Adobe Illustrator keyboard Shortcuts


Adobe Illustrator keyboard Shortcuts

Function Keys

F1 – Help
F2/F3/F4 – Cut / Copy / Paste
F5 – Show/hide Brushes panel
F6 – Show/hide Color panel
F7 – Show/hide Layers panel
F8 – Create new symbol
Ctrl+F8 – Show/hide Info panel
Ctrl+F9 – Show/hide Gradient panel
Ctrl+F10 – Show/hide Stroke panel
Ctrl+F11 – Show/hide Attributes panel
F12 – Revert
Shift+F5 – Show/hide Graphic Styles panel
Shift+F6 – Show/hide Appearance panel
Shift+F7 – Show/hide Align panel
Shift+F8 – Show/hide Transform panel
Shift+Ctrl+F9 – Show/hide Pathfinder panel
Shift+Ctrl+F10 – Show/hide Transparency panel
Shift+Ctrl+F11 – Show/hide Symbols panel
Ctrl+Shift+i – Show/hide perspective grid

Selecting Tools

Shift+o – Artboard tool
v – Selection tool
a – Direct Selection tool
y – Magic Wand tool
q – Lasso tool
p – Pen tool
Shift+b – Blob Brush tool
+ – Add Anchor Point tool
= – Delete Anchor Point tool
Shift+c – Convert Anchor Point tool
t – Type tool
\ – Line Segment tool
m – Rectangle tool
l – Ellipse tool
b – Paintbrush tool
n – Pencil tool
r – Rotate tool
o – Reflect tool
s – Scale tool
Shift+r – Warp tool
Shift+w – Width tool
e – Free Transform tool
Shift+m – Shape Builder tool
Shift+p – Perspective Grid tool
Shift+v – Perspective Selection tool
Shift+s – Symbol Sprayer tool
j – Column Graph tool
u – Mesh tool
g – Gradient tool
i – Eyedropper tool
w – Blend tool
k – Live Paint Bucket tool
Shift+l – Live Paint Selection tool
Shift+k – Slice tool
Shift+e – Eraser tool
c – Scissors tool
h – Hand tool
z – Zoom tool
Alt – Switch to Smooth tool while using Blob Brush tool

Selecting and Moving

Ctrl – To access Selection or Direction Selection tool (whichever was used last) at any time
Ctrl+Alt+Tab – To switch between Selection and Direct Selection tools
Alt+click tool – To cycle through tools behind column tool
Alt – To make copy while dragging
Shift – To add to a selection
Arrow Keys – Move Selection
Shift+Arrow Keys – Move Selection 10 pts
Ctrl+2 – Lock selected artwork
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+2 – Lock all deselected artwork
Ctrl+Alt+2 – Unlock all artwork
Ctrl+3 Hide selected artwork
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+3 – Hide all deselected artwork
Ctrl+Alt+3 – Show all artwork

Path Editing

Ctrl+Alt+Shift+j – Join and Average at same time
Alt – Convert Anchor Point tool from Pen tool
Alt – Switch between Add Anchor Point and Delete Anchor Point tools
Alt – Add Anchor Point tool from Scissors tool
Space – Move anchor point while drawing with Pen tool
When finished drawing, hold Alt and release mouse – Create closed path with Pencil or Paintbrush tool
Ctrl+drag – Connect to an open (& selected) path with Pencil

Keys for selecting

Ctrl – Switch to last-used selection tool (Selection tool, Direct Selection tool, or Group Selection tool)
Alt – Switch between Direct Selection tool and Group Selection tool
Shift+click – Add to a selection (or substract a selection) with Selection tool, Direct Selection tool, Group Selection tool, Live Paint Selection tool, or Magic Wand tool
Alt+click – Subtract from selection with Magic Wand tool
Shift+drag – Add to selection with Lasso tool
Alt+drag – Subtract from selection with Lasso tool
Caps Lock – Change pointer to cross hair for Lasso tool
Ctrl+Alt+a – Select artwork in active artboard
Alt+c+o – Create crop marks around selected object
Ctrl+click twice – Select behind an object or select behind in isolation mode

Moving Selection

Arrow Keys – Move selection in user-defined increments
Shift+Arrow Keys – Move selection in 10x user-defined increments
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+2 – Lock all deselected artwork
Hold down Shift – Constrain movement to 45° angle (except when using Reflect tool)

Viewing Artwork

f – Toggle between screen modes: Normal Screen Mode, Full Screen Mode with Menu Bar, Full Screen Mode
Double-click Hand tool – Fit imageable area in window
Double-click Zoom tool – Magnify 100%
Space – Switch to Hand tool (when not in text-edit mode)
Ctrl+Space – Switch to Zoom tool in magnify mode
Ctrl+Alt+Space – Switch to Zoom tool in reduce mode
Space – Move Zoom marquee while dragging with the Zoom tool
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+3 – Hide unselected artwork
Alt+drag – guide Convert between horizontal and vertical guide
Ctrl+Shift+double-click – guide Release guide
Ctrl+Shift+h – Show/Hide artboards
Ctrl+Alt+r – Show/Hide artboard rulers
Ctrl+Alt+0(zero) – View all artboards in window
Ctrl+Shift+v – Paste in place on the active artboard
Esc – Exit Artboard tool mode
Shift+drag – Create artboard inside another artboard
Ctrl+click – Select multiple artboards in the Artboards panel
Ctrl+F6 – Navigate to next document
Ctrl+Shift+F6 – Navigate to previous document
Ctrl+Alt+F6 – Navigate to next document group
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+F6 – Navigate to previous document group
Esc – Exit Full Screen mode


