Does it have to be so difficult?

I open up GIMP. Wait, what does what?
I open up Inkscape. The controls are so different. Ctrl+D does not work. Ar.AR.ar.

Photoshop, Illustrator and more.

Why does it take ages to learn? Is graphics design so hard?

Help before I pass away (give me some advice please).

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    I don't know how anyone can answer this. Any profession takes education be it doctor, lawyer, plumber, accountant, mechanic, painter, designer, etc. You're seeking advice on how to circumvent the education needed to work in a specific field? – Scott May 23 '14 at 16:55
  • @scott ignore my question. i am just frustrated – user3328692 May 23 '14 at 16:58

This question is way too broad, but in short:

Some things are complex; you cannot have lots of options and possibilities without complexity. Dumbing down results in poor scope.

As for keyboard shortcuts etc, this xkcd might explain some:

xkcd: Standards

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    true. very true – user3328692 May 23 '14 at 16:57

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