Adobe Illustrator Shortcut CS5

Hi everyone, since I had worked as a graphic designer I really like to use keyboard shortcuts all the time both Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. I think shortcuts for Illustrator CS5  base on the previous version CS, CS2, CS3, CS4. If you guys have experience about those versions I think it’s pretty much easy for you to learn. 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.

From : Adobe.com

  • Keys for selecting tools

Result Windows Mac OS
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
  • Keys for viewing artwork

Result Windows Mac OS
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
  • Keys for drawing

Result Windows 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
  • 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.

Results Windows Mac OS
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
  • Keys for selecting

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
  • Keys for moving selections

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
  • Keys for editing shapes

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
  • Keys for painting objects

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%

  • Keys for working with Live Paint groups

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
  • Keys for transforming objects

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
  • Keys for creating variable width points

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
  • Keys for working with type

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 Ctrl + Shift + > or < Command + Shift + > or <
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)
Set leading to the type size Double-click leading icon in the Character panel Double-click leading icon in the Character panel
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
  • Keys for using panels

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
  • Keys for the Actions panel

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
  • Keys for the Brushes panel

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
  • Keys for the Character and Paragraph panels

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
  • Keys for the Color panel

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
  • Keys for the Gradient panel

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
  • Keys for the Layers panel

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
  • Keys for the Swatches panel

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
  • Keys for the Transform panel

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
  • Keys for the Transparency panel

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
  • Function keys

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

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