265 Shortcuts for Adobe Illustrator CS5 (Windows)  [edit]

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minusplus1. Function Keys
F1 Help
F2/F3/F4 Cut / Copy / Paste
F5 Show/hide Brushes panel
F6 Show/hide Color panel
F7 Show/hide Layers panel
F8 Create new symbol
Ctrl+F8 Show/hide Info panel
Ctrl+F9 Show/hide Gradient panel
Ctrl+F10 Show/hide Stroke panel
Ctrl+F11 Show/hide Attributes panel
F12 Revert
Shift+F5 Show/hide Graphic Styles panel
Shift+F6 Show/hide Appearance panel
Shift+F7 Show/hide Align panel
Shift+F8 Show/hide Transform panel
Shift+Ctrl+F9 Show/hide Pathfinder panel
Shift+Ctrl+F10 Show/hide Transparency panel
Shift+Ctrl+F11 Show/hide Symbols panel
Ctrl+Shift+i Show/hide perspective grid

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minusplus2. Selecting Tools
Shift+o Artboard tool
v Selection tool
a Direct Selection tool
y Magic Wand tool
q Lasso tool
p Pen tool
Shift+b Blob Brush tool
+ Add Anchor Point tool
= Delete Anchor Point tool
Shift+c C onvert Anchor Point tool
t Type tool
\ Line Segment tool
m Rectangle tool
l Ellipse tool
b Paintbrush tool
n Pencil tool
r Rotate tool
o Reflect tool
s Scale tool
Shift+r Warp tool
Shift+w Width tool
e Free Transform tool
Shift+m Shape Builder tool
Shift+p Perspective Grid tool
Shift+v Perspective Selection tool
Shift+s Symbol Sprayer tool
j Column Graph tool
u Mesh tool
g Gradient tool
i Eyedropper tool
w Blend tool
k Live Paint Bucket tool
Shift+l Live Paint Selection tool
Shift+k Slice tool
Shift+e Eraser tool
c Scissors tool
h Hand tool
z Zoom tool
Alt Switch to Smooth tool while using Blob Brush tool

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minusplus3. Viewing Artwork
f Toggle between screen modes: Normal Screen Mode, Full Screen Mode with Menu Bar, Full Screen Mode
Double-click Hand tool Fit imageable area in window
Double-click Zoom tool Magnify 100%
Space Switch to Hand tool (when not in text-edit mode)
Ctrl+Space Switch to Zoom tool in magnify mode
Ctrl+Alt+Space Switch to Zoom tool in reduce mode
Space Move Zoom marquee while dragging with the Zoom tool
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+3 Hide unselected artwork
Alt+drag guide Convert between horizontal and vertical guide
Ctrl+Shift+double-click guide Release guide
Ctrl+Shift+h Show/Hide artboards
Ctrl+Alt+r Show/Hide artboard rulers
Ctrl+Alt+0 (zero) View all artboards in window
Ctrl+Shift+v Paste in place on the active artboard
Esc Exit Artboard tool mode
Shift+drag Create artboard inside another artboard
Ctrl+click Select multiple artboards in the Artboards panel
Ctrl+F6 Navigate to next document
Ctrl+Shift+F6 Navigate to previous document
Ctrl+Alt+F6 Navigate to next document group
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+F6 Navigate to previous document group
Esc Exit Full Screen mode

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minusplus4. Drawing
Shift+drag Constrain a shape’s proportions or orientation to: (1) equal height and width for rectangles, rounded rectangles, ellipses, and grids, (2) Increments of 45° for line and arc segments, or (3) 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)
Alt+drag Keep the sides of a star straight
Start dragging, then Up Arrow/Down Arrow Increase or decrease polygon sides, star points, arc angle, spiral winds, or flare rays
Start dragging, then Up Arrow/Down Arrow Keep the inner radius of a star constant
Start dragging, then Right Arrow/LeftArrow Add or remove vertical lines from a rectangular grid or radial lines from a polar grid
Start dragging, then Up Arrow/Down Arrow Add or remove horizontal lines from a rectangular grid or concentric lines from a polar grid
Start dragging, then c Switch between an open and closed arc
Start dragging, then f Flip an arc, keeping the reference point constant
Start dragging, then Alt+drag Add or subtract winds from a spiral while increasing the length of the spiral
Start dragging then Ctrl+drag Change the decay rate of a spiral
Start dragging, then f Decrease the skew value for horizontal dividers in a rectangular grid or radial dividers in a polar grid by 10%
Start dragging, then v Increase the skew value for horizontal dividers in a rectangular grid or radial dividers in a polar grid by 10%
Start dragging, then x Decrease the skew value for vertical dividers in a rectangular grid or concentric dividers in a polar grid by 10%
Start dragging, then 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 Control panel, or hold down Alt and select a tracing preset. Create and expand a Live Trace object in one step
]/[ Increase size / decrease size of Blob Brush
Shift Constrain Blob Brush path horizontally or vertically
Shift+d Switch through drawing modes
Select the paths, then press Ctrl+j Join two or more paths
Select the paths, then press Shift+Ctrl+Alt+j Create corner or smooth join

