Adobe Illustrator Shortcut Key

 Keys For Selecting Tools

Sr.No

Shortcut Key

Description

01

Shift + O

Artboard tool

02

V

Selection tool

03

A

Direct Selection tool

04

Y

Magic Wand tool

05

Q

Lasso tool

06

P

Pen tool

07

Shift + B

Blob Brush tool

08

+ (plus)

Add Anchor Point tool

09

- (minus)

Delete Anchor Point tool

10

Shift + C

Convert Anchor Point tool

11

T

Type tool

12

\ (backslash)

Line Segment tool

13

M

Rectangle tool

14

L

Ellipse tool

15

B

Paintbrush tool

16

N

Pencil tool

17

R

Rotate tool

18

O

Reflect tool

19

S

Scale tool

20

Shift + R

Warp tool

21

Shift+W

Width Tool

22

E

Free Transform tool

23

Shift+M

Shape Builder Tool

24

Shift+P

Perspective Grid Tool

25

Shift+V

Perspective Selection Tool

26

Shift + S

Symbol Sprayer tool

27

J

Column Graph tool

28

U

Mesh tool

29

G

Gradient tool

30

I

Eyedropper tool

31

W

Blend tool

32

K

Live Paint Bucket tool

33

Shift + L

Live Paint Selection tool

34

Shift + K

Slice tool

35

Shift + E

Eraser tool

36

C

Scissors tool

37

H

Hand tool

38

Z

Zoom tool

39

Press Alt

Switch to Smooth tool while using Blob Brush tool


 Keys For Viewing Artwork

Sr.No

Shortcut Key

Description

01

F

Toggle between screen modes: Normal Screen Mode, Full Screen Mode with Menu Bar, Full Screen Mode

02

Double-click Hand tool

Fit imageable area in window

03

Double-click Zoom tool

Magnify 100%

04

Spacebar

Switch to Hand tool (when not in text-edit mode)

05

Ctrl + Spacebar

Switch to Zoom tool in magnify mode

06

Ctrl + Alt + Spacebar

Switch to Zoom tool in reduce mode

07

Spacebar

Move Zoom marquee while dragging with the Zoom tool

08

Control + Alt + Shift + 3

Hide unselected artwork

09

Alt-drag guide

Convert between horizontal and vertical guide

10

Ctrl + Shift-double-click guide

Release guide

11

Ctrl + Shift + H

Show/Hide artboards

12

Ctrl + Alt + R

Show/Hide artboard rulers

13

Ctrl + Alt + 0 (zero)

View all artboards in window

14

Ctrl+Shift+V

Paste in place on the active artboard

15

Esc

Exit Artboard tool mode

16

Shift-drag

Create artboard inside another artboard

17

Ctrl+click

Select multiple artboards in the Artboards panel

18

Ctrl + F6

Navigate to next document

19

Ctrl + Shift + F6

Navigate to previous document

20

Ctrl + Alt + F6

Navigate to next document group

21

Ctrl + Alt + Shift + F6

Navigate to previous document group

22

Esc

Exit Full Screen mode

23

Alt + v

Save multiple artboards to Illustrator CS3 or earlier format


 Keys For Drawing

Sr.No

Shortcut Key

Description

01

Shift-drag

onstrain a shape’s proportions or orientation

02

spacebar-drag

Move a shape while drawing it

03

Alt-drag

Draw from the center of a shape (except for polygons, stars, and flares)

04

Start dragging, then press the Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Increase or decrease polygon sides, star points, arc angle, spiral winds, or flare rays

05

Start dragging, then hold down Ctrl

Keep the inner radius of a star constant

06

Alt-drag

Keep the sides of a star straight

07

Start dragging, then hold down C

Switch between an open and closed arc

08

Start dragging, then hold down F

Flip an arc, keeping the reference point constant

09

Start dragging, then Alt-drag

Add or subtract winds from a spiral while increasing the length of the spiral

10

Start dragging then Ctrl-drag

Change the decay rate of a spiral

11

Start dragging, then press the Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Add or remove horizontal lines from a rectangular grid or concentric lines from a polar grid

12

Start dragging, then press the Right Arrow or Left Arrow

Add or remove vertical lines from a rectangular grid or radial lines from a polar grid

13

Start dragging, then press F

Decrease the skew value for horizontal dividers in a rectangular grid or radial dividers in a polar grid by 10%

14

Start dragging, then press V

Increase the skew value for horizontal dividers in a rectangular grid or radial dividers in a polar grid by 10%

