Shortcut Keys Used in Adobe Illustrator

Shortcut Keys of Adobe Illustrator CC
 
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 the next few articles, you will be learning the use of shape tools to draw or create basic shapes/objects and we will use these shortcut keys while drawing or creating the shapes.
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