Ilustrator Shortcut


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Selecting tools

Adobe Illustrator CS3

V Selection tool +       –
A Direct Selection tool +       –
Y Magic Wand tool +       –
Q Lasso tool +       –
P Pen tool +       –
=+ (plus) Add Anchor Point tool +       –
=- (minus) Delete Anchor Point tool +       –
Shft + C Convert Anchor Point tool +       –
T Type tool +       –
\ (backslash) Line Segment tool +       –
M Rectangle tool +       –
L Ellipse tool in Adobe Illustrator +       –
B Paintbrush tool +       –
N Pencil tool +       –
R Rotate tool +       –
O Reflect tool +       –
S Scale tool +       –
Shft + R Warp tool +       –
E Free Transform tool +       –
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Shft + S Symbol Sprayer tool +       –
J Column Graph tool +       –
U Mesh tool in Adobe Illustrator +       –
G Gradient tool +       –
I Eyedropper tool +       –
W Blend tool +       –
K Live Paint Bucket tool +       –
Shft + L Live Paint Selection tool +       –
Shft + O Crop Area tool +       –
Shft + K Slice tool +       –
Shft + E Eraser tool +       –
C Scissors tool +       –
H Hand tool +       –
Z Zoom tool +       –
Viewing artwork

Adobe Illustrator CS3

F Toggle between screen modes: Standard, Full,Full with menu bar, and Maximized +       –
Double-click Hand tool Fit imageable area in window +       –
Double-click Zoom tool Magnify 100% +       –
Spacebar Switch to Hand tool (when not in text-edit mode) +       –
Ctrl + Spacebar Switch to Zoom tool in magnify mode +       –
Ctrl + Alt + Spacebar Switch to Zoom tool in reduce mode +       –
Spacebar Move Zoom marquee while dragging with theZoom tool +       –
Ctrl + Alt + Shft + 3 Hide unselected artwork +       –
Alt-drag guide Convert between horizontal and vertical guide in Adobe Illustrator +       –
Ctrl + Shft-double-click guide Release guide +       –
Drawing

Adobe Illustrator CS3

Shft-drag Constrain a shape’s proportions or orientation to: equal height and width for rectangles, rounded rectangles,ellipses, and grids Increments of 45º for line and arc segments 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) +       –
Start dragging, then press the Up Arrow or Down Arrow Increase or decrease polygon sides, star points,arc angle, spiral winds, or flare rays +       –
Start dragging, then hold down Ctrl Keep the inner radius of a star constant +       –
Alt-drag Keep the sides of a star straight +       –
Start dragging, then hold down C Switch between an open and closed arc +       –
Start dragging, then hold down F Flip an arc, keeping the reference point constant +       –
Alt-drag Add or subtract winds from a spiral while increasing the length of the spiral +       –
Ctrl-drag Change the decay rate of a spiral +       –
Alt-click Live Trace in the Ctrl panel, or hold down Alt and select a tracing preset. Add or remove horizontal lines from a rectangular grid or concentric lines from a polar grid +       –
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 +       –
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% +       –
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% +       –
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% +       –
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% +       –
Alt-click Live Trace in the Ctrl panel, or hold down Alt and select a tracing preset. Create and expand a Live Trace object in one step +       –
Selecting

Adobe Illustrator CS3

Ctrl Switch to last-used selection tool (Selection tool,Direct Selection tool, or Group Selection tool) in Adobe Illustrator +       –
Alt Switch between Direct Selection tool and Group Selection tool +       –
Shft-click Add to a selection with Selection tool,Direct Selection tool, Group Selection tool, Live Paint Selection tool, or Magic Wand tool +       –
Shft-click Subtract a selection with Selection tool, Direct Selection tool, Group Selection tool, or Live Paint Selection tool +       –
Alt-click Subtract from selection with Magic Wand tool +       –
Shft-drag Add to selection with Lasso tool +       –
Alt-drag Subtract from selection with Lasso tool in Adobe Illustrator +       –
Caps Lock Change pointer to cross hair for selected tools +       –
Moving selections

Adobe Illustrator CS3

Right Arrow, Left Arrow, Up Arrow, or Down Arrow Move selection in user-defined increments +       –
Shft + Right Arrow, Left Arrow, Up Arrow, or Down Arrow Move selection in 10x user-defined increments in Adobe Illustrator +       –
Ctrl + Alt + Shft + 2 Lock all deselected artwork +       –
Hold down Shft Constrain movement to 45º angle (except whenusing Reflect tool) +       –
Editing shapes