Shift+drag – Constrain a shape’s proportions or orientation to:
(1) equal height and width for rectangles, rounded rectangles, ellipses, and grids,
(2) Increments of 45° for line and arc segments, or
(3) Original orientation for polygons, stars, and flares
Spacebar+drag – Move a shape while drawing it
Alt+drag – Draw from the center of a shape (except for polygons, stars, and flares)
Alt+drag – Keep the sides of a star straight
Up Arrow/Down Arrow (while dragging) – Increase or decrease polygon sides, star points, arc angle, spiral winds, or flare rays
Up Arrow/Down Arrow (while dragging) – Keep the inner radius of a star constant
Right Arrow/Left Arrow (while dragging) – Add or remove vertical lines from a rectangular grid or radial lines from a polar grid
Up Arrow/Down Arrow (while dragging) – Add or remove horizontal lines from a rectangular grid or concentric lines from a polar grid
c (while dragging) – Switch between an open and closed arc
f (while dragging) – Flip an arc, keeping the reference point constant
Alt+drag (while dragging) – Add or subtract winds from a spiral while increasing the length of the spiral
Ctrl+drag (while dragging) – Change the decay rate of a spiral
f (while dragging) – Decrease the skew value for horizontal dividers in a rectangular grid or radial dividers in a polar grid by 10%
v (while dragging) – Increase the skew value for horizontal dividers in a rectangular grid or radial dividers in a polar grid by 10%
x (while dragging) – Decrease the skew value for vertical dividers in a rectangular grid or concentric dividers in a polar grid by 10%
c (while dragging) – Increase the skew value for vertical dividers in a rectangular grid or concentric dividers in a polar grid by 10%
Alt+click Live Trace in the Control panel, or hold down Alt and select a tracing preset. – Create and expand a Live Trace object in one step
]/[ – Increase size / decrease size of Blob Brush
Shift – Constrain Blob Brush path horizontally or vertically
Shift+d – Switch through drawing modes
Select the paths, then press Ctrl+j – Join two or more paths
Select the paths, then press Shift+Ctrl+Alt+j – Create corner or smooth join

Drawing in perspective

Shift+p – Perspective Grid Tool
Shift+v – Perspective Selection Tool
Ctrl+Shift+i – Perspective Grid
Press 5 key, then click and drag the object – Moving objects perpendicularly
Use the Perspective Selection tool and then press 1 … 4 – Switching perspective planes
1 for left grid,
2 for horizontal grid,
3 for right grid, or
4 for no active grid
Ctrl+Alt+drag – Copying objects in perspective
Ctrl+d – Repeat transforming objects in perspective
Shift+d – Switching between drawing modes

Transforming Objects

Alt+click – Set origin point and open dialog box when using Rotate tool, Scale tool, Reflect tool, or Shear tool
Alt+drag – Duplicate and transform selection when using Selection tool, Scale tool, Reflect tool, or Shear tool
~+drag – Transform pattern (independent of object) when using Selection tool, Scale tool, Reflect tool, or Shear tool

Editing Shapes

Alt – Switch Pen tool to Convert Anchor Point tool
– Switch between Add Anchor Point tool and Delete Anchor Point tool
– Switch Scissors tool to Add Anchor Point tool
– Switch Pencil tool to Smooth tool
Spacebar+drag – Move current anchor point while drawing with Pen tool
Alt+drag – Cut a straight line with Knife tool
Shift+Alt-drag – Cut at 45° or 90° with Knife tool
Alt+Shape mode – Use shape mode buttons in Pathfinder panel to create compound paths
Alt+click the closed region – Erase unwanted closed regions created using Shape Builder tool
Shift+m – Select the Shape Builder tool
Shift+click+drag – Display rectangular marquee to easily merge multiple paths (when using Shape Builder tool)

Painting Objects

x – Toggle between fill and stroke
d – Set fill and stroke to default
Shift+x – Swap fill and stroke
> – Select gradient fill mode
< - Select color fill mode / - Select no stroke/fill mode Shift Eye dropper tool - Sample color from an image or intermediate color from gradient Alt+Shif+click + Eyedropper tool - Sample style and append appearance of currently selected item Ctrl+/ - Add new fill Ctrl+Alt+/ - Add new stroke Ctrl+click gradient button in Tools or Gradient panel - Reset gradient to black and white Alt+o+j - Open Mosaic options for selected raster object [/] - Decrease Bristle brush size / Increase Bristle brush size 1,2,...0 - Set Bristle brush paint opacity value to 10%, 20% etc. 0 increases to 100% Creating variable width points

Shift+click – Select multiple width points
Alt+drag – Create non-uniform widths
Alt+drag the width point – Create a copy of the width point
Shift+drag – Change the position of multiple width points
Delete – Delete selected width point
Esc – Deselect a width point


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