Complete Shortcut Keys of Adobe Illustrator

Complete Shortcut Keys of Adobe Illustrator

Popular shortcuts
UndoCtrl + Z
RedoShift + Ctrl + Z
CutCtrl + X
CopyCtrl + C
PasteCtrl + V
Paste in frontCtrl + F
Paste at backCtrl + B
Paste in placeShift + Ctrl + B
Paste on all artboardsAlt + Shift + Ctrl + B
Check spellingCtrl + I
Open the Color Settings dialog boxShift + Ctrl + K
Open the Keyboard Shortcuts dialog boxAlt + Shift + Ctrl + K
Open the Preferences dialog boxCtrl + K
Work with documents
Create a documentCtrl + N
Create a document from a templateShift + Ctrl + N
Create a document without opening the New Document dialog boxAlt + Ctrl + N
Open a documentCtrl + O
Place a file in the documentShift + Ctrl + P
Open the File Information dialog boxAlt + Shift + Ctrl + I
Open the Document Setup dialog boxAlt + Ctrl + P
Browse in Adobe BridgeAlt + Ctrl + O
Close the document windowCtrl + W
Save changes made to the documentCtrl + S
Open the Save As dialog boxShift + Ctrl + S
Save a copy of the documentAlt + Ctrl + S
Save the document as script filesCtrl + F12
Open the Export for screens dialog boxAlt + Ctrl + E
Open the Save For Web dialog boxAlt + Shift + Ctrl + S
Package the documentAlt + Shift + Ctrl + P
PrintCtrl + P
Exit the applicationCtrl + Q
Select tools
Artboard toolShift + O
Selection toolV
Direct Selection toolA
Magic Wand toolY
Lasso toolQ
Pen toolP
Curvature toolShift + ~
Blob Brush toolShift + B
Add Anchor Point tool+ (plus)
Delete Anchor Point tool– (minus)
Switch to Anchor Point toolShift + C
Type toolT
Touch Type toolShift + T
Line Segment tool\ (backslash)
Rectangle toolM
Ellipse toolL
Paintbrush toolB
Pencil toolN
Shaper toolShift + N
Rotate toolR
Reflect toolO
Scale toolS
Warp toolShift + R
Width ToolShift+W
Free Transform toolE
Shape Builder ToolShift+M
Perspective Grid ToolShift+P
Perspective Selection ToolShift+V
Symbol Sprayer toolShift + S
Column Graph toolJ
Mesh toolU
Gradient toolG
Eyedropper toolI
Blend toolW
Live Paint Bucket toolK
Live Paint Selection toolShift + L
Slice toolShift + K
Eraser toolShift + E
Scissors toolC
Hand toolH
Zoom toolZ
Switch to Smooth tool while using Blob Brush toolPress Alt
View artwork
Toggle between screen modes: Normal Screen Mode, Full Screen Mode with Menu Bar, Full Screen ModeF
Fit imageable area in windowDouble-click Hand tool
Magnify 100%Double-click Zoom tool or press Ctrl + 1
Switch to Hand tool (when not in text-edit mode)Spacebar
Switch to Zoom tool in magnify modeCtrl + Spacebar
Switch to Zoom tool in reduce modeCtrl + Alt + Spacebar
Move Zoom marquee while dragging with the Zoom toolSpacebar
Hide bounding boxShift + Ctrl + B
Hide unselected artworkControl + Alt + Shift + 3
Convert between horizontal and vertical guideAlt-drag guide
Release guideCtrl + Shift-double-click guide
Show document templateCtrl + H
Show/Hide artboardsCtrl + Shift + H
Show/Hide artboard rulersCtrl + R
Show transparency gridShift + Ctrl + D
View all artboards in windowCtrl + Alt + 0 (zero)
Paste in place on the active artboardCtrl + Shift+V
Exit Artboard tool modeEsc
Create artboard inside another artboardShift-drag
Select multiple artboards in the Artboards panelCtrl + click
Navigate to next documentCtrl + F6
Navigate to previous documentCtrl + Shift + F6
Navigate to next document groupCtrl + Alt + F6
Navigate to previous document groupCtrl + Alt + Shift + F6
Toggle between Outline and GPU Preview of the documentCtrl + Y
Toggle between GPU and CPU Preview of the documentCtrl + E
View the document in Overprint Preview modeAlt + Shift + Ctrl + Y
View the document in Pixel Preview modeAlt + Ctrl + Y
Exit Full Screen modeEsc
Zoom inCtrl + =
Zoom outCtrl + –
Hide guidesCtrl + ;
Lock guidesAlt + Ctrl + ;
Make guidesCtrl + 5
Release guidesAlt + Ctrl + 5
Show/ hide smart guidesCtrl + U
Show/ hide perspective gridCtrl + Shift + I
Show gridCtrl + ‘
Snap to gridShift + Ctrl + ‘
Snap to pointAlt + Ctrl + ‘
Work with selections
