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Adobe Illustrator keyboard shortcuts


Keys for selecting tools

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Windows

Mac OS

Artboard tool

Shift + O

Shift + O

Selection tool

V

V

Direct Selection tool

A

A

Magic Wand tool

Y

Y

Lasso tool

Q

Q

Pen tool

P

P

Blob Brush tool

Shift + B

Shift + B

Add Anchor Point tool

+ (plus)

+ (plus)

Delete Anchor Point tool

- (minus)

- (minus)

Convert Anchor Point tool

Shift + C

Shift + C

Type tool

T

T

Line Segment tool

\ (backslash)

\ (backslash)

Rectangle tool

M

M

Ellipse tool

L

L

Paintbrush tool

B

B

Pencil tool

N

N

Rotate tool

R

R

Reflect tool

O

O

Scale tool

S

S

Warp tool

Shift + R

Shift + R

Width Tool

Shift+W

Shift+W

Free Transform tool

E

E

Shape Builder Tool

Shift+M

Shift+M

Perspective Grid Tool

Shift+P

Shift+P

Perspective Selection Tool

Shift+V

Shift+V

Symbol Sprayer tool

Shift + S

Shift + S

Column Graph tool

J

J

Mesh tool

U

U

Gradient tool

G

G

Eyedropper tool

I

I

Blend tool

W

W

Live Paint Bucket tool

K

K

Live Paint Selection tool

Shift + L

Shift + L

Slice tool

Shift + K

Shift + K

Eraser tool

Shift + E

Shift + E

Scissors tool

C

C

Hand tool

H

H

Zoom tool

Z

Z

Switch to Smooth tool while using Blob Brush tool

Press Alt

Press Option

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Keys for viewing artwork

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

Result

Windows

Mac OS

Toggle between screen modes: Normal Screen Mode, Full Screen Mode with Menu Bar, Full Screen Mode

F

F

Fit imageable area in window

Double-click Hand tool

Double-click Hand tool

Magnify 100%

Double-click Zoom tool

Double-click Zoom tool

Switch to Hand tool (when not in text-edit mode)

Spacebar

Spacebar

Switch to Zoom tool in magnify mode

Ctrl + Spacebar

Spacebar + Command

Switch to Zoom tool in reduce mode

Ctrl + Alt + Spacebar

Spacebar + Command + Option

Move Zoom marquee while dragging with the Zoom tool

Spacebar

Spacebar

Hide unselected artwork

Control + Alt + Shift + 3

Command + Option + Shift + 3

Convert between horizontal and vertical guide

Alt-drag guide

Option-drag guide

Release guide

Ctrl + Shift-double-click guide

Command + Shift-double-click guide

Show/Hide artboards

Ctrl + Shift + H

Command + Shift + H

Show/Hide artboard rulers

Ctrl + Alt + R

Command + Option + R

View all artboards in window

Ctrl + Alt + 0 (zero)

Command + Option + 0 (zero)

Paste in place on the active artboard

Ctrl+Shift+V

Command+Shift+V

Exit Artboard tool mode

Esc

Esc

Create artboard inside another artboard

Shift-drag

Shift-drag

Select multiple artboards in the Artboards panel

Ctrl+click

Command+click

Navigate to next document

Ctrl + F6

Command+F6

Navigate to previous document

Ctrl + Shift + F6

Command+Shift+F6

Navigate to next document group

Ctrl + Alt + F6

Command+Option+F6

Navigate to previous document group

Ctrl + Alt + Shift + F6

Command+Option+Shift+F6

Exit Full Screen mode

Esc

Esc

Save multiple artboards to Illustrator CS3 or earlier format

Alt + v


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Keys for drawing

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

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Windows

Mac OS

Constrain a shape’s proportions or orientation to:
equal height and width for rectangles, rounded rectangles, ellipses, and grids

Increments of 45° for line and arc segments

Original orientation for polygons, stars, and flares

Shift-drag

Shift-drag

Move a shape while drawing it

spacebar-drag

spacebar-drag

Draw from the center of a shape (except for polygons, stars, and flares)

Alt-drag

Option-drag

Increase or decrease polygon sides, star points, arc angle, spiral winds, or flare rays

Start dragging, then press the Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Start dragging, then press the Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Keep the inner radius of a star constant

Start dragging, then hold down Ctrl

Start dragging, then hold down Command

Keep the sides of a star straight

Alt-drag

Option-drag

Switch between an open and closed arc

Start dragging, then hold down C

Start dragging, then hold down C

Flip an arc, keeping the reference point constant

Start dragging, then hold down F

Start dragging, then hold down SF

Add or subtract winds from a spiral while increasing the length of the spiral

Start dragging, then Alt-drag

Start dragging then Option-drag

Change the decay rate of a spiral

Start dragging then Ctrl-drag

Start dragging then Command-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

