27 Useful GIMP Keyboard Shortcuts to Know by Heart
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For some, choosing between GIMP and Photoshop is a tough decision to make. For others, like me, the choice is rather straightforward: GIMP is 100% free and can do a lot of what Photoshop can do. It does what I need, and that’s enough.

GIMP is especially important for users who are on Linux, where Photoshop isn’t even a valid option.

But in order to really unlock the potential of GIMP and speed up your workflow, you’ll have to learn the essential keyboard shortcuts — as is true of nearly every other application. So, here they are. Learn them well!

Basic Tool Shortcuts

  • E: Ellipse selection tool.
  • F: Free selection tool.
  • M: Move tool.
  • N: Pencil tool.
  • O: Color picker tool.
  • R: Rectangle selection tool.
  • T: Text tool.
  • Shift + C: Crop tool.
  • Shift + E: Eraser tool.
  • Shift + G: Bucket fill tool.

Editing Shortcuts

  • 1: Reset zoom to 100%.
  • Delete: Clear the current selection.
  • Shift + Q: Toggle quick mask.
  • Ctrl + D: Duplicate current image.
  • Ctrl + T: Toggle active selection.
  • Ctrl + Comma: Fill with foreground color.
  • Ctrl + Period: Fill with background color.
  • Ctrl + Shift + J: Fit image to window.

Other Useful Shortcuts

  • F11: Toggle fullscreen mode.
  • Page Up: Go to next layer.
  • Page Down: Go to previous layer.
  • Ctrl + M: Merge visible layers.
  • Ctrl + Alt + O: Open image as a new layer.
  • Ctrl + Shift + E: Export image as file.
  • Ctrl + Shift + N: Create a new layer.
  • Ctrl + Shift + R: Toggle rulers.
  • Ctrl + Shift + V: Paste as a new image.

Which keyboard shortcuts do you use the most in GIMP? Are there any important ones that I left out? Let me know in the comments below!

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