GIMP Keyboard Shortcuts

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GIMP is a popular, free, and open-source photo editing software offering advanced editing tools. You can use it for image manipulation, image editing, drawing, and more. This tool is also considered to be the best and free Photoshop alternative. So, people who do not want to spend on Photoshop use GIMP. GIMP is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux.

If you use GIMP, learn GIMP keyboard shortcuts to do things faster. Keyboard shortcuts let you perform tasks faster than a mouse and keyboard. In this article, I am listing GIMP keyboard shortcuts for Windows and macOS. Windows Keyboard shortcuts also work on Linux.

GIMP Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows

Edit Shortcuts

Ctrl+ZUndo
Ctrl+YRedo
Ctrl+XCut
Ctrl+CCopy
Shift+Ctrl+CCopy Visible
Ctrl+VPaste
Shift+Ctrl+VPast as New Image
DeleteClear
Ctrl+,Fill with FG Color
Ctrl+.Fill with BG Color
Ctrl+;Fill with Pattern

2. View Shortcuts

Ctrl+EShrink Wrap – Reduce image window to size of image
F11Toggle Fullscreen View
Ctrl+TShow Selection
Shift+Ctrl+TShow Guides
Shift+Ctrl+RShow Rulers

3. File operations

Ctrl+NNew Image
Shift+Ctrl+VCreate a new Image from Clipboard
Ctrl+OOpen Image
Ctrl+Alt+OOpen as Layers
Ctrl+SSave Image
Shift+Ctrl+SSave As
Ctrl+PPrint
Ctrl+WClose
Shift+Ctrl+WClose All
Ctrl+QQuit

4. Layer Shortcuts

Shift+Ctrl+NNew Layer
Shift+Ctrl+DDuplicate Layer
Ctrl+HAnchor Layer
Page Up/Page DownSelect Previous/Next Layer
Home/EndSelect Top/Bottom Layer

5. Select Shortcuts

Ctrl+ASelect All
Shift+Ctrl+ASelect None
Ctrl+IInvert Selection
Shift+Ctrl+LCreate a Floating Selection
Shift+OSelect by Color
Shift+VSelect from Path
Shift+QToggle Quick Mask

6. Image Operations

Ctrl+DDuplicate Image
Ctrl+MMerge Visible Layers
Alt+ReturnDisplay Image Properties

7. Selection Tools

RRectangle Select
EEllipse Select
FFree Select
UFuzzy Select
Shift+OSelect by Color
IIntelligent Scissors

8. Paint Tools

Shift+BBucket Fill
LBlend
NPencil
PPaintbrush
Shift+EEraser
AAirbrush
KInk
CClone
HHeal
Shift+UBlur / Sharpen
SSmudge
Shift+DDodge / Burn

9. Transfrom Tools

QAlign
MMove
Shift+CCrop
Shift+RRotate
Shift+TScale
Shift+SShear
Shift+PPerspective
Shift+FFlip

10. General

BPaths
OColor Picker
ZZoom
Shift+MMeasure
TText
Ctrl+BToolbox
DDefault Colors (Sets foreground to black and background to white)
XSwap Colors

11. Dockable Dialogs

Ctrl+LLayers
Shift+Ctrl+BBrushes
Shift+Ctrl+PPatterns
Ctrl+GGradients
Ctrl+BToolbox

12. Help Menu

F1Help
Shift+F1Context Sensitive Help

13. PlugIn Shortcuts

Ctrl+FRepeat Last PlgIn
Shift+Ctrl+FPlug In

14. Selection Shortcuts

Ctrl+ASelect All
Ctrl+Shift+ASelect None
Ctrl+IInvert Selection
Ctrl+TToggle Selection
Shift+VPath to selection
Ctrl+Shift+LFloat Selection

GIMP Keyboard Shortcuts for macOS

GIMP keyboard shortcuts for macOS are almost the same. You just need to use Command in place of CTRL.

Edit Shortcuts

Command+ZUndo
Command+YRedo
Command+XCut
Command+CCopy
Shift+Command+CCopy Visible
Command+VPaste
Shift+Command+VPast as New Image
DeleteClear
Command+,Fill with FG Color
Command+.Fill with BG Color
Command+;Fill with Pattern

2. View Shortcuts

Command+EShrink Wrap – Reduce image window to size of image
F11Toggle Fullscreen View
Command+TShow Selection
Shift+Command+TShow Guides
Shift+Command+RShow Rulers

3. File operations

Command+NNew Image
Shift+Command+VCreate a new Image from Clipboard
Command+OOpen Image
Command+Option+OOpen as Layers
Command+SSave Image
Shift+Command+SSave As
Command+PPrint
Command+WClose
Shift+Command+WClose All
Command+QQuit

4. Layer Shortcuts

Shift+Command+NNew Layer
Shift+Command+DDuplicate Layer
Command+HAnchor Layer
Page Up/Page DownSelect Previous/Next Layer
Home/EndSelect Top/Bottom Layer

5. Select Shortcuts

Command+ASelect All
Shift+Command+ASelect None
Command+IInvert Selection
Shift+Command+LCreate a Floating Selection
Shift+OSelect by Color
Shift+VSelect from Path
Shift+QToggle Quick Mask

6. Image Operations

Command+DDuplicate Image
Command+MMerge Visible Layers
Option+ReturnDisplay Image Properties

7. Selection Tools

RRectangle Select
EEllipse Select
FFree Select
UFuzzy Select
Shift+OSelect by Color
IIntelligent Scissors

8. Paint Tools

Shift+BBucket Fill
LBlend
NPencil
PPaintbrush
Shift+EEraser
AAirbrush
KInk
CClone
HHeal
Shift+UBlur / Sharpen
SSmudge
Shift+DDodge / Burn

9. Transfrom Tools

QAlign
MMove
Shift+CCrop
Shift+RRotate
Shift+TScale
Shift+SShear
Shift+PPerspective
Shift+FFlip

10. General

BPaths
OColor Picker
ZZoom
Shift+MMeasure
TText
Command+BToolbox
DDefault Colors (Sets foreground to black and background to white)
XSwap Colors

11. Dockable Dialogs

Command+LLayers
Shift+Command+BBrushes
Shift+Command+PPatterns
Command+GGradients
Command+BToolbox

12. Help Menu

F1Help
Shift+F1Context Sensitive Help

13. PlugIn Shortcuts

Command+FRepeat Last PlgIn
Shift+Command+FPlug In

14. Selection Shortcuts

Command+ASelect All
Command+Shift+ASelect None
Command+IInvert Selection
Command+TToggle Selection
Shift+VPath to selection
Command+Shift+LFloat Selection

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