15

Start dragging, then press X

Decrease the skew value for vertical dividers in a rectangular grid or concentric dividers in a polar grid by 10%

16

Start dragging, then press C

Increase the skew value for vertical dividers in a rectangular grid or concentric dividers in a polar grid by 10%

17

Alt-click Live Trace in the Control panel

Create and expand a Live Trace object in one step

18

] (right square bracket)

Increase size of Blob Brush

19

[ (left square bracket)

Decrease size of Blob Brush

20

Shift

Constrain Blob Brush path horizontally or vertically

21

Shift+D

Switch through drawing modes

22

Select the paths, then press Ctrl+J

Join two or more paths

23

Select the paths, then press Shift+Ctrl+Alt+j

Create corner or smooth join


 Keys For Drawing in Perspective

Sr.No

Shortcut Key

Description

01

Shift+P

Perspective Grid Tool

02

Shift+V

Perspective Selection Tool

03

Ctrl+Shift+I

Perspective Grid

04

Press the number 5 key, then click and drag the object

Moving objects perpendicularly

05

Use the Perspective Selection tool and then press 1 for left grid, 2 for horizontal grid, 3 for right grid, or 4 for no active grid

Switching perspective planes

06

Ctrl+Alt+drag

Copying objects in perspective

07

Ctrl+D

Repeat transforming objects in perspective

08

Shift+D

Switching between drawing modes


 Keys For Selecting

Sr.No

Shortcut Key

Description

01

Ctrl

Switch to last-used selection tool (Selection tool, Direct Selection tool, or Group Selection tool)

02

Alt

Switch between Direct Selection tool and Group Selection tool

03

Shift-click

Add to a selection with Selection tool, Direct Selection tool, Group Selection tool, Live Paint Selection tool, or Magic Wand tool

04

Shift-click

Subtract a selection with Selection tool, Direct Selection tool, Group Selection tool, or LIve Paint Selection tool

05

Alt-click

Subtract from selection with Magic Wand tool

06

Shift-drag

Add to selection with Lasso tool

07

Alt-drag

Subtract from selection with Lasso tool

08

Caps Lock

Change pointer to cross hair for Lasso tool

09

Ctrl + Alt + A

Select artwork in active artboard

10

Alt + c + o

Create crop marks around selected objec

11

Press Ctrl+click twice

Select behind an object

12

Ctrl+click twice

Select behind in isolation mode


 Keys For Moving Selections

Sr.No

Shortcut Key

Description

01

Right Arrow, Left Arrow, Up Arrow, or Down Arrow

Move selection in user-defined increments

02

Shift + Right Arrow, Left Arrow, Up Arrow, or Down Arrow

Move selection in 10x user-defined increments

03

Ctrl + Alt + Shift + 2

Lock all deselected artwork

04

Hold down Shift

Constrain movement to 45° angle (except when using Reflect tool)


 Keys For Editing Shapes

Sr.No

Shortcut Key

Description

01

Alt

Switch Pen tool to Convert Anchor Point tool

02

Spacebar-drag

Move current anchor point while drawing with Pen tool

03

Alt-drag

Cut a straight line with Knife tool

04

Shift + Alt-drag

Cut at 45° or 90° with Knife tool

05

Alt + Shape mode

Use shape mode buttons in Pathfinder panel to create compound paths

06

Alt+click the closed region

Erase unwanted closed regions created using Shape Builder tool

07

Shift+M

Select the Shape Builder tool

08

Shift+click+drag

Display rectangular marquee to easily merge multiple paths (when using Shape Builder tool)


 Keys For Painting Objects

Sr.No

Shortcut Key

Description

01

X

Toggle between fill and stroke

02

D

Set fill and stroke to default

03

Shift + X

Swap fill and stroke

04

>

Select gradient fill mode

05

<

Select color fill mode

06

/ (forward slash)

Select no stroke/fill mode

07

Shift + Eyedropper tool

Sample color from an image or intermediate color from gradient

08

Alt + Shift-click + Eyedropper tool

Sample style and append appearance of currently selected item

09

Ctrl + / (forward slash)

Add new fill

10

Ctrl + Alt + / (forward slash)

Add new stroke

11

Ctrl-click gradient button in Tools panel or Gradient panel

Reset gradient to black and white

12

Alt + o + j

Open Mosaic options for selected raster object

13

[

Decrease Bristle brush size

14

]

