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Top Graphic Design software in 2020

Top Graphic Design software in 2020

Graphic designers everywhere will ask the  question:

What is the best graphic design software this year?

I have compiled the most complete graphic design software list in 2020 just for you. Below you will find the:

  • The best raster and vector graphics editors
  • Free online graphic design software and paid
  • Their top features
  • Pricing plans
  • PROs and CONs

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Without further ado, here are the best graphic design tools in 2020:

1. Adobe Photoshop

Graphic Design

Platform: Desktop & iPad

Pricing Plan: starting at $20.99/mo

Description

Adobe Photoshop is one of the most popular and used graphics editing software. It was developed and published by Adobe Incorporation. Its uses are not only limited to graphics editing alone, but digital art as a whole.

PROS

  • Very widely used. This means that there are a lot of learning resources. Best resources for learning Photoshop can be found at the Adobe Website, PSDDude Photoshop Tutorials and Tuts+.
  • It has probably the most advanced engine for photo editing. In recent years Adobe perfected its machine learning & AI assist (Adobe Sensei Engine) that can do automated photo editing (content aware fill, content aware scale, etc)
  • Batch processing with Photoshop actions
  • Supports masks, alpha compositing and several tools

CONS

  • Quite costly and you need a powerful computer.
  • Updates are mandatory which means that in theory you are not allowed to use versions older than the latest. This creates some nasty problems with incompatible features (eg. old actions might not work anymore)
  • Has limited and selected features for iPad users
  • Limited support for raster and vector images like SVG files.
  • Can be very intimidating for a beginner graphic designer

2. GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)

GNU Image Manipulation Program

Platform: Desktop/Tablet

Pricing Plan: FREE

Description

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a graphic designing and editing software used for image editing and retouching. It can also be used to perform specialized editing and digital art designs.

PROS

  • It’s free and easy enough to use
  • Opens almost all file formats
  • Wide range of tools and features
  • Easily expandable and supports command line batch mode

CONS

  • May not have all features and user tools user needs to complete a task
  • Interface is cluttered and almost jam packed
  • Difficult to work with text
  • Unstable and prone to crashing in some installations

3. Corel Draw

Corel Draw

Platform: Desktop/iPad

Pricing Plan: $198/yr

Description

CorelDRAW is a vector graphics editor used to create logos, flexes, invitation cards and any kind of vector designing based on the lining. It has a wide range of existing images and logos that can be customized.

PROS

  • Very effective tool to design two dimensional images such as posters and logos
  • Allows user to create customized logos and posters
  • Allows users to import/export images
  • User friendly interface
  • Good for beginners and easy to use.

CONS

  • Has many features that might take a long time to learn.
  • Errors on drawings can be easily spotted, especially when images are enlarged
  • Performance issues and instability when working with large or complex documents
  • Lack of smart guides
  • Quite expensive

4. Xara Designer PRO X

Xara Designer PRO X

Platform: Desktop

Pricing Plan: $299/yr

Description

Xara Designer PRO X or Xara for short is an advanced but easy to use graphic design tool available on Windows. It allows its users to create, edit, and design media such as web pages, photos, and other illustrations easily. It has tons of features that make it an amazing graphic design tool and it is available at affordable prices of about $299 per year.

PROS

  • Easy to use
  • Drag and drop features
  • Anti-aliasing features that speed up the editing process
  • Can zoom up to 25,000% and more
  • Capable of syncing files with Dropbox and Google Drive
  • Supports importing and exporting Adobe PSD files, including layer support, alpha channel, and 16-bit color and CMYK layer conversion
  • Array of tools for drawing, 3D extrude, text handling, blends, page layout, live effects, transparency and feathering, and shadows and contours

CONS

  • Only available for Windows
  • Its advanced features are sometimes hard to use
  • The masking feature is cumbersome and difficult to understand

5. MockoFun

MockoFun

Platform: Online

Pricing Plan: FREE (option for Premium User starting at $4.99/mo)

Description

MockoFun is one of the coolest online graphic designing, photo editing and text editing tool. You can use it to get basic graphics editing done.

