hello, loves! one of the things i love most about working in adobe illustrator are the keyboard shortcuts i use. illustrator comes with 100s of keyboard shortcuts installed (maybe 1000s?), but i only use a handful of them for my day to day work. getting to know the program with keyboard shortcuts is a great way to speed up your work and jump from one tool and technique to the next.
to help make learning them a little easier, i've illustrated a keyboard shortcut guide for you! these are the keyboard shortcuts that i personally use in my daily illustrator work to design blog posts, illustrations and surface pattern designs. print it out and keep it near your workspace to learn them in no time!
to download // print: click on the image above to download the PDF version. print on heavy card stock (my favorite is epson premium presentation paper)
- if some of these don't work for you, be sure to set illustrator's keyboard shortcuts back to 'default' (edit >> keyboard shortcuts >> set >> illustrator defaults).
- if mac's spotlight comes up when you try to zoom out using opt+cmd+spacebar, deselect spotlight finder in your mac's keyboard shortcut settings (system preferences >> keyboard >> shortcuts >> spotlight >> deselect 'show spotlight window')