Keyboard shortcuts

You can quickly access common tools and commands using your keyboard. Many of the shortcuts are the same as those that you use in other apps (such as C to copy). You'll find many of the shortcuts listed next to menu items (and in the list below).

You can quickly access common tools and commands using your keyboard. Many of the shortcuts are the same as those that you use in other apps (such as +C to copy). You'll find many of the shortcuts listed next to menu items (and in the list below).

For complete flexibility, you can customise keyboard shortcuts to your own way of working.

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Operations shortcuts

Action Key
Constrain the movement of an object horizontally, vertically or diagonally -drag
Select multiple objects -click
Select overlapped object -click
Cycle Selection Box .
Change opacity for selected layer (or Brush tools in Pixel Persona) numeric keys (4=40%, 43=43%, etc.)
Erase with Pixel Tool (Pixel Persona only)
Switch between Stroke/Fill (or Colour 1/Colour 2) colour selectors (Colour and Swatches panels) X
Swap Stroke/Fill (or Colour 1/Colour 2) colour selectors X +X
Set Stroke/Fill (or Colour 1/Colour 2) colour selectors and any vector objects that are selected to black and white, respectively D
Set No fill on Stroke/Fill (or Colour 1/Colour 2) colour selectors / (International and selected keyboards only)
Modify attribute listed on a panel or dialog Drag attribute text label
Toggle Snapping ;

Action (Curve drawing) Key
Edit line or brush strokes as you draw/paint
Creates cusp node (sharp corner) -drag control handle
Snap a line's control handle to 45° intervals -drag control handle
Select next node on a curve ]
Select previous node on a curve [
Straighten a segment -click a segment
Delete a segment -click a segment

Action (Transforming) Key
Move with horizontal, vertical or diagonal constraint -drag
Rotate in 15° intervals -drag rotation/corner handle
Rotate around opposite corner -drag corner handle Drag corner handle then hold down right mouse button
Cancel a sizing, moving, or creating operation
Resize vector objects, maintaining aspect ratio -drag from a corner handle
Resize an object from its centre -drag from a corner handle
Mirror shearing -drag
Nudging arrow keys
Nudging (10x measurement units) -arrow keys

Action (Painting) Key
Decrease/increase brush width (Pixel Persona only) ] [
Decrease/increase brush width with on-screen readout -drag (left/right) +-drag (left/right)
Decrease/increase brush hardness with on-screen readout (Pixel Persona only) -drag (up/down) +-drag (up/down)
Paint a brush stroke along a straight line Click then -click
Toggle brush properties (for width, hardness, shape/spacing or rotation): +left-click ++left-click
Setting brush properties on page (after setting above toggle) For width: +left-click+drag (left/right) For width: ++left-click+drag (left/right)
For hardness: +left-click+drag (up/down) For hardness: ++left-click+drag (up/down)
For nozzle shape: +left-click+drag (left/right) For nozzle shape: ++left-click+drag (left/right)
For nozzle spacing: +left-click+drag (up/down) For nozzle spacing: ++left-click+drag (up/down)
For nozzle rotation: +left-click+drag (left/right) For nozzle rotation: ++left-click+drag (left/right)

File shortcuts

Action Key
New Document N +N
New From Clipboard N +++N
Open Document O +O
Close Document/Close App (when no documents open) W +W
Switch Document/View +
Save S +S
Save As S ++S
Export S +++S
Document Setup P ++P
Print P +P

Tools shortcuts

Action (General and Designer Persona) Key
Fill tool G
Transparency tool Y
Move tool V
Node tool A
Point Transform tool F
View tool H
Contour tool O
Corner tool C
Pen tool P
Pencil tool N
Zoom tool Z
Vector Brush tool B
Rectangle, Ellipse, and Rounded Rectangle tools cycle M
Artistic and Frame text tools cycle T
Colour Picker Tool I

Action (Pixel Persona only) Key
Paint Brush and Pixel tools cycle B
Erase Brush E
Selection Brush W
Marquee Selection tools cycle M
Freehand Selection tool L
Dodge and Burn brushes cycle O
Flood Fill tool G

Action (Export Persona only) Key
Slice Tool S
Slice Selection tool L

Edit shortcuts

Action Key
Undo Z +Z
Redo Z +Y
Paste Style V ++V
Paste FX V ++V
Paste Inside V ++V
Paste Without Format V +++V

