20+ Cheat Sheets Handy For Designers

Mastering frequently used applications increases the productivity significantly.

Controlling these applications via keyboard is a part of this "mastering process" which helps you use an application with 2 hands = much faster.

Also, knowing the tricks of tools inside these products definitely opens new doors for creating.

Specifically for designers, here is a list of cheat sheets for the most popular applications like Photoshop, Illustrator, Gimp, Fireworks & more..

Photoshop CS4 Keyboard Shortcuts

Photoshop CS4 Cheat Sheet

Keyboard shortcuts are very well organized, both by menu & alphabetically.

Also, shortcut presets that add lots of extra shortcuts are provided too.

Keyboard shortcuts for previous Photoshop versions:

Photoshop Black And White Cheat Sheet

Photoshop Black And White

There are many different way & settings for converting images to black and white with Photoshop.

This is a Photoshop file presenting different filters/presets. Just update 1 file & see the various outputs.

Photoshop Brush Tool Cheat Sheet

Photoshop Brush Tool Cheat Sheet

A compact & helpful guide on Photoshop’s brush tool.

Photoshop Lasso Tool Cheat Sheet

Photoshop Lasso Tool Cheat Sheet

Adobe Illustrator CS4 Shortcuts (MacPC)

Adobe Illustrator Shortcuts

For the previous versions of Illustrator:

  • Adobe Illustrator CS3 Shortcuts (MacPC)
  • Adobe Illustrator CS2 Shortcuts (MacPC)

Adobe InDesign CS4 Keyboard Shortcuts (MacPC)

Adobe InDesign CS4 Keyboard Shortcuts

For the previous versions of InDesign:

  • Adobe InDesign CS3 Shortcuts (MacPC)
  • Adobe InDesign CS2 Shortcuts (MacPC)

QuarkXPress 8 Keyboard Shortcuts (MacPC)

QuarkXPress Keyboard Shortcuts

For the previous versions of QuarkXpress:

  • Adobe QuarkXPress 7 Shortcuts (MacPC)

Adobe Pen Tool Cheat Sheet

Pen Tool Cheat Sheet

The Adobe pen tool works similar in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Tips & tricks on using this powerful tool.

Gimp Keyboard Shortcuts (direct link to PDF file)

Gimp Keyboard Shortcuts

And more on Gimp:

Fireworks CS3 Quick Reference (MacPC / direct link to PDF file )

Fireworks Cheat Sheet

Quick references for previous Fireworks versions:

  • Fireworks MX quick reference (MacPC)
  • Fireworks 4 quick reference (MacPC)

Freehand MX, 3D Studio Max, Illustrator & More Shortcuts

Freehand Shortcuts

Computer Arts presents keyboard shortcuts for Freehand MX, 3D Studio Max, Illustrator, InDesign & Photoshop.

3D Studio Max 9 Keyboard Shortcuts

3D Studio Max Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts for previous versions of 3D Studio Max:

Adobe Bridge And Camera Raw 3 Shortcuts

Adobe Bridge Shortcuts

Final Cut Pro 5 For Mac Shortcuts

Final Cut Pro Shortcuts

  1. Reply Jeremy Evan March 23, 2009 at 5:14 AM

    Thanks u so so much. These are very helpful and finding Gimp in the list is great.

  2. Reply Patternhead March 23, 2009 at 6:03 AM

    Great resource, thanks!

  3. Reply BillyG March 23, 2009 at 6:49 PM

    All I needed was GIMP.

    You should’ve called it Adobe Shortcuts!

  4. Reply Rick March 23, 2009 at 7:38 PM

    Nice to see Gimp on here, but do you realize that that is a seven-year-old document? It was written for 1.2. Gimp’s most recent release is 2.6. Maybe somebody in the Gimp community (that would be me) needs to create an updated version?

  5. Reply James Forsyth March 23, 2009 at 7:39 PM

    Great! Thanks so much! I love having all this information together in the one place.

  6. Reply sonichtml March 24, 2009 at 8:08 AM

    nice post~

  7. Reply Matt Devilbiss April 6, 2009 at 3:26 PM

    Awesome, these will come in real handy.


  8. Reply designiac April 16, 2009 at 6:56 AM

    great! thank you very much!
    do you know this site: http://www.addedbytes.com/cheat-sheets
    there you can find lots of cheat-sheets, too.

  9. Reply Jem April 6, 2010 at 10:39 AM

    Nice one some really useful information, thanks

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