Canvas X Draw Shortcuts

Canvas X Draw Shortcuts

Canvas X Draw Shortcuts

Viewing and Navigating

Action

Shortcut

Switch from another tool to the Hand tool

Hold down the Spacebar

Zoom in

Command + Option + Plus (+)

Zoom out

Command + Option + Minus (-)

Open a context menu

Right-click mouse button

Drawing and Creating Objects

Action

Shortcut

Snap to 45-degree angles

Hold down Shift as you drag

Draw from the center

Press Option and drag

Copy object

Press Shift + Option and drag object

Make multiple copies of objects

Press Command + Option and drag

Copy an object in Freeform mode while rotating or skewing

Press Option as you drag

Selecting Objects

Action

Shortcut

Select all objects created by a particular tool

Select the tool, then choose Edit | Select All or Command.

Select objects touched by a selection box

Option-drag with Selection tool

Select object behind other objects

Tab-click where objects overlap

Select object on another layer

Press Tab and click object (can be combined with other selection shortcuts)

Miscellaneous Shortcuts

Action

Shortcut

Exit Edit mode

Press Esc or click outside of the object

Apply the current fill ink

Command-click vector or text object with the Color Dropper tool

Apply the current pen ink

Command-right-click vector or text object with the Color Dropper tool

Revert to default inks (pen ink: black, fill ink: white) when no objects selected

Press ~ with no objects selected.

Text and Typography

Action

Shortcut

Scale all text in a selected text object

Press Command and drag a handle on the text object

Open the Type palette

Command + T or double-click Text tool icon

Force a line break without creating a new paragraph (insert a soft return)

Press Shift + Return

Move insertion point to...

 

Start of word

Fn + left arrow key

End of word

Fn + right arrow key

Start of a line

Option + up arrow key

End of line

Option + down arrow key

Up 3 lines on the left margin

Press Page Up key

Down 3 lines on the right margin

Press Page Down key

Select...

 

One character to right or left

Hold down Shift and press right or left arrow key

To end or beginning of word

Shift + Option + right arrow key or Shift + Option + left arrow key

To beginning of line

Shift + Option + up arrow

To end of line

Shift + Option + down arrow

One line above or below insertion point

Shift + up arrow

Shift + down arrow

Three lines above or below insertion point

Shift + Fn + Page Up

Shift + Fn + Page Down

One word

Double-click the word

From insertion point

Shift-click at end of selection

One line

Triple-click the line

All text in a text object

With the insertion point in the text, press Command + A

Painting and Editing Images

Action

Shortcut

In Paint Edit mode, set foreground color to black and background color to white

Press C

Swap foreground and background colors

Press X

Set the opacity for a painting tool (if applicable)

Press a number key while the tool is selected; click the tool again

Crop a paint object (hard crop)

Press Option and drag a handle on the selected paint object with the Selection (arrow) tool

Constrain brush strokes to straight horizontal or vertical movement

Press Shift while you drag a painting tool

Switch temporarily to the Color Dropper while using a painting tool

Press Option

Apply a channel mask to an object, or put an object’s channel mask in Edit mode

Press Command and double-click the object

Place a paint object in Edit mode when another paint object is in Edit mode

Press Command and click the paint object while a painting tool is selected

Channels Palette

Operation

Shortcut

Add a channel to the current selection

Press Command + Shift and click the channel

Replace an alpha channel with the current selection

Drag from the Selection button to the channel

Add the current selection to an existing alpha channel

Press Shift and drag from the Selection button to the channel

Create a new channel

Click the New Channel button

Delete an alpha channel

Drag the channel to the trash can icon

Duplicate a channel

Drag the channel to the New Channel button

Load a channel as a selection

Drag the channel to the Selection button

Move an alpha channel in the palette

Drag the channel up or down in the list

Save the current selection in a new channel

Click the Selection button

Select the intersection of the current selection and a channel

Press Shift + Option + Command and click the channel

Subtract a channel from the current selection

Command-drag the channel to the Selection button, or press Command + Option and click the channel

Subtract the current selection from a channel

Press Command and drag from the Selection button to the channel

Make a channel active

Press Command and a number key. Press zero to select the composite channel

Selecting Painting Tools

Tool

Key (press with paint object in Edit mode)

Tool

Key (press with paint object in Edit mode)

Airbrush

A

Marquee, Oval Marquee, Row Selection, Column Selection

M

Paintbrush

B

Burn

N

Sponge

D

Dodge

O

Eraser

E

Pencil

P

Blur

F

Sharpen

Q

Blend

G

Rubber Stamp

S

Marker

H

Neon

T

Bucket

K

Smudge

U

Lasso

L

Remote Move

V

  

Wand

W

Editing Vector Paths

Action

Shortcut

Place selected path in Edit mode

Press Command + E

Use the pop-up menu to edit an anchor point or path segment

Right-button click the path with Selection tool

Add an anchor point to a segment

Press Option and click a segment

Delete an anchor point

Press Option + Shift and click the anchor point

Move an anchor point as you place it

Without releasing the mouse button as you set the anchor point, press the Spacebar and drag to move the anchor point

Change the length of both tangent lines of an anchor point at once

Press Command and drag either tangent line handle

Change an anchor point from smooth to cusp

Press Tab and drag either tangent line handle

Change a cusp point with two tangent lines to a smooth point

Press Tab and click a tangent line handle to align the tangent line with the other tangent line

Add a tangent line to an anchor point that does not have two tangent lines

Press Tab and drag from the anchor point

Delete one or both tangent lines from an anchor point

Press Tab and click the anchor point

Close an open path

Select an endpoint, then select the Curve or Polygon tool and click the other endpoint. Press Option and click either endpoint with the Selection tool

Change the length of a tangent line without changing the angle

Press Option + Command and drag the tangent line handle

Reshape the segment you drag and the adjacent segments

Press Option and drag the segment

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