Top 5 Illustrator Key Commands with Aaron Draplin

Watch as Aaron shares his top favorite illustrator keyboard shortcuts.

Graphic designer and founder of Draplin Design Company Aaron Draplin goes in depth on his design process in both of his classes, Designing in Circles: Packing Type & Icons into a Simple Shape and Logo Design the Draplin Way: Building with Shape, Type, and Color. Enroll to see what more he has to teach you!


Aaron Draplin's Top 5 Illustrator Key Commands

AD: Press record, all right, just get the thing. Am I even in focus? Listen - in this lesson, you're going to learn my top 5 key commands from my day-to-day, hour-to-hour, minute-to-minute workflow at the DDC here, and you're going to learn them now.

You're going to see little graphics, little things of where your fingers go and how you can kind of tune those and all that stuff. Okay? All right. No more takes. That's it. Press play and change your whole life with your hands.

1. Duplicate + Scale (SHIFT + ALT OPT + COMMAND + Drag = scale constraint and duplication)

AD: Use your little scale tool here. Shift, option, command. Start dragging and hold that down. You'll just simply scale one down from that edge. 

2. Rotate Precisely (SHIFT + Drag = constrain to 45 degree increment)

AD: By holding Shift, you can put it at 90 degrees, 45 degrees, or right back to just 180 or whatever that is. But the idea is, now that thing is perfectly back around.

3. Outline Mode (COMMAND + Y)

AD: Command + Y to your preview mode. You can see, this space is different from this space.

4. Type Scaling (SHIFT + ALT OPT + COMMAND + < = decrease size) 

AD: Shift, option, command, and that would be called, a lesser than. You can bring that thing down, you can bring that thing up, that's you messing with your points.

5. Type Tracking 

AD: Now what we're hitting here is we're hitting Option and Back Arrow. On your tracking, it's bringing those things in. 

I don't even know why I'm even telling you guys this, but you signed up. That's your problem, okay?