PROS

  • It’s FREE and easy to use
  • Can be used by both non-graphic designers and advanced designers
  • Advanced photo editor with stunning filters like: Oil Paint, Anaglyph, Kaleidoscope, Polar Coordinates, Dithering, etc.
  • Pre-made design templates editable online
  • Text editor offers typography features including 800 fonts, text styles and creative text lettering. Also includes a cool curved text tool
  • Access to over 250,000 stock images, vector shapes and illustrations
  • Access to overlays and special effects
  • Can be used successfully as an online logo maker too
  • Exports JPG, PNG with transparent background and print ready 300dpi PDF

CONS

  • No free-hand drawing yet
  • You can only save up to 10 designs in the free version

6. Procreate

What Graphic Design Software Should I Use In 2020

Platform: iPad

Pricing Plan: $9.99

Description

Procreate is a raster editor software for graphic design and digital painting. It is designed for iPad users to explore their artistic possibilities. It comes with many classic and digital art tools

PROS

  • It gives the natural feel of physical drawing.
  • Supports import/export to Adobe Photoshop
  • Can be used by beginners and professionals alike.

CONS

  • It was designed specifically for iOS and iPad users
  • Has limited abilities and features, edit and render texts and vector graphics.

7. Canva

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Platform: Online

Pricing Plan: FREE (option for Pro subscription from $9.99/mo – $30/mo)

Description

Canva is a graphic design platform that allows users create images, fonts and illustrations tool. It is very popular graphic design tool that allows social media users to create posters, graphics and presentations.

PROS

  • Offers a wide range of easy-to-use designed templates
  • Allows for the import of customized photos and images
  • A huge library of templates and designs that can be used to make simple designs

CONS

  • Maximum functions are only available to Canva Pro users-subscribed users
  • Limited free icons, illustrations and graphic elements

8. PicMonkey

Pic Monkey

Platform: Online

Pricing Plan: $7.99/mo – $33.99/mo

Description

PicMonkey is an online photo editing and graphic design service. It transcends the regular photo editing tool. It also comes with a wide selection of graphic elements such as: greeting cards, wedding invitation cards, announcements cards, business cards etc

PROS

  • Has an integrated cloud storage options where users can save pictures
  • Saved pictures are re-editable
  • Easy-to-use interface
  • Easy clicks and instant navigation of tools to edit image

CONS

  • May be slow to load on browser
  • Only premium users have access to full package and full design templates

9. PixTeller

 Pix Teller ,Graphic Design

Platform: Online

Pricing Plan: $7/mo – $12/mo

Description

Pixteller is particularly remarkable for its simplicity and easy navigation. Its Easy-to-Use Design & Animation tools can be used by anyone to create Images, GIFs & Videos for personal or business use, with no special know-how.

PROS

  • Great for personal or business use.
  • Can be used by everyone and anyone.
  • Doesn’t need special editing or digital skills to navigate
  • Can be used to create theme-based images

CONS

  • Only has limited features and tools.
  • Lacks in tutorials for how to use the tool
  • Doesn’t have to many pre-made templates

10. BeFunky

Be Funky

Platform: Mobile/Online

Pricing Plan: $4.99/mo — $6.99/mo

Description

BeFunky is an excellent photo editing application with a wide range of picture editing tools. You can do a whole lot of activities like resizing, cropping and filtering options. With its 30+ tools, there’s a whole lot of effects you can bring to images.

PROS

  • Well-designed and functional interface
  • User friendly and easy to manipulate
  • Has an undo button to change a previous photo effect

CONS

  • It’s best for Android phones and users.
  • Plus account where users get to enjoy optimal use of the app isn’t free

11. Pixlr

Pixlr

Platform: Online

Pricing Plan: FREE (option for Advanced and PRO $3.99/mo — $14.99/mo)

Description

Pixlr is a popular online photo editing application. It has an improved and advanced AI intelligence and Machine Learning used as a tool to enhance and improve photo outlook.

PROS

  • Easy to use and master for beginners.
  • Modern photo editing features and tools
  • Has different packages for beginners and pros.(Pixlr X and E respectively)
  • Availability of wide range of stickers, borders and other graphic elements just to perfect your photo editing.
  • AI powered tools for quick and professional editing

CONS

  • Is not compatible with all image and file formats
  • Limited features for text
  • There aren’t too many tutorials on how to use the tool

12. Photopea

Photopea

Platform: Online

Pricing Plan: FREE (with Ads or Premium for $9/mo – $400/mo)

Description

Photopea is an online multimedia software for editing files from native apps. It is used to edit images and add graphic effects to pictures.

