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Best Photoshop Tricks and Tips to help you become better graphic designer

50 Photoshop Tricks for a Fast-Paced Work Environment

Are you a designer on a deadline? If you are, then I’m sure you can recall the last time you thought to yourself, “if I had a little more time, …

The truth is, however, that we designers will always be looking for more time to polish the one pixel that got away. But rather than begging our project managers for more time on our projects, maybe it’s time we look at our own workflows and see if there are any ways for us to gain just a little more time.

Of course, since our go-to design tool in the office is Photoshop, we thought we’d share with you 50 simple Photoshop tricks and shortcuts we love using that can help trim excess spent time in your workflows.

Important Note: The following require Photoshop CS5 and a Mac OS X. For PC users, you can swap the Command and Option keys for the Ctrl and Alt keys when moving between the Mac and PC

The Usual Keyboard Shortcut Suspects

Memorize these shortcuts. They hold the greatest influence and weight in slimming the time you usually spend in Photoshop.

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1. Layer Blend Mode Shortcuts: Normal (Shift + Option + N), Multiply (Shift + Option + M), Screen (Shift + Option + S), Overlay (Shift + Option + O), Soft Light (Shift + Option + F), Saturation (Shift + Option + T), Color (Shift + Option + C), and Luminosity (Shift + Option + Y)



2. Cycle through Blend Modes Shortcut (Shift + – or +): If you like cycling through various blending modes for quick experimenting, this shortcut allows for you to move up and down your current layer’s blending mode. Note that if you’re in any of the retouching/painting tools, it will cycle through the blending properties of that retouching/painting tool



3. Opacity shortcuts: Tapping 1 through 0 will give you opacities between 10% to 100%. Tapping multiple numbers in quick succession, however, will give you that specific opacity percentage (i.e., tapping 5 and 6 quickly will get you a 56% opacity level).



4. Fill opacity shortcuts: Holding down shift and tapping 1 through 0 will give you fill levels between 10% to 100%. The same applies here where tapping multiple numbers in quick succession of one another will give you specific fill percentages.



5.Keyboard shortcuts for flipping foreground and background (X): Use this to switch between your current foreground and background colors located in your toolbar.



6. Keyboard shortcut for setting default white foreground and black background (D): Quickly accessing black or white will be necessary for many occasions, including a quick layer masking, or brushing highlights and shadows onto objects. This shortcut defaults your current foreground to black and background to white.



7. Brush tool shortcuts for adjusting the size and hardness of brush tools: Hit the bracket keys, [ or ], to change the size of your brush. Hold down shift when using the bracket keys to adjust the hardness of your brush in 25% intervals.



8. Hiding and showing rules and grids: Use Command + ; to show and hide rulers. Use Command + ‘ to show and hide grids.



9. Fast editing with Hue/Saturation (Option + Command + U), Levels (Option + Command + L), and Curves (Option + Command + M): Quick pixel editing is sometimes a necessary thing to do in a PSD. Even if you’re just trying to experiment or see how certain pixels can be manipulated, try utilizing these fast shortcuts to adjust hue, saturation, lightness, levels, and curves on the fly!



10. Shift + Anything for incremental nudging: While you may already know that Shift + any Arrow Key incrementally nudges an object by 10 pixels (multiplied by whatever zoom level you’re at), did you know that holding down Shift + Arrow Key in certain windows in Photoshop can also allow for 10% nudges? Try holding Shift + Up or Down Arrow on any number input field in Photoshop (like the font size input field or any number input field in a layer styles panel) and you’ll see that holding Shift in these instances will also jump your number values in increments as well!

Customized Must-Have Keyboard Shortcuts

These are a few useful customized keyboard shortcuts that for some reason didn’t make the cut when coming out in CS5. If you enjoy this sections tips, you can create your own keyboard shortcuts by going to Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts (or Shift + Option + Command + K)!



11. Flip Horizontally and Flip Vertically: How great would it be to have a keyboard shortcut that flips your pixels horizontally and vertically? Try custom binding Flip Horizontally to Shift + Command + H (for horizontal!) and Shift + Command + J (since V is so commonly used for pasting) for Flip Vertically.



12. Convert Point Tool: This is a powerful and useful tool when dealing with any sort of paths/shape layers in Photoshop. It also shares similar functionality to its sister tool in Illustrator so if you want to maintain a little more consistency between the two programs, consider binding this tool to C (which is currently the crop tool but we’ll get to that in our next point).



13. Edit > Crop: The crop/slice tool by default is a great tool to have, but think about how useful it would be to simply make a selection and crop with that selection instead in Photoshop. Even if you are a fan or frequent user of the crop/slice tool, utilizing the general crop function can be a valuable asset to have. So consider assigning a shortcut to this editing function such as Shift + Option + Command + C.

