Introduction

Once you begin to get comfortable using Illustrator, you’ll likely want to do certain tasks faster. Whether it’s managing the type of view, resizing design elements, or quickly grouping objects, keyboard shortcuts can make your life much easier. There are often tasks that occur several dozen times throughout the design process that you’ll want to speed up. Let’s go over 10 of the most useful Adobe Illustrator keyboard shortcuts.

1 - V Selection Tool

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2 - B Brush Tool

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3 - Tab Toggle Menu Bar

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4 - I Eyedropper Tool

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5 - M Rectangle Tool

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6 - \ Line Tool

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7 - A Direct Selection Tool

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8 - Cmd (Ctrl) + N New Document

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9 - Cmd (Ctrl) + L New Layer

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10 - Cmd (Ctrl) + J Join Anchor Points

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Conclusion

These are the very tip of the iceberg. There will be more posts about workflow, shortcuts and automation in further posts. Keep your eye out for future posts about keyboard shortcuts and other Illustrator tips. Want to be updated on new tutorials? Sign up below to get updates sent right to your inbox.

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