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 InDesign CS4 Keyboard Shortcuts (MacPC)

Adobe InDesign CS4 Keyboard Shortcuts

For the previous versions of InDesign:

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

  • Jeremy Evan

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

  • Great resource, thanks!

  • All I needed was GIMP.

    You should’ve called it Adobe Shortcuts!

  • 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?

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

  • nice post~

  • Awesome, these will come in real handy.


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    there you can find lots of cheat-sheets, too.

  • Jem

    Nice one some really useful information, thanks