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Adobe Illustrator Shortcuts for Fashion Drawing (with animated GIFs!)

Drawing fashion flats and illustrations in Adobe Illustrator is an essential skill for working in the industry. But sometimes you want to scream at your computer because it feels like everything takes FOREVER! My guess? Is that you just don’t know the right AI shortcuts for fashion. Cut your design time in HALF with these must know keyboard shortcuts and tricks. 💥

These are my best and top 23 shortcuts (from my Adobe Illustrator Masterclass for Fashion Design) divided into 3 parts: workspace, drawing, and color + patterns. (Because the internet doesn’t love 23 animated gifs on ONE single page… 🤷‍♀️)

OH! And I also put together a cheatsheet for you to download (YASS!). Get the printable download here.


Opt/Alt while drawing or resizing any shape (ellipse, rectangle, etc) to scale from the center

Adobe Illustrator shortcuts for fashion designers by Sew Heidi


Opt/Alt to make a copy of an object

Adobe Illustrator shortcuts for fashion designers by Sew Heidi


Cmd/Ctrl + D (Object > Transform > Transform Again) to replicate a transformation (works great for a line of buttons)

Adobe Illustrator shortcuts for fashion designers by Sew Heidi


Cmd/Ctrl + F (Object > Paste in Front) to paste an object exactly in front of where you copied it from

Adobe Illustrator shortcuts for fashion designers by Sew Heidi


Cmd/Ctrl + Opt/Alt + Shift + J to Average and Join at the same time (there’s no menu option for this, the keyboard shortcut is the only way!)

Adobe Illustrator shortcuts for fashion designers by Sew Heidi


Spacebar to move an object while drawing it (works for shapes OR individual Anchor Points with the Pen Tool)

Adobe Illustrator shortcuts for fashion designers by Sew Heidi


Shift to constrain proportion while drawing a shape (ellipse, rectangle, etc) or scaling any object

Adobe Illustrator shortcuts for fashion designers by Sew Heidi


Shift to draw a perfectly horizontal, vertical or 45° line with the Pen or Pencil tool

Adobe Illustrator shortcuts for fashion designers by Sew Heidi


Shift to rotate an object in 45° increments

Adobe Illustrator shortcuts for fashion designers by Sew Heidi


Shift + any arrow key to move an object in 10x increments

Adobe Illustrator shortcuts for fashion designers by Sew Heidi


Shift click (with the Selection Tool, black arrow) on an object to add or subtract it from a selection

Adobe Illustrator shortcuts for fashion designers by Sew Heidi


Adobe Illustrator Shortcuts for Fashion Design by Sew Heidi - Printable PDF

STOP DOING THINGS THE *LONG* WAY IN ILLUSTRATOR! 😱

Instead, download my 23 best AI shortcuts (just for fashion)👊

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This is just part 2 in the 3 part AI shortcuts series! Don’t miss out on the other shortcuts for managing your workspace and color + patterns.

You’ll save you HOURS each week (and wonder how you lived without these tricks before 😬).

And if you’re looking for even more help in Illustrator, get the Ultimate Guide to Illustrator for Fashion Designer (complete with 37 step by step tutorials). It’s absolutely FREE.

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