We know that listening to photographers speak the language of Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop is as good as listening to a professor teach you how to learn calculus. Don’t get me started on the fact that if you are using a Mac or PC that there are slight differences in terminology that you should be aware of when learning keyboard shortcuts that make this more complicated for some. Even seasoned photography veterans who use Lightroom and Photoshop on a consistent basis come forget the keyboard shortcut to a particular command, function or action. You might know the keyboard shortcut to copy (Command C) or paste (Command V) like the back of your hand. But what if we asked you what the keyboard shortcut to paste and move at the same time is, you might not know or even remember if once upon a time you did know. By the way, bonus, the answer is Command Shift V).
If you use both Lightroom and Photoshop, and are trying to learn keyboard shortcuts for both programs, it can be a little overwhelming, we feel your pain. This is why we often suggest trying to learn two or three at a time. Don’t kill yourself trying to learn too many at once.
In the past, we have discussed 3 Killer Tips for Learning Lightroom Keyboard Shortcuts, but we have found an even cooler way of learning keyboard shortcuts for both Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom and had to share it with the rest of the world. Web developer Waldo Bronchart has created a super, duper cool web application he calls, “Application Shortcut Mapper“. This is an interactive web page that actually shows you a digital keyboard several Adobe applications like Illustrator and After Effects but also Lightroom and Photoshop.
If you are using this free Application Shortcut Mapper, for Lightroom, for example, you can select the program and then specify which Module you are working in and it will show you the keyboard shortcuts for that specific module (Library, Develop, Print, Slideshow, and Web).
If you are using the free Shortcut Mapper for Photoshop, you can switch between modes and the mapper will give you those keyboard shortcuts.
This is a fantastic tool to have open in a separate browser that you can glance over at while learning all the keyboard shortcuts your heart desires and therefore speeding up your workflow. If you have dual monitors than BONUS for you, this tool is perfect. We should also mention that the Application Shortcut Mapper will also ask you which operating system you are using (Mac OS X, Windows, Linux) and this will take the confusion out of what keyboard shortcut is right for you.
The only thing we can hope is that this tool doesn’t go away and continues to receive updates over time should things change. As of now it is more than enough material to get you learning what you need. Enjoy!
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