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

Start dragging, then press the Right Arrow or Left Arrow

Decrease the skew value for horizontal dividers in a rectangular grid or radial dividers in a polar grid by 10%

Start dragging, then press F

Start dragging, then press F

Increase the skew value for horizontal dividers in a rectangular grid or radial dividers in a polar grid by 10%

Start dragging, then press V

Start dragging, then press V

Decrease the skew value for vertical dividers in a rectangular grid or concentric dividers in a polar grid by 10%

Start dragging, then press X

Start dragging, then press X

Increase the skew value for vertical dividers in a rectangular grid or concentric dividers in a polar grid by 10%

Start dragging, then press C

Start dragging, then press C

Create and expand a Live Trace object in one step

Alt-click Live Trace in the Control panel, or hold down Alt and select a tracing preset.

Option-click Live Trace in the Control panel, or hold down Option and select a tracing preset.

Increase size of Blob Brush

] (right square bracket)

] (right square bracket)

Decrease size of Blob Brush

[ (left square bracket)

[ (left square bracket)

Constrain Blob Brush path horizontally or vertically

Shift

Shift

Switch through drawing modes

Shift+D

Shift+D

Join two or more paths

Select the paths, then press Ctrl+J

Select the paths, then press Command+J

Create corner or smooth join

Select the paths, then press Shift+Ctrl+Alt+j

Select the anchor point, then press Shift+Command+Option+j

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Keys for drawing in perspective

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

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Windows

Mac OS

Perspective Grid Tool

Shift+P

Shift+P

Perspective Selection Tool

Shift+V

Shift+V

Perspective Grid

Ctrl+Shift+I

Command+Shift+I

Moving objects perpendicularly

Press the number 5 key, then click and drag the object

Press the number 5 key, then click and drag the object

Switching perspective planes

Use the Perspective Selection tool and then press 1 for left grid, 2 for horizontal grid, 3 for right grid, or 4 for no active grid

Use the Perspective Selection tool and then press 1 for left grid, 2 for horizontal grid, 3 for right grid, or 4 for no active grid

Copying objects in perspective

Ctrl+Alt+drag

Command+Alt+drag

Repeat transforming objects in perspective

Ctrl+D

Command+D

Switching between drawing modes

Shift+D

Shift+D

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Keys for selecting

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

Result

Windows

Mac OS

Switch to last-used selection tool (Selection tool, Direct Selection tool, or Group Selection tool)

Ctrl

Command

Switch between Direct Selection tool and Group Selection tool

Alt

Option

Add to a selection with Selection tool, Direct Selection tool, Group Selection tool, Live Paint Selection tool, or Magic Wand tool

Shift-click

Shift-click

Subtract a selection with Selection tool, Direct Selection tool, Group Selection tool, or LIve Paint Selection tool

Shift-click

Shift-click

Subtract from selection with Magic Wand tool

Alt-click

Option-click

Add to selection with Lasso tool

Shift-drag

Shift-drag

Subtract from selection with Lasso tool

Alt-drag

Option-drag

Change pointer to cross hair for Lasso tool

Caps Lock

Caps Lock

Select artwork in active artboard

Ctrl + Alt + A

Command + Option + A

Create crop marks around selected object

Alt + c + o


Select behind an object

Press Ctrl+click twice

Press Command+click twice

Select behind in isolation mode

Ctrl+click twice

Command+click twice

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Keys for moving selections

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

Result

Windows

Mac OS

Move selection in user-defined increments

Right Arrow, Left Arrow, Up Arrow, or Down Arrow

Right Arrow, Left Arrow, Up Arrow, or Down Arrow

Move selection in 10x user-defined increments

Shift + Right Arrow, Left Arrow, Up Arrow, or Down Arrow

Shift + Right Arrow, Left Arrow, Up Arrow, or Down Arrow

Lock all deselected artwork

Ctrl + Alt + Shift + 2

Command + Option + Shift + 2

Constrain movement to 45° angle (except when using Reflect tool)

Hold down Shift

Hold down Shift

Set keyboard increments in General Preferences
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Keys for editing shapes

