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This course is a collection of short Photoshop and Illustrator projects and creative effects that can be completed in ten minutes or less. The series is taught by computer graphics guru Deke McClelland, and presented in his signature step-by-step style. The intent is to reveal how various Photoshop and Illustrator features can be combined and leveraged in real-world examples so that they can be applied to creative projects right away.
In this movie, I'll show you how to create your own custom toolbox, inside the most recent version of Illustrator CC. And to see if you qualify, go up to the Help menu, or the Illustrator menu, on a Mac, and choose About Illustrator. And then you should see that you're using version 17.1 or later, and again you'll have to have the creative cloud version of Illustrator. If so then you can create your own custom tool box. And you do so by going up to the Window menu, choosing tools and then choosing New Tools panel.
And I'm going to go ahead and call mine dekeTools, you can call yours anything you want. And then I'll click OK, and you'll see a new tool box without anything in it. Now you add tools to it by dragging and dropping them. So I definitely want the black arrow tool of course, and the white arrow tool. I never use the magic wand inside of Illustrator. I do however sometimes use the lasso tool so I'll grab it. I definitely want the pen tool. And you're really going to want this renamed anchor point tool as well. So I'll go ahead and grab it, and drag it and drop it, and sometimes it's tough to actually grab the tools.
And so you might need to drag very quickly, like so, to avoid bringing up the fly out menu. I want the type tool, but I don't need any of the other type tool variations. Definitely want the line tool, so I'll grab it. And I find that the r tool is sometimes useful, so I might as well get it as well. And I definitely want the rectangle tool, I don't need the rounded rectangle tool, of course. I want the ellipse tool, so I'll go ahead and grab it. and I also want the star tool, so I'll quickly drag it, and drop it over.
I don't use the paintbrush tool very often, but I do use the blob brush, so I'll go ahead and drag it and drop it over. The pencil tool is so much better inside Illustrator 17 1. Then I'll go ahead and grab it, and drag it and drop it. But I want it to be here under the anchor point tool. Because afterall it is a drawing tool, like the pen tool. And then I'll go ahead and grab both the eraser tool here. So I'll drag it and drop it over, underneath the blob brush. And then I'll grab the scissors tool, and I'll put it here underneath the anchor point tool.
It's a privilege, a rare privilege, to not grab the knife tool. I've just never been a fan of that tool, and that's a great thing. If you have a tool, that you just do not care for, then you can get it out of the toolbox. I definitely care a lot for the rotating tool so I'll drag it over. I use the reflect tool all the time so I'll grab it. And I want the scale tool as well so I'll drag it and drop it, now I'm going to start running out of room here if I don't move this guy up a little bit. I want the Width tool as well, so I'll quickly drag it over.
Free Transform tool is often times quite useful, so I'll move it though underneath the Scale tool right there. And you know what, I might grab the Scale tool and move it above the Rotate tool, after all. It is pretty much the preeminent transform tool inside of Illustrator. I want the Shape Builder tool, so I'll go ahead and drag it and drop it over. And I definitely want that live paint bucket, so I'll drag it over. As quickly as possible as well, so I don't bring up the fly-out menu. I want the eye dropper, so I'll drag it over.
Don't need the blend tool, because we've got the make blend command, which generally works better. I'm going to go ahead and give the symbolism and the graphing tools the slip. And drop down to the artboard tool which I most definitely need. And I'll drag it, and drop it over, and that takes care of my list. Now, the unfortunate thing, in my humble opinion here, is that if I go ahead and switch to the two column tool box. I can't move over any of these drawing modes, into this new tool box. And, that's too bad because they're quite useful, but all you can do is drag and drop tools.
All right now, if you really like this toolbox and you want to commit to it, then you can go up to the window menu, choose tools. And you can choose Default in order to get rid of the default toolbox. And now just go ahead and drag and drop your custom toolbox, all the way over to the left hand side of the screen in order to snap it into place. And that friends is how you create your own custom toolbox, here inside the most recent version of Illustrator CC.
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