PROS

  • No account required to use
  • Very good performance
  • Supports PNG, JPG, SVG, GIF and PDF export formats
  • Can read and save Photoshop PSD files, Photoshop brushes and Photoshop custom shapes
  • Edits photos easily on web browser
  • Great user support

CONS

  • Is a bit complicated to use (emulating Photoshop)
  • Lacks some of Photoshop’s features

13. Adobe Illustrator

 Adobe Illustrator

Platform: Desktop

Pricing Plan: $29.99/mo

Description

Adobe Illustrator is unarguably the most popular vector graphics editor for creating print or web. So far, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator have been the standard for creating logos, artworks, fonts, graphics comics and concept arts.

PROS

  • Advanced and sophisticated graphics tool
  • Has a wide range of tools and features.
  • Creates both print and web graphics.
  • It’s the standard for all other vector graphics.

CONS

  • No canvas rotation feature (users have been asking it for a long time)
  • Complex. Not suitable for beginners
  • May take a long time to learn and master
  • Some performance issues on older computers
  • Default settings for some tools are a bit weird

14. Affinity

Affinity

Platform: Desktop/iPad

Pricing Plan: $49.99(one-time payment)

Description

Affinity is a graphics vector design software and shape drawing tool. It supports raster brushes and custom vector, dynamic symbols, stroke stabilization, text style management, and vector/pixel export options. It can be used to create graphics art and digital design.

PROS

  • Good alternative for Adobe Illustrator
  • Compatible with most graphics file formats
  • Can import data from files, especially Adobe Freehand (specifically versions 10 & MX)
  • Allows user to set up grid and isometric video game graphics.
  • Very intuitive and flexible gradient tools
  • Seamless in-application switching between vector and raster graphics editing (Affinity Designer)
  • Great tools for isometric design

CONS

  • Lacks image tracing
  • Doesn’t allow export of .AI files
  • Doesn’t provide tools for text warping
  • A bit of a complicated UI and sometimes it’s hard to find a certain tool
  • Has some minor performance issues on older computers
  • No support for RTL/BIDI languages
  • The brush engine isn’t as developed as with other tools

15. Inkscape

Inkscape

Platform: Desktop

Pricing Plan: FREE

Description

Inkspace is one of the most popular Vector graphics editor. It can be used to design, create or edit vector graphics.

PROS

  • Supports multiple vector formats
  • Powerful tool to create two dimensional vector images logos, designs and other scalable vector graphics
  • Created shapes can be manipulated with transformations such as moving, rotating and scaling.

CONS

  • Beginners and non tech savvy folks might struggle maximize its features
  • Options and features are limited
  • No support for CMYK colors
  • Does not export to .AI

16. Gravit Designer

Gravit Designer

Platform: Desktop/Online

Pricing Plan: FREE (option to upgrade to PRO $49/yr)

Description

A free vector design application that’s great for logo making, photo manipulation, illustrations and animations. You can use Gravit online with their cloud-based software — though some reviews claim that it runs a bit slower than the locally-installed version. The layout is sleek and fully customizable.

PROS

  • Cool and plenty of features and capabilities
  • Cloud storage is very useful
  • Can import most vector formats (including .AI)

CONS

  • Free version not nearly as effective as Pro
  • Performance problems with large images
  • Complex UI, not suitable for beginners
  • No grid snapping

17. Vectornator

Vectornator

Platform: iPhone/iPad/iOS

Pricing Plan: FREE

Description

Vectornator is an vector graphics design software that can be used to design and almost everything. It’s flexible and intuitive.

PROS

  • Has an intuitive user interface
  • Has a wide variety of tools and features
  • Easy clicks to create amazing and creative layouts
  • Effective tool for producing vector drawings with a pen tool.

CONS

  • Specifically for iPhone, iPad and Mac users
  • May consume a lot of time, especially if you aren’t good at using the iPhone pen.

