If you liked my previous article on Photoshop shortcuts, you’ll probably find this post useful. Here are 26 Illustrator shortcuts that can help you to speed up productivity. I use most of them (in fact, I can’t work without them). Most of shortcuts listed in this article aren’t documented in the software, so keep reading and you’re sure to find at least one new trick to put up your sleeve. Enjoy!

Note: this article is written in Mac Illustrator CS3 format. If you are using PC, Cmd key = Ctrl key and Opt = Alt.

  1. Change the Unit Setting
    You can quickly change the Artboard unit measurement setting by right-clicking on the ruler.

    unit setting

  2. Activate Tool Options
    With the tool selected, (e.g. Blend Tool), press the Enter key to open up the Blend Options window. Another way to open up the tool option panel is to double-click on the tool icon.

    blend tool options

  3. Duplicate a Series of Objects
    Select the object, hold down Option key and drag. You now have a copy of the object. Each time you press Cmd + D (Transform Again) you distribute more copies.

    tranform again

  4. Draw Shape with Options
    Select any shape tool, (e.g. Star Tool), click anywhere on the Artboard, it will let you draw a shape with options.


  5. Zoom With Mouse Wheel
    Hold down Option key & scroll the mouse wheel up or down to zoom in/out

    mouse wheel

  6. Gradient Stop Color
    To quickly change a gradient stop color to any color swatch in the library: select a gradient stop, hold down Option key and click on a swatch.


  7. Switch Color Profile
    Hold down Shift key and click on the color bar will let you toggle through the color profiles: Grayscale, RGB, HSB, CMYK, Web Safe RGB.


  8. Layer Visibility
    Cmd + Click Visibility Icon = toggle view mode (Outline/Preview)
    Opt + Click Visibility Icon = hide other layers (Opt + click again will show all)
    Click Visibility Icon & Drag = toggle multi layers

    layer visibility

  9. New Layer
    Cmd + L = New layer
    Cmd + Opt + L = New layer with options

    new layer

  10. Select All Objects on Layer
    To select all objects on a particular layer, hold down Option key and click on the layer name.

    select all objects

  11. Navigate Live Paint Bucket Color
    With the Live Paint Bucket tool selected, click on any swatch in the Color palette, now use the arrow keys (Up, Down, Left, Right) to navigate through the swatches.

    navigate color swatches

  12. Fill and Stroke Color
    D = Default color (white fill & black stroke)
    X = Toggle between fill and stroke
    Shift + X = Swap fill and stroke color
    / = None (transparent)
    < = Color fill
    > = Gradient fill

    fill and stroke

  13. Saturate or Desaturate Color
    Holding down Cmd key and dragging the color slider will saturate or desaturate a mixed color.

    color slider

  14. Increase/Decrease Input Field Value
    Place the cursor in any input field, press arrow Up or Down to increase/decrease.

    input field

  15. Close Pencil or Brush Path
    By default, Illustrator will use close a Pencil and Brush path. To close a Pencil path manually, hold down Option key when you are about to finish drawing the path.

    close pencil path

  16. Add or Subtract Sides
    With the Star Tool, drag on the Artboard (do not release the mouse yet), press Up or Down arrow to add/subtract sides. Notes: this shortcut can also works for the Arc, Spiral, Rectangle Grid, Polar Grid, Polygon, and Flare Tool.

    add or subtract sides

  17. Inner Radius
    With the Star Tool, drag on the Artboard (do not release the mouse yet), holding down the Cmd key while dragging will let you control the inner radius. This shortcut also works for the Spiral Tool.

    inner radius

  18. Continuous Duplicates Based on Mouse Movement
    With any shape tool, holding down the Tilde (~) key while dragging will make continuous duplicates based on your mouse movement. This is a very useful shortcut to create fun and complex artwork.


