My Top Ten Illustrator Shortcuts

A while back, I put together my Top 10 Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts. The post was an attempt to help beginners who are starting to use Photoshop. I know when I started using Adobe software, it took some practice to learn the ins-and-outs (and I’m still learning about the software). Once introduced to the keyboard shortcuts of the software, my productivity increased dramatically. I could spend more time conceptualizing and more time creating. It became more awesome.

With all of this being said, it’s time for another post. This time, it’s about some handy Illustrator shortcuts. These are some of my most used and most useful, and basic shortcuts, and they are as follows:

  1. Command + O = Opening a document
  2. Command + N = Create a new document
  3. V = Selection tool
  4. A = Direct Selection tool
  5. N = Rectangle tool
  6. L = Ellipse tool
  7. Command + C = Copy
  8. Command + V = Paste
  9. Command + F = Paste in front
  10. Command + W = Closing document

There are many shortcuts that can be used in Illustrator, and this is just the tip of the iceberg. When you get a chance, look through the menu of Illustrator, search online for more shortcuts and practice. Practice might not make perfect, but it does improve productivity.