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Editing and troubleshooting an action

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I've saved my progress as Left-hand arms.ai. It's found inside the Other Stuff subfolder inside the 30_actions folder and the reason I did that was to prevent this file from mucking up the previous batch processing exercise. In this movie, we're going to take that arms left action and we're going to copy it and modify it to suit a slightly different purpose. So, I'll start things up by twirling this guy close just to save myself some room and then I'll go ahead and drag it down and drop it onto the page icon. So, if you want to duplicate an entire action set, you drop it onto the folder if you want to duplicate a specific action, you drop it onto the page.

Editing and troubleshooting an action

I've saved my progress as Left-hand arms.ai. It's found inside the Other Stuff subfolder inside the 30_actions folder and the reason I did that was to prevent this file from mucking up the previous batch processing exercise. In this movie, we're going to take that arms left action and we're going to copy it and modify it to suit a slightly different purpose. So, I'll start things up by twirling this guy close just to save myself some room and then I'll go ahead and drag it down and drop it onto the page icon. So, if you want to duplicate an entire action set, you drop it onto the folder if you want to duplicate a specific action, you drop it onto the page.

It'll come up as Arms left once again, I'll go ahead and double-click on it and let's call this guy Arms right this time, click OK and now we'll go ahead and twirl it up in so that we can get to the steps. Now I am going to go ahead and click on this right-hand arm, this big group here and we can see that it's subject to a dynamic transform effect. I'll grab the transform effect to throw it away. All right now, what to do if you want to modify a specific step inside of an action, you just go ahead and double- click on it and that's going to bring up the dialog box which we want.

Even though the dialog box icon is off, we want to see this dialog box because we are in the process of both applying this operation and modifying it. This is tricky and if you're working along with me, you got to type in 33 Tab. You can't just go modifying that value, you actually have to completely change it so don't like clicking in front of the minus sign and delete it and you have to invoke that preview. I am going to press tab a couple of more times because I'm sick of this darned command ignoring me and I'll click on Copy and that didn't worked, can you feel my pain, let me try again.

I think all I have to do is try again. I'm going to double-click on Move. I'm going to change it to 33, I am going to press the Tab key, I'm going to invoke the Preview, I am going to click the Copy button and this time it works. Go figure it, some little weirdness between this particular dialog box and the action recording instrument or whatever. Anyway, if I twirl that open look, move has changed. It's now a horizontal 33 points instead of -33. So even though I'm not in the record mode I am making modifications to this action. Now I'm going to do the same with Rotate.

Double-click on it and change its value negative one, press Tab, click on the Copy button that worked for some reason, okay awesome. Twirl open Rotate, yes Angle is set to -1?, Copy yes; there is a transformational origin, fine. I'll go ahead and twirl that close. Now from this point on I just want to play and so the best solution is to click on scale and then go ahead and click on the Play button in order to play from that point on. So that's what I am going to do and that goes ahead and plays my other operations, although it appears to me that it repeated somehow maybe it went ahead, what did it do.

Why did it create another clone, that's what I am trying to figure out? If I go to scale it's uniform copy no, in this case. So I am not sure exactly what happens. Do you know, why don't we, what is -- what is that thing. Let's go ahead and move it off to the side, huh. You know what let's go ahead and grab those guys and delete them and try again. I am not going to do all the steps again. I am just going to see now that I've got my action recorded properly if it will play properly. So I'll select Arms right and then I'll click on the Play button and we've definitely got some kind of problem going, interesting because I have two copies of this thing now.

One is moved and the other is rotated and so forth. I copied, user error my fault sorry about that folks. All right, go ahead and grab that but you know this stuff happens with actions, when you're a doofus like me. So I will go ahead and select these extra arms here, and I'll click on this original arm and let's see if I can do things better. This is a great use for Control or Command double-clicking on a single step. If you want to play just one step because I don't want to play from move down because Rotate is messed up but I do want to get things going here.

If I clicked on the Play button, it Play everything. If I just want to play one step, you Ctrl+Double-click or Command+Double-click on that step and just that step plays. All right, now deep breath, pay attention to what you're doing Deke, double-click un-rotate, set it to negative one. Make sure to invoke the preview somehow by pressing the Tab key, click OK and see this time if I twirl open Rotate. Look Copy is set to no, yes that's awesome. All right, now I'll click on scale, and I'll click play to play from that point on.