Photoshop, the Word Processor

Who knew Photoshop could be such a great typography program! Consider using these shortcuts below for faster and more impressive typography in your PSD.



14. All Caps (Command + Shift + K): Aside from using Underline (command+shift+U), this will be your go to for making certain parts of your typography all caps.



15. Faux Bold (Command + Shift + B) & Faux Italic (command+shift+I): If your font has a bold or italic weight, this shortcut will toggle between the font family’s weight. Otherwise, it’ll simply add a faux weight style to your font selection.



16. Decreasing and Increasing Leading (Option + Up or Down Arrow), Tracking (Option + Left or Right Arrow), and Kerning (Option + Shift + Up or Down Arrow): If you’re a typography machine, these shortcuts will turn your bland paragraphs into beautiful print-quality works of art!



17. Add Space After (or Before) Paragraph: Under the paragraph window, you can designate how much spacing a paragraph has after the paragraph is completed. No more double indenting to get the pseudo content separation you’re looking for.



18. Command + Enter = Commit… Anything: Instead of hitting that annoying little check box on the top menu bar, if you use this shortcut, you’ll be able to exit out of Type Tool editing mode. As a bonus, this shortcut also works for committing Transform edits as well!



19. Fast Cycling through Fonts: Trying to see which font would work best for that header copy? Select the text layer you’d like to adjust, make sure the text tool is active, and simply click on the font name’s input field. Once this field is highlighted, you can simply hit the Up and Down Arrow to cycle through your various fonts. You can also hit certain letters to jump through to various parts of your font library. Oh, and need to just experiment with one or two words in your text field? You can highlight the words you want to play around with and cycle through the fonts using the same method.

Layers, Masks, and Styles

Ah yes, the heart of Photoshop. You thought these things only sat in your layer panel? Check out what fun and convenient things you can do with them.


20. Merge one or more layers (Command + E): For a quick merging of one or more selected layers (and the don’t have to be adjacent to one another), hit Command + E to merge them up. All of the merged items will merge upward and assume the layer name of the top-most selected layer.



21. Create a flattened image of your PSD and place that image on top of your existing layers (Shift + Option + Command + E): An absolute favorite go-to. Rather than simply merging all of your PSD’s layers with Shift + Command + E, you can create a flattened image of your entire PSD on top of your existing layers. Sure your fingers will be doing quite a curl, but it’s well worth it!



22. Group layers (Command + G): Groups are a must for layer organization and any sort of collaborative work with other people. Select multiple layers and use this shortcut to group like items together. It reduces the scrolling work you’ll have to do in your layers panel and might aid in moving around, applying masks to, and correctly utilizing multiple layers at one time.



23. Layer linking: And if you’re opposed to grouping layers, you can always link layers of similar relation. Just right click on the selected layers you’d like to link and choose Link Layers. Linked layers don’t have to be next to each other so you can take some text from the top of your layers and link it to images that may be residing at the bottom of your layers panel. Linked layers will always move together if one of the linked layers is being moved. Similarly, linked layers will maintain the move-centric lock attributes (Lock position and Lock all) that any of its other linked layers may have.



24. Select multiple layers via selection: If you’re trying to move multiple layers within a given selection on your canvas, activate the Move tool and then hold down Shift + Option + Command and drag your cursor (it will create a rectangular selection marquee) over the area you wish to select multiple layers of.



25. Easy hiding and showing of multiple layers: If you have a section of layers you wish to show or hide quickly, you can click and hold down on a visibility symbol (the eye), and drag your mouse across the layers you wish to quickly toggle on or off. With this trick, you can either drag straight up or down the visibility symbols OR you can even weave around some visibility symbols that you don’t want to toggle so long as you’re still holding down and dragging!



26. See all corresponding layers at given pixel: Although tip #24 is a great way of selecting multiple layers at once via a selection, you might need to only select a certain layer within any given area of your canvas. Right click on the canvas and you will be given a menu list of all of the layers that have a visible pixel in that exact pixel location.



27. Selects all visible pixels on any layer, path, or mask: To select all visible pixels in any given layer, path, or mask (layer or vector based), hold down Command and click on the thumbnail in the layers panel to create your selection. For example, selecting a vector mask will select all path shapes within the mask, and selecting a layer with some brushed elements will select all of the brushed pixels on that particular layer. If you wish to make multiple selections, simply hold down Shift and click on any additional thumbnails.



28. Temporarily hide the effects of the layer or vector mask: To temporarily disable a layer or vector mask, Shift + click on the mask’s thumbnail to toggle the mask on and off.



29. Shift + dragging with direct select tool: This enables you to create selection boxes which allows for easier selection of bezier points (rather than having to click on them individually!). Remember you can hold down shift to click + drag multiple points



30. Keyboard shortcut for moving between layers (Option + [ or ]): If you’re working in the same layers, why not utilize a keyboard shortcut to quickly maneuver to the layer you need to be on rather than moving over to the Layers Panel and individually clicking each layer?



