7 must-know design and illustration shortcuts

In the scramble to meet deadlines, good housekeeping habits all too easily fall by the wayside. And when your workload is at full capacity, tasks like recording Photoshop actions or reading up on the finer points of PPI don't exactly feel like a priority.

The holiday season is the perfect time to brush up on the basics. Invest time now, and you'll thank yourself for it later. Here are seven must-know shortcuts that will speed up your workflow…

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