  19. Straight Sided Star
    With the Star Tool, while dragging holding down the Option key will let you draw a straight side star.

    star shape

  20. Lock and Unlock Objects
    Cmd + 2 = Lock selected object(s)
    Cmd + Opt + Shift + 2 = Lock all deselected objects
    Cmd + Opt + 2 = Unlock all

  21. Switch Between Move and Selection Tool
    Cmd + Opt + Tab = Switch between Move and Direct Selection Tool.
    Option (Direct Selection Tool selected) = toggle to Group Selection Tool.

    selection tool

  22. Hide and Show Objects
    Cmd + Opt + Shift + 3 = Hide all deselected objects
    Cmd + Opt + 3 = Show all objects

  23. Eyedropper – Sample Photo or Gradient Color
    To sample intermediate color from a gradient or photo: with the Eyedropper tool selected, hold down Shift key and click on the photo.

    eyedropper color

  24. Make and Release Guide
    Cmd + 5 = Convert selected object to Guide
    Cmd + Shift + double-click on Guide = Release Guide

    make and release guide

  25. Font: Size, Leading, Kerning and Tracking
    Cmd + Shift + > or < = Increase/decrease font size
    Opt + Up or Down = Increase/decrease leading
    Opt + Left or Right = Increase/decrease kerning or tracking
    Cmd + Opt + Q = Reset kerning/tracking to zero

  26. Add New Fill and Stroke
    Cmd + / = Add new fill
    Cmd + Opt + / = Add new stroke

    new fill and stroke

Final Remarks

If you are interested in learning more Illustrator stuffs, try my Illustrator tutorials. I haven’t updated the Illustrator tutorials in a while because I’m busy testing Illustrator CS4 Beta version. As soon Adobe officially releases CS4, I’ll work on posting some Illustrator CS4 reviews and tutorials.


Jul 19, 2008 at 2:10 am

Very useful shortcuts. I didn’t know some of them. Thanks

Artur Kim
Jul 19, 2008 at 2:40 am

Thanks a lot, Nick. (:

Jul 19, 2008 at 2:46 am

thanks! :) there were a lot I didn’t knew!

Jul 19, 2008 at 3:27 am

Neat list! I’m not a heavy Illustrator user but those shortcuts are certainly going to be handy when I port over in the next few months.

Jul 19, 2008 at 5:15 am

Thanks much, very useful !

Jul 19, 2008 at 6:57 am

Thank you very much! :) :)

This is such a comprehensive list, though I scarcely use Illustrator.

Jul 19, 2008 at 7:55 am

good article!
I will point it out on my blog ;-)

Jul 19, 2008 at 9:08 am

This post is definitely a time & life saver 8)

Hayes Potter
Jul 19, 2008 at 10:45 am

Awesome, stuff. I do wish you would write more often than you do now, I always check my rss feed for new posts and every time I see one I immediately come here.

Jul 19, 2008 at 1:05 pm

useful tut.THX

Jul 19, 2008 at 2:07 pm

I love new shortcuts, thanks!

Jul 19, 2008 at 7:21 pm

This is perfect, I was hoping to find some shortcuts for illustrator, this should help me greatly!


Todd Smith
Jul 19, 2008 at 11:34 pm

Thanks! Your screenshots help a lot. I especially liked the continuous duplicates with the tilde key and the shape tool.

Jul 20, 2008 at 1:37 am

greetings from Latvia.
this was very useful.

George Coghill
Jul 20, 2008 at 2:50 am

Nice illustrator tips! A few I hadn’t known about. Should help with the cartooning; thanks!

Jul 20, 2008 at 3:38 am

I’m just learning Illustrator for a few days now. It’s hard to get used to it after working with Photoshop only! The shortcuts are different even for similar things in both programs and additionally I’ve changed platform to Mac (from PC)…
PC’s keyboard is a lot easier to work with, Mac has so awkward keyboard. How can you press cmd+alt+Z at the same time with one hand for heaven’s sake? :)

After all, thanks for the shotcuts! Some of them I’ve already knew from the books but some are brand-new to me ;)

Jul 20, 2008 at 7:46 am

Nice Tipps!

Website Design
Jul 20, 2008 at 9:56 am

Really amazing shortcuts, it will increase speed and save my time…Thanks!

Jul 20, 2008 at 2:14 pm

wow thanx!!!

Jul 20, 2008 at 2:38 pm

Good information and very pedagogically written, but I have one question… Why would you possibly use such a lossy format as gif for your screenshots? A real web-designer knows that it truly sucks ass :)

Jul 20, 2008 at 4:27 pm

This is just lovely, thanks a lot. :)

Jul 20, 2008 at 4:31 pm

really nice shortcuts, the ~ key will be very helpful!