Switch to last-used selection tool (Selection tool, Direct Selection tool, or Group Selection tool)Ctrl + `
Switch between Direct Selection tool and Group Selection toolAlt
Add to a selection with Selection tool, Direct Selection tool, Group Selection tool, Live Paint Selection tool, or Magic Wand toolShift-click
Subtract a selection with Selection tool, Direct Selection tool, Group Selection tool, or LIve Paint Selection toolShift-click
Subtract from selection with Magic Wand toolAlt-click
Add to selection with Lasso toolShift-drag
Subtract from selection with Lasso toolAlt-drag
Change pointer to cross hair for Lasso toolCaps Lock
Select artwork in active artboardCtrl + Alt + A
Create crop marks around selected objectAlt + C + O
Select allCtrl + A
DeselectShift + Ctrl + A
ReselectCtrl + 6
Select the object above the current selectionAlt + Ctrl + ]
Select the object below the current selectionAlt + Ctrl + [
Select behind an objectPress Ctrl+click twice
Select behind in isolation modeCtrl+click twice
Group the selected artworkCtrl + G
Ungroup the selected artworkShift + Ctrl + G
Lock a selectionCtrl + 2
Unlock a selectionAlt + Ctrl + 2
Hide a selectionCtrl + 3
Show all selectionsAlt + Ctrl + 3
Move selection in user-defined incrementsRight Arrow, Left Arrow, Up Arrow, or Down Arrow
Move selection in 10x user-defined incrementsShift + Right Arrow, Left Arrow, Up Arrow, or Down Arrow
Lock all deselected artworkCtrl + Alt + Shift + 2
Constrain movement to 45° angle (except when using Reflect tool)Hold down Shift
Bring a selection forwardCtrl + ]
Move a selection to the frontShift + Ctrl + ]
Send a selection backwardCtrl + [
Move a selection to the backShift + Ctrl + [
Draw
Constrain a shape’s proportions or orientation to:Shift-drag
equal height and width for rectangles, rounded rectangles, ellipses, and gridsShift-drag
Increments of 45° for line and arc segmentsShift-drag
Original orientation for polygons, stars, and flaresShift-drag
Move a shape while drawing itspacebar-drag
Draw from the center of a shape (except for polygons, stars, and flares)Alt-drag
Increase or decrease polygon sides, star points, arc angle, spiral winds, or flare raysStart dragging, then press the Up Arrow or Down Arrow
Keep the inner radius of a star constantStart dragging, then hold down Ctrl
Keep the sides of a star straightAlt-drag
Switch between an open and closed arcStart dragging, then hold down C
Flip an arc, keeping the reference point constantStart dragging, then hold down F
Add or subtract winds from a spiral while increasing the length of the spiralStart dragging, then Alt-drag
Change the decay rate of a spiralStart dragging then Ctrl-drag
Add or remove horizontal lines from a rectangular grid or concentric lines from a polar gridStart dragging, then press the Up Arrow or Down Arrow
Add or remove vertical lines from a rectangular grid or radial lines from a polar gridStart dragging, then press the Right Arrow or Left Arrow
Decrease the skew value for horizontal dividers in a rectangular grid or radial dividers in a polar grid by 10%Start dragging, then press F
Increase the skew value for horizontal dividers in a rectangular grid or radial dividers in a polar grid by 10%Start dragging, then press V
Decrease the skew value for vertical dividers in a rectangular grid or concentric dividers in a polar grid by 10%Start dragging, then press X
Increase the skew value for vertical dividers in a rectangular grid or concentric dividers in a polar grid by 10%Start dragging, then press C
Increase size of Blob Brush] (right square bracket)
Decrease size of Blob Brush[ (left square bracket)
Constrain Blob Brush path horizontally or verticallyShift
Switch through drawing modesShift + D
Join two or more pathsSelect the paths, then press Ctrl + J
Average two or more pathsSelect the paths, then press Alt + Ctrl + J
Create corner or smooth joinSelect the paths, then press Shift + Ctrl + Alt + J
Create a compound pathCtrl + 8
Release a compound pathAlt + Shift + Ctrl + 8
