Change Blend Mode from Keyboard in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

One of my favorite keyboard shortcuts in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements is to change the blend mode from the keyboard. You can cycle through blend modes if you want or apply specific blend mode directly from the keyboard without to click the triangle next to drop down list with blend modes each and every time.


How to change layer blend mode using keyboard

To change layer blend mode in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements you must have active any tool which does not offer blend mode at tool options (just below menus), for example, Selection tool (V), Marquee (M), Shape tool (U) and so on.

To cycle through blend modes (with the layer to which you want to apply blend mode selected in the Layers panel) press Shift + (+) to apply next blend mode or Shift + (-) to apply a previous blend mode.

To apply specific blend mode add and Alt key and press letter, for example to apply Multiply blend mode press Shift + Alt + M, to apply Screen blend mode press Shift + Alt + S, Overlay blend mode is associated with letter O and Soft Light with F, Color with letter C and Luminosity with Y (Shift + Alt + Y). To go back to Normal blend mode press Shift + Alt + N.
Change layer blend mode from keyboard in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements
Change layer blend mode from keyboard in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

How to change blend mode for the tools

When tool you are using have blend mode list in the Options bar use same shortcuts to change the blend mode for the tool. When using the Brush tool for example this tool have additional useful blend mode Clear which is associated with letter R (Shift + Alt + R).
Change blend mode for selected tool from keyboard in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements
Change blend mode for selected tool from keyboard in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

Reference:
Photoshop / Default keyboard shortcuts

Product used in this tutorial: Adobe Photoshop CS5

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