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 learnt from our previous blog on Adobe Premier Shortcuts. 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.

List of 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 key - Illustrator Shortcuts

Action Illustrator Shortcuts – Windows Illustrator Shortcuts – Mac
Help F1 F1
Cut F2 F2
Copy F3 F3
Paste F4 F4
Show/Hide brushes panel F5 F5
Show/Hide color panel F6 F6
Show/Hide layers panel F7 F7
Create new symbol F8 F8
Show/Hide Info panel Ctrl + F8 Command + F8
Show/Hide gradient panel Ctrl + F9 Command + F9
Show/Hide stroke panel Ctrl + F10 Command + F10
Show/Hide attributes panel Ctrl + F11 Command + F11
Revert F12 F12
Show/Hide graphics styles panel Shift + F5 Shift + F5
Show/Hide appearance panel Shift + F6 Shift + F6
Show/Hide align panel Shift + F7 Shift + F7
Show/Hide transform panel Shift + F8 Shift + F8
Show/Hide pathfinder panel Shift + Ctrl + F9 Shift + Command + F9
Show/Hide transparency panel Shift + Ctrl + F10 Shift + Command + F10
Show/Hide symbols panel Shift + Ctrl + F11 Shift + Command + F11

Panel Shortcuts

Action Windows Shortcuts Mac Shortcuts
Set options Alt + Click new Option + Click new
Delete without confirm Alt + Delete Option + Delete
Show/Hide Panel Tab Tab
Show/Hide panel except for tools and control Shift + Tab Shift + Tab
Apply value and keep textbox active Shift + Enter Shift + Return

Painting Objects

Action Windows Shortcuts Mac Shortcuts
Switch fill/stroke X X
Set fill and stroke to default D D
Swap fill/stroke Shift + X Shift + X
Select gradient fill mode > >
Select color fill mode < <
Select no stroke/fill mode / /
Add new fill Ctrl + / Command + /
Add new stroke Ctrl + Alt + / Command + Option + /
Increase bristle brush size ] ]
Decrease bristle brush size [ [

Editing Shapes

Action Windows Shortcuts Mac Shortcuts
Switch between various tool Alt Option
Move current anchor point Spacebar + Drag Spacebar + Drag
Cut a straight line with knife tool Alt + Drag Option + Drag
Cut 45/90 with knife tool Shift + Alt + Drag Shift + Option + Drag
Select shape builder tool Shift + M Shift + M

Selecting Tool - Illustrator Shortcuts

Action Windows Shortcuts Mac Shortcuts
Selection tool V V
Direct selection tool A A
magic wind tool Y Y
Lasso tool Q Q
Pen tool P P
Blob brush tool Shift + B Shift + B
Add anchor point tool + +
Delete anchor point tool
Convert anchor point tool Shift + C Shift + C
Type tool T T
Line segment tool \ \
Rectangle tool M M
Ellipse tool L L
Paintbrush tool B B
Pencil tool N N
Rotate tool R R
Reflect tool O O
Scale tool S S
Wrap tool Shift + R Shift + R
Width tool Shift + W Shift + W
Free transform tool E E
Shape builder tool Shift + M Shift + M
Perspective grid tool Shift + P Shift + P
Perspective selection tool Shift + V Shift + V/td>
Symbol sprayer tool Shift + S Shift + S
Column graph tool J J
Mesh tool U U
Gradient tool G G
Eyedropper tool I I
Blend tool W W
Zoom tool Z Z
Hand tool H H
Scissors tool C C
Eraser tool Shift + E Shift + E
Slice tool Shift + K Shift + K
Live paint selection tool Shift + L Shift + L
Live paint selection tool K K

Viewing Artwork

Action Windows Shortcuts Mac Shortcuts
Move zoom marquee while dragging Spacebar Spacebar
Show/Hide artboards Ctrl + Shift + H Command + Shift + H
Show/Hide artboards rulers Ctrl + Alt + R Command + Option + R
Hide unselected network Ctrl + Alt + Shift + 3 Command + Option + Shift + 3
Exit fullscreen mode Esc Esc
Go to next document Ctrl + F6 Command + F6
Go to previous document Ctrl + Shift + F6 Command + Shift + F6
Next document group Ctrl + Alt + F6 Command + Option + F6
Previous document group Ctrl + Alt + Shift + F6 Command + Option + Shift + F6
Save artboard to illustrator format Alt + V Option + V
Create artboard in other artboard Shift + Drag Shift + Drag

Selecting Shortcuts

Action Windows Shortcuts Mac Shortcuts
Switch to last used selection tools Ctrl Command
Switch Direct/Group selection tools Alt Option
Add/Subtract with various tools Shift + Click Shift + Click
Subtract from selection with magic wand tool Alt + Click Option + Click
Add to selection with Lasso tool Shift + Drag Shift + Drag
Subtract from selection with Lasso tool Alt + Drag Option + Drag
Change pointer to cross hair for Lasso tool Caps Lock Caps Lock
Select artwork in active artboard Ctrl + Alt + A Command + Option + A
Create crop marks around selected object Ctrl + C + O Command + C + O

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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