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

Result

Windows

Mac OS

Switch Pen tool to Convert Anchor Point tool

Alt

Option

Switch between Add Anchor Point tool and Delete Anchor Point tool

Alt

Option

Switch Scissors tool to Add Anchor Point tool

Alt

Option

Switch Pencil tool to Smooth tool

Alt

Option

Move current anchor point while drawing with Pen tool

Spacebar-drag

Spacebar-drag

Cut a straight line with Knife tool

Alt-drag

Option-drag

Cut at 45° or 90° with Knife tool

Shift + Alt-drag

Shift + Option-drag

Use shape mode buttons in Pathfinder panel to create compound paths

Alt + Shape mode

Option + Shape mode

Erase unwanted closed regions created using Shape Builder tool

Alt+click the closed region

Option+click the closed region

Select the Shape Builder tool

Shift+M

Shift+M

Display rectangular marquee to easily merge multiple paths (when using Shape Builder tool)

Shift+click+drag

Shift+click+drag

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Keys for painting objects

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

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Windows

Mac OS

Toggle between fill and stroke

X

X

Set fill and stroke to default

D

D

Swap fill and stroke

Shift + X

Shift + X

Select gradient fill mode

>

>

Select color fill mode

<

<

Select no stroke/fill mode

/ (forward slash)

/ (forward slash)

Sample color from an image or intermediate color from gradient

Shift + Eyedropper tool

Shift + Eyedropper tool

Sample style and append appearance of currently selected item

Alt + Shift-click + Eyedropper tool

Option + Shift-click + Eyedropper tool

Add new fill

Ctrl + / (forward slash)

Command + / (forward slash)

Add new stroke

Ctrl + Alt + / (forward slash)

Command + Option + / (forward slash)

Reset gradient to black and white

Ctrl-click gradient button in Tools panel or Gradient panel

Command-click gradient button in Tools panel or Gradient panel

Open Mosaic options for selected raster object

Alt + o + j


Decrease Bristle brush size

[

[

Increase Bristle brush size

]

]

Set Bristle brush paint opacity value

Number keys 1 - 0.

Number key 1 increases the value to 10%

Number key 0 increases the value to 100%

Number keys 1 - 0.

Number key 1 increases the value to 10%

Number key 0 increases the value to 100%

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Keys for working with Live Paint groups

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

Result

Windows

Mac OS

Switch to Eyedropper tool and sample fill and/or stroke

Alt-click + Live Paint Bucket tool

Option-click + Live Paint Bucket tool

Switch to Eyedropper tool and sample color from an image or intermediate color from a gradient

Alt + Shift-click + Live Paint Bucket tool

Option + Shift-click + Live Paint Bucket tool

Select opposite Live Paint Bucket tool options (if Paint Fills and Paint Strokes are currently selected, switch to Paint Fills only)

Shift + Live Paint Bucket tool

Shift + Live Paint Bucket tool

Fill across unstroked edges into adjacent faces

Double-click + Live Paint Bucket tool

Double-click + Live Paint Bucket tool

Fill all faces that have same fill and stroke all edges that have same stroke

Triple-click + Live Paint Bucket tool

Triple-click + Live Paint Bucket tool

Switch to Eyedropper tool and sample fill and/or stroke

Alt-click + Live Paint Selection tool

Option-click + Live Paint Selection tool

Switch to Eyedropper tool and sample color from an image or intermediate color from a gradient

Alt + Shift-click + Live Paint Selection tool

Option + Shift-click + Live Paint Selection tool

Add to/subtract from a selection

Shift-click + Live Paint Selection tool

Shift-click + Live Paint Selection tool

Select all connected faces /edges with same fill/stroke

Double-click + Live Paint Selection tool

Double-click + Live Paint Selection tool

Select all faces/edges with same fill/stroke

Triple-click + Live Paint Selection tool

Triple-click + Live Paint Selection tool

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Keys for transforming objects

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

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Windows

Mac OS

Set origin point and open dialog box when using Rotate tool, Scale tool, Reflect tool, or Shear tool

Alt-click

Option-click

Duplicate and transform selection when using Selection tool, Scale tool, Reflect tool, or Shear tool

Alt-drag

Option-drag

Transform pattern (independent of object) when using Selection tool, Scale tool, Reflect tool, or Shear tool

Tilde (~)-drag

Tilde (~)-drag

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Keys for creating variable width points

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

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Windows

Mac OS

Select multiple width points

Shift+click

Shift+click

Create non-uniform widths

Alt+drag

Option+drag

Create a copy of the width point

Alt+drag the width point

Options+drag the width point

Change the position of multiple width points

Shift+drag

Shift+drag

Delete selected width point

Delete

Delete

Deselect a width point

Esc

Esc

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Keys for working with type

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

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Windows

Mac OS

Move one character right or left

Right Arrow or Left Arrow

Right Arrow or Left Arrow

Move up or down one line

Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Move one word right or left

Ctrl + Right Arrow or Left Arrow

Command + Right Arrow or Left Arrow

Move up or down one paragraph

Ctrl + Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Command + Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Select one word right or left