31. Keyboard shortcut for moving layers (Command + [ or ]): You can also quickly move a selected layer up or down layers panel. And if you need to simply move a layer to the top or bottom of your layers panel, hold down Shift + Command + [ (move to bottom) or ] (move to top).

Seeing the Bigger Picture

Whether it’s zooming in and out, removing menu bar clutter, or seeing multiple windows of it at the same time, there are dozens of way you can view your working PSD. So let this influential and useful ability to view your PSD be easy and quick to use.



32. Toggle between Screen Modes Using F: Tap F once to toggle to Full Screen Mode with a Menu Bar. Tap F again to toggle to Full Screen Mode (automatically turns your gray artboard area black). And Tap F one last time to bring you back to your working Standard Screen Mode.

33. Spacebar + click to pan: An easy way of panning up, down, left, or right. Don’t forget to take advantage of the auto-easing effect Photoshop has upon mouse click release!

34. Zoom in and out using option + mouse wheel/scroll: This is an easy and great way of zooming in and out of areas without having to deal with forced zoom size intervals.

35. View Actual Pixels (command+1) and Fit on Screen (command+0): One of the most used go-to shortcuts. Sometimes you have to see



36. View PSD in two windows simultaneously: Seeing two views of the same PSD simultaneously comes in very handy. For example, you could be working on a homepage at 100% zoom on your main screen but have a full-window and zoomed out view of the entire homepage on another screen. It helps let you see the forest through the trees, especially when your head’s staring down at individual pixels of a design. So try utilizing a two window view by going to Window > Arrange > New Window for “Your PSD”

Options with the Option Key

The Option key, one of the greatest keys a Mac has to offer. But how does this key extend its great functionality into Photoshop? See what fun Option + dragging has to offer.



37. Easy Clipping Masks: If you want to quickly clip two adjacent layers together, hold down Option and hover your pointer between two layers. It will clip the upper layer to the lower layer.



38. Copying Layer Styles and Effects: Hold down Option and drag the fx symbol with the effects you want to copy over to the layer you wish to copy the layer effects to. It will duplicate all of the layer styles of the first layer over to the different layer. Additionally, if you only want to copy one particular style (such as a Drop Shadow) from one layer to another, simply click the actual name of the effect itself (in this case Drop Shadow) and Option + drag that effect over to the layer of your choice.



39. Copy Layer Masks and Vector Masks to other layers and groups: Did you know that you can also Option + drag Layer Masks and Vector Masks onto other layers and groups? Simply select the actual thumbnail of the Layer or Vector Mask and Option + Drag it over to the desired layer or group.



40. Option + double clicking on a background lock unlocks the background property: If you’re working with recently opened images or Background layers in Photoshop, you can simply hold down Option and double click on the lock itself to remove the locked Background layer property. As another note, dragging the lock symbol over to the trashcan will do the same trick (as well as for any of the other layer lock functions).

41. Fast Eyedropper: In addition to its normal useful shortcut (I), if you’re in any of the retouching/painting tools (such as the brush tool) you can easily switch your cursor’s tool function into a quick eyedropper by simply holding Option. The minute you let go of Option, your cursor will return to its original tool.

Things You Know You Should be Doing More

Even when no one’s looking, you should still be implementing these tips below into your everyday workflow. They’re great tricks to get into the habit of doing and they’ll make the usability of your PSD skyrocket!



42. Save for Web & Devices (Shift + Option + Command + S): As cramped as your hand might get from reaching to hit all of the keys for this shortcut, the price is worth the time saved since you’ll often be utilizing this when saving out your PSD.



43. Close an Individual PSD Window (Command + W): If you’ve got multiple PSD windows open that you’re jumping between and you need to quickly close one the PSDs, instead of aiming for that ridiculously small close button, try using Command + W to close that individual PSD instead. And if you get that annoying little fail-safe window for when you’re closing an unsaved PSD, why not save a click by hitting S (for Save), C (for Cancel) or D (for Don’t Save)?



44. Adding or subtracting from selections: If you want to do more than one marquee selection at one time, hold down Shift to add more selections or Option to subtract from your existing selections.



45. HUD Color Picker via Mouse instead of Color Picker via toolbar: A nice new feature of CS5 has been the convenient implementation of being able to access the color picker without breaking a workflow (via the normal Color Picker window that you have to click to open). Simply hold down Control + Option + Command and click while using a tool from the retouching/painting section of the toolbar to activate the new Color Picker. You can also customize the view of this Color Picker in the General tab of the Photoshop Preferences Panel.