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minusplus5. Drawing in perspective
Shift+p Perspective Grid Tool
Shift+v Perspective Selection Tool
Ctrl+Shift+i Perspective Grid
Press 5 key, then click and drag the object Moving objects perpendicularly
Use the Perspective Selection tool and then press 1 ... 4 Switching perspective planes 1 for left grid, 2 for horizontal grid, 3 for right grid, or 4 for no active grid
Ctrl+Alt+drag Copying objects in perspective
Ctrl+d Repeat transforming objects in perspective
Shift+d Switching between drawing modes

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minusplus6. Keys for selecting
Ctrl Switch to last-used selection tool (Selection tool, Direct Selection tool, or Group Selection tool)
Alt Switch between Direct Selection tool and Group Selection tool
Shift+click Add to a selection (or substract a selection) with Selection tool, Direct Selection tool, Group Selection tool, Live Paint Selection tool, or Magic Wand tool
Alt+click Subtract from selection with Magic Wand tool
Shift+drag Add to selection with Lasso tool
Alt+drag Subtract from selection with Lasso tool
Caps Lock Change pointer to cross hair for Lasso tool
Ctrl+Alt+a Select artwork in active artboard
Alt+c+o Create crop marks around selected object
Ctrl+click twice Select behind an object or select behind in isolation mode

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minusplus7. Moving Selection
Arrow Keys Move selection in user-defined increments
Shift+Arrow Keys Move selection in 10x user-defined increments
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+2 Lock all deselected artwork
Hold down Shift Constrain movement to 45° angle (except when using Reflect tool)

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minusplus8. Editing Shapes
Alt - Switch Pen tool to Convert Anchor Point tool
- Switch between Add Anchor Point tool and Delete Anchor Point tool
- Switch Scissors tool to Add Anchor Point tool
- Switch Pencil tool to Smooth tool
Spacebar+drag Move current anchor point while drawing with Pen tool
Alt+drag Cut a straight line with Knife tool
Shift+Alt-drag Cut at 45° or 90° with Knife tool
Alt+Shape mode Use shape mode buttons in Pathfinder panel to create compound paths
Alt+click the closed region Erase unwanted closed regions created using Shape Builder tool
Shift+m Select the Shape Builder tool
Shift+click+drag Display rectangular marquee to easily merge multiple paths (when using Shape Builder tool)

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minusplus9. Painting Objects
x Toggle between fill and stroke
d Set fill and stroke to default
Shift+x Swap fill and stroke
> Select gradient fill mode
< Select color fill mode
/ Select no stroke/fill mode
Shift Eyedropper tool Sample color from an image or intermediate color from gradient
Alt+Shif+click + Eyedropper tool Sample style and append appearance of currently selected item
Ctrl+/ Add new fill
Ctrl+Alt+/ Add new stroke
Ctrl+click gradient button in Tools or Gradient panel Reset gradient to black and white
Alt+o+j Open Mosaic options for selected raster object
[/] Decrease Bristle brush size / Increase Bristle brush size
1,2,...0 Set Bristle brush paint opacity value to 10%, 20% etc. 0 increases to 100%

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minusplus10. Live Paint Groups
Alt+click + Live Paint Bucket tool Switch to Eyedropper tool and sample fill and/or stroke
Alt+Shift+click + Live Paint Bucket tool Switch to Eyedropper tool and sample color from an image
Shift + Live Paint Bucket tool Select opposite Live Paint Bucket tool options
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 stroke all edges that have same stroke
Alt+click + Live Paint Selection tool Switch to Eyedropper tool and sample fill and/or stroke
Alt+Shift+click + Live Paint Selection tool Switch to Eyedropper tool and sample color from an image or intermediate color from a gradient
Shift+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

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minusplus11. Transforming Objects
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
~+drag Transform pattern (independent of object) when using Selection tool, Scale tool, Reflect tool, or Shear tool

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minusplus12. Creating variable width points
Shift+click Select multiple width points
Alt+drag Create non-uniform widths
Alt+drag the width point Create a copy of the width point
Shift+drag Change the position of multiple width points
Delete Delete selected width point
Esc Deselect a width point

