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Shortcut Keys Used in Adobe Illustrator

Shortcut Keys

Here are the shortcut keys of Adobe Illustrator to save your valuable time while creating your artwork in Windows:

Function
Shortcut Key
FILE
To create new document
Ctrl + N
To create new document from Template
Shift + Ctrl + N
To open an existing document
Ctrl + O
To close a document
Ctrl + W
To save a document
Ctrl + S
For save as
Shift + Ctrl + S
To save a copy of the document
Alt + Ctrl + S
To place a linked file (images)
Shift + Ctrl + P
To package a document
Alt + Shift + Ctrl + P
To setup document
Alt + Ctrl + P
For file information
Alt + Shift + Ctrl + I
To print the document
Ctrl + P
To exit Illustrator
Ctrl + Q


EDIT
To undo
Ctrl + Z
To redo
Shift + Ctrl + Z
To cut
Ctrl + X
To copy
Ctrl + C
To paste
Ctrl + V
To paste in front
Ctrl + F
To paste in back
Ctrl + B
To paste in place
Shift + Ctrl + V
To paste on all artboard
Alt + Shift + Ctrl + V
To check spelling
Ctrl + I
For color settings
Shift + Ctrl + K
For keyboard shortcuts
Alt + Shift + Ctrl + K


OBJECT
To transform again
Ctrl + D
To move selected object
Shift + Ctrl + M
To transform each
Alt + Shift + Ctrl + D
To arrange object and bring it to front
Shift + Ctrl + ]
To arrange object and bring it forward
Ctrl + ]
To arrange object and send it backward
 Ctrl + [
To arrange object and send it to back
Shift + Ctrl + [
To group
Ctrl + G
To ungroup
Shift + Ctrl + G
To lock selection
Ctrl + 2
To unlock
Alt + Ctrl + 2
To hide selection
Ctrl + 3
To show
Alt + Ctrl + 3
To join paths
Ctrl + J
To edit pattern
Shift + Ctrl + F8
To make blend
Alt + Ctrl + B
To release blend
Alt + Shift + Ctrl + B
To make live paint
Alt + Ctrl + X
To make clipping mask
Ctrl + 7
To release clipping mask
Alt + Ctrl + 7
To make compound path
Ctrl + 8
To release compound path
Alt + Shift + Ctrl + 8


TYPE
To create outline
Shift + Ctrl + O
To show hidden character
Alt + Ctrl + I


SELECT
To select all
Ctrl + A
To select all active artboard
Alt + Ctrl + A
To deselect
Shift + Ctrl + A
To reselect
Ctrl + 6
To select next object above
Alt + Ctrl + ]
T select next object below
Alt + Ctrl + [


VIEW

To view outline
Ctrl + Y
For GPU preview
Ctrl + E
For overprint preview
Alt + Shift + Ctrl + Y
For pixel preview
Alt + Ctrl + Y
To zoom in
Ctrl + +
To zoom out
Ctrl + -
To fit artboard in window
Ctrl + 0
To fill all in window
Alt + Ctrl + 0
For actual size of artboard
Ctrl + 1
To hide edges
Ctrl + H
To hide artboard
Shift + Ctrl + H
To hide template
Shift + Ctrl + W
To show rulers
Ctrl + R
To change to global rulers
Alt + Ctrl + R
To hide bounding box
Shift + Ctrl + B
To show bounding box
Shift + Ctrl + B
To show transparency grid
Shift + Ctrl + D
To hide transparency grid
Shift + Ctrl + D
To show text thread
Shift + Ctrl + Y
To hide text thread
Shift + Ctrl + Y
To hide gradient annotator
Alt + Ctrl + G
To show gradient annotator
Alt + Ctrl + G
For smart guides
Ctrl + U
To show grid
Ctrl + “
To snap to grid
Shift + Ctrl + “
To snap to point
Alt + Ctrl + “


WINDOW
Align
Shift + F7
Appearance
Shift + F6
Attributes
Ctrl+ F11
Brushes
F5
Color
F6
Color guide
Shift + F3
Gradient
Ctrl + F9
Graphic style
Shift + F5
Info
Ctrl + F8
Layers
F7
Pathfinder
Shift + Ctrl + F9
Strokes
Ctrl + F10
Symbols
Shift + Ctrl + F11
Transform
Shift + F8
Transparency
Shift + Ctrl + F10
Character
Ctrl + T
Open type
Alt + Shift + Ctrl + T
Paragraphs
Alt + Ctrl + T
Tabs
Shift + Ctrl + T


TOOLS
Selection Tool
V
Direct Selection Tool
A
Magic Wand Tool
Y
Lasso Tool
Q
Pen Tool
P
Add Anchor Point Tool
+
Delete Anchor Point Tool
-
Anchor Point Tool
Shift + C
Curvature Tool
Shift + ~
Type Tool
T
Touch Type Tool
Shift + T
Line Segment Tool
\
Rectangle Tool
M
Ellipse Tool
L
Paintbrush Tool
B
Blob Brush Tool
Shift + B
Shaper Tool
Shift + N
Pencil Tool
N
Eraser Tool
Shift + E
Scissor Tool
C
Rotate Tool
R
Reflect Tool
O
Scale Tool
S
Width Tool
Shift + W
Wrap Tool
Shift + R
Free Transform Tool
E
Shape Builder Tool
Shift + M
Live Paint Bucket
K
Live Paint Selection Tool
Shift + L
Perspective Grid Tool
Shift + P
Perspective Selection Tool
Shift + V
Mesh Tool
U
Gradient Tool
G
Eyedropper Tool
I
Blend Tool
W
Symbol Sprayer Tool
Shift + S
Column Graph Tool
J
Artboard Tool
Shift + O
Slice Tool
Shift + K
Hand Tool
H
Zoom Tool
Z
Fill & Stroke
X
Default Fill & Stroke
D
Color Fill or Stroke
< 
Gradient Fill or Stroke
> 
None
/
Switch Modes
Shift + D
Change Screen Mode
F

From now onward, while creating your artwork use these shortcut keys to set your hands on them.

In next few articles you will be learning use of shape tool to draw or create basic shapes/objects.

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