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Preview individual channels using your keyboard (7/CS)

Added on Sunday 27th of March 2005 12:13 am EST


Adobe Photoshop 7/CS

Operating Systems:

Macintosh, Microsoft Windows


Photoshop, Channels, Shortcuts



If you’d like to view an individual channel, but don’t want to deal with the hassle of opening the Channels palette, use the keyboard shortcuts shown in Table A. Not only will these shortcuts help you view your channels, but they can also help you check selections and layer masks that are stored as alpha channels. To get these to work, you’ll need to press the [command] key ([Ctrl] key in Windows) in combination with the keys shown in the table.


Table A:

Channel view shortcuts

Channel view

Keyboard combination

RGB/CMYK composite

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Red/Cyan channel


Green/Magenta channel