Jul 20, 2008 at 7:17 pm

Very cool tips and the images help make things even more clear.


Jul 21, 2008 at 12:39 am

The following tips amaze me a lot!
* Saturate or Desaturate Color
* Continuous Duplicates Based on Mouse Movement
* Eyedropper – Sample Photo or Gradient Color
Just subscribed to your feeds :)

Jul 21, 2008 at 3:27 am

Thanks for the tips! :D

Jul 21, 2008 at 4:26 am

Wha, that’s impressive! Thanks a lot!
But I have a question, I have a macbook, and i can’t do the 18 tip (the one with the tilde ~). I tried option+n+drag but it doesn’t work. I’m disappointed because i have had many ideas just by looking at your exemples!
What can I do ?

(Sorry for my English, i’m French! )


Chris Spooner
Jul 21, 2008 at 7:37 am

What a great compilation, I wonder how many I can remember..!

Jul 21, 2008 at 8:24 am

Great set of tips!

@Kenneth – When you can actually post a personal web site that rivals this one’s design (instead of a link to Disneyland, where you probably work optimizing images of Donald Duck all day), maybe then you can give lectures. There are still plenty of instances where gif is a fine format to use, as it frequently provides lower file size and identical quality to png.

Leicester Web
Jul 21, 2008 at 8:59 am

Very cool list of shortcuts, thanks! some i didnt even know about…

Jul 21, 2008 at 9:41 am

Cool!! Very useful list! thank you for sharing!

Jul 21, 2008 at 10:03 am

Wow, great article. There are so many little tricks that will save you time in the long run. Thanks.

Jul 21, 2008 at 11:36 am

Wow~ I have been using Illustrtor for years, and you have shared some tips I didn’t even know existed!! Thanks so much for your articles and tutorials. They are very helpful.

Jul 21, 2008 at 6:13 pm

Great tips, with #14 you can also use shift+cursor key up or down to change the value by ten each time instead of one.

Jul 22, 2008 at 5:26 am

thanks dear……

Jul 22, 2008 at 11:42 am

Thank you!!!

Jul 22, 2008 at 12:27 pm

thanks so much for posting these! i thought i knew a bunch of shortcuts until i read this post. ha!

Jul 22, 2008 at 12:29 pm

@sweet (26 comment) -> you have to be actually in the moment of drawing the shape (not just moving the shape that is already done). I hope it will clear the things up. In the text it is not written precisely ;)

Jul 22, 2008 at 4:55 pm

Awesome list! I’ve learned a lot… Thanks!

Methodology Marketing
Jul 22, 2008 at 6:45 pm

great article!

Jul 22, 2008 at 8:50 pm

Thanks so much. a great list.

Jul 23, 2008 at 1:56 am

Thanxs,some were such a useful stuff)

Jul 23, 2008 at 5:18 am

Thank you

Jul 23, 2008 at 8:29 am

very nice shortcuts, indeed

Quote Catcher Website Design
Jul 23, 2008 at 8:58 am

I live for shortcuts, great post thanks.

Jul 23, 2008 at 9:06 am

Super useful. Thanks.

Jul 23, 2008 at 9:11 am

Thank you for your tutorials. They always impress me.

Jul 23, 2008 at 9:34 am

Amazing tips!

Jul 23, 2008 at 10:27 am

tht’s awesome!!!
help a lot

Jul 23, 2008 at 2:47 pm

Thank you for this great article!
..some very useful tips!

Jul 23, 2008 at 3:30 pm

In portuguese (PT-BR) >> http://dicasbrarts.blogspot.com/2008/07/atalhos-que-mudaro-sua-vida-no.html

Jul 23, 2008 at 10:35 pm

Using the target (the little circle on the right side) also selects all objects on a layer! Fewer buttons. Less Calories! ;-)

Filipino Web Designer
Jul 24, 2008 at 10:47 am

Another great tutorial, thank you for sharing this.

Bunny got Blog
Jul 24, 2008 at 2:34 pm

great article.

Kike La Hoz
Jul 24, 2008 at 8:01 pm

Es el mejor diseño de blog que he visto en mi vida. Felicitaciones!