46. Use Smart Objects: Smart objects are great in that they preserve the original state of an object before being converted to a smart object. They’re also useful in that you can create duplicates of a single smart object (like a button), make a change within the original smart object’s PSB file, and then have that change affect all of the duplicate instances of the smart object. To create a smart object, simple select the layer(s) you wish to combine into a single object, right click in the layers panel, and select Convert to Smart Object.



47. Use Smart Filters: If you love using filters, you will love using smart filters. Not only are smart filters non-destructive, but the smart filter gallery view allows you to see what a layer would look like with multiple filters stacked together, and once you’re done saving the filters, you can turn them off easily by accessing their visibility in the layers panel. Lastly, one of the greatest things about smart filters is that they come with Filter Masks which act just like Layer Masks, so you can mask away parts of the filter if you so choose!



48. Save Layer Styles and Patterns: You’ve probably made that same button style over a dozen times now, so why not simply save that layer style setting and apply it whenever you need to? The “New Styles…” button is placed right below the OK and Cancel buttons in the Layer Styles panel but it’s often overlooked. Simply craft your layer styles, hit the New Styles button and save your layer style into your presets. If you want to apply that layer style again in the future, simply go back to the layer styles panel, click Styles on the top of the left navigation bar, click on the style you created, and hit OK! You can also manage your styles as well as other presets through the Preset Manager via Edit > Preset Manager…



49. Snapshots and Layer Comps: Stop turning groups and layers on and off to see what your design would look like with different changes and compositions. Utilize Snapshots to take a temporarily saved history instances of your PSD’s state; or, consider using layer comps to save specific states of visibility, position, and layer styles that you can go back to at any time in the PSD.



50. Snap to Pixels: Last but one of the most important, whenever using paths or shape layers, be sure to enable this option to ensure pixel-perfect designs. And when you do decide to move around those shapes, avoid Transform + moving these elements as different zoom levels make them susceptible to being placed in between pixels (rather than being locked in line with the next available pixel)!

So there you have it, 50 of our best tricks and shortcuts we use when working in Photoshop. So, did you find any new tricks from this list? Have any Photoshop tricks you think are must-haves to a workflow? Let us know in the comments below!

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ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR SHORTCUT COMMANDS

Adobe
Illustrator
Default keyboard shortcuts

Keys for selecting tools
Keys for viewing artwork
Keys for drawing
Keys for drawing in perspective
Keys for selecting
Keys for moving selections
Keys for editing shapes
Keys for painting objects
Keys for working with Live Paint groups
Keys for transforming objects
Keys for creating variable width points
Keys for working with type
Keys for using panels
Keys for the Actions panel
Keys for the Brushes panel
Keys for the Character and Paragraph panels
Keys for the Color panel
Keys for the Gradient panel
Keys for the Layers panel
Keys for the Swatches panel
Keys for the Transform panel
Keys for the Transparency panel
Function keys

Keys for selecting tools


Artboard tool

Shift + O

Shift + O

Selection tool

V

V

Direct Selection tool

A

A

Magic Wand tool

Y

Y

Lasso tool

Q

Q

Pen tool

P

P

Blob Brush tool

Shift + B

Shift + B

Add Anchor Point tool

+ (plus)

+ (plus)

Delete Anchor Point tool

- (minus)

- (minus)

Convert Anchor Point tool

Shift + C

Shift + C

Type tool

T

T

Line Segment tool

\ (backslash)

\ (backslash)

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

Warp 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

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

Live Paint Bucket tool

K

K

Live Paint Selection tool

Shift + L

Shift + L

Slice tool

Shift + K

Shift + K

Eraser tool

Shift + E

Shift + E

Scissors tool

C

C

Hand tool

H

H

Zoom tool

Z

Z

Switch to Smooth tool while using Blob Brush tool

Press Alt

Press Option

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Keys for viewing artwork

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

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Toggle between screen modes: Normal Screen Mode, Full Screen Mode with Menu Bar, Full Screen Mode

F

F

Fit imageable area in window

Double-click Hand tool

Double-click Hand tool

Magnify 100%

Double-click Zoom tool

Double-click Zoom tool

Switch to Hand tool (when not in text-edit mode)

Spacebar

Spacebar

Switch to Zoom tool in magnify mode

Ctrl + Spacebar

Spacebar + Command

Switch to Zoom tool in reduce mode

Ctrl + Alt + Spacebar

Spacebar + Command + Option

Move Zoom marquee while dragging with the Zoom tool

Spacebar

Spacebar

Hide unselected artwork

Control + Alt + Shift + 3

Command + Option + Shift + 3

Convert between horizontal and vertical guide

Alt-drag guide

Option-drag guide

Release guide

Ctrl + Shift-double-click guide

Command + Shift-double-click guide

Show/Hide artboards

Ctrl + Shift + H

Command + Shift + H

Show/Hide artboard rulers

Ctrl + Alt + R

Command + Option + R

View all artboards in window

Ctrl + Alt + 0 (zero)

