Update: June 2017 – Updated to include V1.5 shortcuts and PC version shortcuts.

Affinity Photo is award winning photo editing software available as a one time purchase, rather than the subscription model offered by Adobe if you want to use Photoshop. Not only does it have power that rivals Photoshop, but it’s also able to work with PSD files, so you need not worry about collaborating with people who use the Adobe suite.

A Simple List Format!

As with most editing programs, there’s a good selection of keyboard shortcuts that can really help to speed up your workflow. The makers of Affinity Photo offer a shortcut guide on their website, but it’s in the form of a confusing keyboard overlay that, in my opinion, is totally unintuitive and takes forever to find the thing you’re looking for. I really think that the wheel doesn’t need to be reinvented here just for the sake of fancy graphics and I saw a lot of comments to the same effect on the Affinity forum, so I’ve compiled this simple tabulated list of Affinity Photo keyboard shortcuts that you can easily search. Please bookmark this page, or download the whole thing as a PDF that can be printed and kept at your desk or stored on your phone for easy reference.

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Keyboard symbol guide

Option Key
Command Key
Shift Key
Control KeyCtrl
Return Key
Alt KeyAlt
Tab

A note about using Alt on the Mac: It’s actually quite unusual to use the Alt command on the Mac, but it is used by Affinity Photo. There is no dedicated Alt key on the Mac, so you have to hold down the fn key and then press the Option () key. In the list of shortcuts, I will simply write Alt instead of fn + ⌥ because Mac keyboards have Alt marked on the top of the Option key in superscript to indicate this already.

Affinity Photo Shortcuts

 

Editing shortcuts

ActionMacPC
Resize Document⌥ + ⌘ + IAlt + Ctrl + I
Resize Canvas⌥ + ⌘ + CAlt + Ctrl + C
Select multiple⇧ + click⇧ + click
Select overlapping layer content⌥ + clickAlt + click
Reset Selection Box. (period). (period)
Toggle Snapping;;
Erase with Pixel Tool on current layerCtrl
Switch between Stroke/Fill (or Colour 1/Colour 2) colour selectors (Colour and Swatches panels)XX
Swap Stroke/Fill (or Colour 1/Colour 2) colour selectors⇧ + X⇧ + X
Set No fill on Stroke/Fill (or Colour 1/Colour 2) colour selectors/ (International and selected keyboards only)/ (International and selected keyboards only)
Toggle between Crop Tool overlaysOO
Flip golden spiral overlay (crop tool enabled)⇧ + O⇧ + O
Modify attribute listed on a panel or dialogDrag attribute text labelDrag attribute text label

 

Action (Transforming)MacPC
Rotate in 15° intervals⇧ + drag⇧ + drag
Rotate around opposite cornerCtrl + dragCtrl + drag
Cancel a sizing, moving, or creating operationescesc
Resize from centre⌘ + drag from a corner handleCtrl + drag from a corner handle
Mirror shearing⌘ + dragCtrl + drag
Constrain movement horizontally, vertically or diagonally⇧ + drag⇧ + drag
NudgingArrow keysArrow keys
Nudging (10x measurement units)⇧ + arrow keys⇧ + arrow keys

 

Vector graphic shortcuts

Vector-specific ShortcutsMacPC
Resize maintaining aspect ratio⇧ + drag from a corner handle⇧ + drag from a corner handle
Edit curves as you draw using node editing (from pen)Ctrl
Creates cusp node (sharp corner)⌥ + drag control handleAlt + drag control handle
Snap a curve’s control handle to 45° intervals⇧ + drag control handle⇧ + drag control handle
Convert to Curves⌘ + ↵Ctrl + ↵

 

File shortcuts

ActionMacPC
New Document⌘ + NCtrl + N
New From Clipboard⌥ + ⇧ + ⌘ + NAlt + ⇧ + Ctrl + N
Open Document⌘ + OCtrl + O
Close Document/Close App (when no documents open)⌘ + WCtrl + W
Switch Document/ViewCtrl + ⇥Ctrl + ⇥
Save⌘ + SCtrl + S
Save As⇧ + ⌘ + S⇧ + Ctrl + S
Export⌥ + ⇧ + ⌘ + SAlt + ⇧ + Ctrl + S
Print⌘ + PCtrl + P

 

Tools shortcuts

ActionMacPC
Flood Fill Tool / Gradient cycleGG
View ToolHH
Move ToolVV
Crop ToolCC
Selection Tools cycleWW
Pen and Node Tool cyclePP
Zoom ToolZZ
Clone ToolSS
Shape Tools cycleUU
Text Tools cycleTT
Dodge, Burn and Sponge Brush Tool cycleOO
Retouch Tools cycleJJ
Painting Tools cycleBB
Erase Tools cycleEE
Marquee Selection Tools cycleMM
Free Hand Selection ToolLL

 

Action (Liquify Persona only)MacPC
Liquify Push Forward ToolPP
Liquify Push Left ToolLL
Liquify Twirl ToolTT
Liquify Pinch ToolUU
Liquify Turbulence ToolBB
Liquify Mesh Clone ToolCC
Liquify Reconstruct ToolRR
Liquify Freeze ToolFF
Liquify Thaw ToolWW
Liquify Zoom ToolZZ
Liquify View ToolHH

