Top 100 Adobe Illustrator CC Shortcut Keys (Excel-PDF)

You might have heard about Adobe PDF Reader or Photoshop. But what is Adobe Illustrator? Adobe Illustrator is a product of Adobe. This software is an alternative to Coral Draw. It is a graphic designing software. You can design visiting cards, banners, cartoon characters, etc. Adobe Illustrator has all the tools that are required for a Graphic Designer.  This software supports all types of file formats. It is one of the most popular Vector Base Graphic Designing Software.

Reasons for Using Adobe Illustrator-

  • Adobe Illustrate is easy in comparison to other vector-based software.
  • It is easy to learn
  • It is one of the most popular software. Due to continuous updates by Adobe users are increasing exponentially.
  • After learning this software one can make a better career in the field of graphic design.

Tools of Adobe Illustrator

Pen Tool

This tool is used for drawing. With the help of a mouse, you can design artistic figures. You can change the color and border.

Selection Tool

This tool is used to select an image or box. And we can take it to another place. You can also resize the image.

Direct Selection Tool

You can select the image and boxes separately.

Rectangle Box

This tool is used to create a rectangle box, and add color and text to it.

Type Tool

Type tool is used to write any kind of text, heading, or title. You can select the type tool from the sidebar, click anywhere on the page, and use the keyboard to write anything you want. From the menu bar, you can select any type of font, size, and color of the text.

Eyedropper Tool

This tool is used to color multiple boxes at one time. Select the move tool from the sidebar, and click on the boxes that you want in the desired color of the other box. Again click on the Eyedropper Tool.  You will find that the boxes are in your desired color.

Magic Wand Tool

This tool works like a magic stick. Past an image, select the Magic Wand Tool from the sidebar, and click on the image. You will find that all the colors in the image are selected as you will click on delete all colors will get deleted.

Eraser Tool

This tool is used to erase the drawing

Gradient Tool

This tool is used to mix two or more colors.

Perspective Tool

In Adobe Illustrator you can make and color the 3D designs also. Perspective tools fulfill this task of the users.

Below is a list of adobe illustrator keyboard shortcut, you can always have the shortcuts you want for practically any application right in front of you, below are the link to download these shortcut in PDF front.

Illustrator CC Useful Keyboard Shortcuts:



Ctrl-Alt-Tab At any time  control 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
Any arrow key Move Selection
Shift-any arrow key 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


Alt Eyedropper tool from Live Paint Bucket tool
Shift Sets center point and shows dialog Alt-click with Tool Samples intermediate color from gradient, picture, etc. with eyedropper
Alt-drag Duplicates and transforms selection
~ (tilde)-drag Transform pattern without transforming object
 Shift-drag bounding box Scale proportionally with Selection tool
Alt-drag bounding box Scale from center with Selection tool
Shift-drag Move mesh point along path with Mesh tool
Shift-click Add mesh point with Mesh tool without changing color
Alt-click Remove mesh point with Mesh tool


Alt Draw from center
Alt-click Constrain proportion Shift Draw from center with dialog
Shift Constrain orientation of polygons, stars, spirals
 Spacebar Add/subtract sides, points, spiral segments Up or Down Arrow Move object while drawing
CTRL Decrease inner radius
hold ~ while dragging Create continuous duplicates along mouse movement


Spacebar Get Hand Tool (while NOT editing Type).
Hold Control, then Space. (This will show the Zoom tool). Let go of Control so you see the Hand tool and IMMEDIATELY start dragging the mouse so you don’t end up typing spaces. Be sure to let go of the Spacebar while dragging so you again don’t type more spaces Get Hand tool (while editing Type)
Ctrl-Spacebar Zoom In Tool
Ctrl-Alt-Spacebar Zoom Out Tool
Ctrl-Spacebar-drag Zoom In to exact size
Tab Hide/Show all tools and panels
Shift-Tab Hide/Show all panels except toolbox
hold Alt while dragging out a new guide Switch between horizontal/vertical guides
Shift-Ctrl-double-click Release Guide (turns it into a regular path)


Ctrl-Shift-< or > Decrease/Increase type size
Alt arrow up or down Decrease/Increase leading
Alt arrow left or right Kerning/tracking Decrease/Increase kerning/tracking
Shift-Alt arrow down or up Decrease/Increase baseline shift
Ctrl-Alt-Shift arrow down or up Baseline shift x 5
Ctrl-Shift-L, R, and C Align type left, right, center
 Ctrl-Shift-F Justify last line
Ctrl-Shift-X Reset horizontal/vertical scale to 100%
Ctrl-Alt-Q Reset kerning or tracking to 0


F5 Show/Hide Brushes
F6 Show/Hide Color
F7 Show/Hide Layers
Ctrl-F8 Show/Hide Info
Ctrl-F9 Show/Hide Gradient
Ctrl-F10 Show/Hide Stroke
Ctrl-F11 Show/Hide Attributes
F12 Revert file
Shift-F5 Show/Hide Graphic Styles
Shift-F6 Show/Hide Appearance
Shift-F7 Show/Hide Align
Shift-F8 Show/Hide Transform
Shift-Ctrl-F10 Show/Hide Transparency
Shift-Ctrl-F9 Show/Hide Pathfinder
Shift-Ctrl-F11 Show/Hide Symbols


Ctrl-click on eye Toggle layer between Preview/Outline modes
Alt-click on eye Show layer while turning-off all others
Alt-click layer name Copy Select all items on layer
Alt-drag selection square in Layers panel to selected item to different layer
Ctrl-click create the new layer at the top of list
Ctrl-Alt-click To create the new layer below selected layer


Shift-drag color slider Saturate/DE saturate current color
Shift-click color bar Change Color Mode
Ctrl-click color bar Select compliment of current color


Hold Curtly–Shift while creating Create a swatch as a global color
Alt-drag new swatch over old Replace a swatch with another


Selection V
Direct Selection A
Magic Wand Y
Lasso Q
Pen P
Add Anchor point +
Delete Anchor point minus(-)
Convert Anchor point Shift-C
Type T
Line Segment \
Rectangle M
Ellipse L
Paintbrush B
Pencil N
Blob Brush Shift-B
Eraser Shift-E
Scissors C
Rotate R
Reflect O
Scale S
Warp Shift-R
Free Transform E
Symbol Sprayer Shift-S
Column Graph J
Mesh U
Gradient G
Eyedropper I
Blend W
Live Paint Bucket K
Live Paint Selection Shift-L
Art board Shift-O
Slice Shift-K
Hand H
Zoom Z
Toggle between Fill & Stroke X
Swap Fill & Stroke Shift-X
Default Fill & Stroke D
White fill/black stroke)
Fill or Stroke w/Color <
Fill or Stroke w/Gradient >
Fill or Stroke w/None /
Cycle through Screen Modes F

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