Join Justin Seeley for an in-depth discussion in this video Mastering Illustrator's tool shortcuts, part of Illustrator: Shortcuts.
- One of the things I find sort of frustrating when I'm working inside of Illustrator is that I have to take my mouse out of the window a lot to go over and change tools and if you're anything like me you use several different tools on any given project. So it stands to reason that you would want to sort of expedite that portion of your workflow. Well lucky for us there are keyboard shortcuts that are associated with each individual tool inside of the tools panel and I've included this tools panel guide in your exercise file so that you can take a look at all of the different tools in the tools panel and the keyboard shortcuts that correspond to them so you can see if I zoom in here a little bit that we have all of the tools mapped out and pointed to and then in parentheses we have the keyboard shortcut associated with them.
So if I were to press the letter B on my keyboard you can see that I switched to the brush tool and you can see over here that I do indeed have the brush tool active or if I wanted to make some text I could press the letter T and that would change to the type tool. All of these tools have a keyboard shortcut associated with them and it's just going to come down to you memorizing the ones that matter most to you. For instance I can tell you right off the bat that the selection tool is the letter V. The direct selection tool is the letter A. P for pen. T for type.
M for rectangle. N for pencil. And B for brush. These are all tools that I use on a regular basis and I have those memorized in my head and as you start to put that into practice everyday inside of Illustrator you'll find that eventually you don't even have to think about it. You'll just press B whenever you need the brush tool and you won't even have to blink an eye. It's an amazing way to speed up your workflow and also to keep your eyes on what you're working on and not having to take focus away from it by switching tools manually with your mouse.