustment layers—Levels, Curves, Hue/Saturation, and Black & White—from the keyboard. Each of these shortcuts eliminates three steps at a time. If you use Photoshop with any degree of regularity, this is a huge enhancement.

To download dekeKeys, right-click Download dekeKeys (or the image below) and choose Save or Download. This gives you a zip file that includes the shortcuts and a couple of explanatory files.

Download dekeKeys Photoshop CS5 One-on-One

Here’s how to install:

  • Be sure that you download the file (it’s called to a place you can find it. Then double-click that file to expand it.
  • Go to your computer’s desktop and locate the file called dekeKeys PsCS5 1on1.kys. Rright-click on that file and choose to open it in Photoshop CS5.
  • Your computer should automatically switch you to Photoshop. (If you get a message, click Save or Yes and give your modified shortcuts a name.)
  • Inside Photoshop, choose Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts.
  • The very first option, Set, should read Photoshop Defaults (modified). Assuming so, click the tiny floppy disk icon with a down-pointing green arrow, as illustrated below.
  • Name the new shortcuts file “dekeKeys CS5.kys.” Click the Save button to save your revised shortcuts. Then click OK to leave the Keyboard Shortcuts and Menus dialog box.
How to save your dekeKeys shortcuts

dekeKeys is now installed. To see what changes I’ve made to your copy of Photoshop, go back to the desktop and open the dekeKeys PsCS5 1on1 Windows.htm or dekeKeys PsCS5 1on1 Mac.htm file, depending on your platform. The file will open in your default Web browser. Scroll down the list. The red items show commands that I’ve enhanced, the black items remain true to the defaults. Feel free to print the file for future reference.

Let me know what you think. And, hey, if you wish your favorite command had a shortcut, let me know that too.

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  • Can’t come soon enough

    I’m 60% done with your CS5 One-on-One Fundamentals at  Excellent as always, and I’m eager to see what you’ll teach in the Advanced and Mastery series.  (Also can’t wait for your Illustrator videos to come out, as I’d really like to be as familiar with AI as I am with PS, but sadly this isn’t so, yet.)

    I resolved my issues I was having with PS CS5 CONSTANTLY crashing the display driver (which successfully recovers).  If you disable the OpenGL functionality, it seems all the stability comes back to the product.

    I opened a ticket with Adobe on it and we’re troubleshooting getting the program to be stable WITH OpenGL enabled.  I’ve also submitted a myriad of feature requests, but I’m not sure if Adobe will add features vs. just fix bugs with future updates (Adobe’s not known to do many updates)

    Anyways Deke, you don’t have a direct method of contact on your website (WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO FEAR!?!?!)  But I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for your training series.  The way you teach is right inline with my learning style.  Keep up the great work.

  • Thanks for the DekeKeys

    Providing this download to the members is a wonderful gesture of generosity. I will use these keys, but I will still buy your new book as soon as Colleen makes it available.

  • Magic Bullet PhotoLooks

    Hey, I tried this great program, Magic Bullet photolooks, but I am confused about why Red Giant talks about all the powerful processing it does in high bit and then it says in the support q&a that it renders in sRGB??  Does this mean my 16 bit prophoto file gets diminished into 8bit sRGB when I use it??  Since they quote you as a rave review, and you offered it in the winnings from the countdown you just finished, I thought you might know something I am missing.  I see most people raving about all the complex files they are using with this new software.  I downloaded the trial version before I knew about this. It puts a big red X in the center of the image so I really couldn’t find anything out and uninstalled.  Any info. would be helpful.  Thanks.

  • I must say that overall I am

    I must say that overall I am really impressed with this blog.It is easy to see that you are passionate about your writing. If only I had your writing ability I look forward to more updates and will be returning.
    Image Editing Service

  • Request new keyboard shortcut

    I like to use the shadows/highlights… adjustment and would like to see a DekeKey shortcut for it.

  • Requests for HotKeys (keyboard shortcuts)

    For all you newbies continually asking for “custom” hotkeys….

    Photoshop CS5 has a pre-set selection of “functions” that “can” be assigned (or have already been assigned) specific hotkeys.  The hotkey (calls) can be modified to your particular needs BUT neither you (nor Deke) can assign a hotkey to a “function” that has not been allowed by Adobe.

    Adobe allows for extensive hotkey customization under the headings of (a) Application Menus (b) Panel Menus and (c) Tools.  By simply clicking on Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts you will find that you have access to all the “functions” that Adobe allows to be called via a “hotkey”.  As long as you do not attempt to use/add a hotkey that is already in use… you can customize all of ‘em to your hearts delight (just as Deke has done in his “Dekekeys”).