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minusplus13. Working with Type
Right Arrow/Left Arrow Move one character right or left
Up Arrow/Down Arrow Move up or down one line
Ctrl+Right Arrow/Left Arrow Move one word right or left
Ctrl+Up Arrow/Down Arrow Move up or down one paragraph
Shift+Ctrl+ Right Arrow/Left Arrow Select one word right or left
Shift+Ctrl+ Right Arrow/Left Arrow Select one paragraph before or after
Shift+click Extend existing selection
Ctrl+Shift+l, r, c Align paragraph left, right, or center
Ctrl+Shift+j Justify paragraph
Shift+Enter Insert soft return
Ctrl+Alt+k Highlight kerning
Ctrl+Shift+x Reset horizontal scale to 100%
Ctrl+Shift+>/ Ctrl+Shift+< Increase type size / decrease type size
Alt+Up Arrow/Down Arrow Increase or decrease leading (for horizontal text, vor vertical text use Alt+Right Arrow/Left Arrow)
Double-click leading icon in the Character panel Set leading to the type size
Ctrl+Alt+q Reset tracking/kerning to 0
Alt+Right Arrow/Left Arrow Increase or decrease kerning and tracking (for horizontal text, vor vertical text use Alt+Up Arrow/Down Arrow)
Ctrl+Alt+ Right Arrow/Left Arrow Increase or decrease kerning and tracking by five times(for horizontal text, vor vertical text use Ctrl+Alt+Up Arrow/Down Arrow)
Alt+Shift+ Up Arrow/Down Arrow Increase or decrease baseline shift (for horizontal text, vor vertical text use Alt+Shift+Right Arrow/Left Arrow)
Shift Switch between Type and Vertical Type, Area Type and Vertical Area Type, and Path Type and Vertical Path Type tools
Alt Switch between Area Type and Path Type, Vertical Area Type and Vertical Path Type tools

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minusplus14. Panel Shortcuts
Alt+click New button Set options (except for Actions, Brushes, Swatches, and Symbols panels)
Alt+click Delete button Delete without confirmation (except for Layers panel)
Shift+Enter Apply value and keep text box active
Shift+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
Shift+Tab Show/Hide all panels except the Tools panel and Control panel
minusplusActions panel
Alt+click expansion triangle Expand/Collapse entire hierarchy for action set
Double-click folder icon Set options for action set
Ctrl+click Play Current Selection button Play a single command
Alt+click New Action button Begin recording actions without confirmation
minusplusBrushes Panel
Double-click brush Open Brush Options dialog box
Drag brush to New Brush button Duplicate brush
minusplusCharacter and Paragraph panels
Up Arrow/Down Arrow Increase/decrease the selected value by a small increment
Shift+Up Arrow/Down Arrow Increase/decreases the selected value by a large increment
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+f Highlight the font name field in the Character panel
minusplusColor Panel
Ctrl+click color bar Select the complement for the current color fill/stroke
Alt+click color bar Change the nonactive fill/stroke
Ctrl+Alt+click color bar Select the complement for the nonactive fill/stroke
Ctrl+Shift+click color bar Select the inverse for the current fill/stroke
Ctrl+Shift+Alt+click color bar Select the inverse for the nonactive fill/stroke
Shift+click color bar Change the color mode
Shift+drag color slider Move color sliders in tandem
Double-click to right of a numerical field Switch between percentage and 0-255 values for RGB
minusplusLayers Panel
Alt-click layer name Select all objects on the layer
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
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 layer, sublayer, or group
minusplusSwatches Panel
Alt+click layer name Select all objects on the layer
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
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 layer, sublayer, or group
minusplusSwatches Panel
Ctrl+click New Swatch button Create new spot color
Ctrl+Shift+click New Swatch button Create new global process color
Alt+drag a swatch over another Replace swatch with another
minusplusTransform Panel
Shift+Enter Apply a value and keep focus in edit field
Alt+Enter Apply a value and copy object
Ctrl+Enter Apply a value and scale option proportionately for width or height
minusplusTransparency Panel
Alt+click on mask thumbnail Change mask to grayscale image for editing
Shift+click on mask thumbnail Disable opacity mask
Shift+click on disabled mask thumbnail Re-enable opacity mask
Click opacity field + Up Arrow/Down Arrow Increase/decrease opacity in 1% increments
Shift+click opacity field + Up Arrow/Down Arrow Increase/decrease opacity in 10% increments

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minusplus15. Additional Shortcuts
These were created by Arthur (http://shortcutworld.local/user.php?l=en&user=4979) as separate page; merged them here. Some may already in large list, but many are not. Merged by Bernd
minusplusSelecting and Moving
Ctrl To access Selection or Direction Selection tool (whichever was used last) at any time
Ctrl+Alt+Tab To switch between Selection and Direct Selection tools
Alt+click tool To cycle through tools behind column tool
Alt To make copy while dragging
Shift To add to a selection
Arrow Keys Move Selection
Shift+Arrow Keys Move Selection 10 pts
Ctrl+2 Lock selected artwork
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+2 Lock all deselected artwork
Ctrl+Alt+2 Unlock all artwork
Ctrl+3 Hide selected artwork
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+3 Hide all deselected artwork
Ctrl+Alt+3 Show all artwork
minusplusPath Editing
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+j Join and Average at same time
Alt Convert Anchor Point tool from Pen tool
Alt Switch between Add Anchor Point and Delete Anchor Point tools
Alt Add Anchor Point tool from Scissors tool
Space Move anchor point while drawing with Pen tool
When finished drawing, hold Alt and release mouse Create closed path with Pencil or Paintbrush tool
Ctrl+drag Connect to an open (& selected) path with Pencil

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Sources: Adobe Illustrator CS5 Online Help


Uploaded by max, updated on 11/13/2012 by bernd