Adobe Illustrator CS3

Alt Switch Pen tool to Convert Anchor Point tool +       –
Alt Switch between Add Anchor Point tool and Delete Anchor Point tool +       –
Alt Switch Scissors tool to Add Anchor Point tool +       –
Alt Switch Pencil tool to Smooth tool in Adobe Illustrator +       –
Spacebar-drag Move current anchor point while drawing with Pen tool +       –
Alt-drag Cut a straight line with Knife tool +       –
Shft + Alt-drag Cut at 45º or 90º with Knife tool +       –
Alt + Shape mode Turn shape mode buttons in Pathfinder panelinto Pathfinder commands +       –
Painting objects

Adobe Illustrator CS3

X Toggle between fill and stroke in Adobe Illustrator +       –
D Set fill and stroke to default +       –
Shft + X Swap fill and stroke +       –
> Select gradient fill mode +       –
< Select color fill mode +       –
/ (forward slash) Select no stroke/fill mode +       –
Shft + Eyedropper tool Sample color from an image or intermediatecolor from gradient +       –
Alt + Shft-click + Eyedropper tool Sample style and append appearance of currentlyselected item +       –
Ctrl + / (forward slash) Add new fill +       –
Ctrl + Alt + / (forward slash) Add new stroke +       –
Ctrl-click gradient button in Tools panel or Gradient panel Reset gradient to black and white in Adobe Illustrator +       –
Working with Live Paint groups

Adobe Illustrator CS3

Alt-click Live Paint Bucket tool Switch to Eyedropper tool and sample fill and/or stroke +       –
Alt Shft-click Live Paint Bucket tool Switch to Eyedropper tool and sample color from an image or intermediate color from a gradient +       –
Shft 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) +       –
Double-click + Live Paint Bucket tool Fill across unstroked edges into adjacent faces +       –
Triple-click Live Paint Bucket tool Fill all faces that have same fill and strok eall edges that have same stroke in Adobe Illustrator +       –
Alt-click + Live Paint Selection tool Switch to Eyedropper tool and sample fill and/orstroke +       –
Alt + Shft-click + Live Paint Selectiontool Switch to Eyedropper tool and sample color froman image or intermediate color from a gradient +       –
Shft-click + Live Paint Selection tool Add to/subtract from a selection +       –
Double-click + Live Paint Selection tool Select all connected faces /edges with same fill/stroke +       –
Triple-click Live Paint Selection tool Select all faces/edges with same fill/stroke in Adobe Illustrator +       –
Transforming objects

Adobe Illustrator CS3

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 +       –
Tilde (~)-drag Transform pattern (independent of object) when using Selection tool, Scale tool, Reflect tool, or Shear tool in Adobe Illustrator +       –
Working with type

Adobe Illustrator CS3

Right Arrow or Left Arrow Move one character right or left +       –
Up Arrow or Down Arrow Move up or down one line +       –
Ctrl + Right Arrow or Left Arrow Move one word right or left +       –
Ctrl + Up Arrow or Down Arrow Move up or down one paragraph +       –
Shft Ctrl Right Arrow or Left Arrow Select one word right or left when working with Adobe Illustrator type +       –
Shft + Ctrl + Up Arrow or Down Arrow Select one paragraph before or after +       –
Shft-click Extend existing selection +       –
Ctrl + Shft + L, R, or C Align paragraph left, right, or center +       –
Ctrl + Shft + J Justify paragraph +       –
Shft + Enter Insertsoft return +       –
Ctrl + Alt + K Highlight kerning +       –
Ctrl Shft X Reset horizontal scale to 100% when working with Adobe Illustrator type +       –
Ctrl + Shft + > or < Increase or decrease type size +       –
Alt + Up or Down Arrow (horizontal text) or Right or Left Arrow (vertical text) Increase or decrease leading +       –
Double-click leading icon in the Character panel Set leading to the type size +       –
Ctrl + Alt + Q Reset tracking/kerning to 0 +       –
Alt + Right or Left Arrow (horizontal text) or Up or Down Arrow (vertical text) Add or remove space (kerning) between two characters +       –
Ctrl + Alt + Right or Left Arrow (horizontal text) or Up or Down Arrow (vertical text) Add or remove space (kerning) between charactersby five times the increment value +       –
Alt + Shft + Up or Down Arrow (horizontal text) or Right or Left Arrow (vertical text) Increase or decrease baseline shift when working with Adobe Illustrator type +       –
Shft Switch between Type and Vertical Type, AreaType and Vertical Area Type, and Path Type and Vertical Path Typetools +       –
Alt-click Type tool Switch between Area Type and Type, Path Typeand Area Type, and Vertical Path Type and Vertical Area Type tools +       –
Using panels

