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Knowing and understanding the many essential components of a mechanical keyboard can be difficult, especially if you are not used to technical stuff. As a graphic designer, you want to focus on the more creative part of your work and not be bothered with memorizing shortcuts or navigating the menus looking for tools you will love to use.
We can all agree that everyone loves shortcuts, cause why not? Today we will be sharing with you VIA mappings for graphic designers; some shortcuts to use when working on Adobe Creative Suite software (such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign). Keyboard shortcuts have always been cherished by graphic designers as it significantly helps them to improve their productivity and efficiency in workflow. With the use of VIA mappings, you can reduce switching between tools or trying to navigate through menus, which in turn helps you to focus on the creative aspect of your work.
If you are new to the Tech world, you are probably wondering what VIA means. VIA is an application that can be used to customize keymaps on your QMK keyboards. What this does is that it allows you to configure a keypad to carry out a particular function. For instance, through VIA mapping you could configure your “K” keypad to carry out the function of Ctrl/Cmd + T; this in turn enables you to free transform using your “K” keypad. Isn’t that cool! Below we will be sharing with you keyboard shortcuts that can ease your work as a graphic designer, especially if you use Adobe Suite.
Common Keyboard Shortcuts
Basic keyboard shortcuts include the following; these shortcuts can be used by virtually anyone; writers, designers, or programmers.
Common Graphic Designer Icons
Editing and transformations keyboard shortcuts for Graphic designers include the following:
Keyboard shortcut for when you are working with texts include:
Selection and navigation keyboard shortcuts include the following:
Keyboard shortcuts for specific tools include:
Note that the usefulness of the above keyboard shortcuts depends on the task you are working on within Adobe Suite. Mastering these keyboard shortcuts will make graphic design easy for you but do you know what can make work easier for you? VIA mapping! With VIA mapping you can configure each of your keypad to perform the function of each of the above shortcuts. Life is made easier with VIA mappings.
If VIA is new to you, you may find it complex but it is actually easy to use. Long before now, you have to download VIA to be able to make use of it but you do not have to any longer. You just have to launch the web-based version through the web. VIA automatically detects your keyboard once it is open and loaded in your browser.
Key Tester Tab on VIA
Layers Tab on VIA
You can also configure your keys in layers. That is, you can use a single key to perform multiple functions or carry out a command. This feature comes handy when you are using a small mechanical keyboard that does not possess enough physical keys to accommodate all your functions. For example, you can assign shortcuts as layers to some of the letter keys on your keyboard. You can also do the same for the function keys if your keyboard does not come with them. Here are the steps to follow to achieve this:
Under the configure option, you will find the number of layers in each key can accommodate just above your keyboard outline.
VIA mappings makes work easy and more enjoyable for you as a graphic designer. After configuring your keyboard, unplugging, re-plugging or connecting your keyboard to another computer does not affect it. Your configuration remains intact.
You can assign multiple functions to certain keys by making use of the layer feature and also reassign shortcuts and press multiple keys as one using the macron feature.
VIA mappings is an adventure on its own and one that is enjoyable and makes work easier for you. You can play around until you get your desired results.