Shift + Ctrl + Right Arrow or Left Arrow

Shift + Command + Right Arrow or Left Arrow

Select one paragraph before or after

Shift + Ctrl + Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Shift + Command + Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Extend existing selection

Shift-click

Shift-click

Align paragraph left, right, or center

Ctrl + Shift + L, R, or C

Command + Shift + L, R, or C

Justify paragraph

Ctrl + Shift + J

Command + Shift + J

Insert soft return

Shift + Enter

Shift + Return

Highlight kerning

Ctrl + Alt + K

Command + Option + K

Reset horizontal scale to 100%

Ctrl + Shift + X

Command + Shift + X

Increase or decrease type size

Ctrl + Shift + > or <

Command + Shift + > or <

Increase or decrease leading

Alt + Up or Down Arrow (horizontal text) or Right or Left Arrow (vertical text)

Option + Up or Down Arrow (horizontal text) or Right or Left Arrow (vertical text)

Reset tracking/kerning to 0

Ctrl + Alt + Q

Command + Option + Q

Increase or decrease kerning and tracking

Alt + Right or Left Arrow (horizontal text) or Up or Down Arrow (vertical text)

Option + Right or Left Arrow (horizontal text) or Up or Down Arrow (vertical text)

Increase or decrease kerning and tracking by five times

Ctrl + Alt + Right or Left Arrow (horizontal text) or Up or Down Arrow (vertical text)

Command + Option + Right or Left Arrow (horizontal text) or Up or Down Arrow (vertical text)

Increase or decrease baseline shift

Alt + Shift + Up or Down Arrow (horizontal text) or Right or Left Arrow (vertical text)

Option + Shift + Up or Down Arrow (horizontal text) or Right or Left Arrow (vertical text)

Switch between Type and Vertical Type, Area Type and Vertical Area Type, and Path Type and Vertical Path Type tools

Shift

Shift

Switch between Area Type and Path Type, Vertical Area Type and Vertical Path Type tools

Alt

Option

To change the increment value for type shortcuts, choose Edit > Preferences >Type (Windows) or Illustrator > Preferences >Type (Mac OS). Enter the values you want in the Size/Leading, Baseline Shift, and Tracking text boxes, and click OK.
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Keys for using panels

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

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Windows

Mac OS

Set options (except for Actions, Brushes, Swatches, and Symbols panels)

Alt-click New button

Option-click New button

Delete without confirmation (except for Layers panel)

Alt-click Delete button

Option-click Delete button

Apply value and keep text box active

Shift + Enter

Shift + Return

Select range of actions, brushes, layers, links, styles, or swatches

Shift-click

Shift-click

Select noncontiguous actions, brushes, layers (same level only), links, styles, or swatches

Ctrl-click

Command-click

Show/Hide all panels

Tab

Tab

Show/Hide all panels except the Tools panel and Control panel

Shift + Tab

Shift + Tab

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Keys for the Actions panel

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

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Windows

Mac OS

Expand/Collapse entire hierarchy for action set

Alt-click expansion triangle

Option-click expansion triangle

Set options for action set

Double-click folder icon

Double-click folder icon

Play a single command

Ctrl-click Play Current Selection button

Command-click Play Current Selection button

Begin recording actions without confirmation

Alt-click New Action button

Option-click New Action button

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Keys for the Brushes panel

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

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Windows

Mac OS

Open Brush Options dialog box

Double-click brush

Double-click brush

Duplicate brush

Drag brush to New Brush button

Drag brush to New Brush button

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Keys for the Character and Paragraph panels

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

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Windows

Mac OS

Increase/decrease the selected value by a small increment

Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Increase/decreases the selected value by a large increment

Shift + Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Shift + Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Highlight the font name field in the Character panel