 

Action (Develop Persona only)MacPC
Sampler ToolSS
White Balance ToolWW
Red Eye Removal ToolRR
Blemish Removal ToolLL
Overlay Paint ToolBB
Overlay Erase ToolEE
Overlay Gradient ToolGG
Crop ToolCC
Zoom ToolZZ
View ToolHH

 

Action (Export Persona only)MacPC
Slice ToolSS
Layer Select toolLL

 

Action (Panorama Persona only)MacPC
Transform Source Image ToolAA
Add to Source Image Mask ToolLL
Erase From Source Image Mask ToolUU

 

Action (Tone Mapping Persona only)MacPC
View ToolHH
Zoom ToolZZ
Overlay Paint ToolBB
Overlay Erase ToolEE
Overlay Gradient ToolGG

 

Edit shortcuts

ActionMacPC
Undo⌘ + ZCtrl + Z
Redo⇧ + ⌘ + Z⇧ + Ctrl + Z
Copy Merged⇧ + ⌘ + C⇧ + Ctrl + C
Paste Style⇧ + ⌘ + V⇧ + Ctrl + V
Paste FXCtrl + ⌘ + VAlt + Ctrl + V
Paste without Format⌥ + ⇧ + ⌘ + VAlt + ⇧ + Ctrl + V
Paste Inside⌥ + ⌘ + VAlt + Ctrl + V
Fill⇧ + F5⇧ + F5
Inpaint⌥ + ⇥Alt + ⇥

 

Layer operations shortcuts

ActionMacPC
Select All Layers⌥ + ⌘ + AAlt + Ctrl + A
Group⌘ + GCtrl + G
Ungroup⇧ + ⌘ + G⇧ + Ctrl + G
Duplicate⌘ + JCtrl + J
Invert⌘ + ICtrl + I
Move to Front⇧ + ⌘ + ]⇧ + Ctrl + ]
Move Forward One⌘ + ]Ctrl + ]
Move to Back⇧ + ⌘ + [⇧ + Ctrl + [
Move Back One⌘ + [Ctrl + [
New Layer⇧ + ⌘ + N⇧ + Ctrl + N
Merge Down⌘ + ECtrl + E
Merge Selected⇧ + ⌘ + E⇧ + Ctrl + E
Merge Visible⌥ + ⇧ + ⌘ + EAlt + ⇧ + Ctrl + E
Toggle between Frequency Separation layersFF

 

Action (Live projection only)MacPC
Edit Live ProjectionCtrl + ⌘ + PCtrl + Alt + P

 

Brush Shortcuts

ActionMacPC
Picks up a new brush colour with colour picker⌥ + dragAlt + drag
Picks and applies the colour under the cursorAlt + ⌥ + clickAlt + Ctrl + click
Change selected layer content/brush tool’s opacitynumeric keys (4=40%, 43=43%, etc.)numeric keys (4=40%, 43=43%, etc.)
Increase/decrease brush width (Photo and Liquify Personas)] [] [
Decrease/increase brush width with on-screen readoutCtrl + ⌥ + drag (left/right)Alt + right button down + drag (left/right)
Decrease/increase brush hardness with on-screen readoutCtrl + ⌥ + drag (up/down)Alt + right button down + drag (up/down)
Draw straight line connecting two strokes⇧ + click⇧ + click

 

Text shortcuts

ActionMacPC
Bigger text⌘ + >Ctrl + >
Smaller text⌘ + <Ctrl + <
Precise bigger text⌥ + ⌘ + >Alt + Ctrl + >
Precise smaller text⌥ + ⌘ + <Alt + Ctrl + <
Tighten⌥ + ←Alt + ←
Loosen⌥ + →Alt + →
Tighten More⌥ + ⌘ + ←Alt + ⇧ + ←
Loosen More⌥ + ⌘ + →Alt + ⇧ + →
Bold⌘ + BCtrl + B
Italic⌘ + ICtrl + I
Underline⌘ + UCtrl + U
Show Character⌘ + TCtrl + T
Show Typography⇧ + ⌘ + T⇧ + Ctrl + T
SuperscriptCtrl + ⌘ + +Ctrl + Alt + +
SubscriptCtrl + ⌘ + –Ctrl + Alt + –
Align Left⌥ + ⌘ + LCtrl + Alt + L
Align Right⌥ + ⌘ + RCtrl + Alt + R
Align Centre⌥ + ⌘ + CCtrl + Alt + C
Justify Left⌥ + ⌘ + I⇧ + Alt + Ctrl + \
Increase Paragraph Leading⌥ + ↓Alt + ↓
Decrease Paragraph Leading⌥ + ↑Alt + ↑
Precise Paragraph Increase Leading⌥ + ⌘ + ↓⇧ + Ctrl + ↓
Precise Paragraph Decrease Leading⌥ + ⌘ + ↑⇧ + Ctrl + ↑
Raise Baseline⌥ + ⇧ + ↑Alt + ⇧ + ↑
Lower Baseline⌥ + ⇧ + ↓Alt + ⇧ + ↓
Precise Raise Baseline⌥ + ⇧ + ⌘ + ↑Alt + ⇧ + Ctrl + ↑
Precise Lower Baseline⌥ + ⇧ + ⌘ + ↓Alt + ⇧ + Ctrl + ↓
Special CharactersCtrl + ⌘ + SpacebarCtrl + Alt + Spacebar
Spelling Options⇧ + ⌘ + ;⇧ + Ctrl + ;
Line BreakCtrl + ↵Ctrl + ↵
Non Breaking Space⌥ + SpacebarAlt + Spacebar
En Dash⌥ + –Alt + –
Em Dash⌥ + ⇧ + –Alt + ⇧ + –

