Using the keyboard shortcuts (so-called hotkeys) can simplify and speed up the processing. To activate a tool, you can either click its icon or use a shortcut.

Below is a list of shortcuts which can be used in AliveColors. To change a shortcut, use the HotKeys tab in the program's Preferences (click in the upper right corner of the program window).


Basic Commands:
Ctrl+N +N Create a New Image
Ctrl+Shift+N ++N Create a New Image from the Clipboard
Ctrl+O +O Open an Image
Ctrl+W +W Close an Image
Ctrl+Alt+W +Option+W Close All Images
Ctrl+S +S Save an Image
Ctrl+Shift+S ++S Save an Image as...
Ctrl+P +P Print an Image
Ctrl+Z +Z Undo the Last Action
Ctrl+Y +Y Redo the Last Action
Shift+Z +Z Back to the Last Action (switching between two states in History)
F1 F1 Open Tutorial
Ctrl+Q +Q Exit the Program
+ or Ctrl++ + or ++ Zoom In
- or Ctrl+- - or +- Zoom Out
Ctrl+1 +1 Original Size (100%)
Ctrl+0 +0 Scale an Image to the Window
Alt+ Option+ Scale an Image to Fit the Window Width
Alt+ Option+ Scale an Image to Fit the Window Height
Ctrl+L +L Levels
Ctrl+Shift+L ++L Auto Levels
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+L +Option++L Auto Contrast
Ctrl+M +M Curves
Ctrl+U +U Hue/Saturation
Ctrl+B +B Color Balance
Ctrl+I +I Invert
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+B    +Option++B    Black & White
Ctrl+H +H Equalize
Ctrl+Shift+U ++U Desaturate
Ctrl+Alt+I +Option+I Resize an Image
Ctrl+Alt+C +Option+C Resize Canvas
Ctrl+Alt+G +Option+G Create/Remove Clipping Mask
Ctrl+G +G Group Layers
Ctrl+Shift+G ++G Ungroup Layers
Ctrl+, +, Show/Hide Layers
Ctrl+Shift+] ++] Bring to Front
Ctrl+] +] Bring Forward
Ctrl+[ +[ Send Backward
Ctrl+Shift+[ ++[ Send to Back
Ctrl+E +E Merge Selected Layers
Ctrl+Shift+E ++E Merge Visible Layers
Ctrl+A +A Select All
Ctrl+D +D Deselect
Ctrl+Shift+D ++D Reselect
Ctrl+Shift+I ++I Invert Selection
Ctrl+X +X Cut Selection
Ctrl+C +С Copy to Clipboard
Ctrl+Shift+C ++C Copy Contents of All Layers
Ctrl+V +V Paste from Clipboard
Ctrl+J +J Layer via Copy
Ctrl+Shift+J ++J Layer via Cut
Ctrl+Alt+R +Option+R Refine Edges
Delete Delete Remove Selected Areas
V V Move Tool
Ctrl+T +T Transform Tool
M M Basic Selection Tools: Rectangular Selection, Elliptical Selection, Lasso, Polygonal Lasso
W W Quick Selection Tools: Magic Wand, Quick Selection, Object Selection
C C Crop Tool
T T Text Tools: Text and Fit Text to Path
I I Eyedropper Tool
H H Hand Tool
Z Z Zoom Tool
B B Standard Drawing Brushes: Color Brush, Color Pencil, Spray, Recolor Brush, Texture Brush
E E Erasing Tools: Eraser and History Brush
G G Filling Tools: Paint Bucket and Gradient Fill
S S Cloning/Healing Tools: Clone Stamp and Chameleon Brush
K K Sharpening Tools: Blur, Sharpen, and Smudge Tools
O O Lighting Tools: Lighten, Darken, and Saturation Tools
J J Retouching Tools: Tuning Brush, Spot Remover, Red Eye Remover, Teeth Whitening
D D Deformation Tools
X X FX Brushes
A A Artistic Brushes
U U Shape Tools
[ and ] [ and ] Decrease/Increase Brush Size
N+mouse wheel N+mouse wheel Change the size of the brush
Shift+[ and Shift+] +[ and +] Decrease/Increase Brush Hardness
                    Scroll an Image in a Window (the Hand tool is temporarily active while you hold down the spacebar)
Panels (enable/disable):
F5 F5 Expanded Tool Options Panel
F6 F6 Color Panel
F7 F7 Layers Panel
F8 F8 File Info Panel
F9 F9 Actions Panel
Auxiliary Lines:
Ctrl+R +R Show Rulers
Ctrl+' +' Show Grid
Ctrl+; +; Show Guidelines
Ctrl+Shift+; ++; Snap to Edges
Ctrl+Alt+; +Option+; Fix Guidelines
In addition:
Ctrl+F +F Apply the Last Effect
Shift+mouse click +mouse click Draw a Straight Line