Ctrl + Alt + Shift + F

Command + Option + Shift + F

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Keys for the Color panel

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

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Windows

Mac OS

Select the complement for the current color fill/stroke

Ctrl-click color bar

Command-click color bar

Change the nonactive fill/stroke

Alt-click color bar

Option-click color bar

Select the complement for the nonactive fill/stroke

Ctrl + Alt-click color bar

Command + Option-click color bar

Select the inverse for the current fill/stroke

Ctrl + Shift-click color bar

Command + Shift-click color bar

Select the inverse for the nonactive fill/stroke

Ctrl + Shift + Alt-click color bar

Command + Shift + Option-click color bar

Change the color mode

Shift-click color bar

Shift-click color bar

Move color sliders in tandem

Shift-drag color slider

Shift-drag color slider

Switch between percentage and 0-255 values for RGB

Double-click to right of a numerical field

Double-click to right of a numerical field

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Keys for the Gradient panel

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

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Windows

Mac OS

Duplicate color stops

Alt-drag

Option-drag

Swap color stops

Alt-drag color stop onto another stop

Option-drag color stop onto another color stop

Apply swatch color to active (or selected) color stop

Alt-click swatch in the Swatches panel

Option-click swatch in the Swatches panel

Reset the gradient fill to default black and white linear gradient

Ctrl-click Gradient Fill box in the Gradient panel

Command-click Gradient Fill box in the Gradient panel

Show/Hide gradient arrow

Ctrl + Alt + G

Command + Option + G

Modify angle and end-point together

Alt-drag end point of gradient annotator

Option-drag end point of gradient annotator

Constrain Gradient tool or Gradient annotator while dragging

Shift-drag

Shift-drag

View Gradient annotator in selected gradient filled object

G

G

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Keys for the Layers panel

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

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Windows

Mac OS

Select all objects on the layer

Alt-click layer name

Option-click layer name

Show/hide all layers but the selected one

Alt-click eye icon

Option-click eye icon

Select Outline/Preview view for the selected layer

Ctrl-click eye icon

Command-click eye icon

Selects Outline/Preview view for all other layers

Ctrl + Alt-click eye icon

Command + Option-click eye icon

Lock/unlock all other layers

Alt-click lock icon

Option-click lock icon

Expand all sublayers to display entire hierarchy

Alt-click expansion triangle

Option-click expansion triangle

Set options as you create new layer

Alt-click New Layer button

Option-click New Layer button

Set options as you create new sublayer

Alt-click New Sublayer button

Option-click New Sublayer button

Place new sublayer at bottom of layer list

Ctrl + Alt-click New Sublayer button

Command + Option-click New Sublayer button

Place layer at top of layer list

Ctrl-click New Layer button

Command-click New Layer button

Place layer below selected layer

Ctrl + Alt-click New Layer button

Command + Option-click New Layer button

Copy the selection to a layer, sublayer, or group

Alt-drag selection

Option-drag selection

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Keys for the Swatches panel

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

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Windows

Mac OS

Create new spot color

Ctrl-click New Swatch button

Command-click New Swatch button

Create new global process color

Ctrl + Shift-click New Swatch button

Command + Shift-click New Swatch button

Replace swatch with another

Alt-drag a swatch over another

Option-drag a swatch over another

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Keys for the Transform panel

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

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Windows

Mac OS

Apply a value and keep focus in edit field

Shift + Enter

Shift + Return

Apply a value and copy object

Alt + Enter

Option + Return

Apply a value and scale option proportionately for width or height

Ctrl + Enter

Command + Return

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Keys for the Transparency panel

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

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Windows

Mac OS

Change mask to grayscale image for editing

Alt-click on mask thumbnail

Option-click on mask thumbnail

Disable opacity mask

Shift-click on mask thumbnail

Shift-click on mask thumbnail

Re-enable opacity mask

Shift-click on disabled mask thumbnail

Shift-click on disabled mask thumbnail

Increase/decrease opacity in 1% increments

Click opacity field + Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Click opacity field + Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Increase/decrease opacity in 10% increments

Shift-click opacity field + Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Shift-click opacity field + Up Arrow or Down Arrow

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Function keys

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

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Windows

Mac OS

Invoke Help

F1

F1

Cut

F2

F2

Copy

F3

F3

Paste

F4

F4

Show/hide Brushes panel

F5

F5

Show/hide Color panel

F6

F6

Show/hide Layers panel

F7

F7

Create new symbol

F8

F8

Show/hide Info panel

Ctrl + F8

Command + F8

Show/hide Gradient panel

Ctrl + F9

Command + F9

Show/hide Stroke panel

Ctrl + F10

Command + F10

Show/hide Attributes panel

Ctrl + F11

Command + F11

Revert

F12

F12

Show/hide Graphic Styles panel

Shift + F5

Shift + F5

Show/hide Appearance panel

Shift + F6

Shift + F6

Show/hide Align panel

Shift + F7

Shift + F7

Show/hide Transform panel

Shift + F8

Shift + F8

Show/hide Pathfinder panel

Shift + Ctrl + F9

Shift + Command + F9

Show/hide Transparency panel

Shift + Ctrl + F10

Shift + Command + F10

Show/hide Symbols panel

Shift + Ctrl + F11

Shift + Command + F11

Show/hide perspective grid

Ctrl+Shift+I

Command+Shift+I

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Step 1: First you will need to find an image and make it the right size. If you don't have access to Photoshop, you can use an online image editor such as http://pixlr.com. The resolution for your header image should be no more than 72 pixels-per-inch. It should be 760 pixels wide (if it's wider, Blogger will resize it). It should be no more than 200 pixels high.