Increase Bristle brush size

15

Number keys 1 - 0

Set Bristle brush paint opacity valu


 Keys for Working With Live Paint Groups

Sr.No

Shortcut Key

Description

01

Alt-click + Live Paint Bucket tool

Switch to Eyedropper tool and sample fill and/or stroke

02

Alt + Shift-click + Live Paint Bucket tool

Switch to Eyedropper tool and sample color from an image or intermediate color from a gradient

03

Shift + Live Paint Bucket tool

Select opposite Live Paint Bucket tool options (if Paint Fills and Paint Strokes are currently selected, switch to Paint Fills only)

04

Double-click + Live Paint Bucket tool

Fill across unstroked edges into adjacent faces

05

Triple-click + Live Paint Bucket tool

Fill all faces that have same fill and stroke all edges that have same stroke

06

Alt-click + Live Paint Selection tool

Switch to Eyedropper tool and sample fill and/or stroke

07

Alt + Shift-click + Live Paint Selection tool

Switch to Eyedropper tool and sample color from an image or intermediate color from a gradient

08

Shift-click + Live Paint Selection tool

Add to/subtract from a selection

09

Double-click + Live Paint Selection tool

Select all connected faces /edges with same fill/stroke

10

Triple-click + Live Paint Selection tool

Select all faces/edges with same fill/stroke


 Keys for Transforming Objects

Sr.No

Shortcut Key

Description

01

Alt-click

Set origin point and open dialog box when using Rotate tool, Scale tool, Reflect tool, or Shear tool

02

Alt-drag

Duplicate and transform selection when using Selection tool, Scale tool, Reflect tool, or Shear tool

03

Tilde (~)-drag

Transform pattern (independent of object) when using Selection tool, Scale tool, Reflect tool, or Shear tool


 Keys for Creating Variable Width Points

Sr.No

Shortcut Key

Description

01

Shift+click

Select multiple width points

02

Alt+drag

Create non-uniform widths

03

Alt+drag the width point

Create a copy of the width point

04

Shift+drag

Change the position of multiple width points

05

Delete

Delete selected width point

06

Esc

Deselect a width point


 Keys For Working With Type

Sr.No

Shortcut Key

Description

01

Right Arrow or Left Arrow

Move one character right or left

02

Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Move up or down one line

03

Ctrl + Right Arrow or Left Arrow

Move one word right or left

04

Ctrl + Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Move up or down one paragraph

05

Shift + Ctrl + Right Arrow or Left Arrow

Select one word right or left

06

Shift + Ctrl + Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Select one paragraph before or after

07

Shift-click

Extend existing selection

08

Ctrl + Shift + L, R, or C

Align paragraph left, right, or center

09

Ctrl + Shift + J

Justify paragraph

10

Shift + Enter

Insert soft return

11

Ctrl + Alt + K

Highlight kerning

12

Ctrl + Shift + X

Reset horizontal scale to 100%

13

Ctrl + Shift + > or <

Increase or decrease type size

14

Alt + Up or Down Arrow (horizontal text) or Right or Left Arrow (vertical text)

Increase or decrease leading

15

Ctrl + Alt + Q

Reset tracking/kerning to 0

16

Alt + Right or Left Arrow (horizontal text) or Up or Down Arrow (vertical text)

Increase or decrease kerning and tracking

17

Ctrl + Alt + Right or Left Arrow (horizontal text) or Up or Down Arrow (vertical text)

Increase or decrease kerning and tracking by five times

18

Alt + Shift + Up or Down Arrow (horizontal text) or Right or Left Arrow (vertical text)

Increase or decrease baseline shift

19

Shift

Switch between Type and Vertical Type, Area Type and Vertical Area Type, and Path Type and Vertical Path Type tools

20

Alt

Switch between Area Type and Path Type, Vertical Area Type and Vertical Path Type tools


 Keys For Using Panels

Sr.No

Shortcut Key

Description

01

Alt-click New button

Set options (except for Actions, Brushes, Swatches, and Symbols panels)

02

Alt-click Delete button

Delete without confirmation (except for Layers panel)

03

Shift + Enter

Apply value and keep text box active

04

Shift-click

Select range of actions, brushes, layers, links, styles, or swatches

05

Ctrl-click

Select noncontiguous actions, brushes, layers (same level only), links, styles, or swatches

