Adobe Shortcut Visualizer: Over A Thousand Keyboard Shortcuts for Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator
Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign are three of the oldest, most powerful, and most widely used graphic design applications in existence.
Sure, they might all have slightly different uses (InDesign, especially), but there’s no doubt that they’re all pretty much a staple part of any graphic designers workflow.
In fact, most graphic designers use these applications (well, at least one or two of them) on a daily basis, and most simply wouldn’t be able to create such incredible work without them.
Despite this, however, most designers make very little use of the hundreds of keyboard shortcuts built into each application.
While most designers are aware of the basics (e.g. tool selection, copy/paste, etc.), there are literally hundreds of keyboard shortcuts that tend to go unutilised.
Now, you might not think this is such a big problem (after all, it only takes a few seconds to navigate your way through the menus and find what you’re looking for, right?), but if you value productivity, keyboard shortcuts have the power to save you countless hours every month.
So, if you want to learn more useful keyboard shortcuts (but don’t want to spend hours perusing the mundane documentation provided by Adobe), this is the tool for you:
Adobe Shortcut Visualizer: An Introduction
The Adobe Shortcut Visualizer is a new, interactive, browser-based tool that allows you to view the hundreds of keyboard shortcuts built into Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.
Created by FastPrint (a printing company based in the UK), the tool aims to increase productivity for graphic designers around the globe.
It’s completely free of charge to use, and maps in excess of one thousand keyboard shortcuts in total.
Here’s a brief overview of how to use it:
Pick an Application: Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator
Before you start, you need to select the application that you actually want to view keyboard shortcuts for.
You can choose from Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign.
Make your selection using the drop-down menu located above the on-screen keyboard.
Note: You can only choose CC (Creative Cloud) versions of the applications at the moment, but if you’re using an older version of the apps, most of the shortcuts are identical (unless you’re using a super old version, that is).
Pick your Language/Region: English US, English UK, etc.
Next up: pick your language and region.
There are a few options here: you’ve got English UK, English US, and a couple of other European languages/regions, too.
Once again, you can make your selection using the drop-down located above the keyboard.
Note: This essentially just ensures that the keyboard layout is correct.
Pick your OS: Windows, Mac, Linux
Next, you need to pick your OS.
There’s three options: Linux, Mac OSX, and Windows.
You can make the selection using the toggle options above the on-screen keyboard. Simply select the icon that represents your chosen OS.
Note: This will adjust the keyboard layout slightly, and will replace the CTRL key with a CMD key (or vice-versa).
Select any Modifier Keys: Alt, Shift, Command/Control
Here’s where it starts to get interesting:
You can toggle modifier keys (Control/Command, Shift, ALT) on and off to view various keyboard shortcuts on the on-screen keyboard.
It’s possible to select any combination of these keys, so have a play around.
To toggle a modifier key, simply click on it (or use your actual keys on your real-life keyboard).
Magnify Shortcuts of Interest
Found a shortcut that you think might come in handy but struggling to read the small font?
Just hover your cursor over the key to view a magnified (i.e. large type) version below the virtual on-screen keyboard.
Find a Shortcut: Using the In-build Search
Looking to find a particular shortcut?
Again, no worries, as the tool has an in-built search functionality.
All you need to do is to start typing in the small box below the on-screen keyboard, and the tool will start suggesting matching shortcuts to you.
The more letters you type, the more tailored your suggestions will become.
Grab the Desktop Wallpapers [DOWNLOAD LINKS BELOW]
Not only have FastPrint produced this incredible interactive tool, but they also designed a set of gorgeous desktop wallpapers.
You can download these free of charge from their website (here’s the link).
The great thing about these desktop wallpapers is that they’re available for Mac and PC.
Plus, they’re available in a copious amount of screen resolutions, so you can be sure to find the perfect fit for your screen, whatever resolution your screen happens to be.