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Tools

Artboard
Shift + O
Selection
V
Direct selection
A
Pen
P
Type
T
Rectangle
M
Ellipse
L
Paintbrush
B
Rotate
R
Reflect
O
Free transform
E
Shape builder
Shift + M
Mesh
U
Gradient
G
Eraser
Shift + E
Blend
W
Eyedropper
I

Moving Selections

Move selection in user-d­efined increments
Right, Left, Up, or Down Arrow
Move selection in 10x user-d­efined increments
Shift + Right, Left, Up, or Down Arrow
Constrain movement to 45┬░ angle
Hold down Shift
 

Viewing Artwork

Toggle between screen modes
F
Fit imageable area in window
Double­-click Hand tool
Magnify 100%
Double­-click Zoom tool
Switch to Hand tool
Spacebar
Switch to Zoom tool in magnify mode
Ctrl + Spacebar
Switch to Zoom tool in reduce mode
Ctrl + Alt + Spacebar
Show/Hide artboards
Ctrl + Shift + H
Show/Hide artboard rulers
Ctrl + Alt + R
View all artboards in window
Ctrl + Alt + 0 (zero)
Paste in place on the active artboard
Ctrl+S­hift+V

Painting Objects

Toggle between fill and stroke
X
Set fill and stroke to default
D
Swap fill and stroke
Shift + X
Select gradient fill mode
>
Select color fill mode
<
Select no stroke­/fill mode
/ (forward slash)
Sample color from an image or interm­ediate color from gradient
Shift + Eyedropper tool
Sample style and append appearance of currently selected item
Alt + Shift-­click + Eyedropper tool
Add new fill
Ctrl + / (forward slash)
Add new stroke
Ctrl + Alt + / (forward slash)
 

Drawing

Move a shape while drawing it
Spaceb­ar-drag
Draw from the center of a shape
Alt-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
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
Switch through drawing modes
Shift+D
Join two or more paths
Select the paths, then press Ctrl+J

Panels

Show/hide Brushes panel
F5
Show/hide Color panel
F6
Show/hide Layers panel
F7
Show/hide Info panel
Ctrl + F8
Show/hide Gradient panel
Ctrl + F9
Show/hide Stroke panel
Ctrl + F10
Show/hide Attributes panel
Ctrl + F11
Show/hide Graphic Styles panel
Shift + F5
Show/hide Appearance panel
Shift + F6
Show/hide Align panel
Shift + F7
Show/hide Transform panel
Shift + F8
Show/hide Pathfinder panel
Shift + Ctrl + F9
Show/hide Transp­arency panel
Shift + Ctrl + F10
Show/hide Symbols panel
Shift + Ctrl + F11

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