Object control shortcuts

Action Key
Group G +G
Ungroup G ++G
Duplicate J +J
Move to Front ] ++]
Move Forward One ] +]
Move to Back [ ++[
Move Back One [ +[
Move Inside G ++G
Move Outside G +++G
Show All H +++H
Lock L +L
Unlock L ++L
Unlock All L +++L
New Pixel Layer N ++N
Convert to Curves +

Text shortcuts

Action Key
Show Character T +T
Show Typography T ++T
Spelling Options ; ++;

Action (Navigation) Key
Moves insertion point one character left
Moves insertion point one character right
Moves insertion point to start of word +
Moves insertion point to end of word +
Moves insertion point to start of line Home
Moves insertion point to end of line End
Moves insertion point to start of text frame +Home
Moves insertion point to end of text frame +End
Moves insertion point to start of current paragraph +
Moves insertion point to start of next paragraph +
Action (Deleting) Key
Delete character to left of insertion point
Delete character to right of insertion point Delete
Delete from insertion point to start of word +
Delete from insertion point to end of word +Delete
Delete from insertion point to start of line
Delete from insertion point to end of paragraph K

Action (Formatting) Key
Bigger text > +>
Smaller text < +<
Precise bigger text > ++>
Precise smaller text < ++<
Bold B +B
Italic I +I
Underline U +U
Superscript + ++=
Subscript - ++-
Align Left L ++L
Align Centre C ++C
Align Right R ++R
Justify Left | ++|

Action (Typography) Key
Tighten (Spacing, 10‰ decrement) +
Loosen (Spacing, 10‰ increment) +
Tighten More (Spacing, 50‰ decrement) ++
Loosen More (Spacing, 50‰ increment) ++
Raise Baseline ++
Lower Baseline ++
Precise Raise Baseline +++
Precise Lower Baseline +++
Increase Paragraph Leading +
Decrease Paragraph Leading +
Precise Increase Paragraph Leading ++
Precise Decrease Paragraph Leading ++

Action (Special characters) Key
Line Break +
Non-Breaking Space +
Non-Breaking Hyphen -
En Dash - +-
Em Dash - ++-

View shortcuts

Action Key
Rotate document view while using a mouse scroll wheel while using a mouse scroll wheel
Reset document view rotation R +++R
Rotate about the document view centre + while using a mouse scroll wheel
Increase document view rotation speed while rotating the document view
Zoom In + +=
Zoom Out - +-
Zoom to Fit 0 (or double-click View Tool icon) +0 (or double-click View Tool icon)
Zoom to Selection 0 (or double-click Layers panel thumbnail) ++0 (or double-click Layers panel thumbnail)
(Zoom to) 100% 1 (or double-click Zoom Tool icon) +1 (or double-click Zoom Tool icon)
(Zoom to) 200% 2 +2
(Zoom to) 400% 3 +3
(Zoom to) 800% 4 +4
(Zoom to) Actual Size 8 +8
(Zoom to) Pixel Size 9 +9
Hot key zoom -drag +-drag
Hot key zoom in -click +-click
Hot key zoom out -click +-click
Hot key zoom in marquee -drag +-drag
Hot key panning
Scroll vertically up/down Mouse scroll wheel
Scroll horizontally left/right +Mouse scroll wheel
Show Rulers R +R
Show Guides ; +;
Show Grid ' +'
Grid Plane cycle '
Outline view mode Y
Pixels view mode Y ++Y
Pixels (Retina) view mode Y +++Y
Toggle Split View ,
Switch to Next View ` `
Clip to Canvas \
Isolate an object -click Layers panel thumbnail

Selection shortcuts

Action Key
Select All A +A
Deselect D +D
Invert Pixel Selection I ++I
Select Next ] ++]
Select Previous [ ++[
Move selection in 1-pixel increments Arrow key
Move selection in 10-pixel increments arrow key +arrow key
Selection from layer -click Layers panel thumbnail
Selection from layer luminosity -click Layers panel thumbnail +-click Layers panel thumbnail
Remove from selection -drag (Marquee and Freehand Selection tools)
Add to selection -drag (Marquee and Freehand Selection tools) Drag with left and right button down (Marquee and Freehand Selection tools)

Workspace shortcuts

Action Key
Show/Hide Studio H ++H
Show/Hide Toolbar T ++T
Toggle UI

Misc shortcuts

Action Key
Preferences , +,
Curves (Adjustment) M +M
Black and White (Adjustment) B +++B

macOS shortcuts

Action Key
Special Characters
Toggle Full Screen F
Hide Workspace H
Hide Others (applications) H