Jul 24, 2008 at 8:10 pm

On shortcut 18 (Continuous Duplicates Based on Mouse Movement), if the Tilde (~) does not work, then try the apostrophe/ampersand key (‘/@) which works on my UK English Keyboard.

Jul 24, 2008 at 8:30 pm

Thanks for the tips. Some were beginner stuff and some were new to me. Beautiful site.

Jul 24, 2008 at 8:59 pm

Very nice article, with some great information! Thanks a bunch!

Joey – http://www.leetwebmasters.com

The Frosty
Jul 25, 2008 at 1:05 am

Maybe I can learn to apply these short cuts, becuase I can’t even use this program without looking like a 2 year old child drawing a Crayola picture..

Blue Buffalo
Jul 25, 2008 at 11:09 am

Thanks for the list of Illustrator Shortcuts! These are perfect for saving time.

Jul 25, 2008 at 2:22 pm

Good adobe ilisturasion information… Thanks.

Jul 26, 2008 at 2:46 pm

i <3 shortcuts

Max | Design Shard
Jul 27, 2008 at 7:30 pm

this will definatly be useful as i become more familiar with illustrator, thanks

Ang Ziwei
Jul 28, 2008 at 6:06 am

Cool, these are really great time-saver tricks.

PLR Minisite Graphics
Jul 28, 2008 at 5:34 pm

Thanks for the heads up! There are quite a few here I’d never seen before. Always nice to make it faster & easier!

Koodoz Design
Jul 29, 2008 at 1:35 am

Great! Never knew that you could turn a shape into a guide. That will save a lot of time when working with angles :) Cheers

Jul 29, 2008 at 5:53 pm

Oh man, that duplicating one is what I’ve missed since Freehand’s demise, I had no idea how to do it in Illustrator! So close, yet, so far… Thanks for sharing!

Jul 30, 2008 at 9:28 am

Apesar de ser do Brasil gosto muito do seu site e sempre leio todos os seus posts.

Gostei muito deste sobra atalhos do Illustrator.


Jul 30, 2008 at 10:45 am

Thanks a lot, the guides and duplicating one are very usefull for me, thanks again.

Agus MU
Jul 31, 2008 at 12:51 am

Thanks for the sharing dude!!!

Jul 31, 2008 at 3:41 pm

Hola soy de Caracas-Venezuela, tus shortcuts para ilustrator son muy buenos, soy gran fan del trabajo por teclado y me han sido de gran utilidad.

Thanks friend!!!

Aug 1, 2008 at 11:50 am

Shortcut commands is much better than clicking on the icons.it eats your time:)

Aug 2, 2008 at 7:08 am

Wata great shortcut illustrating way , i like n find all very easy n quick .
i wana learn more for creation and finalizing jobs for paper print in illustrator

if any easy tutorial mail me link please

thanks a lot dear

pray for u

Aug 3, 2008 at 10:20 am

“Most of shortcuts listed in this article aren’t documented in the software”
Well, that’s not true at all, or is it just me that read the manual ;)

Aug 4, 2008 at 4:13 am

Hey!! Needed this… but just one thing: what about tabbing in between designs, you know ctrl-tab (windows)??
Can do it in Photo Shop but not in Illustrator CS2 keep having to go to menu>windows to select the file I am working on, what is the short-cut or did they forget to include it?
Great site by the way!

Aug 4, 2008 at 11:15 pm

this software is very good i need the shortcuts keys you mail keys

Aug 5, 2008 at 8:35 am

Thank you! I’ve been using Illustrator for blinkin’ ages but these are fantastic! Especially love the tilde ~ for duplicating on the mouse movement. Love this site – keep up the good work!

Website Development
Aug 5, 2008 at 10:11 am

Very-2 useful shortcuts for illustrator designers, It will increase our designing speed to create World Class Quality Designs…Thanks Man…:)

Aug 5, 2008 at 11:49 pm

I didn’t know about 18, 19, and 24. Thanks a lot :)

Aug 6, 2008 at 6:52 am

@Nebomax – you can use: Cmd + ~ (changes windows in almost any app.)

Aug 6, 2008 at 10:20 pm

Great tutorial here. Learn a lot of new stuff since I’m still using the ‘old-school’ shortcuts which is not as ‘short’ as I think it was…haha =P

Aug 7, 2008 at 9:55 am

helpful shortcuts

cloud9 design
Aug 7, 2008 at 5:15 pm

great ones. thanks!!!

