Shortcut to switch through Photoshop tools

I had a friend of mine ask me the other day how to rotate through a grouping of Photoshop tools without having to use their mouse every time.

This is pretty easy, and it can save you a lot of time.  Let’s take the  Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tool grouping within the Tools  palette.

The shortcut to start using the last selected tool from from that group is the “O” key.  Now, let’s say you hit the “O” key, and up came the dodge tool, but you need the burn tool.  To rotate through the grouping of tools using a shortcut, just hold the modifier key, in this case “Shift” which hitting “O”.

So, rotate through a grouping of tools is easy.  Hit the shortcut key to get to the group first, and then hold “Shift” with the key to rotate through them, in this case “Shift + O”.

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