Edit a patternShift + Ctrl + F8
Perspective Grid ToolShift + P
Perspective Selection ToolShift + V
Perspective GridCtrl + Shift + I
Moving objects perpendicularlyPress the number 5 key, then click and drag the object
Switching perspective planesUse 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
Copying objects in perspectiveCtrl + Alt + drag
Repeat transforming objects in perspectiveCtrl + D
Switching between drawing modesShift + D
Edit shapes
Switch Pen tool to Convert Anchor Point toolAlt
Switch between Add Anchor Point tool and Delete Anchor Point toolAlt
Switch Scissors tool to Add Anchor Point toolAlt
Switch Pencil tool to Smooth toolAlt
Move current anchor point while drawing with Pen toolSpacebar-drag
Cut a straight line with Knife toolAlt-drag
Cut at 45° or 90° with Knife toolShift + Alt-drag
Use shape mode buttons in Pathfinder panel to create compound pathsAlt + Shape mode
Erase unwanted closed regions created using Shape Builder toolAlt + click the closed region
Select the Shape Builder toolShift + M
Display rectangular marquee to easily merge multiple paths (when using Shape Builder tool)Shift + click + drag
Increase the intensity of symbols (when using Symbolism tool)Shift + }
Decrease the intensity of symbols (when using Symbolism tool)Shift + {
Blend objectsAlt + Ctrl + B
Finish adding objects to the blendAlt + Shift + Ctrl + B
Distort objects using a warp-shaped envelopeAlt + Ctrl + Shift + W
Distort objects using a mesh as the shape of the envelopeAlt + Ctrl + M
Distort objects using another object as the shape of the envelopeAlt + Ctrl + C
Work with Live Paint groups
Switch to Eyedropper tool and sample fill and/or strokeAlt-click + Live Paint Bucket tool
Switch to Eyedropper tool and sample color from an image or intermediate color from a gradientAlt + Shift-click + 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)Shift + Live Paint Bucket tool
Fill across unstroked edges into adjacent facesDouble-click + Live Paint Bucket tool
Fill all faces that have same fill and stroke all edges that have same strokeTriple-click + Live Paint Bucket tool
Switch to Eyedropper tool and sample fill and/or strokeAlt-click + Live Paint Selection tool
Switch to Eyedropper tool and sample color from an image or intermediate color from a gradientAlt + Shift-click + Live Paint Selection tool
Add to/subtract from a selectionShift-click + Live Paint Selection tool
Select all connected faces /edges with same fill/strokeDouble-click + Live Paint Selection tool
Select all faces/edges with same fill/strokeTriple-click + Live Paint Selection tool
Work with objects
Set origin point and open dialog box when using Rotate tool, Scale tool, Reflect tool, or Shear toolAlt-click
Duplicate and transform selection when using Selection tool, Scale tool, Reflect tool, or Shear toolAlt-drag
Transform pattern (independent of object) when using Selection tool, Scale tool, Reflect tool, or Shear toolTilde (~)-drag
Reapply a transformation to an objectCtrl + D
Apply last pathfinder effect to the selected objectCtrl + 4
Move an objectShift + Ctrl + M
Open the Transform Each dialog boxAlt + Shift + Ctrl + D
Make a clipping maskCtrl + 7
Release a clipping maskAlt + Ctrl + 7
Toggle between fill and strokeX
Set fill and stroke to defaultD
Swap fill and strokeShift + X
Select gradient fill mode>
Hide gradient annotator (when using the Gradient tool)Alt + Ctrl + G
Select color fill mode<
Select no stroke/fill mode/ (forward slash)
Sample color from an image or intermediate color from gradientShift + Eyedropper tool
Sample style and append appearance of currently selected itemAlt + Shift-click + Eyedropper tool
Add new fillCtrl + / (forward slash)
Add new strokeCtrl + Alt + / (forward slash)
Reset gradient to black and whiteCtrl-click gradient button in Tools panel or Gradient panel
Make Live Paint (when using the Paint Bucket tool)Alt + Ctrl + X
Decrease Bristle brush size[
Increase Bristle brush size]
Create variable width points