All right, awesome let's go and change the opacity to 80% man, now with Arms right selected let's go and play it again. Hey it works, let's go and change the Opacity to 60%. All right now, go ahead and play again change the opacity to 40% that is so rocking. Once you get actions working they are really a wonder to watch, really joyful sometimes. So anyway, that gives you a sense of how to edit and problem solve as you're editing your actions here inside Illustrator.

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Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery

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  1. 37m 22s
    1. Welcome
      45s
    2. Linking AI and EPS files to Illustrator
      6m 34s
    3. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      7m 43s
    4. Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
      6m 56s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 56s
    6. The color settings explained
      7m 4s
    7. Preserve Numbers vs. embedded profiles
      3m 24s
  2. 1h 35m
    1. My favorite features in all of Illustrator
      1m 21s
    2. Introducing the Transform effect
      5m 30s
    3. Repeating the last effect you applied
      4m 52s
    4. Applying multiple passes of a single effect
      5m 21s
    5. The wonders of editing dynamic artwork
      7m 13s
    6. Applying effects inside effects
      5m 11s
    7. Assigning an effect to an entire layer
      5m 42s
    8. Building a complex bevel effect
      5m 44s
    9. Placing artwork as a Photoshop Smart Object
      4m 55s
    10. Editing that Smart Object in Illustrator
      4m 21s
    11. Rotating continuously overlapping objects
      5m 34s
    12. Adjusting a dynamic transformation origin
      6m 22s
    13. Vector vs. raster effects
      5m 46s
    14. Introducing the Scribble effect
      5m 23s
    15. Copying effects between layers
      4m 20s
    16. Introducing Graphic Styles
      6m 50s
    17. Controlling the Filter Gallery preview
      2m 28s
    18. Document Raster Effects Settings
      4m 31s
    19. Combining and saving styles
      4m 32s
  3. 1h 25m
    1. Airbrushing with points and handles
      1m 45s
    2. Introducing the gradient mesh
      6m 10s
    3. Working with the Mesh tool
      6m 12s
    4. Lifting colors from a tracing template
      5m 47s
    5. Finessing the colors of mesh points
      4m 17s
    6. Creating a mesh with the Mesh tool
      7m 19s
    7. Adding a gradient mesh to a circle
      4m 37s
    8. Adding a gradient mesh to a slender shape
      8m 7s
    9. Creating soft and sharp transitions
      6m 56s
    10. Converting a linear gradient to a mesh
      7m 29s
    11. Editing a linear gradient mesh
      5m 6s
    12. Converting a radial gradient to a mesh
      8m 19s
    13. Editing a radial gradient mesh
      8m 15s
    14. Creating credible cast shadows
      5m 32s
  4. 1h 15m
    1. The best of static and dynamic adjustments
      58s
    2. Adding wings to a horse in Photoshop
      6m 52s
    3. Introducing the Warp tool
      6m 29s
    4. Brush size, Detail, and Simplify
      8m 24s
    5. The Twirl, Pucker, and Bloat tools
      6m 13s
    6. The Scallop, Crystallize, and Wrinkle tools
      5m 55s
    7. Creating a mind-blowing custom starburst
      4m 29s
    8. Introducing Envelope Distort
      5m 21s
    9. Editing the contents of an envelope
      5m 20s
    10. Warping an envelope mesh
      5m 20s
    11. Liquifying the contents of an envelope
      7m 7s
    12. Creating and editing an envelope mesh
      7m 59s
    13. Blending an envelope into a background
      4m 35s
  5. 2h 1m
    1. Outlines along a path
      1m 13s
    2. Weaving a pattern throughout an illustration
      6m 24s
    3. Introducing the Brushes panel
      4m 21s
    4. Applying and editing a calligraphic brush
      8m 28s
    5. Applying and scaling art brushes
      6m 6s
    6. Applying and editing a scatter brush
      5m 29s
    7. Formatting and scaling brushed text
      5m 40s
    8. Editing the path outlines of an art brush
      6m 2s
