40+ Useful Cheat Sheets for Designers

Nov 30 2008 by Jacob Gube | 22 Comments

Whether you need to learn something quickly or need a quick refresher on how to do certain tasks, cheat sheets allow you to do either one with relative ease. Print them out and decorate your workspace or save/bookmark them for later use, whichever way suits you best.

In this collection, you’ll find 40+ of the best cheat for graphic designers for either the Mac or the Windows operating systems. You’ll find cheat sheets for popular graphic design applications such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and Fireworks. These cheat sheets available in various formats including PDF, PNG, and web-based (HTML) formats.

Photoshop and Photoshop Elements cheat sheets

Adobe Photoshop Shortcuts

Adobe Photoshop Shortcuts - screens hot.

Photoshop Quick Reference Card (Mac, Windows)

Photoshop Quick Reference Card - screens hot.

Black & White Cheatsheet For Photoshop

Black & White Cheatsheet For Photoshop - screen shot.

Adobe® Photoshop® CS4 Keyboard Shortcuts (Mac, Windows)

Adobe® Photoshop® CS4 Keyboard Shortcuts - screen shot.

Photoshop Secret Shortcuts

Photoshop Secret Shortcuts - screen shot.

Adobe Photoshop Cheat Sheet

Adobe Photoshop Cheat Sheet - screen shot.

Adobe Photoshop Elements Cheat Sheet

Adobe Photoshop Elements Cheat Sheet - screen shot.

Photoshop Elements 5

Photoshop Elements 5 - screen shot.

Photoshop Toolbox Reference

Photoshop Toolbox Reference - screen shot.

Adobe CS4 Help

Adobe CS4 Help - screen shot.

Adobe® Photoshop® CS3 Keyboard Shortcuts (Mac, Windows)

Adobe® Photoshop® CS3 Keyboard Shortcuts - screen shot.

Photoshop Cheat Sheet (Brown University, MS Word format)

Photoshop Cheat Sheet - screen shot.

Adobe Photoshop 7.0 Quick Reference Card for Windows

Adobe Photoshop 7.0 Quick Reference Card for Windows - screen shot.

Illustrator cheat sheets

Illustrator CS3 Useful Keyboard Shortcuts (Mac, Windows)

Illustrator CS3 Useful Keyboard Shortcuts - screen shot.

Illustrator CS2 Useful Keyboard Shortcuts (Mac, Windows)

Illustrator CS2 Useful Keyboard Shortcuts - screen shot.

Adobe Illustrator Shortcuts

Adobe Illustrator Shortcuts - screen shot.

Computer Arts – Keyboard shortcut cards

Computer Arts - Keyboard shortcut cards - screen shot.
(also includes a variety of other cheat sheets such as Freehand and InDesign).

Fireworks cheat sheets

Fireworks CS3 Quick Reference Card (Mac, Windows)

Fireworks CS3 Quick Reference Card - screen shot.

Fireworks MX Quick Reference Card (Mac, Windows)

Fireworks MX Quick Reference Card - screen shot.

Print Design cheat sheets

Designers Toolbox: Commercial Envelopes

Designers Toolbox: Commercial Envelopes - screen shot.

Color Codes Matching Chart HTML (CMYK, RGB Hex)

Color Codes Matching Chart HTML (CMYK, RGB Hex) - screen shot.

cyro pantone foldout

cyro pantone foldout - screen shot.

Designers Toolbox: Postcard Sizes

Designers Toolbox: Postcard Sizes - screen shot.

Designers Toolbox: Proof Reading Marks

Designers Toolbox: Proof Reading Marks - screen shot.

Designers Toolbox: Standard Foldings

Designers Toolbox: Standard Foldings - screen shot.

Designers Toolbox: Paper Sizes

Designers Toolbox: Paper Sizes - screen shot.

Designers Toolbox: Conversion Chart

Designers Toolbox: Conversion Chart - screen shot.

Designers Toolbox: Binding Styles

Designers Toolbox: Binding Styles - screen shot.