 

View shortcuts

ActionMacPC
Zoom In⌘ + +Ctrl + +
Zoom Out⌘+ –Ctrl + –
Zoom to Fit⌘ + 0Ctrl + 0
(Zoom to) 100%⌘ + 1Ctrl + 1
(Zoom to) 200%⌘ + 2Ctrl + 2
(Zoom to) 400%⌘ + 3Ctrl + 3
(Zoom to) 800%⌘ + 4Ctrl + 4
(Zoom to) Actual Size⌘ + 8Ctrl + 8
(Zoom to) Pixel Size⌘ + 9Ctrl + 9
Hot key panningSpacebarSpacebar
Hot key zoom inSpacebar + ⌘ + ClickSpacebar + Ctrl
Hot key zoom outSpacebar + ⌥ + ClickSpacebar + Alt + Click
View ToolHH
Scroll vertically up/downMouse scroll wheelMouse scroll wheel
Scroll horizontally left/right⇧ + Mouse wheel⇧ + Mouse wheel
Toggle Full ScreenCtrl + ⌘ + F
Switch between views⌘ + `Ctrl + ⇥
Show Rulers⌘ + RCtrl + R
Show Guides⌘ + ;Ctrl + ;
Show Grid⌘ + ‘Ctrl + ‘
Grid Plane cycle
Split View cycle (Liquify/Develop Persona),,

Pixel selection/Mask shortcuts

ActionMacPC
Select All⌘ + ACtrl + A
Deselect⌘ + DCtrl + D
Invert Pixel Selection⇧ + ⌘ + I⇧ + Ctrl + I
Add to selection (Marquee/Free hand selection tools only)CtrlCtrl
Remove from selection
Grow/Shrink⌘ + BCtrl + B
Feather⇧ + F6⇧ + F6
Refine Edges⌥ + ⌘ + RCtrl + Alt + R
Move selection in 1-pixel incrementsarrow keyarrow key
Move selection in 10-pixel increments⇧ + arrow key⇧ + arrow key
Selection from layer⌘ + click layer thumbnail or OCtrl + click layer thumbnail or O
Selection from layer luminosity⇧ + ⌘ + click layer thumbnail⇧ + Ctrl + click layer thumbnail
Polygon selection (Freehand Selection Tool only)⇧ + ⌘ + click on page.⇧ + Ctrl + click on page.
Quick MaskQQ
Invert Mask⌘ + ICtrl + I

 

Workspace shortcuts

ActionMacPC
Show/Hide Studio (panels)⇧ + ⌘ + H⇧ + Ctrl + H
Show/Hide Toolbar⌥ + ⌘ + TAlt + Ctrl + T
Toggle UI
Hide Workspace⌘ + HCtrl + H

Adjustment and Filter shortcuts

ActionMacPC
Levels (Adjustment)⌘ + LCtrl + L
HSL (Adjustment)⌘ + UCtrl + U
Invert (Adjustment)⌘ + ICtrl + I
Curves (Adjustment)⌘ + MCtrl + M
Black and White (Adjustment)⌥ + ⇧ + ⌘ + BAlt + ⇧ + Ctrl + B
Repeat Filter⌘ + FCtrl + F

 

Liquify Persona shortcuts

ActionMacPC
Mask All⌘ + DCtrl + D
Invert Mask⌘ + ICtrl + I
Clear Mask⌘ + ACtrl + A

 

Misc shortcuts

ActionMacPC
Preferences⌘ + ,Ctrl + ,
Liquify Persona⌥ + ⌘ + LAlt + Ctrl + L
Export Persona⌥ + ⌘ + EAlt + Ctrl + E
Develop Persona⌥ + ⌘ + RAlt + Ctrl + R
Hide Others (applications)⌥ + ⌘ + HAlt + Ctrl + H
Media Browser⇧ + ⌘ +MAlt + Ctrl + M

 

Spot any mistakes?

In the past, some shortcuts have been changed by the Affinity guys during updates, and they’ve also made it incredibly hard to track all of these down. I’ve spent a huge amount of time trying to make this as accurate as possible, but there’s always the chance that a couple of mistakes have crept in, particularly possible in the PC list. If you find a mistake, please leave a comment below so that I can find a solution and correct it.

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