In the summer of 2014, I found myself having an increasingly tough time keeping up with my design commitments. The strange part was that it wasn't because I had overbooked myself by taking on too many projects, it's that my design methods weren't time effective. And I decided something had to change.
After analyzing my design process (thanks in part to all my research for my Pro-Patterns class at Scrapaneers), I found that one place where I knew I could improve upon was learning more keyboard shortcuts for both Illustrator and Photoshop, so I wasn't constantly hunting things down in the drop down menus.
Obviously there are hundreds of shortcuts for each program, so learning them all sounded way too daunting. Instead, I needed to be strategic and focus on learning shortcuts associated with Photoshop tools I used everyday.
So over the course of a month or two, I taught myself at least a few new shortcuts a week and I'm happy to say it's had a HUGE impact on how quickly I work in Photoshop. Now I can create a collection in days, not weeks!
As someone who doesn't like to keep a good thing to myself, I've got a FREE 3-page Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts for Designers PDF.
Feel free to can download and use it to help learn a few new-to-you shortcuts for Photoshop. And if you want to know the "hows" and "whys" behind my Top 10 Shortcuts (on page 1 of the PDF), I've got it all spelled out in a video developed for my sister site, Scotty Girl Design:
Now I would love to hear from you! Please comment below and tell me all about what shortcuts are your favorites (especially if I didn't them in my own top 10 list).