21 useful Illustrator shortcuts to speed up your workflow

A screenshot showing use of one of the best Illustrator shortcuts
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Illustrator shortcuts can help improve your workflow on what remains the industry standard vector design tool. From creating brand design assets or infographics, Illustrator offers designers a powerful range of tools. But as with a lot of software, sometimes simple and frequently repeated tasks can become a drag and slow down your workflow. The solution to that is to use Illustrator shortcuts to perform those tasks as efficiently as possible.

Many frequent tasks can be performed with an Illustrator shortcut, from changing the size of text to deselecting or merging layers. There are also handy shortcuts for brushes, saving and closing, viewing options and lots more. It can be close to impossible to memorise all of the shortcuts at once, but if you start with the tasks you do most often and gradually incorporate more into your workflow, they start to become second nature.

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Aaron Kitney is a freelance graphic designer and art director based in London and Vancouver. He specialises in branding, identity, web design, publication design, packaging and book design.