18. Vectr

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Platform: Online

Pricing Plan: FREE

Description

Vectr is free, intuitive, simple,yet powerful to perform vector graphics editing tool. It is used by bloggers, digital marketers and website designers.

PROS

  • Handy and easy for new users of vector
  • User friendly interface

CONS

  • Limited templates for users
  • It’s mostly best for simple tasks and small projects.

19. Tailor Brands

Tailor Brands

Platform: Online

Pricing Plan: $3.99 – $12.99

Description

Tailor Brands is a graphic design tool for quickly generating a logo. They have a wizard like logo building process, a very good tool for those with little design experience.

PROS

  • Design logo
  • Quick Images
  • Lots of presets
  • Covers a range of tasks (e.g. socal media)
  • Relatively cheap
  • Great for those with little experience

CONS

  • Not the most advanced tool for logo design
  • There is no free trial
  • Limited customization options of the end result

In Conclusion

Doesn’t matter if you are into vector graphics, logo design, photo editing, marketing design, etc. I hope that you found this list useful. For sure I could not include ALL of them, but I did try to include the most important graphic design software and the most trending graphic design software in 2020.

If you are looking for a tool for your next graphic design project, now you know what your options are regarding graphic design software.

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Originally posted by John Negoita

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Design Tips Photoshop

62 Photoshop shortcuts you need to know

Use Photoshop shortcuts to speed up your workflow with tips that cover layering, text, viewing and image handling .

Photoshop shortcuts
(Image credit: Adobe)

Photoshop shortcuts are the answer to simple tasks taking forever. Fiddly extra steps can be an issue when using Photoshop, slowing down your workflow and taking up valuable brain space. Photoshop pros use shortcuts to solve the problem.

We’ve found the best shortcuts on the web and collated them here for your Photoshop pleasure. They’ll help you to change the size of your text, deselect a layer or merge a series of layers with swift ease. We also have useful hints for brushes, saving and closing, and viewing options. They are all guaranteed to speed up your process once you get the hang of them.

Photoshop shortcuts
Manipulating and arranging layers is simple with these great Photoshop shortcuts

01. Show and hide the layers panel

  • WINDOWS: F7
  • MAC: F7

Quickly show and hide the Layers panel easily by pressing F7 on your keypad. This will also show and hide the Channels and Paths panels because they are grouped together.

02. Scroll through the Layers

  • MAC: Option [ ]
  • WINDOWS: Alt [ ]

To scroll through the layers quickly, hold Alt/Option and use left and right bracket keys [ ] to scroll through: right is up and left is down.

03. Create New layer

  • MAC: Shift+Cmd+N
  • WINDOWS: Shift+Ctrl+N

Get started on your latest project in next to no time with this handy shortcut that instantly whips up a new layer and dialogue box.

04. Create new layer behind selected layer

  • MAC: Ctrl+New Layer icon
  • WINDOWS: Cmd+New Layer Icon

Mastering the new layer shortcut is a doddle, so once you’re ready to drop in a layer behind it, be sure to use this shortcut.

05. Fill a layer

  • MAC: Alt+Backspace (foreground) or Cmd+Backspace (background)
  • WINDOWS: Alt+Delete (foreground) or Ctrl+Delete (background)

This command will fill an empty later with the current foreground or background colour.

06. Flatten layers

  • MAC: Cmd+Alt+Shift+E
  • WINDOWS: Ctrl+Alt+Shift+E

Add a new, empty layer to the top of your stack, select it and use the above command to flatten the layers in an image to sharpen the result. This adds a flattened version of the image to the new layer but leaves the stacked layers intact too.

07. Merge visible layers

  • MAC: Cmd+Shift+E
  • WINDOWS: Ctrl+Shift+E

This command enables you to merge all your existing layers to create one new layer. Beware! Once merged, they’re extremely difficult to separate.

08. Stamp down selected layers

  • MAC: Cmd+Alt+E
  • WINDOWS: Ctrl+Alt+E

Once you’ve selected your layers, use this command to merge them into just one layer. To see them merged as a new layer, simply add in the Shift modifier. This is useful if you need to make adjustments later on.