Command + Option + 0 (zero)

Paste in place on the active artboard

Ctrl+Shift+V

Command+Shift+V

Exit Artboard tool mode

Esc

Esc

Create artboard inside another artboard

Shift-drag

Shift-drag

Select multiple artboards in the Artboards panel

Ctrl+click

Command+click

Navigate to next document

Ctrl + F6

Command+F6

Navigate to previous document

Ctrl + Shift + F6

Command+Shift+F6

Navigate to next document group

Ctrl + Alt + F6

Command+Option+F6

Navigate to previous document group

Ctrl + Alt + Shift + F6

Command+Option+Shift+F6

Exit Full Screen mode

Esc

Esc

Save multiple artboards to Illustrator CS3 or earlier format

Alt + v

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Keys for drawing

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

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Mac OS

Constrain a shape’s proportions or orientation to:
equal height and width for rectangles, rounded rectangles, ellipses, and grids

Increments of 45° for line and arc segments

Original orientation for polygons, stars, and flares

Shift-drag

Shift-drag

Move a shape while drawing it

spacebar-drag

spacebar-drag

Draw from the center of a shape (except for polygons, stars, and flares)

Alt-drag

Option-drag

Increase or decrease polygon sides, star points, arc angle, spiral winds, or flare rays

Start dragging, then press the Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Start dragging, then press the Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Keep the inner radius of a star constant

Start dragging, then hold down Ctrl

Start dragging, then hold down Command

Keep the sides of a star straight

Alt-drag

Option-drag

Switch between an open and closed arc

Start dragging, then hold down C

Start dragging, then hold down C

Flip an arc, keeping the reference point constant

Start dragging, then hold down F

Start dragging, then hold down SF

Add or subtract winds from a spiral while increasing the length of the spiral

Start dragging, then Alt-drag

Start dragging then Option-drag

Change the decay rate of a spiral

Start dragging then Ctrl-drag

Start dragging then Command-drag

Add or remove horizontal lines from a rectangular grid or concentric lines from a polar grid

Start dragging, then press the Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Start dragging, then press the Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Add or remove vertical lines from a rectangular grid or radial lines from a polar grid

Start dragging, then press the Right Arrow or Left Arrow

Start dragging, then press the Right Arrow or Left Arrow

Decrease the skew value for horizontal dividers in a rectangular grid or radial dividers in a polar grid by 10%

Start dragging, then press F

Start dragging, then press F

Increase the skew value for horizontal dividers in a rectangular grid or radial dividers in a polar grid by 10%

Start dragging, then press V

Start dragging, then press V

Decrease the skew value for vertical dividers in a rectangular grid or concentric dividers in a polar grid by 10%

Start dragging, then press X

Start dragging, then press X

Increase the skew value for vertical dividers in a rectangular grid or concentric dividers in a polar grid by 10%

Start dragging, then press C

Start dragging, then press C

Create and expand a Live Trace object in one step

Alt-click Live Trace in the Control panel, or hold down Alt and select a tracing preset.

Option-click Live Trace in the Control panel, or hold down Option and select a tracing preset.

Increase size of Blob Brush

] (right square bracket)

] (right square bracket)

Decrease size of Blob Brush

[ (left square bracket)

[ (left square bracket)

Constrain Blob Brush path horizontally or vertically

Shift

Shift

Switch through drawing modes

Shift+D

Shift+D

Join two or more paths

Select the paths, then press Ctrl+J

Select the paths, then press Command+J

Create corner or smooth join

Select the paths, then press Shift+Ctrl+Alt+j

Select the anchor point, then press Shift+Command+Option+j

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Keys for drawing in perspective

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

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Perspective Grid Tool

Shift+P

Shift+P

Perspective Selection Tool

Shift+V

Shift+V

Perspective Grid

Ctrl+Shift+I

Command+Shift+I

Moving objects perpendicularly

Press the number 5 key, then click and drag the object

Press the number 5 key, then click and drag the object

Switching perspective planes

Use the Perspective Selection tool and then press 1 for left grid, 2 for horizontal grid, 3 for right grid, or 4 for no active grid

Use the Perspective Selection tool and then press 1 for left grid, 2 for horizontal grid, 3 for right grid, or 4 for no active grid

Copying objects in perspective

Ctrl+Alt+drag

Command+Alt+drag

Repeat transforming objects in perspective

Ctrl+D

Command+D

Switching between drawing modes

Shift+D

Shift+D

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Keys for selecting

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

Result

Windows

Mac OS

Switch to last-used selection tool (Selection tool, Direct Selection tool, or Group Selection tool)

