Cheat sheet: Adobe Illustrator shortcuts

Kaitlyn Ellison

Being a designer is a time-consuming business. We’re always looking for ways to save time and using keyboard shortcuts is one of our favorite ways to do that. Plus, it’s just fun.

But there are so many shortcuts out there. How do you keep track? With our Shortcut Cheat Sheet of course! We assembled all of our favorite and most-used shortcuts in one sheet for easy reference.

Plus, it’s printable! So, don’t forget to print a copy and place it by your computer.

Enjoy 🙂

Don’t want to use these shortcuts? You can always create your own. Under Illustrator’s “Edit” menu, click on “Keyboard Shortcuts” and you will find a much more thorough guide to all of the shortcuts Adobe offers and you can edit them to create your own system.

If you don’t use Illustrator — no worries. This is just Part I in a series of guides we’re going to provide for a bunch of programs.

Check out our other shortcut cheat sheets for Adobe Photoshop!

If there is a program you want a cheat sheet for, list it in the comments! We’ll put it in the queue.

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Kaitlyn Ellison
Kaitlyn Ellison

Kaitlyn is part of the Community Team at 99designs.com. She grew up in Boulder, CO and went to school at Northwestern University in Chicago. When she's not blogging, she spends her time having adventures and being generally creative. She's all about having new experiences as often as possible!

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