09. New layer via copy

  • MAC: Cmd+J
  • WINDOWS: Ctrl+J

Use this command to create a new layer from an existing one. Sound complicated? Give it a go!

10. New layer via cut

  • MAC: Cmd+Shift+J
  • WINDOWS: Ctrl+Shift+J

Like creating a new layer via copy, this command will create a new layer with the selected image area in it. The only difference via cut is that it will remove the selected image portion from the original image.

11. Bring layer to top of stack

  • MAC: Cmd+Shift+]
  • WINDOWS: Ctrl+Shift+]

Here, you can move your preferred layer to the top of the stack of images you’re working with in Photoshop.

12. Send layer to bottom of stack

  • MAC: Cmd+Shift+[
  • WINDOWS: Ctrl+Shift+[

Yep, this is pretty self-explanatory. It does exactly the same as the command above, but in the opposite direction.

13. Bring layer forward

  • MAC: Cmd+]
  • WINDOWS: Ctrl+]

This Photoshop shortcut enables you to bring any selected image to the front.

14. Send layer back

  • MAC: Cmd+[
  • WINDOWS: Ctrl+[

If you decide to change your mind, you can always select the image and send it to the back of the pile.

15. Copy multiple layers

  • MAC: Shift+Cmd+C
  • WINDOWS: Shift+Ctrl+C

Draw a selection, then use this command to take every layer into the clipboard, rather than just the current layer selection.

Photoshop shortcuts
Adding, subtracting, inverting. Getting selections right has never been easier

16. Reselect

  • MAC: Cmd+Shift+D
  • WINDOWS: Ctrl+Shift+D

This is a great command for when you accidentally click away from a section. Pressing these keys will have that section reselected in no time.

17. Invert selection

  • MAC: Cmd+Shift+I
  • WINDOWS: Ctrl+Shift+I

Select objects around a pre-selected image. This way, you can work around your main focus without losing it.

18. Select all layers

  • MAC: Cmd+Opt+A
  • WINDOWS: Ctrl+Alt+A

A perfect command for those times when you need to get everything in sync.

19. Select bottom layer

  • MAC: Opt+,
  • WINDOWS: Alt+,

This will select the bottom layer in the Layers panel.

20. Select top layer

  • MAC: Opt+.
  • WINDOWS: Alt+.

This will select the top layer in the Layers panel.

21. Deselect from the selection area

  • MAC: Opt+drag
  • WINDOWS: Alt+drag

If you need to deselect a certain area sharpish, then hit these keys and drag your mouse.

22. Deselect all but the intersected area

  • MAC: Shift+Opt+drag
  • WINDOWS: Shift+Alt+drag

If you don’t want to deselect an area, you can use this shortcut to ensure you’re clicking on what you want.

23. Deselect the entire image

  • MAC: Cmd+D
  • WINDOWS: Ctrl+D

If you need to get away from the image, use this Photoshop shortcut to deselect anything that you’ve clicked on.

24. Find the sizing handles

  • MAC: Cmd+T, then Cmd+0
  • WINDOWS: Ctrl+T, then Ctrl+0

When pasting a layer or selection into a Photoshop image and it’s bigger than the current image, it can be difficult to find the sizing handles. This command selects Transform and sizes the image inside the window so you can see the sizing handles.

25. Move a selection

  • MAC: Spacebar+Marquee tool
  • WINDOWS: Spacebar+Marquee tool

Want to move a selection easily? Simply choose the Marquee tool, and press and hold the Spacebar. Continue to do so until the selection is in the correct place.

26. Select individual channels

  • MAC: Cmd+3 (red), (green), (blue)
  • WINDOWS: Ctrl+3 (red), (green), (blue)

Selecting with Photoshop Channels makes removing a complex object from the background much easier than using other tools. And using this Photoshop shortcut makes the process even simpler.

27. Select a colour from an image

  • MAC: Opt+Brush tool
  • WINDOWS: Alt+Brush tool

When working with a Photoshop brush, if you want to sample a colour from an image, instead of clicking the Eyedropper tool, simply hold the Alt or Option key to switch temporarily. Then let go to return to the Brush tool.

