How to Undo and Redo in Adobe Illustrator

When designing with Adobe Illustrator, it’s okay to make mistakes, because the undo and redo buttons that so easy to use. 

My name is Kerry and let me tell you. Designing can be a challenging and demanding process. Luckily, within Adobe Illustrator there are functions and tricks that allow you the freedom to experiment and correct mistakes, and I’m here to share some with you! 

In this article, I will explain how to undo and redo actions within Adobe Illustrator. There are a few ways to enable these features.

Ready to go through the steps to become an undo and redo pro? Great! 

Key Takeaways

  • You can enable the undo and redo function by using keyboard shortcuts, the Edit menu, or the History option.
  • Designers can also customize the amount of undo and redos allowed in their project by adjusting the number in the Preferences tab. 

Why Use the Undo and Redo Function?

Graphic design is an art form that requires precision, creativity, and attention to detail. Whether you’re designing a logo, creating a digital illustration, or editing a photograph, the ability to undo and redo actions is an invaluable tool for graphic designers.

Even the most skilled designers make errors. Whether it’s an accidental brushstroke or an unintended object placement, mistakes are inevitable. The ability to quickly undo those mistakes can save you time and frustration.

Adobe Illustrator encourages experimentation, and you may find yourself exploring different ideas and concepts before settling on the perfect design. Undoing and redoing actions allow you to freely explore without the fear of permanent consequences.

And as your design progresses, you may want to revisit or revert to a previous stage. Undo and redo provide a convenient way to backtrack or move forward in your creative process!

How to Undo and Redo in Adobe Illustrator

The easiest way to redo or undo is using the keyboard shortcuts.

Undo: Ctrl + Z (Windows) or Command + Z (Mac)

Redo: Ctrl + Shift + Z (Windows) or Command + Shift + Z (Mac)

Alternatively, you can access the undo and redo options through the Edit menu. Simply follow these steps to learn how to utilize the undo and redo functions in Adobe Illustrator:

To undo: Click on Edit in the top menu, then select Undo from the dropdown list. You can also see the keyboard shortcut listed next to the Undo option.

To redo: Similarly, click on Edit and select Redo from the dropdown list. The keyboard shortcut for redo might also be listed next to the option.

One cool thing about using the Edit dropdown menu is that when choosing either Undo or Redo, you will see the specific tool or action labeled alongside it so that you are reminded exactly of what you did!

How to Undo Using the History Panel in Illustrator

The History panel in Illustrator provides a visual timeline of your actions, allowing you to jump back and forth in your design history. Here’s how to use it:

Step 1: Open the History panel: Go to Window in the top menu, then select History from the dropdown list.

Step 2: To undo: Click on a previous state in the History panel to revert your design to that specific point in your design process. 

To redo: If you’ve undone an action and want to redo it, click on a subsequent state in the History panel.

This is a great option if you are looking to see the stages of your work or want to revert to a stage in the process that was a bit further back in your process. 

How to Customize Undo Levels

By default, Illustrator allows you to undo and redo multiple actions. However, you can adjust the number of undo levels to fit your preference. Follow these steps to learn how:

Step 1: Go to the overhead menu and choose Illustrator > Preferences > Performance.

Step 2: An additional box will appear where you can adjust the number of undo or redo actions that are allowed in your workspace. By clicking on the section that is labeled History States, you will be able to change the number to your desired value. 

Currently, Adobe Illustrator only allows for 50, 100, or 200.

Click OK to save your changes. 

Final Thoughts

Being proficient in undoing and redoing actions in Adobe Illustrator is a valuable skill for any designer because you can freely experiment, correct mistakes, and navigate your design process with confidence. Remember to use keyboard shortcuts, explore the Edit menu and the History panel, and customize your undo levels to make the most of this essential feature. 

Do you have any tips or tricks for correcting mistakes in Adobe Illustrator? Please share your resources, thoughts, and advice in the comments down below!

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