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There's a very cool shortcut in Illustrator: you press Command/CTRL+d and Illustrator repeats the last action for you.

Is there a shortcut that does this or at least something similar in Photoshop?

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The closest thing to this is Edit > Transform > Again -- Command/CTRL-Shift-T --- But this only works for transformations. And it only repeats the last transformation. Unlike Illustrator, it won't do things like repeat a copy and transform.

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    Repeat last is one of the single most useful things in maya that i wish theyd impolement in all adobe software.
    – joojaa
    Mar 27, 2018 at 11:34
  • The "Last Filter" shortcut also repeats, well, the last filter
    – Luciano
    Jun 11, 2019 at 7:57
  • Today is not the first time I've gotten Ai and Ps mixed up and Googled how to do this in Ps. D'oh! Despite not being able to use this for click-drag duplication, I just found a workaround by duplicating the layer in place, then using this shortcut to repeat the last-used move transformation.
    – Mentalist
    Jul 30, 2020 at 7:52
  • @Mentalist in Adobe Photoshop CC the drag operation doesn't seem to register as a "transformation", so I cannot use Command-Shift-T to repeat it. Can you add more detail? Jan 26, 2023 at 13:03
  • @JonathanCross You are correct that drag duplication doesn't work. But if you don't mind doing it as a Transform operation (Cmd T) then you get the added benefit of being able to rotate, scale, etc too. Unfortunately it doesn't appear to work with Smart Objects though. You can Duplicate Layer and Transform > Again repeatedly. (Shift Cmd T is my shortcut to transform again, but can't remember if that's default or custom.)
    – Mentalist
    Feb 8, 2023 at 7:31
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Ctrl-Alt-U worked for me repeating Hue/Saturation on another layer of the image in Photoshop 2023 in Windows

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    Adding the Alt key to adjustment shortcuts actually means "Open Adjustment with the last used settings". (works with levels, curves, h/s, cont/bright, etc) It may seem like a "repeat" but it isn't.
    – Scott
    Jan 18, 2023 at 6:27
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If you want to repeat a 'filter' you can do it by pressing ctrl+f. It will repeat the most recent filter you used.

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Actually, there is. Under Edit > Step and Repeat or CMD/CTRL + ALT + U.

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    Interesting. I'm not seeing that in my Photoshop menus.
    – Scott
    Jun 10, 2019 at 20:10
  • Nor I; also the shortcut listed does nothing for me in a plain-jane install of PS CC 2019 Jun 24, 2019 at 16:31
  • Didn't work for me when I tested. I tried after duplicating and also after transforming.
    – Mentalist
    Jul 30, 2020 at 7:24
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    This menu option doesn't exist on Mac Photoshop CC. Jan 26, 2023 at 13:06

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