I know this question sounds really simple; I'm a beginner with Photoshop.

I'm learning about the different tools. Is there a keyboard shortcut for accessing the last used tool? If not, would it be possible with AppleScript?

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Um... not really, but Photoshop has another trick up its sleeve that you might like even better, and is arguably much more useful.

Every tool has a keyboard shortcut, and when you're using one tool -- say, the Brush (B) and you want to switch to another -- the Eraser (E), let's say -- you would press and hold e, erase what you wanted, then release the key to revert to the Brush. These "spring-loaded keys" came in somewhere around CS4, and they're a great help in speeding workflow.

Rather than trying to cook up a script, if you want to get up to speed with Photoshop, make a cheat sheet of the keyboard shortcuts and learn them. They're pretty easy (B for Brush, E for Eraser, S for clone Stamp, R for Rotate canvas etc.), and in the not-so-very-long run this will prove far more useful and versatile than an automated "last used tool".

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    I didn't know that, and I think it is going to come in very handy! thank you!
    – Malachi
    Commented Jun 16, 2014 at 17:10
  • is there a tag [yearslost] or should i create it?
    – Inan
    Commented Feb 21, 2017 at 6:14

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