For those who are just starting to get familiar with Illustrator, once you have downloaded and installed Illustrator, what will be the next thing to do. Open Illustrator and explore it, of course. The first time will be the time you spend the most effort to learn the functions, sometimes because you do not understand the logic of the software, it will delete it and never want to. install Illustrator one more time. But if you refer to Illustrator keyboard shortcuts, you will think differently now that you have learned a lot of useful functions about it.
In the previous article, Taimienphi introduced a list of Corel shortcuts to help you use CorelDraw software faster and more professionally, with Corel shortcuts, you will not have to access each function module as before. In this article, let’s learn the following basic keyboard shortcuts to learn more about how to use shortcut keys Illustrators offline.
Illustrator shortcut, use hotkey in Illustrator
Basic key combinations
The key combination Ctrl + C: Copy command
Ctrl + B key combination (Edit / Paste in Back): paste below the copy object
Ctrl + F key combination (Edit / Paste in Front): paste on the copied object
Ctrl + D key combination (Object / transform / Transform Again): Repeat transform
Ctrl + ‘+’: Zoom in
Ctrl + ‘-‘: Zoom out
Ctrl + ‘0’: Fit to the screen
Basic Illustrator keyboard shortcuts
Tab key: Hide toolbars
F key: Expand the document
Y key: Open the Magic Wand tool
Key?: Open the Lasso tool
P key: Open the pen tool
Key T: Type
Key : Create a line
M key: Create a rectangle
Key L: Create an Ellipse
Key B: Open the Paintbrush
N key: Open the Pencil tool
R key: Rotate object
Key J: Column of the chart
Key G: Open Gradient
Key W: Open Blend
Key C: Open a drag tool
Key H: Open the hand tool
Z key: Zoom in
Some keys related to Menu
Keyboard Shortcuts / Function Keys
Show / Hide Brushes F5
Show / Hide colors F6
Show / Hide Layer F7
Show / Hide Information F8
Show / Hide the Gradient Ctrl-F9
Show / Hide the Stroke Ctrl-F10
Show / Hide properties Ctrl-F11
Revert the file F12
Show / Hide the Graphic Styles Shift-F5
Show / Hide Appearance Shift-F6
Show / Hide Shift F7
Show / Hide Transform Shift-F8
Show / Hide Pathfinder Shift Ctrl F9
Show / Hide white Shift Ctrl F10
Show / Hide Shift Icon Ctrl F11
Some other notes about keyboard shortcuts
– To open the ruler tool in Illustrator, click Ctrl + R key combinationThen right-clicking on the ruler will bring up a list of measurement units you can choose.
– Instead of having to click twice to open the blend tool, we just need to click the icon on the toolbar once. Press the Enter key is the blend tool dialog box that will open.
– Hold down the Ctrl key and move the middle mouse up to move left, move the wheel down to move right.
– Hold Alt and rotate middle mouse to Zoom out, Zoom in. The center of the zoom will be where you place the mouse
– Quickly change color systems – Hold Shift and hover the mouse on the Color bar to quickly change color systems (C, M, Y, K).
– Press Ctrl + L to create a new layer.
– Ctrl + Alt + L to create new layer with options options.
– Hold Alt and release mouse -> Close Pencil or Brush Path
Copy a sequence of objects: Ctrl + D. Draw 1 object. Select the object while holding alt, drag to another place to copy another object (Release the mouse button, but don’t deselect the object). Then press ctrl + D to copy out more objects with the distance k changed
– Lock object: select object and press Ctrl + 2
– Select default color (while fill & black stroke): D
– Swap fill & stroke color: shift + X
– Change priority mode between fill and stroke: X
– Switch to select and change the art broad: shift + O. Esc to exit
Above is an overview of Illustrator keyboard shortcuts for beginners, and of course you need to practice regularly to remember and master these shortcuts. In addition to proficient use of Illustrator shortcuts, Photoshop shortcuts are also essential for you, especially when Photoshop has great support for Illustrator, knowing Photoshop keyboard shortcuts is essential.