Aug 9, 2008 at 7:19 am

100 time thanks, i like your webdesignerwall.
i will use new shortcuts, i need more shortcuts,
c u send me.

thanking u


Web Designer Perth
Aug 10, 2008 at 12:24 am

Big thanks for the ‘zoom with mouse wheel’ tip – I’m forever clicking to zoom in and out, step by step, and this is so much quicker and easier!

Eazzy | Website Templates
Aug 11, 2008 at 8:55 am

cool. I really needed this.

Aug 12, 2008 at 10:38 am


Stu Collett
Aug 12, 2008 at 1:53 pm

Thanks very much for this Nick, saves a load of time!


Aug 12, 2008 at 2:23 pm

I was so excited when I went through these and found some new shortcuts. Anything that makes my life easier is greatly appreciated. I forwarded this and your Photoshop shortcuts to all my design friends and everyone was SO grateful – thanks and keep ’em coming!

Jonathan F. Mayer
Aug 12, 2008 at 2:36 pm

Great list- several of the latter ones were new to me. I especially like #18!

Aug 13, 2008 at 11:36 am

Come sempre un grande tutorial! magnifico!

Aug 13, 2008 at 8:00 pm

thanks for the post! i am always looking for shortcuts, love #18


James Tryon
Aug 15, 2008 at 4:24 pm

Shortcuts are life savers.

Aug 18, 2008 at 10:32 am


Aug 19, 2008 at 12:01 pm

very thank for this article.

Peter H.
Aug 24, 2008 at 11:32 am

Thanks very much for the shortcuts. They’re really usefull and I didn’t discover some of em yet.

Hide Windows
Aug 30, 2008 at 6:38 pm

Very handy post again! 10x

Sep 2, 2008 at 12:04 pm

Thank nice tutorial..

Sep 10, 2008 at 11:28 pm

I’ve been using Illustrator since version 6, and you’ve shown me some great and very useful shortcuts that I’d never known. Thank you!!!!!

Lisa T
Sep 11, 2008 at 7:21 am

Thanks for the tips. I’ve been using Illustrator FOREVER but I am always on the lookout for other ways to boost my productivity. Keep up the great work!

secret designerlistic.net
Sep 12, 2008 at 10:10 pm

mmm..really usefull, with the simple step with shortcut key my job become shortly and of course getting better…

my website free download vector are recomended this site for everyone that wants become hero in design

thanks 4 your tisp

Time Tracker
Sep 15, 2008 at 1:05 am

I actually use a Logitech NuLOOQ with both PS and AI, which speeds up productivity. I knew of most of these shortcuts, but a few are new to me, and I’ll be mapping them to the NuLOOQ today. Thanks!

Sep 15, 2008 at 12:18 pm

These shortcuts were really helpful, thanks! I love stuff like this.

Sep 15, 2008 at 5:11 pm

Very helpful! Thank You for this article.

isabel subtil
Sep 15, 2008 at 10:09 pm

those shortcuts are just great! thanks. BUT I need more! HOW to place dimensions lines on tech drwgs??
I do it ALL THE TIME in Corel but have not found way to do it in AI. Please HELP! Thanks a million :)

mahen shrestha
Sep 20, 2008 at 1:23 pm

well i m logo designer and this things are really gonna come handy… thanks for a good list.

Sep 23, 2008 at 11:22 am

Are these only for CS3 or for MAC? Some of them don’t seem to work in CS2 on a PC. IE #18 Continuous Duplicates Based on Mouse Movement


Sep 30, 2008 at 10:10 am

Thx 4 the info.
I got a small Q. I Was using Illustrator and making a star and I pressed a wrong key at that time I didn’t only get the outher lines of the star but also the inner-crossing lines (Like in a pentagram)
Does any1 know how to get it back?


Oct 9, 2008 at 1:01 am

Man, these tips are pure genius, it will definitely improve threefold my productivity in Illustrator. Thanks so much for sharing!

Oct 12, 2008 at 1:36 am

Re: #21

I use “V” (Move tool) and “A” (Direct Selection tool). Less keys to use.
Hold down the Cmd key while on either tool to do a temporary switch.