    9. Replacing an existing art brush
      6m 46s
    10. Creating and refining an art brush
      8m 3s
    11. Tiling pattern vs. pattern brushes
      5m 12s
    12. Creating a pattern brush
      8m 20s
    13. Designing the perfect side pattern
      7m 1s
    14. Start, end, and corner tiles
      8m 58s
    15. Expanding and filling brush outlines
      6m 49s
    16. Text brushes vs. type on a path
      6m 55s
    17. Combining a text brush with the Width tool
      8m 43s
    18. Introducing the bristle brushes
      5m 43s
    19. Adjusting the hairs in a bristle brush
      5m 24s
  6. 1h 32m
    1. Charts can be beautiful
      1m 17s
    2. Adding a gradient mesh to a complex path
      8m 9s
    3. Importing and graphing data
      5m 22s
    4. Switching between the kinds of graphs
      6m 8s
    5. Changing the Graph Type settings
      8m 7s
    6. Correcting and editing data
      6m 51s
    7. Selecting and coloring graph elements
      6m 29s
    8. Making nuanced changes to a graph
      8m 6s
    9. The pitfalls of manual adjustments
      8m 45s
    10. Creating and applying graph designs
      6m 28s
    11. Making a basic pictograph
      6m 47s
    12. Assembling sliding graph designs
      8m 33s
    13. Making last-minute tweaks and edits
      5m 37s
    14. Composing and customizing a graph
      5m 44s
  7. 2h 6m
    1. Perspective is all about real life
      1m 44s
    2. Assembling an isometric projection
      8m 5s
    3. Introducing Illustrator's Perspective Grid
      6m 8s
    4. Drawing a basic perspective cube
      8m 1s
    5. One-point, two-point, and three-point perspective
      8m 25s
    6. Creating automatically scaling box labels
      4m 41s
    7. Setting up a Perspective Grid
      6m 45s
    8. Perspective Grid tips and tricks
      6m 39s
    9. Drawing and editing a perspective shape
      5m 20s
    10. Shifting between planes on the fly
      5m 24s
    11. Creating a freeform shape in perspective
      7m 8s
    12. Working with perspective symbols
      8m 57s
    13. Matching perspective with the Shear tool
      2m 50s
    14. Rendering an off-plane path in perspective
      5m 7s
    15. Replicating symbols in perspective
      8m 12s
    16. Mass-modifying perspective instances
      2m 56s
    17. Adding and editing perspective text
      5m 37s
    18. Duplicating perpendicular shapes
      7m 17s
    19. Adjusting multiple shapes on a single plane
      4m 48s
    20. Creating a perspective column
      9m 23s
    21. Duplicating a series of perspective paths
      3m 20s
  8. 1h 25m
    1. Just another dynamic effect
      1m 10s
    2. Introducing the 3D Revolve effect
      5m 1s
    3. The 3D Revolve settings
      7m 24s
    4. Fixing 3D rendering problems
      6m 32s
    5. Establishing symbols for 3D art
      6m 50s
    6. Mapping symbols onto 3D surfaces
      6m 14s
    7. Adjusting shading and light
      6m 25s
    8. Toning down 3D art in Photoshop
      5m 43s
    9. Adding a photographic texture
      7m 36s
    10. Converting from Illustrator paths to Photoshop masks
      4m 50s
    11. Making 3D droplets in Photoshop
      5m 58s
    12. Unifying textures with Smart Filters
      5m 48s
    13. Creating 3D type with Extrude & Bevel
      6m 44s
    14. Coloring and correcting extruded edges
      9m 15s
  9. 1h 3m
    1. Take action today, save effort tomorrow
      33s
    2. Introducing the Actions panel
      4m 16s
    3. Initiating a new action
      5m 33s
    4. Recording a practical action
      4m 56s
    5. Four ways to play an action
      4m 27s
    6. Streamlining by disabling dialog boxes
      5m 48s
    7. Editing an action set in a text editor
      7m 20s
    8. Inserting an unresponsive menu item
      6m 16s
    9. Match-processing a folder of files
      5m 42s
    10. Recording a transformation sequence
      6m 11s
    11. Editing and troubleshooting an action
      5m 6s
    12. Recording actions within actions
      7m 21s
  10. 1m 36s
    1. See Ya
      1m 36s

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