Photoshop shortcuts
Play with brush sizes and more with these great Photoshop shortcuts

28. Increase/decrease brush size

  • MAC: ]/[
  • WINDOWS: ]/[

Getting your brush size just right is one of the most important aspects of Photoshop. Do it with this command.

29. Fill

  • MAC: Shift+F5
  • WINDOWS: Shift+F5

Whether you want to fill the selection with the foreground colour or with a selected pattern, use this Photoshop shortcut to get the job done quickly.

30. Increase/decrease brush hardness

  • MAC: }/{
  • WINDOWS: }/{

Brush hardness is just as important, so get it right with this shortcut.

31. Previous/next brush

  • MAC: ,/.
  • WINDOWS: ,/.

Save time and distractions by using these simple commands to swiftly move through the various brushes on offer.

32. First/last brush

  • MAC: </>
  • WINDOWS: </>

If you don’t want to have go through the entire array of Brushes on offer, hit these commands to go back to the start or end.

33. Toggle airbrush option

  • MAC: Shift+Opt+P
  • WINDOWS: Shift+Alt+P

Simulate spraying painting with Photoshop’s Airbrush tool using this helpful shortcut.

Photoshop shortcuts
You’ll save most things. So these Photoshop shortcuts should come in handy.

34. Save for web & devices

  • MAC: Cmd+Shift+Opt+S
  • WINDOWS: Ctrl+Shift+Alt+S

Pretty self-explanatory, but if you prefer not to drag your mouse onto a number of options, use this Photoshop shortcut on your keyboard.

35. Close and go to Bridge

  • MAC: Cmd+Shift+W
  • WINDOWS: Ctrl+Shift+W

As the name implies, this will close your document and then open up Adobe Bridge, where you can select the next file you wish to work on.

Photoshop shortcuts
We love Clipping Masks. Does that make us weird? DOES IT?! Ok. Fair enough

36. Levels

  • MAC: Cmd+L
  • WINDOWS: Ctrl+L

When editing your images, you’ll be using the Levels box regularly. Save yourself some time with this Photoshop shortcut.

37. Free Transform

  • MAC: Cmd+T
  • WINDOWS: Ctrl+T

This command opens Photoshop’s Free Transform tool for resizing, rotating, and skewing an image using a draggable outline.

38. Curves

  • MAC: Cmd+M
  • WINDOWS: Ctrl+M

This Photoshop shortcut enables you to quickly edit the Curves on an image.

39. Colour Balance

  • MAC: Cmd+B
  • WINDOWS: Ctrl+B

This is the perfect Photoshop shortcut to edit the Colour Balance of your images.

40. Hue/Saturation

  • MAC: Cmd+U
  • WINDOWS: Ctrl+U

These two powerful Photoshop tools will aid you in the colour balance battle, and decrease the amount of crossover.

41. Desaturate

  • MAC: Cmd+Shift+U
  • WINDOWS: Ctrl+Shift+U

Convert your colour image to grayscale values, leaving the image in the same colour mode.

42. Quick image fixes

Auto Tone

  • MAC: Shift+Cmd+L
  • WINDOWS: Shift+Ctrl+L

Auto Contrast

  • MAC: Opt+Shift+Cmd+L
  • WINDOWS: Alt+Shift+Ctrl+L

Auto Color

  • MAC: Shift+Cmd+B
  • WINDOWS: Shift+Ctrl+B

After a quick fix for a photo? While they’re not reliable cure-alls, these tools are usually worth a go for automatically improving your images.

43. Lens correction

  • MAC: Shift+Cmd+R
  • WINDOWS: Shift+Ctrl+R

The camera always lies, particularly where lens distortion is involved. Use the lens correction filter to reduce the effect of barrel distortion, pincushion distortion and vignetting.

44. Adaptive Wide Angle

  • MAC: Opt+Shift+Cmd+A
  • WINDOWS: Opt+Shift+Ctrl+A

Wide-angle lenses can bring their own particular distortions, and Photoshop has a filter for this. The Adaptive Wide Angle filter can quickly straighten lines that appear curved in panoramas, or photos taken with fish-eye and wide-angle lenses.