Select multiple width pointsShift+click
Create non-uniform widthsAlt+drag
Create a copy of the width pointAlt+drag the width point
Change the position of multiple width pointsShift+drag
Delete selected width pointDelete
Deselect a width pointEsc
Work with type
Move one character right or leftRight Arrow or Left Arrow
Move up or down one lineUp Arrow or Down Arrow
Move one word right or leftCtrl + Right Arrow or Left Arrow
Move up or down one paragraphCtrl + Up Arrow or Down Arrow
Select one word right or leftShift + Ctrl + Right Arrow or Left Arrow
Select one paragraph before or afterShift + Ctrl + Up Arrow or Down Arrow
Extend existing selectionShift-click
Align paragraph left, right, or centerCtrl + Shift + L, R, or C
Justify text leftCtrl + Shift + J
Justify all linesShift + Ctrl + F
Toggle line composerAlt + Shift + Ctrl + C
Insert soft returnShift + Enter
Highlight kerningCtrl + Alt + K
Reset horizontal scale to 100%Ctrl + Shift + X
Increase or decrease font sizeCtrl + Shift + . or ,
Increase or decrease font size by stepsAlt + Ctrl + Shift + . or ,
Increase or decrease leadingAlt + Up or Down Arrow (horizontal text) or Right or Left Arrow (vertical text)
Select tracking valueAlt + Ctrl + K
Reset tracking/kerning to 0Ctrl + Alt + Q
Increase or decrease kerning and trackingAlt + Right or Left Arrow (horizontal text) or Up or Down Arrow (vertical text)
Increase or decrease kerning and tracking by five timesCtrl + Alt + Right or Left Arrow (horizontal text) or Up or Down Arrow (vertical text)
Increase or decrease baseline shiftAlt + Shift + Up or Down Arrow (horizontal text) or Right or Left Arrow (vertical text)
Switch between Type and Vertical Type, Area Type and Vertical Area Type, and Path Type and Vertical Path Type toolsShift
Switch between Area Type and Path Type, Vertical Area Type and Vertical Path Type toolsAlt
Create outlinesShift + Ctrl + O
Open the Character panelCtrl + T
Open the Paragraph panelAlt + Ctrl + T
Open the Tabs panelShift + Ctrl + T
Open the OpenType panelAlt + Shift + Ctrl + T
Insert bulletsAlt + 8
Insert copyright symbolAlt + G
Insert ellipsisAlt + ;
Insert paragraph symbolAlt + 7
Insert section symbolAlt + 6
Insert trademark symbolAlt + 2
Insert registered trademark symbolAlt + R
SuperscriptShift + Ctrl + =
SubscriptAlt + Shift + Ctrl + =
Insert em dashAlt + Shift + –
Insert en dashAlt + –
Insert discretionary hyphenShift + Ctrl + –
Toggle auto-hyphenationAlt + Shift + Ctrl + H
Insert double left quotation marksAlt + [
Insert double right quotation marksAlt + Shift + [
Insert single left quotation marksAlt + ]
Insert single right quotation marksAlt + Shift + ]
Insert em spaceShift + Ctrl + M
Insert en spaceShift + Ctrl + N
Insert thin spaceAlt + Shift + Ctrl + M
Show hidden charactersAlt + Ctrl + I
Use panels
Set options (except for Actions, Brushes, Swatches, and Symbols panels)Alt-click New button
Switch units of measurementAlt + Shift + Ctrl + U
Delete without confirmation (except for Layers panel)Alt-click Delete button
Apply value and keep text box activeShift + Enter
Select range of actions, brushes, layers, links, styles, or swatchesShift-click
Select noncontiguous actions, brushes, layers (same level only), links, styles, or swatchesCtrl-click
Show/Hide all panelsTab
Show/Hide all panels except the Tools panel and Control panelShift + Tab
Increase/ decrease values in logical fractions of the measurement unitCtrl + Up or Down Arrow
Increase/ decrease measurement unit by 10xShift + Up or Down Arrow
Actions panel
Expand/Collapse entire hierarchy for action setAlt-click expansion triangle
Set options for action setDouble-click folder icon
Play a single commandCtrl-click Play Current Selection button
Begin recording actions without confirmationAlt-click New Action button
Brushes panel
Open Brush Options dialog boxDouble-click brush
Duplicate brushDrag brush to New Brush button
Character and Paragraph panels
Open the Character panelCtrl + T
