12 essential cheat sheets for every designer

Being a designer in 2021 means there's an awful lot of technical stuff you need to hold in your head at any time. Whether you're working in Photoshop, designing for the web or creating apps, if you want to work well and efficiently then there's all manner of rules, guidelines and jargon to keep in mind, as well as speed-enhancing shortcuts for all the software you'll be using.

It never hurts to have some helpful aides-memoire to hand; that's why we've put together this selection of cheat sheets that'll help you learn the things you need to know, jog your memory when you're up against it and refine your workflow. Most of them are downloadable, but some are online cheat sheets to bookmark. And don't forget to visit our Adobe Creative Cloud discount page if you're ready to get designing.

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Jim McCauley

Jim McCauley is a writer, performer and cat-wrangler who started writing professionally way back in 1995 on PC Format magazine, and has been covering technology-related subjects ever since, whether it's hardware, software or videogames. A chance call in 2005 led to Jim taking charge of Computer Arts' website and developing an interest in the world of graphic design, and eventually led to a move over to the freshly-launched Creative Bloq in 2012. Jim now works as a freelance writer for sites including Creative Bloq, T3 and PetsRadar, specialising in design, technology, wellness and cats, while doing the occasional pantomime and street performance in Bath and designing posters for a local drama group on the side.