45. Camera Raw Filter

  • MAC: Shift+Cmd+A
  • WINDOWS: Shift+Ctrl+A

With older versions of Photoshop you have to run Adobe Camera Raw as a separate program. But in Photoshop CC it’s available as a filter, enabling you to non-destructively apply sophisticated adjustments to any image type.

46. Content Aware Scale

  • MAC: Cmd+Shift+Opt+C
  • WINDOWS: Ctrl+Shift+Alt+C

Scale your image to your preferred state with this super-quick Photoshop shortcut.

47. Content-Aware Move

  • MAC AND WINDOWS: Shift+J

The latest content-aware tool in Photoshop CC enables you to move objects around in a photograph, and it’ll intelligently fill in the gaps where they used to be.

48. Create clipping mask

  • MAC: Cmd+Opt+G
  • WINDOWS: Ctrl+Alt+G

A great way to keep shadows and shading where they belong, the clipping mask tool is basic but useful.

49. Blending modes

  • MAC: Shift++ or 
  • WINDOWS: Shift++ or 

Photoshop has a variety of blending modes to create cool effects. Use this command to cycle through each.

50. Black and white dialogue box

  • MAC: Shift+Cmd+Opt+B
  • WINDOWS: Shift+Ctrl+Alt+B

Speed up the process of converting colour photos to black and white with this Photoshop shortcut, which opens the black and white adjustment dialogue box.

51. Change image size

  • MAC: Cmd+Opt+i
  • WINDOWS: Ctrl+Alt+i

Set up your image sizes with ease with this quick and simple shortcut.

 

Photoshop shortcuts
Speed up your 3D work with these Photoshop shortcuts

52. Show/Hide polygons

Within Selection

  • MAC: Opt+Cmd+X
  • WINDOWS: Alt+Ctrl+X

Reveal All

  • MAC: Opt+Shift+Cmd+X
  • WINDOWS: Opt+Shift+Ctrl+X

If you’re working with 3D assets, use this option to view the polygons that make up your 3D models.

53. Render

  • MAC: Opt+Shift+Cmd+R
  • WINDOWS: Alt+Shift+Ctrl+R

Once you’re happy with your 3D model, use this Photoshop shortcut to create a final render and create the highest quality version for output to web, print, or animation.

Photoshop shortcuts
Just how sharp is that pic of a knight? Only one way to tell: CMD+OPT+0, baby!

54. View actual pixels

  • MAC: Cmd+Opt+0
  • WINDOWS: Ctrl+Alt+0

Viewing an image in Photoshop in actual pixels gives you the chance to see each pixel individually – ensuring your work is perfect.

55. Fit on screen

  • MAC: Cmd+0
  • WINDOWS: Ctrl+0

This Photoshop shortcut is a great way to view your work in all its glory on screen.

56. Zoom in

  • MAC: Cmd++
  • WINDOWS: Ctrl++

If you want to get down to the nitty gritty of an image, zoom right in with this Photoshop shortcut command.

57. Zoom out

  • MAC: Cmd+-
  • WINDOWS: Ctrl+-

Get an insight into how your work will look from afar with this zoom out command.

Photoshop shortcuts
Text options are a pain to find in Photoshop, because everyone uses these

58. Increase/decrease size of selected text by 2pts

  • MAC: Cmd+Shift+>/<
  • WINDOWS: Ctrl+Shift+>/<

Experiment with text in Photoshop by using this command to change its size by 2pts.

59. Increase/decrease size of selected text by 10pts

  • MAC: Cmd+Option+Shift->/<
  • WINDOWS: Ctrl+Alt+Shift+>/<

This Photoshop shortcut works the same as the command above, but it’s by 10pts this time.

60. Increase/decrease kerning or tracking

  • MAC: Opt+right/left arrow
  • WINDOWS: Alt+right/left arrow

Adjust the space between your text in Photoshop with this handy keyboard command.

61. Align text left/centre/right

  • MAC: Cmd+Shift+L/C/R
  • WINDOWS: Ctrl+Shift+L/C/R

A great way to experiment with the alignment of your text, this Photoshop shortcut will enable you to do it quickly.

62. Show/Hide selection on selected type

  • MAC: Cmd+H
  • WINDOWS: Ctrl+H

Speed up the process of selecting elements on type with this easy-to-remember shortcut.

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