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Step 5: Copy or type the title of the blog in the Blog Description box and then click the "Have description placed after the image" option.

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Hello everyone,
I am seeking examples of project briefs to help in-house designers establish value for their work. As we know, most design requires a great amount of thoughtful planning. Suggestions? Thank you.
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Edwin LeNoir • Possibly I'm not fully interpreting the dilemma, but are the designers feeling under appreciated or do they feeling as if their creativity is being utilized to it's potential?
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The other folks in the organization do not understand the amount of time that is required for planning and executing designs. They often think ideas can be born quickly; when actually it is a process. We don't use project briefs here. That's why I thought breaking down the steps necessary for new designs in a way that non-designers can understand would be helpful. I was looking for a simple way to communicate this to others in the company.
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I get into some of the issues on my blog a bit...

"When Do You Need a Graphics Pro?"
http://www.fantastic-realities.com/studio_blog/2009/04/when-do-you-need-a-graphics-pro/
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Edwin LeNoir • I believe I understand now. It's the non designers that's undervaluing what you and the other designers have to do to produce your work. That's a bit of a pickle. I'm sure many of them have made comments like they can do the same thing in less time. Its difficult to justify one's skill to another if from inception that skill isn't valued to begin with. Hmmm let me swirl it around the old noddle a bit more.
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Alan Brown • Nancy,

As someone who works on the print or output end of the business but also has a design background, I feel you are on to something..

Do you have any ideas yet how to best present this?
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Laura Kalina • I like where you are going with this in terms of presenting a visual or written "process" of what we do so others can get a better understanding. I think we all have run into this problem from time to time and it can be stressful. I've been with my company for six years and some of my fellow employees have only recently begun to comprehend that good design takes time.
I try to be very proactive when I hear about an upcoming project. I am the one who goes to them first rather than waiting on them for information. I tell them to give me the first details on the project so I can start creating the most time consuming components, such as illustrations, then layout, etc. Sometimes, when it's possible, we just have to be the ones to take control and make them understand that, hey, these things take time so if you want the project done within the expected time frame then this is how we need to work together. I've also discussed with my team, an idea about creating a project management form with the listed components to the project. It would be made viewable to everyone on the team. Each person has an assigned task (each with a due date), and the team members must check off their task as it's completed.
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Nancy Krause • Thank you everyone for your comments and ideas. What I've started building on paper is a skeleton diagram time line. As we all know, it starts with an idea, (or several), is brainstormed, (if only by designer), and refined.
What I also think will be valuable is an "elevator speach" about what design involves (without the rant of being unappreciated). In essence, a refined statement that is powerful enough to show knowledge and leadership design. What I want to avoid at all costs is the "place your order, copy center" mentality. This cheapens what designers do, and are capable of achieving. I value everyone's input on this. It could become a designer's elevator speech.
Laura, I especially like the idea of being proactive. The elevator speech would be a great fit for this.
I look forward to more input and ideas as we formulate an approach. Thank you everyone!
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Kaley Henning • I'm a young designer and this is something that I've come across quite a few times in my career already, and even though I understand that it is not a quick process and should be valued, I have no idea how to present this situation to others that need help understanding. I'm looking forward to seeing this thread grow and reading this "elevator speech" about the situation.
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Timothy Miller • I love when a non designer tells you how long this process should take. *punch the clock. Now be brilliant!
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Brian Rothschild • Here is a simple lesson in creating value.

You just met me and I hand you a stack of money equaling $10,000.00. And I tell you, " you can simply walk away and the cash is yours, no strings attached.....

At the same time I hand you a business card that states I'm a Mercedes Benz dealer and I tell you I have 5 SL 550's with a retail value of $70,000.00 each, which you could sell tommorow, and will gladly trade you any one of them for that 10 grand you are holding.

How many will keep the money and how many would take the keys and title to the car?

If you took the money you are closed minded and short sided and probably someone that simply can't see the value, or has been burned so many times that they have determined that creativity is common sense, either way I'm probably wasting time but I always give it the ol collage try. But, If I suspect that you even considered taking the car, I'm going to apply every tactic in my arsenal to attract your business from simple kindness and humility to "referal discounts" and I can think of many more but that's a real easy way to describe how to create value.

Feel free to apply it any way you can in any situation. I've actually explained it word for word to a client so I physically created the value. Thankfully it's not always that hard.
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Julie Gogola DeCook • This is a great question! Recently I described that being a graphic designer is like being a translator of sorts. We take the language of our client/boss/project manager and turn it into something the rest of the world can understand. A lot of times, I am give a pile of random, messy crap that us unclear. My role is toturn it into something that makes sense to the audience. As a designer, we have to see through the lines and simplify all the information to get the message across.