    However… there are many “functions” that simply can not be “hot keyed” since Adobe has not allowed for it/them.

    So… before bugging Deke for some special hotkey… investigate what Adobe allows… then simply DO IT YOURSELF !!!

  • I know that

    I also know the keyboard shortcut to the keyboard shortcuts.

    I also read Deke’s last statement which says, “And, hey, if you wish your favorite command had a shortcut, let me know that too.”

    I am not bugging Deke but you are bugging me. And besides, I don’t have a list of unused commands and I don’t want to rob another to make this one even if I rob one I don’t use.

  • Did the \“Save As Smart Collection\” button in CS5 Bridge get axed

    I am watching your Photoshop CS5 One-on-One videos, which I am loving by the way, and you mention the “Save As Smart Collection” button in the “Opening and Organizing/Searches and Collection” video and I can’t find it on my screen or anywhere.  Any help?  Did it also get axed for the release of CS5?

  • great!


    Dear deke, do you make deke´s shortcuts for Illustator? would be nice… thanks.

    Sgt. Peper

  • Thanks for everything that i have learned from you.

    hi deke. i have watched your photoshop cs4 fundamental,advanced and mastery video. i learned lot lot things. great job deke. now i am going to use your dekekeys for first time. thanks for dekekeys.

    sir, i have one doubt about the color setting. i followed your instruction and tried to insatall it(bestworkflowcs5). but it gave me an error message. ok now i understood that it will not change color setting for other adobe application. now what i am asking that this color setting will working with photoshop cs5 or not due to error message?

    once again thanks for everything “before and after(in future)”

  • valuable information on CS5

    CS5 is really nicely done by Adobe. Unique and very useful products for all creative designers. I have downloaded the file. Thanks.

  • Changing the Angle value for Bristle Qualities

    I can’t think of anyone better to ask about this. I just got a new Wacom Intuos 4 to replace the one I bought like 10 years ago. The pen that comes with it doesn’t allow for rotate. I have to buy the Art Brush for that!  But I was thinking, I know dangerous, that I could create a shortcut to change the Angle value of the Bristle Qualities on the Brush panel. Then program that shortcut into the Touch Ring and it might just give me what I need for the few times I use the fancy new brushes. So I started looking for a way to create a shortcut for that value and I can’t find it. I know that some shortcuts are just hidden (Merge all visible layers up Ctrl-Alt-Shift-E). So I am hoping that the great and all knowing Deke would know how to do this. (Too much brown nosing? Yeah OK maybe!)


  • Please make a top professional video like photoshop top secret!

    Dear deke Please make a top professional video like or better than photoshop top secret!
    Most of your tuturials are about using photoshop. Please make real life high professional projects better than photoshop top secret that I am sure you are better than monaciardini!


  • I’m Not a UNIX Geek

    Seriously, if I wanted to memorize a lot of arcane and arbitrary keyboard entries, I would be loading OpenBSD into my computer right now and rewriting the kernel with C++ if not Assembly.

    I’m doing this creative, artistic type stuff instead for a reason - and the joy of keyboard punching isn’t one one them.

    I’m sure that other folks must feel differently - but I’d just like to let you know that, personally, learning about the keyboard shortcuts ranks with visiting the dentist so far as I am concerned.


  • Thanks for being such a great teacher

    I have tried to download your dekeKeys PsCS5 1on1.kys and when I go to download, I receive a “PAGE NOT FOUND” Please help.

    : ) janess

  • Get yer keys here

    No one ever bothers to spend a little time looking… guess it’s easier to whine.

    So.. once again,,, grab ‘em off this Blog page… about 5 lines under the graphic

  • Still unable to download.

    I am able to get the CS4 shortcuts—however I am unable to download the PS CS5 shortcuts. When I am on the correct page—the pictures don’t show and won’t show even after I tell them to show photos. Sorry

  • Loose ends

    We lost a few things in the migration to the new server. I’ll get on this ASAP.

  • Thank You, Deke

    Hello, I joined your website for one main purpose, and that is to thank you. Thank you so much for being such a great instructor and by doing so in such a friendly and enjoyable manner. I have been taking your Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign courses on, and I couldn’t be happier. I could only have wished that my instructors in college were as good as you, all those years ago! LOL!

    Looking forward to anything you have coming up on Lynda!