Designers Toolbox: Standard Web Banners

Designers Toolbox: Standard Web Banners - screen shot.

I.D.E.A.S. Graphics Cheatsheet

I.D.E.A.S. Graphics Cheatsheet - screen shot.

InDesign cheat sheets

Adobe InDesign CS2 Useful Keyboard Shortcuts (Mac, Windows)

Adobe InDesign CS2 Useful Keyboard Shortcuts - screen shot.

InDesign Cheat Sheet – Tools you’ll always use

InDesign Cheat Sheet - screen shot.

GIMP cheat sheets

Gimp Quick Reference Card v.1.0

Gimp Quick Reference Card v.1.0 - screen shot.

The Gimp Cheat Sheet

The Gimp Cheat Sheet - screen shot.

Got one that’s not on the list?

There’s a ton of useful cheat sheets out there, and if you know of one that’s not included above, please share it with the rest of us in the comments!

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22 Comments

Jim Gaudet

November 30th, 2008

Very nice. I am using CS4 and really need the cheat sheets.

Thanks,

insic

December 1st, 2008

nice compilation you have here. thanks for the nice article

mark

December 1st, 2008

Great list, but wtf, look at the ‘Photoshop Elements 5′-sheet, do some guys think you’ll really forget how the titlebar/toolbar looks like?!

Simon

December 1st, 2008

Cheat sheets in design is like the Google of the internet – they just save so much time and increase efficiency so well.
They’re especially helpful because the limits with design programs today are endless

Winardi

December 1st, 2008

Thanks for including Gimp cheat Sheet, that’s help me a lot.

Detox Media

December 1st, 2008

I’ve always found these cheat sheets quite helpful also:

http://www.addedbytes.com/cheat-sheets/

:)

George

December 1st, 2008

Re-tweeting this. Great stuff!

Timothy

December 1st, 2008

Yea, the CS4 cheat sheet is really handy. Thanks!

Dietmar

December 1st, 2008

Very helpful! Although the first thing I do after setting up my computer new, is to customize the PS-Shortcuts. I’ve learned Photoshop with Ps7 and I really like the shortcut “.” and “,” to decrease/increase the size of a brush. Unfortunally this shortcuts disappeared in Photoshop CS…

Randall

December 1st, 2008

Useful set. I am a proud GIMP user and was pleased to see all the Adobe products sharing space with the tiny open source dynamo (even if one of those sheets was published in 2003!!!)

Thanks for compiling this list.

Chris W.

December 1st, 2008

Thanks Jacob, very good list. I’ve posted some useful javascript library cheat sheets on my blog.

http://www.chris-wallace.com/2008/12/01/5-useful-javascript-library-cheat-sheets/

bill

December 2nd, 2008

Good, useful things. Thanks!

Gelay

December 2nd, 2008

very good list. thanks.

Poster Printing | PrintPlace.com

December 2nd, 2008

Thanks for the cheat sheets. It’s so easy to forget certain buttons and functions when you don’t use them on a daily/weekly basis. It’s horrible when you’re on a designing “roll” and you have to stop to look up a shortcut which can put the brakes on your idea, so these are really helpful. Thanks!

Los Angeles Limos

January 3rd, 2009

Cheat sheets make the world go around.

Tawny Press

January 17th, 2009

This is a very nice collection of sheets. Very useful. I sent them out to our designers and they loved them. Thank you so much for putting this collection together.

Ashley

January 19th, 2009

This was a fantastic article, I have a bunch of these sites in my boomarks already but its usefull to stick em al in one place.

Mike Witherell

February 7th, 2009

Try these Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign poster-sized keyboard shortcuts from jetsetcom.net:

http://jetsetcom.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=section&id=7&Itemid=30

Best to you!

anjelo

April 1st, 2009

Unfortunately the GIMP cheatsheet is now outdated.

Warrensh

March 11th, 2010

Very nice thanks for all of these cheat sheets A++

Bendesign

March 27th, 2010

Very helpfull. Thank you. :)

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