Shortcuts. When 3 weddings, 5 portrait sessions and 4 album designs are staring you down, a shortcut is a lifeline to making sure that you are not enslaved to your computer and maybe have a chance to see the outside world at least for a few minutes.

I have nary to find many photographers who loves the editing part of the job. In fact, for me personally, I’d rather endure a roomful of crying toddlers or face an army of fire ants than sit in front of my laptop with Lightroom or Photoshop and hours of editing ahead. Sure, Photoshop has lots of shortcuts, but I have to remember all these shortcuts and the older I get, the less my brain holds information like remembering what Command+Shift+N does for me.

[REWIND: Example of Culling-In Workflow in Lightroom]

So, when a Kickstarter project has told me that I can speed up my workflow by 30%, my ears perk up. The Shortcut-S Keyboard is a keyboard specifically for editing in Photoshop. Grouped by color, the Shortcut-S keyboard looks intuitive and easy to navigate.

ShortcutS-kickstarter-1Creator Sorin Neica has promised that if the project is funded, that they will develop more overlays for popular programs such as Corel Draw, Adobe Premiere, Adobe Illustrator, Final Cut, Lightroom, etc. You can vote now on their website for the graphics program you want them to develop next.

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Shortcut-S is truly a shortcut, allowing me to use one finger (not three keys with one hand and the mouse with the other), and press any of the 319 keys for the most important tools, functions, and filters. There are also 20 customizable keys.


Here is their Kickstarter video below for more information:

They have 48 days to raise $185, 280 to reach their goal and begin production on this project, so if you think that this would help you speed up your editing time, check out their Kickstarter page.