    Leon Sanginiti

  • Page Not Found?

    Thats the place it takes me when I click the downloads link

  • still need ?

    if you still need the dekekeys let me know! i can upload them for you!

  • Thanks for the shortcuts.

    I was able to download them—thanks ; D

  • CS4 Channels & Masks Book tif


    I’ve purchased two books authored by Deke and well, never mind.

    Using CS5 I’ve opened a tif (Hair Fantasia) on the CD of Channels and Masks and on page 157 in step 10 painting with white does nothing. Except, when I open a blank page (cmd+N) and return to the image, or I paint then press the Cmd and click anywhere on the image. My personal tifs, psd’s, dng’s, and raw files do not exhibit this behavior. Too, opening Deke’s tif in CS4 behaves normally. The fact is all the tif’s on his CD do the same thing in CS5

    Does anyone have any idea what’s going on? How ‘bout you Deke?


    iMac 10.6.4

    What the devil is a validation error?

  • Problem solved

    I discovered the problem on the second line…you feel you need to press cmd+N. You should be pressing ctrl+N. I’m sure that would fix your problem.

    Sorry…I can’t honestly say I know what’s going on with the tifs and your program…I haven’t come across that prob yet. It would be best for you to contact Adobe and explain the problem…I’m sure someone there can help you.

  • It seems to be working now

    We’ve been having some outages as we transfer the site to a dedicated server. Can you download the zip file now?

  • Not sure I understand the question

    You’re saying the technique is behaving properly in Photoshop CS4 with the Hair Fantasia.tif file, but not in Photoshop CS5?

    I just tried it and am experiencing no problems. CS5 on the Mac does have an issue with suddenly going slightly inactive after certain operations, which may explain why creating a new file and returning to the Hair image helped.

    Or it might be that the Opacity or blend mode is set improperly? Just guessing at this point.

    But the file doesn’t have anything special built into it. Just your standard everyday average TIFF file.

  • wow

    thank you!!

  • CS4 Channels & Masks Book tif

    These alternate keystrokes as suggested here never work! I’m telling you they never work!

    How wrong can I be? This morning I opened the tif mentioned above; copied a channel, inverted, take B and Overlay, Cntr+N and painted white. Yes, painted white. Closed image, quit CS5 and repeated the procedure without Cntr+N. Brush paints white.

    Well, I don’t know why CS5 is on good behavior, but the only two items that are different since the day before yesterday are a reinstallation of a printer driver and Cntr+N. It’s gotta be the printer driver wink


    Did I say thanks for the fix?


  • Adobe Photoshop CS5 one-on-one support

    I’m new to this website/blog/etc, but am trying to find out if there is a page somewhere that is sort of a “support” page for the book, Adobe Photoshop CS5 one-on-one.  I am having a challenge trying to get some of the steps in some of the procedures to work correctly.  It could very well be me, but I want to make sure of that!  This is probably not the correct place, but please help!

  • Nice

    Very Helpful Stuff. Thank you

    Money Machine For You - Home Based Business

  • Smart Objects: Can’t I have access to pixels AND CR?

    Do I have this right or is there some trick I can use to get all I want from Smart Objects? If I open an image in Camera Raw and save it as a Smart Object going into PS, then I can’t have access to pixels (the toolbar), say, to use the healing brush because the trick to drop out to the background layer takes me instead back to Camera Raw. I want it all from the Smart Object: the ability to return to Camera Raw and the ability to use toolbar functionality. Possible?

  • CS4 Channel and Masks-One-on-one

    Just bought the book and it is great!  Lots to learn.  I tried to load the panel and keyboard shortcut keys in CS 5 by following the instructions in the book but it does not seem to work.  Will they work in CS5?  If so, can you tell me how I can install them another way?

    A response would be appreciated.


  • Cropping

    I am using CS4.  I was wondering if there is a way to save multiple crop versions of an image in a single file.  If I have an image that I know I will be printing a 4x6, a 5x7 and an 8x10 of that image, I don’t want to have to save 3 different files for that one image, I would like to save each crop so that if I need to print say another 5x7, I can get the same crop that I used when I made the first print.

  • Photoshop CS4 Channels and Masks one-on-one book

    Great book and am learning a lot!  I am having trouble getting your technique to work you explained in movie 8, foundmasks.  As you described, I have the 2 windows on screen, layer mask visible on right and composite on left.  When I make an adjustment to the layer mask on left, the preview on the right does not update.  Can you tell me what I am doing wrong?  I am using a laptop, CS5, Windows XP.  I would love to be able to use this technique.  I am a visual learner and this would be a tremendous help.  If someone can help me, it would be greatly appreciated.