A designer working with a number of different departments is a key asset. The designer is given all the pieces of the puzzle - often different puzzles. The graphic designer is the person who makes all the pieces fit together.

That ability to make connections and organize information is pertinent to the success of the entire organization. That person helps the entire company communicate better and get their messages across. It is more than just a beautiful thing!
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Julie Gogola DeCook • Regarding timing - You could have a classification system that lists different kinds of projects. Show the steps of the design process that cannot be skipped - brainstorming, prototype, revise...prototype...revise...final (maybe)... and say how long each step generally should take. Small projects get a certain amount of time, larger projects get more time. Also include a list of ROADBLOCKS (how often do we hurry up and WAIT for pertinent bits of information?!!) Maybe have your designers present their process to the company, so people understand how they work - and why time is needed. Give the team a moment to shine!
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Ian Henderson • This is a really good question. In running my business for the last 4 years, I have learned the power of analogies. In this case one could use the analogy of building a house. One could entrust the project to an uncle or nephew who is not qualified for the job, but promises a great looking house. You dump a load of lumber off at the sight and hope for the best. What kind of result can one expect from this?

Or one could hire a qualified architect who's past work you like. Will he build you a house overnight, will he skip all the planning and organizing stages? Highly unlikely. You will probably give him the proper time and money to do the job right.

The same goes for graphic design. Adobe CS and other software are only the tools of the trade. Just because your nephew has a table saw does not make him a qualified carpenter. Same with graphic design. Before you touch the tools you need the vision, talent, planning, and time to actually create a piece that communicates clearly and effectively to the target audience.
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Brian Fortney • "Just because you can drive a Car doesn't mean you can drive Nascar."

In response to Ian here I've used analogies many times to describe to amatuers/clients which could be the same thing concerning how many people think because they have Photoshop they believe they can design. Attempting to explaining a grid and how to use it would be beyond most people.
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Ian Henderson • Brian, yes indeed! Never mind good composition, leading the eye, balance, contrast, typography, etc.
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Kurt Griffith • All of this is true. I particularly like the analogies, like the Architect and the Race Car Driver. - Thank you Ian and Brian.

One of my favorite is explaining print versus on-screen, where CMYK is "ink on paper" and RGB is "like television - light beamed at your face." GOOD LUCK with "additive" versus "Subtractive" or "radiant source" versus "reflective surfaces."

What I do have a hard time figuring out, is why Graphic Design in particular has been de-valued so much more compared to other skilled professions, despite 30+ years in the profession. But since this thread launched, I read a very telling article on the subject.

Rick Schober - Why We Suck at Design
http://rickschobersblog.wordpress.com/2013/02/22/why-we-suck-at-design/

Raised MY eyebrow, it did.

As a veteran of the Design Wars, and “excused” from corporate servitude in 2001 post 9/11 to make my way as a freelancer, I have seen up close and personal the exact trends and phenomenon that he mentions in his post and we've touched on here. Since I have had to fold in Web Design into my practice, as I’d starve to death as a pure Print Designer, I find myself valued as much as a *technician* as an artist, if not more. I cringe whenever I am introduced professionally as a “computer whizz” rather than as a Designer.

I do have to accept that our profession now requires us to be extremely capable technologists, just to be competent. I am well aware that our market does not even START till a client or company wants to look better than what they can shove out of MS Word or PPT, online at Vistaprint, or over the counter at Kinkos, Office Depot or Staples.

And yes, I do miss the days when we Art Directors were freakin' JEDI KNIGHTS of the drafting table.
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Montse Perez • Hi Nancy, This article landed in my inbox yesterdat and although it does not give you the clear formula you are after, it describes in a very concise way clients' misperceptions when commissioning graphic designers.

I believe it would help you draft your process and anticipate the concerns/behaviours/reactions of clients - always a positive thing. Here is the article:
http://www.prdaily.com/Main/Articles/12658.aspx#
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Nick Casbar • Ian hits it on the head, good analogy.

While I think every job out there has a level of expertise and skill that is not completely understood by those who aren't in that position, I feel like graphic design may be one of the most misunderstood, especially the emotional aspect.

Good design does not only apply laws and principles but is an extension of one's soul artistically. Even a simple headline using the right font and negative space could be seen as a masterpiece in the world of design, but looked at as nothing special by the layman.

