Touch shortcuts and gestures

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Learn more about touch shortcuts and gestures to save time while you work with Illustrator on your iPad.

Touch shortcuts

Use touch shortcuts to quickly access the alternate actions of a selected tool in Illustrator on your iPad. You can tap and drag the touch shortcut icon to move it across your canvas. For each selected tool, the touch shortcut icon offers two alternate actions. Keep the touch shortcut icon pressed down the entire time you want to use the alternate behavior of a selected tool.

Touch shortcuts

Using primary touch shortcut: Tap and hold the center of the touch shortcut icon with your other hand to activate the primary action of the selected tool.

Using secondary touch shortcut: Tap and slide to the outer edge of the touch shortcut icon with your other hand to activate the secondary action of the selected tool.

To view a list of touch shortcuts in Illustrator on your iPad, do one of the following:

  • Tap    in the upper-right corner of the document workspace and then tap View touch shortcuts.
  • Tap  in the upper-right corner of the document workspace.  Then, go to App settings > Help > Touch shortcut.
Icon Tool or Action Primary touch shortcut Secondary touch shortcut
Move Move on X/Y axis Duplicate
Select Add to selection Select inside group
Edit handles Break handle pairing Mirror handles
Select points Add to selection None
Scale from corner Scale non-proportionally Scale from center
Scale from side or top Scale both sides None
Rotate Snap to 45 degrees Snap to 10 degrees
Drag handles Break handle pairing Move point
Create shape Draw unconstrained shape Constrain from center
Select layers Add to selection None

Touch gestures

Quickly perform common actions using gestures to interact with the touch-based interface. To view a list of gestures that you can use in Illustrator on your iPad, do one the following:

  • Tap    in the upper-right corner of the document workspace and then tap View gestures.
  • Tap  in the upper-right corner of the document workspace.  Then, go to App settings > Help > View gestures.

Illustration

Gesture

Action

2-finger tap

Undo

3-finger tap

Redo

Double-tap on a selected object

Edit points

Drag to scrub values in fields

Scrub

Drag the top bar to move it to the canvas

Remove from toolbar

Tap and hold or double-tap tools and actions for more options

Show more options

Use a 2-finger drag to pan and pinch to zoom

Zoom and pan canvas

Use a quick 2-finger pinch

Fit to view

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