Open the Paragraph panelAlt + Ctrl + T
Increase/decrease the selected value by a small incrementUp Arrow or Down Arrow
Increase/decreases the selected value by a large incrementShift + Up Arrow or Down Arrow
Increase/decrease the selected value by a fractionCtrl + Up or Down Arrow
Highlight the font name field in the Character panelCtrl + Alt + Shift + F
Color panel
Select the complement for the current color fill/strokeCtrl-click color bar
Change the nonactive fill/strokeAlt-click color bar
Select the complement for the nonactive fill/strokeCtrl + Alt-click color bar
Select the inverse for the current fill/strokeCtrl + Shift-click color bar
Select the inverse for the nonactive fill/strokeCtrl + Shift + Alt-click color bar
Open Color GuideShift + F3
Change the color modeShift-click color bar
Move color sliders in tandemShift-drag color slider
Switch between percentage and 0-255 values for RGBDouble-click to right of a numerical field
Gradient panel
Select the complement for the current color fill/strokeCtrl-click color bar
Change the nonactive fill/strokeAlt-click color bar
Select the complement for the nonactive fill/strokeCtrl + Alt-click color bar
Select the inverse for the current fill/strokeCtrl + Shift-click color bar
Select the inverse for the nonactive fill/strokeCtrl + Shift + Alt-click color bar
Open Color GuideShift + F3
Change the color modeShift-click color bar
Move color sliders in tandemShift-drag color slider
Switch between percentage and 0-255 values for RGBDouble-click to right of a numerical field
Layers panel
Add a layerCtrl + L
Add a layer while opening the New Layer dialog boxAlt + Ctrl + L
Select all objects on the layerAlt-click layer name
Show/hide all layers but the selected oneAlt-click eye icon
Select Outline/Preview view for the selected layerCtrl-click eye icon
Selects Outline/Preview view for all other layersCtrl + Alt-click eye icon
Lock/unlock all other layersAlt-click lock icon
Expand all sublayers to display entire hierarchyAlt-click expansion triangle
Set options as you create new layerAlt-click New Layer button
Set options as you create new sublayerAlt-click New Sublayer button
Place new sublayer at bottom of layer listCtrl + Alt-click New Sublayer button
Place layer at top of layer listCtrl-click New Layer button
Place layer below selected layerCtrl + Alt-click New Layer button
Copy the selection to a layer, sublayer, or groupAlt-drag selection
Swatches panel
Create new spot colorCtrl-click New Swatch button
Create new global process colorCtrl + Shift-click New Swatch button
Replace swatch with anotherAlt-drag a swatch over another
Transform panel
Apply a value and keep focus in edit fieldShift + Enter
Apply a value and copy objectAlt + Enter
Apply a value and scale option proportionately for width or heightCtrl + Enter
Transparency panel
Apply last effect to the selected objectShift + Ctrl + E
Apply last effect to the selected object by adjusting the values in the effects dialog boxAlt + Shift + Ctrl +E
Change mask to grayscale image for editingAlt-click on mask thumbnail
Disable opacity maskShift-click on mask thumbnail
Re-enable opacity maskShift-click on disabled mask thumbnail
Increase/decrease opacity in 1% incrementsClick opacity field + Up Arrow or Down Arrow
Increase/decrease opacity in 10% incrementsShift-click opacity field + Up Arrow or Down Arrow
Function keys
Invoke HelpF1
CutF2
CopyF3
PasteF4
Show/hide Brushes panelF5
Show/hide Color panelF6
Show/hide Layers panelF7
Create new symbolF8
Show/hide Info panelCtrl + F8
Show/hide Gradient panelCtrl + F9
Show/hide Stroke panelCtrl + F10
Show/hide Attributes panelCtrl + F11
RevertF12
Show/hide Graphic Styles panelShift + F5
Show/hide Appearance panelShift + F6
Show/hide Align panelShift + F7
Show/hide Transform panelShift + F8
Show/hide Pathfinder panelShift + Ctrl + F9
Show/hide Transparency panelShift + Ctrl + F10
Show/hide Symbols panelShift + Ctrl + F11

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