10+ Mac OS X Tips and Tricks for Designers and Bloggers

There are many shortcuts and features on the Mac that would benefit tremendously to designers and bloggers, but only a handful of them know about these.

October 7th, 2009 by Meng To


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Here are 10+ tips and tricks specifically for designers and bloggers. If you know of any more tricks you really find useful, please add in the comments!

Screenshots

This screenshot was generated using the shortcuts below.
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Create a screenshot
Shift + Command + 3 for entire screen.
Shift + Command + 4 for a portion of the screen.

Window-specific screenshot
Shift + Command + 4, then spacebar
More info

Disable shadow in screen window captures
Yep, the shadow can be unnecessary for screenshots and there’s a quick way to disable it. Read here

Preview

This super light built-in app can save you tremendous amount of time, especially when manipulating screenshots. Quickly crop an image or even Annotate. You can even crop multiple pages in a PDF format. How awesome is that!
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iPhoto

iPhoto can help you organize your portfolio and have them quickly posted to your Flickr or Facebook account.
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Organize your desktop

Your desktop can get really cluttered and inefficiently organized. By right-clicking from your desktop, you can go to view options and have your icons automatically organized by date, or have them shown in smaller sizes or horizontal alignment.
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Put colours to organize your documents.
Additionally, you can right-click multiple documents and label colours to them.
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Desktop and Screensavers

Set up your Desktop and Screensavers using your Pictures folder.
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Exposé and Spaces

Most know about expose and spaces, but find them annoying or don’t quite use them right. Exposé is essential to quickly switch views and having applications attached to each space will let you quickly switch spaces by clicking your dock apps.

In Exposé, you’ll find that using at least the 3 views (All Windows, Desktop and Spaces) really make things easier for you. To read more: An Introduction to Exposé on OS X
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Spaces on the other hand has a neat control panel that lets you attach apps to each space.
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Keyboard Shortcuts

Often, you’ll find that your favorite applications may not have thought of all the shortcuts you want or that they’re just plain weird. Well, with keyboard shortcuts, you can change them the way you like!
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More…

MacAppStorm has a list of 30+ Super Secret Mac OS X features and Shortcuts

6 Responses to “10+ Mac OS X Tips and Tricks for Designers and Bloggers”

  1. Renyn says:

    Havent done the jump from PC to Mac… still, i think ill grab a macbook just to when you go meet a client. Its impossible to dont like how well Mac is organized. Soo many custom fonctions.

    • Meng To says:

      Wow, I can’t believe you’re still on a PC. Yeah, Mac is undisputedly awesome for designers and this article is only one aspect of the much awesomeness of the Mac. I’ll write another article about the Apps that I use. :)

      • Renyn says:

        well working with Photoshop and PC for the last 10 years give you some kind of habbits. Just to relearn how to do shortcuts without Ctrl/shift ill go crazy. Honestly, i havent see anything yet that make Mac soo awesome compared to PC for designer like me. Mac is more nice and look better yes but… nothing yet made me switch. I still can run Gig files without lag, i still can set multiple colors setting depending on with printing company i will use on whatever project… Once Mac will have something really awesome that will make my job go faster, ill switch :P

  2. Raul G. says:

    I did the switch almost a year ago, to OSX. I think my favorite one is Quick Look…I dont have to open any software to look at a jpg or .psd, even media files!

    • Meng To says:

      Yeah, once you switch, it’s hard to go back. I love quick look too. One of my favorite features is stacks, I use it all the time. An OS should let you efficiently organize all your stuff in a visually pleasing way, and that’s what Mac does well, more so than other.

  3. Bruce says:

    Yeah, once you switch, it’s hard to go back. I love quick look too. One of my favorite features is stacks, I use it all the time. An OS should let you efficiently organize all your stuff in a visually pleasing way, and that’s what Mac does well, more so than other.

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