Use same shortcuts as Adobe Illustrator (or Photoshop?)
Just in an effort of compatibility it would be nice to have the same default shortcuts (for those used to it) or being able to customize the shortcuts. Thank you !
Greg D commented
Illustrator and XD keyboard commands should work as much alike as possible.
eg. pressing [command] should temporarily switch to selection tool like in Illustrator, having to multiple-[escape] is extremely annoying.
Miguel Santo commented
Agreed! This actually happens more than i would hope for across all adobe software and it is a DEEP problem.
I can think of differences between Photoshop Illustrator, After Effects and even Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic CC. Adobe XD simply adds on with inconsistency, almost like each software has it's own team and they don't check each others work.
I'd say the rule should be simple: If there are common tools, use common shortcuts.
Example 1: The Line Shape
- "\" in Illustrator. -- OK
- "\" in Indesign. -- OK
- "U" in Photoshop (Hidden, cuz U actually selects the rectangle shape) -- Why?
- "L" in Adobe XD -- Why?
- In After Effects, there is no Line Shape, so it toggles focus between panes -- OK, whatever i guess
- in Lightroom there is are no shapes, so it's "Toggle Edit on/off" -- OK, That's perfectly fine
Example 2: The Rectangle Tool
- "M" in Illustrator -- OK
- "M" in Indesign -- OK
- "U" in Photoshop -- Why?
- "R" in Adobe XD -- Why?
- "Q" in After Effects - Why?
- Doesn't exist in Lightroom
You guys know what would be interesting? Listing all common tools and which shortcut it is.
Jeff Collins commented
Illustrator mode - a simple setting for those who spend a large proportion of their life in illustrator. When selected XD will mirror Illustrator's short-cuts and behaviours as closely as possible (to be incrementally improved/extended over time).
Edu Couchez commented
As XD isn't still a mature tool, is obvious that the most of us will jump back and forth from XD to any other design app. One of the sacred rules of usability is consistency between common applications. XD share some frequent used tools with Illustrator, and none of them uses the same key shortcut as Illustrator (, Rectangle: R vs. M; Ellipse: E vs. L; and Artboard A vs. O).
Even common used menu options are placed vertical-left in XD, when all Adobe programs are horizontal-top placed (even Design and Prototype menus on XD are top placed). It’s a real cognitive pain constantly change from left to right reading to top-down menu scanning.
So please, consistency for long time Adobe CC users.
Thank you! :-)
Alan Jones commented
Yes, a user can show/hide objects. However, this is an Adobe Product. The show/hide key combinations are so radically different than other Adobe Products (Illustrator and InDesign specifically) that it breaks the Adobe user experience so significantly, it cast a shadow or distrust over the course being charted for XD. Is this a real Adobe product or merely a side project without supervision?
Dimitris Katsafouros requested this feature on March 15, 2016 and it was marked as "FEATURE COMPLETED". But it wasn't. The "solution" ignored the request to make it behave like Illustrator (specifically calling out the key commands). What's up with that? It's like you're half way listening?
This has probably already been echoed many times but i'll still say it.
I Really want XD to become the standard as the performance compared to Sketch is outstanding, but I just don't understand why some basic, almost obvious UI behaviors have been overlooked. Guys you literally have the road map for most of the actions and behaviors already laid out in illustrator :D
Please clone the keyboard shortcuts used in Illustrator and Photoshop and apply to XD e.g.
Pressing command to use direct selection tool when you have another tool selected. It says in your keyboard command list that this exists but it has never worked for me.
command-d to step-duplicate an object
command-shift <> to increase/decrease text size
Arrows to adjust value up and down when you hover over a label in right bar (e.g font size/line-height)
Fix line-height to affect individual lines like in photoshop/illustrator
Pablo Sara commented
Also, cmd + 7 for masks! Take a look at Illustrator.
Pablo Sara commented
Hey guys, it would be a massive workflow improvement if we can have the same shortcuts other Adobe apps have, like Illustrator or Indesign. At least the most common things like text size, line spacing, text align, bring to front/back, etc. Considering most people that use Xd have been using Adobe design apps for ages, it would be a natural thing to do and make the workflow way faster. Thanks!
Mark Furlong commented
1. The (a) key in illustrator is Direct select. I keep making extra artboards not fun.
2. If I select Type or a text box and try type 26px for size it has automatically selected opacity, not Size. I think this should be changed.
3. If I select Type or a shape and want to sample/copy styles or color I normally use the (i) [eyedroped tool] there is no eye dropper. I can only find it if I double click on the shape and the color and then pick the color I see the eyedropper
4. is there a way to bring in an image as a tracing layer?
I just copied in an image dropped the opacity and traced over it as
I know what you mean. I hardly use the CMD key especially when I am using the texttool and want to rearrange some objects. In Illustrator I can hold the CMD key and have the Select-tool. I want that too in Xd. At the moment it drives me nuts to press go to the toolsbar select the selecttool and so forth...
Cris Lindner commented
To have a simple preset to automatically update all shortcuts for drawing tools and panel assets to mimic illustrator's shortcuts, or to make some connection between it and XD like it has with photoshop, so the curve to migrate from PH/AI can be smoother
It'd be great if things from other Adobe products like Illustrator and InDesign for example were implemented. Little interface things like keyboard shortcuts (M for Rectangle etc), view that follows the mouse when dragging over multiple items that go out of current view. I just find these sort of things convenient in other Adobe products and don't see why they can't be employed here. Thanks!
It seems XD has shortcuts inspired by Sketch.
Perhaps users could choose between that new (Sketch influenced) thinking and traditional Adobe thinking when shortcut preferences are made available.
It's quite frustrating having to think "R for rectangle" when you've been using the more cryptic M for the past 15 years.
It would also be great if all the usual typography shortcuts were introduced.
Illustrator uses cmd+2 to lock and opt+cmd+2 to unlock.
Photoshop uses cmd+/ to lock and opt+cmd+/ to unlock.
XD uses cmd+L to lock and unlock.
While I agree that cmd+L is more logical, can we settle on a common shortcut rather than a whole new combination?
Agustín Castiñeira Fernández commented
Object > Arrange.
What about using the same shortcuts as Illustrator?
(cmd + 9, cmd + 0, shift + cmd + 0, shift + cmd + 9) It makes the workflow pretty fast for me. I know is hard to get consistency with all your softwares, but maybe Illustrator is the closer one in terms of design.
Cheers! and congrats for your job guys.
Dimitris Katsafouros commented
The shortcuts used at the moment make sense and are easy to remember.
It would be nice though to have consistency throughout the design apps. This is not only good though for consistency throughout the design suite but also for muscle memory. Especially since designers already know these from their day-in, day-out use of Illustrator and Photoshop it would probably be nice to have the same keys and not having to learn a new set just for this program.
Since there are some shortcuts that are already the same maybe it would be nicer to go all the way and have the same shortcuts for all elements!
For example in Illustrator:
M is for rectangle
L for ellipse
Shift+O for artboards
cmd+space to zoom in, and alt to zoom out