06

Tab

Show/Hide all panels

07

Shift + Tab

Show/Hide all panels except the Tools panel and Control panel


 Keys For the Actions Panel

Sr.No

Shortcut Key

Description

01

Alt-click expansion triangle

Expand/Collapse entire hierarchy for action set

02

Double-click folder icon

Set options for action set

03

Ctrl-click Play Current Selection button

Play a single command

04

Alt-click New Action button

Begin recording actions without confirmation


 Keys for The Brushes Panel

Sr.No

Shortcut Key

Description

01

Double-click brush

Open Brush Options dialog box

02

Drag brush to New Brush button

Duplicate brush


 Keys for the Character and Paragraph Panels

Sr.No

Shortcut Key

Description

01

Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Increase/decrease the selected value by a small increment

02

Shift + Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Increase/decreases the selected value by a large increment

03

Ctrl + Alt + Shift + F

Highlight the font name field in the Character panel


 Keys for The Color Panel

Sr.No

Shortcut Key

Description

01

Ctrl-click color bar

Select the complement for the current color fill/stroke

02

Alt-click color bar

Change the nonactive fill/stroke

03

Ctrl + Alt-click color bar

Select the complement for the nonactive fill/stroke

04

Ctrl + Shift-click color bar

Select the inverse for the current fill/stroke

05

Ctrl + Shift + Alt-click color bar

Select the inverse for the nonactive fill/stroke

06

Shift-click color bar

Change the color mode

07

Shift-drag color slider

Move color sliders in tandem

08

Double-click to right of a numerical field

Switch between percentage and 0-255 values for RGB


 Keys For The Gradient Panel

Sr.No

Shortcut Key

Description

01

Alt-drag

Duplicate color stops

02

Alt-drag color stop onto another stop

Swap color stops

03

Alt-click swatch in the Swatches panel

Apply swatch color to active (or selected) color stop

04

Ctrl-click Gradient Fill box in the Gradient panel

Reset the gradient fill to default black and white linear gradient

05

Ctrl + Alt + G

Show/Hide gradient arrow

06

Alt-drag end point of gradient annotator

Modify angle and end-point together

07

Shift-drag

Constrain Gradient tool or Gradient annotator while dragging

08

G

View Gradient annotator in selected gradient filled object


 Keys For the Layers Panel

Sr.No

Shortcut Key

Description

01

Alt-click layer name

Select all objects on the layer

02

Alt-click eye icon

Show/hide all layers but the selected one

03

Ctrl-click eye icon

Select Outline/Preview view for the selected layer

04

Ctrl + Alt-click eye icon

Selects Outline/Preview view for all other layers

05

Alt-click lock icon

Lock/unlock all other layers

06

Alt-click expansion triangle

Expand all sublayers to display entire hierarchy

07

Alt-click New Layer button

Set options as you create new layer

08

Alt-click New Sublayer button

Set options as you create new sublayer

09

Ctrl + Alt-click New Sublayer button

Place new sublayer at bottom of layer list

10

Ctrl-click New Layer button

Place layer at top of layer list

11

Ctrl + Alt-click New Layer button

Place layer below selected layer

12

Alt-drag selection

Copy the selection to a layer, sublayer, or group


 Keys for The Swatches Panel

Sr.No

Shortcut Key

Description

01

Ctrl-click New Swatch button

Create new spot color

02

Ctrl + Shift-click New Swatch button

Create new global process color

03

Alt-drag a swatch over another

Replace swatch with another


 Keys for The Transform Panel

Sr.No

Shortcut Key

Description

01

Shift + Enter

Apply a value and keep focus in edit field

02

Alt + Enter

Apply a value and copy object

03

Ctrl + Enter

Apply a value and scale option proportionately for width or height


 Keys for The Transparency Panel

Sr.No

Shortcut Key

Description

01

Alt-click on mask thumbnail

Change mask to grayscale image for editing

02

Shift-click on mask thumbnail

Disable opacity mask

03

Shift-click on disabled mask thumbnail

Re-enable opacity mask

04

Click opacity field + Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Increase/decrease opacity in 1% increments

05

Shift-click opacity field + Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Increase/decrease opacity in 10% increments


 Function Keys

Sr.No

Shortcut Key

Description

01

F1

Invoke Help

02

F2

Cut

03

F3

Copy

04

F4

Paste

05

F5

Show/hide Brushes panel

06

F6

Show/hide Color pane

07

F7

Show/hide Layers panel

08

F8

Create new symbol

09

Ctrl + F8

Show/hide Info panel

10

Ctrl + F9

Show/hide Gradient panel

11

Ctrl + F10

Show/hide Stroke panel

12

Ctrl + F11

Show/hide Attributes panel

13

F12

Revert

14

Shift + F5

Show/hide Graphic Styles panel

15

Shift + F6

Show/hide Appearance panel

16

Shift + F7

Show/hide Align panel

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