John Oates

Shortcuts

Shortcuts

I once heard a quote that went a little something like this: "You should become so good and so fluid at using a program that it becomes second nature, almost like using a pencil. Why? Because the less you think about the use of a program the more thought you can put into what matters - your project."

For instance, did you know you can do simple math in the width and height boxes of Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign? Or did you know that you can take a screenshot that saves directly to your clipboard without it creating a file on your desktop? Learning and utilizing shortcuts will help you create an efficient workflow.

I always encourage people to create their own shortcuts when possible. Below are shortcuts that I have created for Photoshop and Illustrator. Hopefully they help get your gears going on creating your own. Also, you’ll find collections of some obscure shortcuts from Photoshop, Illustrator, Mac, and Chrome/Safari.

“You should become so good and so fluid at using a program that it becomes second nature, almost like using a pencil. Why? Because the less you think about the use of a program the more thought you can put into what matters - your project.”

MY SHORTCUTS FOR PHOTOSHOP

Control + Command + E - Rename layer
Control + Command + C - Copy Layer Style
Control + Command + V - Paste Layer Style
Control + Command + X - Clear Layer Style
Option + Command + F - New Fill Layer > Solid Color
Control + Command + S - Convert layer to Smart Object
Command + L - Paste Lorem Ipsum
Shift + Command + 1 - Isolate layers
Shift + Command + R - Reverse layer order
Command + Y - New guide (*Note: you can do percentages to create new guides; for example, 50% Vertical places a vertical guide in the middle of the canvas)

MY SHORTCUTS FOR ILLUSTRATOR

Command + Shift + ; - Offset path
Command + Shift + . - Pattern make
0-9 - I set these up as opacity, like in Photoshop (ex. 1=10%, 7=70%)

ONE OF MY FAVORITES FROM ILLUSTRATOR
Command + O - Edit Artboard mode

SHORTCUTS FOR MAC

Command + Control + Shift + 4 - Copy screenshot to your clipboard without creating an actual PNG file to store.
Command + Control + Shift + 4 > Spacebar - Allows to capture entire window of active application
Command + Spacebar - Spotlight Search (you can do math in spotlight; example: 300+2843 or 9*57)
Double tap Function Key - Brings up voice to text
Command + Shift + A - Brings up applications window
Shift+Volume(+/-) - Sound comes out (I have no idea why you would need this)
Option + Command + D - Shows and hides doc

SHORTCUTS FOR CHROME / SAFARI

Control + Tab - Move to next window
Control + Shift + Tab - Move to previous window
Command + 1 (or any number 1-8) - Move to the corresponding window in the tab order
Command + 9 - Goes to the last tab

SHORTCUTS FOR PHOTOSHOP

NOT SO WELL KNOWN
Command + Option + Shift + K - Keyboard shortcut dialog
Command + K - General settings
Command + W - Close active window
Shift + Command + D - Deselect

ARRANGE LAYERS
Shift + Command + C - Copy merged
Shift + Command + V - Paste in place
Shift + Command + ] - Bring layer to front
Shift + Command + [ - Send layer to back
Command + ] - Move layer forward
Command + [ - Move layer backwards

HIDDEN GEMS
Command+` - Tab through document windows

BRUSH TOOL
Control + OPT (Move mouse left to right) - Decrease/increase brush size
Control + OPT (Move mouse up and down) - Soften/harden brush
Control + OPT + Command + Click - Brings up color picker when using the brush tool

THE BASICS
Command + A - Select all
Command + D - Deselect
Command + O - Open doc
Command + N - New doc
Shift + Command + N - New layer
Command + J - New copy of layer
Command + G - Group layers
Shift + Command + G - Ungroup layers
Command + E - Merge layers
Command + R - Rulers

Now that you have your shortcut starter kit, go shortcut all the things! If we missed anything huge, be sure to let us know!


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