  • deke channels and mask palette CS5?

    I’m having the same problem, can’t install Channels and Masks palette in CS5.  Is there a newer version of this? thanks.

  • try adding a blank raster

    try adding a blank raster layer above your smart object, and have the healing brush sample from the layer below. the new layer will contain your changes. when done, select both layers and create another smart object before proceeding. the only drawback to this approach is that if you make any changes to the ACR smart object, your changes on the top layer may not blend with the bottom smart object.

  • CS4 deke’s keys

    I have been view and working through CS4 fundamentals for AI on—I have downloaded the exercise files which have the shortcut keys and also the color management.
    I have not been able to get the shortcut keys to load properly.

    In the instruction Deke gives us they are for Windows or Windows Vista—I am using 07 - I followed the Vista directions but they do not work—is there something different for Windows 07?

    Thank you!!


  • Cropping

    The problem is not how to create different crops in one file. That’s easily done by using the marquee tool & saving to new layers. The problem is in the printing.  What’s the first thing Photoshop wants to know when opening a new file? That’s right, the width & height.  Short answer, talk to your printer.

    Good Luck

  • awesome shortcuts!

    Thanks Deke! These shortcuts are going to save me SO much time. I’ve been going up to layer—flatten image for years, and now I have a shortcut for that! Thanks so much! : )

  • thanks alot!

    I tried google and finally found this!! awesome work!!  thanks for the same.

  • Photoshop 5 cheat sheet?

    Can you recommend a listing of keyboard shortcuts (a “cheat sheet”)? I find it impossible to remember all the great shortcuts you suggest in your tutorials. Thanks.


  • Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts >

    Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts > click the Summarize button.  That will create an htm document with all the keyboard shortcuts.

  • the missing shortcut for 0% opacity

    It is a shame that we cannot set 0% opacity from keyboard shortcut. Pressing “0” sets 100% opacity, “1” sets 10%, “55” sets 55%... I may missed something, but there is no option for “00”?! Pressing zero twice will set opacity to 100%, same as pressing it only once.

    Shall we use “00” for 0% opacity??

  • We shall use 00 for 0%!

    Only there’s no way to make it work.

    Even triple-tapping 0 doesn’t help.

  • Remove dekeKeys

    I just picked up a new Macbook Pro and will be installing the dekeKeys, but want to give my old air to my wife.  How do I remove the install on her machine to revert back to the original function keys?  Thanks!

  • To remove dekeKeys

    Choose Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts.

    And then change the Set option back to Photoshop Defaults.

  • tried that, but

    tried that, but unfortunately it didn’t work :(

    she just wants to be able to change the volume without hitting the function key

  • Oh, that’s not dekeKeys

    That’s a function of the Mac OS.

    Choose Apple > System Preferences.

    Click the Keyboard icon, then click the Keyboard tab.

    Turn off the Use all F1, F2, etc. check box.

    Close the System Preferences.

  • wow, do i feel dumb!!  Thank

    wow, do i feel dumb!!  Thank you sir, yet again…

  • Keyboard Mapping in Lion

    Just started watching the one on one PS CS5 Fundamentals video.  I noticed that the Keyboard mapping in Lion is a bit different than show in the video.  Any update on the dekekeys that may apply or not apply in Lion?

  • Photo shop short cut keys for Window users

    Hi Deke,

    I have used your shortcut keys before and I absolutely love them. My problem here is when I opened up the shortcuts to check them out, they all started with the word cmd instead of ctr. I am a Windows users, and did not see another file lurking in that zip folder for me anywhere. Do you have some created somewhere for me?


  • Deke Keys on a Mac

    Keen to know where/how to download Deke Keys for Illustrator CS5 mac lion. Do I need to go via

  • 0% opacity?

    Just out of curiosity, why would you want 0% opacity anyway?

  • thanks in advance.

    i have this error: could not load default shortcuts

    even after downloadig and doing as mentioned above i still get the same error

    so please if you can help mail me:

  • Great blog you have here. So

    Great blog you have here. So many websites like this cover subjects that cant be found in print. I don’t know how we got by 10 years ago with just magazines and newspapers.

  • Same shortcuts

    I am a Windows user also… the program should automatically convert for you. It did for me.

  • photoshop

    thank you very much sir
    i am your fan
    i learned from your tutorials cs 3 sir

    thank sir

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