Create Tools

The Create tools in the upper-left corner of the Canvas activate a number of contextual keyboard commands. Depending on the Create tool chosen, different keyboard commands are available.

Rectangle & Circle Tools

Keyboard shortcut
Function
RR
Select the Rectangle Shape tool.
CC
Select the Circle Shape tool.
Press Shift and drag in the Canvas.
Draw a shape proportionally.
Press Option and drag in the Canvas.
Draw a shape from its center.
Press Shift-Option and drag in the Canvas.
Draw a shape proportionally from its center.
Press Shift and drag a rotation handle
Snap the rotation of an object to 45 degree increments.

Bezier Tool

Keyboard shortcut
Function
BB
Select the Bezier tool.
BB
Switch between the Bezier and B-spline tools.
CC
Close shape.
Press Option and click a path.
Add a point to path.
Double-click a path.
Add a point to path.
Press Command and click a point.
Convert a point to linear.
Press Command and drag a point.
Create tangents on a point.
Press Command and drag a tangent handle.
Scale a tangent handle proportionally.
Press Option and drag a tangent handle.
Break or relink a tangent handle.
Press Shift and drag a tangent handle.
Constrain a tangent to 45 degree increments and original value.
EscapeEscape
Cancel shape drawing and delete the open shape.
ReturnReturn
Exit shape-drawing mode.

B-Spline Tool

Keyboard shortcut
Function
BB
Select the B-Spline tool.
BB
Switch between the Bezier and B-Spline tools.
CC
Close shape.
Double-click a path.
Add a point to path.
Press Option and click a path.
Add a point to path.
Press Command and drag a B-Spline point.
Adjust a B-Spline point bias.
Press Command and click a B-Spline point.
Switch a B-Spline point bias.
EscapeEscape
Cancel shape drawing and delete the open shape.
ReturnReturn
Exit shape drawing mode.

Paint Stroke Tool

Keyboard shortcut
Function
PP
Activate Paint Stroke tool.
Press Command and drag in the Canvas.
Adjust stroke width.

Text Tool

Keyboard shortcut
Function
TT
Select the Text tool.
Press the Up, Down, Left, or Right Arrow key.
Move the insertion point by character.
Press Option and the Up, Down, Left, or Right Arrow key.
Move the insertion point by word.
CommandArrowLeftCommand-Left Arrow
Move to the beginning of a line of text.
CommandArrowRightCommand-Right Arrow
Move to the end of a line of text.
Press Shift and the Up, Down, Left, or Right Arrow key.
Select one or more characters from the insertion point.
Press Shift-Option and the Up, Down, Left, or Right Arrow key.
Select one or more words from the insertion point.
Press Shift-Command and the Up, Down, Left, or Right Arrow key.
Select a line of text from the insertion point.
ControlArrowRightControl-Right Arrow
Increase kerning from the insertion point.
ControlArrowLeftControl-Left Arrow
Decrease kerning from the insertion point.
CommandACommand-A
Select All.
CommandShiftACommand-Shift-A
Deselect All.
EscapeEscape
Exit Text tool.