Creating and designing, especially when much of your productivity involves the click of a mouse, can become straining. Luckily the Adobe Suite, as you probably know, has created “hotkeys” that allow a simpler design process. These useful keys can help speed up the design process by giving you a shortcut for an often-used command. Improve your design workflow by keeping a note of these important and highly used Adobe hotkeys for Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign!
1. Add to selection
Instead of trying to click and drag over multiple objects to select what you want, there is a way to select objects more specifically.
Windows: Ctrl + Click
Mac OS: Command + Click
2. Select/Deselect all
Select and deselect all items on a working canvas without having to manually select everything.
Windows: Ctrl + A / F2 or Ctrl + Shift + A
Mac OS: Command + A / F2 or Command + Shift + A
3. Document Setup (InDesign)
Make alterations to the document by adjusting the page size/orientation and the page bleeds and slugs by opening this options window.
Windows: Ctrl + Alt + P
Mac OS: Command + Alt + P
4. Package file (InDesign)
A hassle-free way to get your files ready to print.
Windows: Ctrl + Alt + Shift + P
Mac OS: Alt + Shift + Command + P
5. Align text left/center/right
Forget about locating the text alignment buttons when the commands are already at your fingertips.
Windows: Ctrl + Shift + L/C/R
Mac OS: Command + Shift + L/C/R
6. Decrease/Increase type size
Adjust your text size with ease so that you can find the perfect fit.
Windows: Ctrl + Shift + < or >
Mac OS: Command + Shift + < or >
7. Merge layers (Photoshop)
Incredibly useful if you want to make all of your layers one. However, use with caution. Once merged, the layers do not separate easily.
Windows: Ctrl + Shift + E
Mac OS: Command + Shift + E
8. Select a color from an image (Photoshop)
This hotkey is great for when you want to test drive a color without actually altering the image. Click and hold to see selected color, then let go to return to the brush tool. A fantastic, non-permanent alternative to using the eyedropper tool.
Windows: Alt + Brush Tool
Mac OS: Option + Brush Tool
9. Import files
Insert new files onto a document at the click of a few keys!
Windows: Ctrl + D
Mac OS: Command + D
10. Preview mode (InDesign)
This hotkey lets you toggle between your working screen and the preview screen without any additional lines or boxes.
Mac OS: W
Even if you already know many of these shortcuts, there are hundreds more created by Adobe to make your designing experience easier. Explore the hotkeys for commands that you use the most frequently and cut down on time. Keeping a handy reference on a notepad or even jotting them down on a sticky note can improve your designing productivity and ease in no time!