Oct 13, 2008 at 8:09 am

thanks a lot man , very usefull

Oct 14, 2008 at 3:32 am

These shortcuts were really helpful, thanks! I love stuff like this

Oct 19, 2008 at 6:09 pm

These shortcuts were really helpful, thanks! I love stuff like this.

Oct 29, 2008 at 2:41 am

really useful tips, thanks a lot, I like your website style too…

Nov 4, 2008 at 12:58 am

excellent job and also i like your web site design its wonderful and this shorts are veryuseful to us thank you

Nov 13, 2008 at 4:14 am

Very good Tutorial. Nice Shortcuts

Nov 13, 2008 at 11:34 am

I say honorly this site is very useful to me. I am got more useful things from this site. Thanks a lot.

Nov 15, 2008 at 8:32 am

GRA8 tut, BUT….
I have a question, when I mask a jpeg or psd image with a vector object, the it covers the surrounding area, that means the image doesn’t crop properly (if size of box (object in which I have to mask an image) is 4 cm in length and size of image is 6 cm in length, when I apply clipping mask to it the vector box becomes 6 cm long, because of the length of that image. It doesn’t work as we do in CORELDRAW by using powerclip option.

It creates lot of troble, If anybody have idea about how to crop image or powerclip in AI please tell me.

Carlos Hermoso
Nov 27, 2008 at 2:24 pm

Shortcuts are always useful and this is a good list. Thanks

Jan 7, 2009 at 2:40 am

Thank you for your great tut!
By the way, someone have tuts about Mesh and tracing?

Joachim in Oslo
Jan 13, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Thank you again!

Jan 21, 2009 at 6:35 pm


love community forum good images

J.T. Shaver
Feb 2, 2009 at 11:53 am

Finally a productive list of shortcuts. I like the holding CTRL and dragging the sliders of a mixed color to change it’s saturation.

What is it when you hold CTRL and click on the color? It’s like it gives you it’s split complementary and if you hold CTRL and click again it switches back and forth…

Mar 6, 2009 at 2:19 pm

very good, thanks

Mar 13, 2009 at 2:43 am

nice, its fine but add some more tutorial, and some vedios also, if possible because its grace for your website

Mar 19, 2009 at 1:09 am

Great detailed explaination ! teach me some of your skills

Mar 31, 2009 at 3:36 am

thank you, very nice article.

Apr 7, 2009 at 12:55 am

This is a good list. Can you plz post on photoshop’s shorcuts?

Apr 15, 2009 at 4:14 am

Great Tips !thanks again

Apr 21, 2009 at 2:14 am

This is a good. Can you plz post on all illustrator tools with there work.

Apr 30, 2009 at 6:47 pm

Thanks for submitting those, very nice tips you have here. Also, may I recommend this website to anyone who loves Illustrator?


This is a site featuring two helpful tutorials, which will teach you to obtain a couple of neat effects: a particle logo and a shiny orb.
I hope you find them interesting and helpful.

Jun 21, 2009 at 9:46 pm

thanks .reply plz

Jul 1, 2009 at 12:24 am

thanks… i wrote up all the shortcuts….

Aug 4, 2009 at 12:08 am

Very nice one. Thanks

Aug 6, 2009 at 2:59 am

very USEFUL.. Thanks..

Aug 8, 2009 at 6:01 am

these are awesome!
thanks for putting in the effort to get this list together http://www.cennet.gen.tr

Aug 14, 2009 at 8:51 am

http://www.cennet.gen.tr OOOOO :)

Aug 20, 2009 at 7:53 am

A lot of shortcuts you have here!!! Nice

Sep 3, 2009 at 2:57 am

great shortcuts, very useful, thanks

Sep 4, 2009 at 7:41 pm

Thanks for submitting those, very nice tips you have here.

Sep 10, 2009 at 7:51 pm

i wrote up all the shortcuts…. thanks…

Magoichi Saika
Sep 11, 2009 at 3:13 am

I’m totally surprised you had the time and generosity to do all this. May you be blessed for your selflessness, dude! Thanks for the tip! You’re the MAN!

Sep 16, 2009 at 3:54 am

Nice article friend. Do you know that this same article is also at http://www.webdesign.org/web/vector-graphics/adobe-illustrator/adobe-illustrator-shortcuts.16480.html

It may be you gave them permission but I figured I would pass it on. Have a nice day.

