Keystroke Shortcuts

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The thing that separates a pro from a newbie is how well they are acquainted with shortcuts. Of course, like any pro app, Nuke has hundreds of keyboard shortcuts to its name. However, these are the most commonly used:

Keystroke Shortcuts Common to Most Panes
Keystroke Action
+ and - Zoom in and out (also scroll wheel).
F Fits and centres selected contents to pane (in the Viewer fits format to window, in the Node graph fits selected nodes to node graph etc).
Spacebar When panes are docked (i.e. not floating) this fills the workspace with the current pane).
option click + mouse drag Move the work space around within the pane.
Node Graph Keystroke Shortcuts
Keystroke Action
Tab Summon the Tab Menu
D Disable selected node.
Shift X Swap inputs on node with two inputs (e.g. the Merge node).
Shift + select base node Select all upstream nodes.
Command click and drag on selected node Select all upstream nodes. Useful for moving groups of nodes around
Command, then click on yellow dots in Adds a dot to the connecting pipes.
Keystroke Shortcuts to Summon Specific Nodes
Keystroke Action
M Multiply
G Grade
C ColorCorrect
T Transform
R Read
W Write
M Merge
P Roto
S Project Settings
Viewer Keystroke Shortcuts
Keystroke Action
R, G, B, A or Y Isolate the Red, Green Blue, Alpha or Luminance channel. Press again to return to composite view.
H Home in viewer. Different to F, this fills the Viewer window according to the format,
Q Hides any on screen controls (e.g. those of the Transform and Roto nodes). Press again to reveal.
Tab Move into 3D view. Press again to return to 2D.
Curve Editor Keystroke Shortcuts
Keystroke Action
Option + middle mouse button + drag Scale the viewer freely on the X and Y axis.
Option command click on curve'’' Insert new control point on curve.
Command drag on point in curve Move point unconstrained in window (default is constrained to vertical or horizontal).