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Practical Shortcuts for Architects: Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign

As an architect, you undoubtedly devote a significant amount of your time to Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign ✍ Whether it's drawing or editing, post-production or presentation, these programs provide a flexible working environment for creativity. However, what if you want to be not only creative but also efficient? When it comes to efficiency, keyboard shortcuts are the answer. They will save you from a lot of clicks and drop-down menus. Here, I gathered some useful shortcuts that you will be using often.

The tables are quite self-explanatory. On the left, there are the toolbar shortcuts as most of the tools from the toolbar do have keyboard shortcuts. On the right, I gathered the essential shortcuts for the functions that you will be using a lot for each program.

Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts

Adobe Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts

These may seem like a lot at first but don’t let that scare you away. Start memorizing in small groups, they will come in handy when you need them most.

Illustrator Keyboard Shortcuts

Adobe Illustrator Keyboard Shortcuts

You will be surprised how easy it is to hit one button on your keyboard rather than wander around on menus.

InDesign Keyboard Shortcuts

Adobe InDesign Keyboard Shortcuts

These are the table of shortcuts I have prepared, but they are not the only shortcuts that are available of course. In Photoshop and Illustrator, you can click Alt + Shift + Ctrl + K or Option + Shift + Command + K to view/customize all the shortcuts and define new ones. In InDesign, go to Edit>Keyboard Shortcuts. There you can choose one of the keyboard shortcut sets or edit them as you wish.  Also, you can check Adobe’s website for more info on Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign shortcuts.

Good luck with memorizing and customizing 🌟 Let us know if you want to see more shortcuts or tips for other programs!

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