Ctrl

Command

Switch between Direct Selection tool and Group Selection tool

Alt

Option

Add to a selection with Selection tool, Direct Selection tool, Group Selection tool, Live Paint Selection tool, or Magic Wand tool

Shift-click

Shift-click

Subtract a selection with Selection tool, Direct Selection tool, Group Selection tool, or LIve Paint Selection tool

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

Alt + c + o

Select behind an object

Press Ctrl+click twice

Press Command+click twice

Select behind in isolation mode

Ctrl+click twice

Command+click twice

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Keys for moving selections

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

Result

Windows

Mac OS

Move selection in user-defined increments

Right Arrow, Left Arrow, Up Arrow, or Down Arrow

Right Arrow, Left Arrow, Up Arrow, or Down Arrow

Move selection in 10x user-defined increments

Shift + Right Arrow, Left Arrow, Up Arrow, or Down Arrow

Shift + Right Arrow, Left Arrow, Up Arrow, or Down Arrow

Lock all deselected artwork

Ctrl + Alt + Shift + 2

Command + Option + Shift + 2

Constrain movement to 45° angle (except when using Reflect tool)

Hold down Shift

Hold down Shift

Set keyboard increments in General Preferences
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Keys for editing shapes

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

Result

Windows

Mac OS

Switch Pen tool to Convert Anchor Point tool

Alt

Option

Switch between Add Anchor Point tool and Delete Anchor Point tool

Alt

Option

Switch Scissors tool to Add Anchor Point tool

Alt

Option

Switch Pencil tool to Smooth tool

Alt

Option

Move current anchor point while drawing with Pen tool

Spacebar-drag

Spacebar-drag

Cut a straight line with Knife tool

Alt-drag

Option-drag

Cut at 45° or 90° with Knife tool

Shift + Alt-drag

Shift + Option-drag

Use shape mode buttons in Pathfinder panel to create compound paths

Alt + Shape mode

Option + Shape mode

Erase unwanted closed regions created using Shape Builder tool

Alt+click the closed region

Option+click the closed region

Select the Shape Builder tool

Shift+M

Shift+M

Display rectangular marquee to easily merge multiple paths (when using Shape Builder tool)

Shift+click+drag

Shift+click+drag

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Keys for painting objects

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

Result

Windows

Mac OS

Toggle between fill and stroke

X

X

Set fill and stroke to default

D

D

Swap fill and stroke

Shift + X

Shift + X

Select gradient fill mode

>

>

Select color fill mode



Select no stroke/fill mode

/ (forward slash)

/ (forward slash)

Sample color from an image or intermediate color from gradient

Shift + Eyedropper tool

Shift + Eyedropper tool

Sample style and append appearance of currently selected item

Alt + Shift-click + Eyedropper tool

Option + Shift-click + Eyedropper tool

Add new fill

Ctrl + / (forward slash)

Command + / (forward slash)

Add new stroke

Ctrl + Alt + / (forward slash)

Command + Option + / (forward slash)

Reset gradient to black and white

Ctrl-click gradient button in Tools panel or Gradient panel

Command-click gradient button in Tools panel or Gradient panel

Open Mosaic options for selected raster object

Alt + o + j

Decrease Bristle brush size

[

[

Increase Bristle brush size

]

]

Set Bristle brush paint opacity value

Number keys 1 - 0.

Number key 1 increases the value to 10%

Number key 0 increases the value to 100%

Number keys 1 - 0.

Number key 1 increases the value to 10%

Number key 0 increases the value to 100%

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Keys for working with Live Paint groups

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

Result

Windows

Mac OS

Switch to Eyedropper tool and sample fill and/or stroke

Alt-click + Live Paint Bucket tool

Option-click + Live Paint Bucket tool

Switch to Eyedropper tool and sample color from an image or intermediate color from a gradient

Alt + Shift-click + Live Paint Bucket tool

Option + Shift-click + Live Paint Bucket tool

Select opposite Live Paint Bucket tool options (if Paint Fills and Paint Strokes are currently selected, switch to Paint Fills only)

Shift + Live Paint Bucket tool

Shift + Live Paint Bucket tool

Fill across unstroked edges into adjacent faces

Double-click + Live Paint Bucket tool

Double-click + Live Paint Bucket tool

Fill all faces that have same fill and stroke all edges that have same stroke

Triple-click + Live Paint Bucket tool

Triple-click + Live Paint Bucket tool

Switch to Eyedropper tool and sample fill and/or stroke

Alt-click + Live Paint Selection tool

Option-click + Live Paint Selection tool

Switch to Eyedropper tool and sample color from an image or intermediate color from a gradient