Sep 16, 2009 at 3:57 am

my bad, they link back to your site (it was an afterthought)…. oops. haha

Sep 19, 2009 at 9:13 am

very useful, thanks

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Oct 31, 2009 at 4:55 am

i wrote up all the shortcuts…. thanks…tanks

Bally Chohan
Nov 5, 2009 at 3:37 am

I really like your website and tutorials i am also trying to make a website to teach people web design but in a different way where people can see me online and with chat i can give lecture.

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Nov 15, 2009 at 5:17 am

as always, very helpful (only 15 and 18 don’t work for me – mac cs4). thanks!

does anybody know how to change the zoom in shortcut from cmd+= to cmd++?

Dec 7, 2009 at 2:44 pm

very useful shortcuts!! =)
thank you so much for your effort!

Dec 15, 2009 at 4:03 am


Patrick Houston
Dec 27, 2009 at 11:41 am

I’ve been using Adobe Illustrator since version 1.1, and thought I knew all the shortcuts. You’ve given me a couple of very useful new ones.


Jan 5, 2010 at 11:39 pm

The designs showed here show what simple and tasteful design is all about. Another one to consider

Jan 7, 2010 at 3:58 am

Hey, I’m trying to make a comment board a bit like this one but it is getting seriously spammed. How do you prevent spam?

Jan 12, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Toggling between internal windows has always been a pain but I finally found someone who knows that CTRL+F6 will do the trick. That’s one that should be passed along.

Mar 16, 2010 at 11:57 pm

thanks for this. Very useful!

Basit Javed
Mar 18, 2010 at 7:06 am

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Saranga Asith
Mar 27, 2010 at 11:02 pm

Thank you . Cool shortcuts.

Logo Design Gear
Apr 8, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Hey great stuff ! Thanks for posting :)

Web Design
Apr 28, 2010 at 8:50 pm

very handy!! thank you

Daniel Stuffins
Apr 29, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Hi, I have a question… about the stroke and fill selection, can you set illustrator to ‘auto-select’ and make it recognize what the shape you select is? i.e if you have a solid fill object when you click it, it will automatically select its fill instead of line e.t.c

I know Freehand used to do this, I find illustrator really annoying that it doesn’t do this! any help much appreciated, great page by the way. Dan

May 4, 2010 at 4:31 am

Hey. Just wondering is there a function to automatically move all paths that are in one layer to separate layers of their own so that they can import into after effects as separate layers… unfortunately After effects sees all separate paths as one shape if they are in one layer instead of one layer for each path. thanks, this would really help especially when theres a complex illustraor file with hundreds of layers!! thanks a million ;)

Hyper Active
May 6, 2010 at 1:50 pm


May 20, 2010 at 4:45 am

Thank you.. it’s the reason I came to the site,lucy

May 28, 2010 at 10:19 am

I would love to see what you might have for CS5.

Jun 10, 2010 at 3:00 am

you rocked my day! I am at work designing some advertisement for some people and was so stuck! GREAT HELP! Thanks!
warm hugs from Dubai XD

Rocio A. Hernandez
Jun 24, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Excelent post, thank you so much, the info is very good and the way you presented it is outstanding, actually eye candy :) thank you!

Jul 6, 2010 at 11:04 pm

Thank you so much ..
You are very cool

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Aug 14, 2010 at 10:58 am

Thank you so much ..
You are very cool

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Aug 24, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Great post.Nice web desin.Thank you.

Aug 26, 2010 at 1:09 am

Very useful shortcut, most of tricks I never know before.
Thanks again.

Aug 31, 2010 at 1:30 am

you are an angel!
thank you soooo much!

Sep 11, 2010 at 7:38 pm

thanks admin. great post.

Sep 21, 2010 at 6:57 am

i like to be here all time learninig such very good tutorial thanks

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Sep 25, 2010 at 1:02 pm

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Oct 11, 2010 at 3:52 am

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Nov 3, 2010 at 12:46 am

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Nov 19, 2010 at 5:29 am

Thanks, very useful!

Zena Santos
Nov 30, 2010 at 5:46 am

Thank you so much!! I am an avid illustrator user and I have found many helpful tips and tricks in this article!!! Thank you again

Dec 11, 2010 at 6:49 am

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Dec 15, 2010 at 3:33 pm

usefull stuff, thx!!!

