MacBook Tips for Graphic Designers

Useful MacBook Tips for Graphic Designers

If you are a graphic designer who has just purchased a MacBook for work because you gave in to peer pressure or decided that this is the right choice yourself, prepare to enter a transitional period when you will need to learn some things.

The time to get adjusted to your new computer should not be too long, even if you had not used a MacBook before and stuck entirely to Windows. As a graphic designer, you will likely be working a lot and need to use the MacBook. 

On the other hand, you could also take a different approach and memorize some aspects to improve work efficiency faster.

Learn Keyboard Shortcuts

Graphic designers should know MacBook keyboard shortcuts. The entire list of these shortcuts is available on the official Apple support site, but you should not expect to memorize every sequence just by looking at a list.

Instead, focus on a few shortcuts every day and work on memorizing them. Some of the first Mac keyboard shortcuts a graphic designer should learn would be:

  • Command + Shift + 3 or 4 to take screenshots.
  • Command + Option + D to show and hide the Dock.
  • Command + Shift + T to reopen the previous tab.
  • Option + Drag to create a copy of a file or folder.

Of course, you do not need to follow these suggestions and pick something yourself. The important part is that the more keyboard shortcuts you memorize, and the faster you do, the more efficient you will become at using the MacBook.

Use Available Tools

Macbook Tools
Macbook Tools

Built-in tools are another aspect that tends to be overlooked by some new Mac owners. Graphic designers rely on software like Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator to create social media content, logos, book covers, or edit photos. 

However, besides the software that you have been using before getting a MacBook, you should also become familiar with the tools that macOS has to offer. And these tools are not necessarily focused on graphic design.

For example, Spotlight works as a search feature, calculator, and unit converter. Time Machine is great for creating data backups when you combine it with an external hard drive. And Wi-Fi diagnostics are great for optimizing internet speed.

The bottom line is that using these built-in macOS tools helps you get the most out of your new computer. 

Get a Second Screen

Despite its multiple advantages, MacBooks are pretty lacklustre when it comes to their screen size. Therefore, you may struggle to carry out your tasks as a graphic designer. Besides, leaning in to get a better view of what is happening is not that great for your health.

Thankfully, you can get a second display. There are two options. The first is to invest in an external monitor, though finding one that is compatible with your Mac may be quite difficult. Not to mention how much they cost.

The second choice is to use an iPad. For a graphic designer, an iPad could be a pretty neat solution because it does not take too much space. Apple introduced the Sidecar feature a few years ago, which enables users to utilize their iPads as second screens combined together with a MacBook.

You could make it work without a second display. However, when it comes to efficiency, and particularly among graphic designers, a second screen is pretty much a must-have.

Prioritize Cybersecurity

It is easy to believe that you should not worry about cybersecurity threats on a MacBook because this operating system is not that prone to potential attacks. However, the reality is quite different.

Someone may develop malware that is aimed at Mac owners, and those who rely entirely on XProtect, which is a built-in anti-malware tool, will likely encounter multiple computer problems.

While XProtect does its job, you should not expect it to prevent most threats. Getting reliable antivirus software that can eliminate potential threats immediately would be a good investment.

Graphic designers already use resource-heavy apps for their work. If a virus manifests in the computer, the system will slow down, and it becomes too difficult to work efficiently. Besides, there is also a chance that malware deletes some of your work files.

Create Enough Free Storage


Another issue that could lead to the poor overall performance of a Mac is the lack of drive storage. Software like Photoshop creates cache files that take quite a lot of storage. Besides, you also have projects and other work-related files.

When you are uncertain which data is taking the most amount of the drive’s storage and how to optimize it, you can check the information for that here

As for ways to actually remove files you no longer need, dragging them to the Trash Bin and deleting them is a safe option. Or, if you have too much data that you want to keep, then take advantage of iCloud or get an external hard drive and transfer the files there.

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