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Keyboard Shortcuts in Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 - Image, Adjust, Layers, Selections, and Window Functions

written by: •edited by: Daniel P. McGoldrick•updated: 2/18/2010

Part 2 of this series on keyboard shortcuts in Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 covers those commands related to Image, Adjust, Layers, Selections, and Window functions.

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    This article is Part 2 of a three-part series and covers keyboard shortcuts found in the Image, Adjust, Layers, Selections, and Window menus of Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2. Part 1 (http://www.brighthub.com/multimedia/publishing/articles/5989.aspx) deals with keyboard shortcuts found in the File, Edit, and View menus. Keyboard shortcuts relating to brushes and tools are discussed in Part 3 of this series.

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    Image Menu Keyboard Shortcuts

    • 16 Color Palette - Ctrl+Shift+8 - Increases the number of colors to 16.
    • 16 Color Palette - Ctrl+Shift+2 - Decreases the number of colors to 16.
    • 2 Color Palette - Ctrl+Shift+1 - Decreases the number of colors to 2.
    • 256 Color Palette - Ctrl+Shift+9 - Increases the number of colors to 256.
    • 256 Color Palette - Ctrl+Shift+3 - Decreases the number of colors to 256.
    • 32K Colors (8 bits/channel) - Ctrl+Shift+4 - Decreases the number of colors to 32K.
    • 64K Colors (8 bits/channel) - Ctrl+Shift+5 - Decreases the number of colors to 64K.
    • Crop to Selection - Shift+R - Crops the image to the current selection.
    • Edit Palette - Shift+P - Edits the palette for the current selection.
    • Flip - Ctrl+I – Flips the image.
    • Free Rotate - Ctrl+R – Rotates the image.
    • Image Information - Shift+I - View details about the current image.
    • Load Palette - Shift+O - Loads a saved palette from disk, and applies it to the current image.
    • Mirror - Ctrl+M – Applies a mirror to the current image.
    • Resize - Shift+S - Changes the size of the current image
    • RGB - 8 bits/channel - Ctrl+Shift+0 - Increases the number of colors to 16 million (24 bit).
    • View Palette Transparency - Shift+V - Views the background through the transparent color.
    • X Colors (4/8 bit) - Ctrl+Shift+6 - Decreases the number of colors to a value you select.

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    Adjust Menu Keyboard Shortcuts

    • Brightness/Contrast - Shift+B – Adjusts the brightness and/or contrast of the current image.
    • Colorize - Shift+L - Colorizes the current image.
    • Highlight/Midtone/Shadow - Shift+M - Adjusts the brightness of the highlights and shadows of the current image.
    • Histogram Adjustment - Ctrl+Shift+H - Adjusts the current image while viewing the histogram.
    • Histogram Equalize - Shift+E - Equalizes the relative brightness of the current image.
    • Histogram Stretch - Shift+T - Stretches the contrast of the current image to include all possible values.
    • Hue/Saturation/Lightness - Shift+H - Adjusts the hue, saturation and/or lightness of the current image.
    • Red/Green/Blue - Shift+U - Adjusts the red, green, and/or blue properties of the current image.

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    Layers Menu Keyboard Shortcuts

    • Hide All - Shift+Y - Makes a new mask that hides the entire selected layer.
    • Invert Mask/Adjustment - Shift+K - Inverts the current mask or selected adjustment layer.
    • View Overlay - Ctrl+Alt+V - Toggles the overlay for the selected layer.

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    Selections Menu Keyboard Shortcuts

    • Defloat - Ctrl+Shift+F - Places the floating selection into the current image.
    • Feather - Ctrl+H - Feathers the existing selection.
    • Float - Ctrl+F - Converts the current regular selection into a floating selection.
    • From Mask - Ctrl+Shift+S - Creates a new selection from the current mask.
    • From Vector Object - Ctrl+Shift+B - Creates a raster selection from the current vector selection.
    • Hide Marquee - Ctrl+Shift+M – Hides the selection marquee.
    • Invert - Ctrl+Shift+I - Inverts the current selection area
    • Promote Selection to Layer - Ctrl+Shift+P - Promotes a floating selection to a new layer.
    • Select All - Ctrl+A – Selects the entire image.
    • Select None - Ctrl+D – Deselects any items that are currently selected.

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    Window Menu Keyboard Shortcuts

    • Duplicate - Shift+D – Makes a duplicate of the current image.
    • Fit to Image - Ctrl+W - Fits the window to the current image.
    • New Window - Shift+W - Opens the current selection in a new window.