Dec 17, 2010 at 4:37 am

Thank you. Some of the short cuts are really very useful. Also please updated the same article for Illustrator CS5, in case there are any new for it.

Dec 18, 2010 at 5:15 am

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Dec 23, 2010 at 11:23 pm

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Dec 24, 2010 at 10:14 pm

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Dec 25, 2010 at 6:11 am

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Jan 11, 2011 at 12:45 am

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Jan 11, 2011 at 3:10 pm

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Rahul Kumar
Jan 18, 2011 at 6:28 am

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Thanks & Regards,
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Jan 29, 2011 at 3:52 pm

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Feb 2, 2011 at 6:55 am

Just saying thanks will not just be enough, for the exceptional lucidity in your writing.

Feb 6, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Thanks so much!…. This has been really been so helpful… Made all this much more faster and easier… Thanks!…

Feb 10, 2011 at 12:39 am

i like it, Thanks

Ignacio Cortés
Feb 23, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Excelente! Muchas Gracias :D

Mark Hamilton
Mar 21, 2011 at 6:10 am

Great work and worth sharing with our Web Designer in London & yes nice presentation

Apr 17, 2011 at 2:01 pm

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Jun 3, 2011 at 6:20 am

will definitely be putting these shortcuts into practice – thanks

Jun 28, 2011 at 2:36 pm

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Kentsel Peyzaj
Jul 19, 2011 at 5:29 am

good job,thank you

Jul 21, 2011 at 12:24 am

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Jul 26, 2011 at 8:40 am

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complex 41
Aug 4, 2011 at 10:11 am

Complex 41 saç bakım seti, tamamen bitkisel ve doğal içeriği nedeniyle güvenle kullanabileceğiniz bir üründür. complex 41İçeriğindeki bitki özlerine
(55 çeşit bitkinin özü vb.) aşırı hassasiyeti olan kişilerde saç derisinde bir miktarkızarıklık yapması doğaldır. Bu durumda kullanım sıklığını azaltmanız tavsiye edilmektedir.

Aug 23, 2011 at 12:11 pm

And then he handed you the thirty-five 45

Nov 24, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Thank you Thank you!! This is organized very nicely

Dec 13, 2011 at 4:55 am

thanks yaar, it’s very useful for me and other biginners.

Jan 22, 2012 at 6:11 am

khi sử dụng công cụ selection tool thi mình ko thấy các hình vuông lớn màu trắng bao quanh để phóng to thu nhỏ đối tượng. Có bạn nào biết chỉ mình với

Do at ShaeCreative
Feb 1, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Ah, these are so helpful! Where have you been all my career?!
Thank you.

Feb 7, 2012 at 9:24 am

Outstanding! So helpful. Bookmarked & Thank You!!

Huey Le
Feb 27, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Thanks for sharing this.
At point 21. Switch Between Move and Selection Tool, I think it’s way faster to just press A or V, instead of combination of hotkeys to switch between these tools.

Mar 12, 2012 at 4:41 am

Fantastic. Very useful.

Oct 11, 2012 at 1:18 am

thank’s I like it

Mar 19, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Excuse me , could someone tell me how to auto lock the LAYER in illus? is layer not object . for object is ctrl +2 but for layer is what?

May 2, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Thank you Thank you!! This is organized very nicely

siraj ahmed
May 10, 2012 at 11:59 pm

Thanks a lot

Jun 11, 2012 at 11:24 am

Great tutorial! thanks a mill!

Jun 14, 2012 at 7:53 am

very usefull

Shaikh Jahanzaib
Jun 23, 2012 at 7:00 am

this is very helpful for using Adobe Illustrator, thanks for guiding me :)

Na klov
Jun 25, 2012 at 5:41 am

I have a question concerning how to make continuous duplicates based on mouse movements. I do not have tilde key on my macbook keybord (german one). Is there a way to make it by other means? Thanks for the replies in advance

Jul 3, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Very Useful, thanks for sharing this with us

rabia akram
Sep 1, 2012 at 7:29 am

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rabia akram
Sep 1, 2012 at 7:30 am

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Oct 28, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Thanks for that illustrator tips!

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