Alt + Shift-click + Live Paint Selection tool

Option + Shift-click + Live Paint Selection tool

Add to/subtract from a selection

Shift-click + Live Paint Selection tool

Shift-click + Live Paint Selection tool

Select all connected faces /edges with same fill/stroke

Double-click + Live Paint Selection tool

Double-click + Live Paint Selection tool

Select all faces/edges with same fill/stroke

Triple-click + Live Paint Selection tool

Triple-click + Live Paint Selection tool

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Keys for transforming objects

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

Result

Windows

Mac OS

Set origin point and open dialog box when using Rotate tool, Scale tool, Reflect tool, or Shear tool

Alt-click

Option-click

Duplicate and transform selection when using Selection tool, Scale tool, Reflect tool, or Shear tool

Alt-drag

Option-drag

Transform pattern (independent of object) when using Selection tool, Scale tool, Reflect tool, or Shear tool

Tilde (~)-drag

Tilde (~)-drag

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Keys for creating variable width points

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

Results

Windows

Mac OS

Select multiple width points

Shift+click

Shift+click

Create non-uniform widths

Alt+drag

Option+drag

Create a copy of the width point

Alt+drag the width point

Options+drag the width point

Change the position of multiple width points

Shift+drag

Shift+drag

Delete selected width point

Delete

Delete

Deselect a width point

Esc

Esc

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Keys for working with type

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

Result

Windows

Mac OS

Move one character right or left

Right Arrow or Left Arrow

Right Arrow or Left Arrow

Move up or down one line

Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Move one word right or left

Ctrl + Right Arrow or Left Arrow

Command + Right Arrow or Left Arrow

Move up or down one paragraph

Ctrl + Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Command + Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Select one word right or left

Shift + Ctrl + Right Arrow or Left Arrow

Shift + Command + Right Arrow or Left Arrow

Select one paragraph before or after

Shift + Ctrl + Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Shift + Command + Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Extend existing selection

Shift-click

Shift-click

Align paragraph left, right, or center

Ctrl + Shift + L, R, or C

Command + Shift + L, R, or C

Justify paragraph

Ctrl + Shift + J

Command + Shift + J

Insert soft return

Shift + Enter

Shift + Return

Highlight kerning

Ctrl + Alt + K

Command + Option + K

Reset horizontal scale to 100%

Ctrl + Shift + X

Command + Shift + X

Increase or decrease type size



Increase or decrease leading

Alt + Up or Down Arrow (horizontal text) or Right or Left Arrow (vertical text)

Option + Up or Down Arrow (horizontal text) or Right or Left Arrow (vertical text)

Reset tracking/kerning to 0

Ctrl + Alt + Q

Command + Option + Q

Increase or decrease kerning and tracking

Alt + Right or Left Arrow (horizontal text) or Up or Down Arrow (vertical text)

Option + Right or Left Arrow (horizontal text) or Up or Down Arrow (vertical text)

Increase or decrease kerning and tracking by five times

Ctrl + Alt + Right or Left Arrow (horizontal text) or Up or Down Arrow (vertical text)

Command + Option + Right or Left Arrow (horizontal text) or Up or Down Arrow (vertical text)

Increase or decrease baseline shift

Alt + Shift + Up or Down Arrow (horizontal text) or Right or Left Arrow (vertical text)

Option + Shift + Up or Down Arrow (horizontal text) or Right or Left Arrow (vertical text)

Switch between Type and Vertical Type, Area Type and Vertical Area Type, and Path Type and Vertical Path Type tools

Shift

Shift

Switch between Area Type and Path Type, Vertical Area Type and Vertical Path Type tools

Alt

Option

To change the increment value for type shortcuts, choose Edit > Preferences >Type (Windows) or Illustrator > Preferences >Type (Mac OS). Enter the values you want in the Size/Leading, Baseline Shift, and Tracking text boxes, and click OK.
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Keys for using panels

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

Result

Windows

Mac OS

Set options (except for Actions, Brushes, Swatches, and Symbols panels)

Alt-click New button

Option-click New button

Delete without confirmation (except for Layers panel)

Alt-click Delete button

Option-click Delete button

Apply value and keep text box active

Shift + Enter

Shift + Return

Select range of actions, brushes, layers, links, styles, or swatches

Shift-click

Shift-click

Select noncontiguous actions, brushes, layers (same level only), links, styles, or swatches

Ctrl-click

Command-click

Show/Hide all panels

Tab

Tab

Show/Hide all panels except the Tools panel and Control panel

Shift + Tab

Shift + Tab

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Keys for the Actions panel

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

Result

Windows

Mac OS

Expand/Collapse entire hierarchy for action set

Alt-click expansion triangle

Option-click expansion triangle

Set options for action set

Double-click folder icon

Double-click folder icon

Play a single command

Ctrl-click Play Current Selection button

Command-click Play Current Selection button

Begin recording actions without confirmation

Alt-click New Action button

Option-click New Action button

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Keys for the Brushes panel

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

Result

Windows

Mac OS

Open Brush Options dialog box

Double-click brush

Double-click brush

Duplicate brush

Drag brush to New Brush button

Drag brush to New Brush button

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Keys for the Character and Paragraph panels

