In doing design work I find I very regularly use the colours black and white specifically.

Is there a keyboard shortcut to set the current selected swatch colour to White? and is there a similar one to set it to Black?

If not maybe is there a way I can have some favourite swatch colours and select them with a keyboard shortcut?

NB. I've stated Adobe Illustrator to keep the question specific, but I'm actually hopeful there is an option that I could use across the Adobe suite.


Photoshop and Illustrator will all go to default white and black on pressing D. You can then switch them using Shift+X (Illustrator) and X (Photoshop). InDesign works a bit differently as it doesn't use white:

  • In Photoshop, your foreground colour will become white, and background colour will become black.
  • In Illustrator, fill will become white, stroke black;
  • In InDesign, fill will become none and stroke will become black.
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  • Brilliant! Thanks so much, that's exactly what I needed to know. So D to reset fill & border swathes to black and white respectively then just Shift + x to toggle between them. Wooooo! – Evolve Jul 29 '16 at 1:41
  • Editing your answer, because you don't need to hit Shift in PS, you just need to hit X, but AI shift is required – Manly Jul 29 '16 at 14:46

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