Adobe Illustrator CS3

Alt-click New button Set options (except for Actions, Brushes, Swatches,and Symbols panels) +       –
Alt-click Delete button Delete without confirmation (except for Layerspanel) +       –
Shft Enter Apply value and keep text box active when using Adobe Illustrator panels +       –
Shft-click Select range of actions, brushes, layers, links,styles, or swatches +       –
Ctrl-click Select noncontiguous actions, brushes, layers(same level only), links, styles, or swatches +       –
Tab Show/Hide all panels when using Adobe Illustrator panels +       –
Shft + Tab Show/Hide all panels except the Tools panel andControl panel +       –
Actions panel

Adobe Illustrator CS3

Alt-click expansion triangle Expand/Collapse entire hierarchy for action set +       –
Double-click folder icon Set options for action set +       –
Alt-click Play button Play a single command in Adobe Illustrator actions panel +       –
Alt-click New Action button Begin recording actions without confirmation +       –
Brushes panel

Adobe Illustrator CS3

Double-click brush Open Brush Options dialog box +       –
Drag brush to New Brush button Duplicate brush +       –
Character and Paragraph panels

Adobe Illustrator CS3

Up Arrow or Down Arrow Increase/decrease the selected value bya small increment +       –
Shft + Up Arrow or Down Arrow Increase/decreases the selected value bya large increment +       –
Ctrl + Alt + Shft + F Highlight the font name field in the Characterpanel +       –
Color panel

Adobe Illustrator CS3

Ctrl-click color bar Select the complement for the current color fill/stroke +       –
Alt-click color bar Change the nonactive fill/stroke in Adobe Illustrator color panel +       –
Ctrl + Alt-click color bar Select the complement for the nonactive fill/stroke +       –
Ctrl + Shft-click color bar Select the inverse for the current fill/stroke +       –
Ctrl + Shft + Alt-click color bar Select the inverse for the nonactive fill/stroke +       –
Shft-click color bar Change the color mode +       –
Shft-drag color slider Move color sliders in tandem in Adobe Illustrator color panel +       –
Double-click to right of a numerical field Switch between percentage and 0-255 valuesfor RGB +       –
Gradient panel

Adobe Illustrator CS3

Alt-drag Duplicate color stops +       –
Alt-drag color stop onto another stop Swap color stops +       –
Alt-click swatch in the Swatches panel Apply swatch color to active (or selected) colorstop +       –
Layers panel

Adobe Illustrator CS3

Alt-click layer name Select all objects on the layer in Adobe Illustrator +       –
Alt-click eye icon Show/hide all layers but the selected one +       –
Ctrl-click eye icon Select Outline/Preview view for the selected layer +       –
Ctrl + Alt-click eye icon Selects Outline/Preview view for all other layers +       –
Alt-click lock icon Lock/unlock all other layers +       –
Alt-click expansion triangle Expand all sublayers to display entire hierarchy +       –
Alt-click New Layer button Set options as you create new layer +       –
Alt-click New Sublayer button Set options as you create new sublayer +       –
Ctrl Alt-click New Sublayer button Place new sublayer at bottom of layer list in Adobe Illustrator +       –
Ctrl-click New Layer button Place layer at top of layer list +       –
Ctrl + Alt-click New Layer button Place layer below selected layer +       –
Alt-drag selection Copy the selection to a new layer, sublayer, orgroup +       –
Swatches panel

Adobe Illustrator CS3

Ctrl-click New Swatch button Create new spot color +       –
Ctrl + Shft-click New Swatch button Create new global process color +       –
Alt-drag a swatch over another Replace swatch with another +       –
Ctrl Alt-click in the swatch color list Select swatch by name (using keyboard) in Adobe Illustrator +       –
Transform panel

Adobe Illustrator CS3

Shft + Enter Apply a value and keep focus in edit field +       –
Alt Enter Apply a value and copy object when using Adobe Illustrator transform panel +       –
Ctrl Enter Apply a value and scale option proportionately for width or height +       –
Transparency panel

Adobe Illustrator CS3

Alt-click on mask thumbnail Change mask to grayscale image for editing +       –
Shft-click on mask thumbnail Disable opacity mask +       –
Shft-click on disabled mask thumbnail Re-enable opacity mask in Adobe Illustrator Transparency panel +       –
Click opacity field + Up Arrow or Down Arrow Increase/decrease opacity in 1% increments +       –
Shft-click opacity field + Up Arrow or Down Arrow Increase/decrease opacity in 10% increments +       –
Function keys

Adobe Illustrator CS3

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

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