Sure, there's research time and button pushing that are tangible, measurable tasks - but it's difficult to convey to others how much soul goes into producing the work. That's something the layman will have a hard time quantifying and attaching value to, and maybe that's something the designer shouldn't expect to receive unfortunately.
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TARA BERRY • Seasoned in the field I come across this all the time. Since I tend to be an overachiever and problem solver I work hard sometimes all night to make things executable by a short deadline. I believe this is the exact reason our time is undervalued and what it takes for a quality project. I have found from working off of other designers files that rush jobs have grown. We tend to make our clients happy by killing ourselves thus creating a cycle of no return. A clear process may help but creating a project time frame like most of our printers we work with do. If the project information is not received by at least two weeks prior to print date then the project will not be on time. Yes I know we have made it happen in the past, but in order to guarantee quality we need two weeks production time. Wouldn't that be nice!
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Brian Fortney • Tara that is an issue I hadn't thought of I suppose the professionals need to understand that Design isn't a 9-5 job I've had months where everyday I've worked 11 hours at minimum and I don't believe anyone other then a Designer would understand that. This doesn't clock out if you don't express an idea or grind through a slump as soon as possible you either forget or get buried.
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Julie Gogola DeCook • It is easy to lose your soul after a while, if you are not in a design thinking company. In-house designers ARE misunderstood by their co-workers. Accounting has no clue why your job exists - and that hurts. Sales thinks you should be at their beckon call and each individual thinks that their stuff is most important - and that's exhausting. People dump stuff on your desk constantly to "beautify" so they can look good (the designer's contribution is not acknowledged in the end). While everyone is begging for the brochures and posters and web pages that they needed yesterday - and you feel bad.

I think that Nancy is a doing something really great for her team. And I hope she shares the project with us. Putting the designer's process into terms that other people can understand is a good thing. People don't get that designers think about every detail of the page, all the way down to the way each word falls on the page. They don't know WHY the designer's stuff looks so much better - they call it magic. So give them something that shows that it ISN"T magic - tell them about your process. They will be FASCINATED! Show them your pride, knowledge, skill, elbow grease...and love for what you do.
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Kurt Griffith • One of the things that IS difficult, that we have little control over seems to be the amount of time we're given to work on a project. While the Printer's timelines are pretty consistent, i.e. makeready and spitting in on paper, it's about the same in most cases whether it's some tripe from MS Word, or a complex brochure. So many clients and employers seem to think the Designers work is similarly quantifiable, regardless of complexity.

What I have discovered is that often even when an appropriate time is given for a project, much of it will be chewed away at the front end with enedless focus meetings and iterations of roughs, and begging for final content... leaving virtually no time for finish prep final and prepress (or CODING), usually jammed into a short shift between sign-off and a press or launch deadline.
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Nancy Krause • Hi Everyone,
It's clear I have hit a nerve. From all the response, we as designers are taken for granted on a regular basis. As Brian and Ian have pointed out, it's about creating value. With their comments in mind, I have personalized my pitch to the non-designers that I work with currently. By that I mean, we as designers must understand the occupational reference point of those we work with. Currently I am working with engineers. These folks are brilliant.
But what prompted this whole discussion was the comment by a senior engineer, who is lead on a 150-175 page proposal. He wanted professional design work based upon this report. He asked me "would this take me 2 days, maybe 3?"
It was at this second I knew that, although brilliant, he and his team had no idea what designers actually do.
I decided to answer based upon engineering terms. I asked how long the team had been working on this proposal, and the answer was "months." Based upon that, when asked how long it would take me to put together a proposal book for them, I said, "Rome wasn't engineered in a day." It' will take at least 3 weeks, perhaps more.
In exasperation, I also said, "This is not McDonald's". (probably not the best approach, but honest)

Kurt, your post from Rick Schober really took a stab at my heart as a designer. Much of what Rick says is true. Although I wasn't involved with design until 2002, gone are the glory days of "Mad Men" stars.

If some of you didn't catch it, here is his link:

http://rickschobersblog.wordpress.com/2013/02/22/why-we-suck-at-design/

One other thing, I believe we must insist on removing the phrase: "In a fast paced environment" from job descriptions and any and all conversations and interviews. WE MUST VALUE OURSELVES FIRST. Now, when I see that in a job description, I do not read any further. This tells me that the only value I would have to them is based upon production, not design or value, according to the service or product.
Fast is not part of the equation, or shouldn't be. The thought process still takes time to mature an idea. People often think because we use computers, the process is instantaneous. This is the beginning of trouble. To that I will answer, we all use computers, and it hastens portions of the process, but not the entire process. Thought time, concept development time, idea refinement, sketching, and more idea refining will always be a precious commodity; one that cannot be hasten by computers.

BTW, we must also let others know that designers not only need to know how to design, but, we must be design software gurus, and able to trouble shoot in any creative software program.

Thank you everyone for your input.

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