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

Result

Windows

Mac OS

Increase/decrease the selected value by a small increment

Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Increase/decreases the selected value by a large increment

Shift + Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Shift + Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Highlight the font name field in the Character panel

Ctrl + Alt + Shift + F

Command + Option + Shift + F

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Keys for the Color panel

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

Result

Windows

Mac OS

Select the complement for the current color fill/stroke

Ctrl-click color bar

Command-click color bar

Change the nonactive fill/stroke

Alt-click color bar

Option-click color bar

Select the complement for the nonactive fill/stroke

Ctrl + Alt-click color bar

Command + Option-click color bar

Select the inverse for the current fill/stroke

Ctrl + Shift-click color bar

Command + Shift-click color bar

Select the inverse for the nonactive fill/stroke

Ctrl + Shift + Alt-click color bar

Command + Shift + Option-click color bar

Change the color mode

Shift-click color bar

Shift-click color bar

Move color sliders in tandem

Shift-drag color slider

Shift-drag color slider

Switch between percentage and 0-255 values for RGB

Double-click to right of a numerical field

Double-click to right of a numerical field

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Keys for the Gradient panel

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

Result

Windows

Mac OS

Duplicate color stops

Alt-drag

Option-drag

Swap color stops

Alt-drag color stop onto another stop

Option-drag color stop onto another color stop

Apply swatch color to active (or selected) color stop

Alt-click swatch in the Swatches panel

Option-click swatch in the Swatches panel

Reset the gradient fill to default black and white linear gradient

Ctrl-click Gradient Fill box in the Gradient panel

Command-click Gradient Fill box in the Gradient panel

Show/Hide gradient arrow

Ctrl + Alt + G

Command + Option + G

Modify angle and end-point together

Alt-drag end point of gradient annotator

Option-drag end point of gradient annotator

Constrain Gradient tool or Gradient annotator while dragging

Shift-drag

Shift-drag

View Gradient annotator in selected gradient filled object

G

G

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Keys for the Layers panel

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

Result

Windows

Mac OS

Select all objects on the layer

Alt-click layer name

Option-click layer name

Show/hide all layers but the selected one

Alt-click eye icon

Option-click eye icon

Select Outline/Preview view for the selected layer

Ctrl-click eye icon

Command-click eye icon

Selects Outline/Preview view for all other layers

Ctrl + Alt-click eye icon

Command + Option-click eye icon

Lock/unlock all other layers

Alt-click lock icon

Option-click lock icon

Expand all sublayers to display entire hierarchy

Alt-click expansion triangle

Option-click expansion triangle

Set options as you create new layer

Alt-click New Layer button

Option-click New Layer button

Set options as you create new sublayer

Alt-click New Sublayer button

Option-click New Sublayer button

Place new sublayer at bottom of layer list

Ctrl + Alt-click New Sublayer button

Command + Option-click New Sublayer button

Place layer at top of layer list

Ctrl-click New Layer button

Command-click New Layer button

Place layer below selected layer

Ctrl + Alt-click New Layer button

Command + Option-click New Layer button

Copy the selection to a layer, sublayer, or group

Alt-drag selection

Option-drag selection

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Keys for the Swatches panel

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

Result

Windows

Mac OS

Create new spot color

Ctrl-click New Swatch button

Command-click New Swatch button

Create new global process color

Ctrl + Shift-click New Swatch button

Command + Shift-click New Swatch button

Replace swatch with another

Alt-drag a swatch over another

Option-drag a swatch over another

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Keys for the Transform panel

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

Result

Windows

Mac OS

Apply a value and keep focus in edit field

Shift + Enter

Shift + Return

Apply a value and copy object

Alt + Enter

Option + Return

Apply a value and scale option proportionately for width or height

Ctrl + Enter

Command + Return

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Keys for the Transparency panel

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

Result

Windows

Mac OS

Change mask to grayscale image for editing

Alt-click on mask thumbnail

Option-click on mask thumbnail

Disable opacity mask

Shift-click on mask thumbnail

Shift-click on mask thumbnail

Re-enable opacity mask

Shift-click on disabled mask thumbnail

Shift-click on disabled mask thumbnail

Increase/decrease opacity in 1% increments

Click opacity field + Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Click opacity field + Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Increase/decrease opacity in 10% increments

Shift-click opacity field + Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Shift-click opacity field + Up Arrow or Down Arrow

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Function keys

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

Result

Windows

Mac OS

Invoke 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 Graphic 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

Show/hide perspective grid

Ctrl+Shift+I

Command+Shift+I