#18. Relying on a Common User Interface
One of the advantages of using a suite of applications from the same software developer is that you can rely on a common user interface throughout the product offerings. As the applications in the Creative Suite have matured and become increasingly used in conjunction, Adobe has strived to create a common user experience between them. Menu commands, palettes, keyboard shortcuts, tools, and how you interact with all of these elements have been made more universal wherever possible.
For example, the way you work with opacity settings (Figure 18) in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign are in effect the same. The standard Move/Selection tool found throughout the suite uses the same keyboard shortcut (V). And you may have noticed that many of my tips point you to the same menu locations regardless of the application. For example, Keyboard Shortcuts can be found on the Edit menu in every application.
Figure 18. These palettes are used in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign to adjust the opacity setting of an object. They're virtually identical.