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150+ Adobe Illustrator Shortcuts For Windows and Mac

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150+ Adobe Illustrator Shortcuts for Windows & Mac – Illustrator Shortcut keys


Learn Adobe Illustrator Shortcuts for Windows and Mac. Adobe Illustrator provides you with many handy shortcuts to help you get your work done faster. Hope you have enjoyed and learned from our previous blog on Adobe Premier Shortcuts. The motive behind Adobe Illustrator Shortcuts is to the same to help you become faster in your work and also to help you learn amazing time-saving tips and tricks.

What is Adobe Illustrator?

Adobe Illustrator is a software application for creating drawings, illustrations, and artwork using a Windows or MacOS computer.

Adobe Illustrator Shortcuts

People always look for the shortcuts that help to ease their task and not work very much harder.  It is rightly said that Shortcuts are the key to the bridge gap between efforts and action. The Illustrator Shortcuts pertain to actions and tools around vector and typography. Some of the shortcuts never get used, however, some of the shortcuts are used most often. Hence learning them is a saver for all.


Function keys – Illustrator Shortcuts

ActionWindows ShortcutsMac Shortcuts
Show/Hide brushes panelF5F5
Show/Hide color panelF6F6
Show/Hide layers panelF7F7
Create new symbolF8F8
Show/Hide Info panelCtrl + F8Command + F8
Show/Hide gradient panelCtrl + F9Command + F9
Show/Hide stroke panelCtrl + F10Command + F10
Show/Hide attributes panelCtrl + F11Command + F11
Show/Hide graphics styles panelShift + F5Shift + F5
Show/Hide appearance panelShift + F6Shift + F6
Show/Hide align panelShift + F7Shift + F7
Show/Hide transform panelShift + F8Shift + F8
Show/Hide pathfinder panelShift + Ctrl + F9Shift + Command + F9
Show/Hide transparency panelShift + Ctrl + F10Shift + Command + F10
Show/Hide symbols panelShift + Ctrl + F11Shift + Command + F11

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Panel Shortcuts

ActionWindows ShortcutsMac Shortcuts
Set optionsAlt + Click newOption + Click new
Delete without confirmAlt + DeleteOption + Delete
Show/Hide PanelTabTab
Show/Hide panel except for tools and controlShift + TabShift + Tab
Apply value and keep textbox activeShift + EnterShift + Return

Painting Objects

ActionWindows ShortcutsMac Shortcuts
Switch fill/strokeXX
Set fill and stroke to defaultDD
Swap fill/strokeShift + XShift + X
Select gradient fill mode>>
Select color fill mode<<
Select no stroke/fill mode//
Add new fillCtrl + /Command + /
Add new strokeCtrl + Alt + /Command + Option + /
Increase bristle brush size]]
Decrease bristle brush size[[

Editing Shapes

ActionWindows ShortcutsMac Shortcuts
Switch between various toolAltOption
Move current anchor pointSpacebar + DragSpacebar + Drag
Cut a straight line with knife toolAlt + DragOption + Drag
Cut 45/90 with knife toolShift + Alt + DragShift + Option + Drag
Select shape builder toolShift + MShift + M

Selecting Tool – Illustrator Shortcuts

ActionWindows ShortcutsMac Shortcuts
Selection toolVV
Direct selection toolAA
magic wind toolYY
Lasso toolQQ
Pen toolPP
Blob brush toolShift + BShift + B
Add anchor point tool++
Delete anchor point tool
Convert anchor point toolShift + CShift + C
Type toolTT
Line segment tool  
Rectangle toolMM
Ellipse toolLL
Paintbrush toolBB
Pencil toolNN
Rotate toolRR
Reflect toolOO
Scale toolSS
Wrap toolShift + RShift + R
Width toolShift + WShift + W
Free transform toolEE
Shape builder toolShift + MShift + M
Perspective grid toolShift + PShift + P
Perspective selection toolShift + VShift + V/td>
Symbol sprayer toolShift + SShift + S
Column graph toolJJ
Mesh toolUU
Gradient toolGG
Eyedropper toolII
Blend toolWW
Zoom toolZZ
Hand toolHH
Scissors toolCC
Eraser toolShift + EShift + E
Slice toolShift + KShift + K
Live paint selection toolShift + LShift + L
Live paint selection toolKK

Viewing Artwork

ActionWindows ShortcutsMac Shortcuts
Move zoom marquee while draggingSpacebarSpacebar
Show/Hide artboardsCtrl + Shift + HCommand + Shift + H
Show/Hide artboards rulersCtrl + Alt + RCommand + Option + R
Hide unselected networkCtrl + Alt + Shift + 3Command + Option + Shift + 3
Exit fullscreen modeEscEsc
Go to next documentCtrl + F6Command + F6
Go to previous documentCtrl + Shift + F6Command + Shift + F6
Next document groupCtrl + Alt + F6Command + Option + F6
Previous document groupCtrl + Alt + Shift + F6Command + Option + Shift + F6
Save artboard to illustrator formatAlt + VOption + V
Create artboard in other artboardShift + DragShift + Drag

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Selecting Shortcuts

ActionWindows ShortcutsMac Shortcuts
Switch to last used selection toolsCtrlCommand
Switch Direct/Group selection toolsAltOption
Add/Subtract with various toolsShift + ClickShift + Click
Subtract from selection with magic wand toolAlt + ClickOption + Click
Add to selection with Lasso toolShift + DragShift + Drag
Subtract from selection with Lasso toolAlt + DragOption + Drag
Change pointer to cross hair for Lasso toolCaps LockCaps Lock
Select artwork in active artboardCtrl + Alt + ACommand + Option + A
Create crop marks around selected objectCtrl + C + OCommand + C + O

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Designing work is a hard time business. It is time consuming. However, in order to make some ease for the designers, here are some of the Adobe Illustrator Shortcuts. Download all the Adobe Illustrator shortcut key here.

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