Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced
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Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts


Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced

with Deke McClelland

Video: Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts

In this exercise I am going to show you how to install some custom keyboard shortcuts that I include along with this series, that go by the name dekeKeys. Now I want to make something clear, even though I've been including these keyboard shortcuts for years, they are well tested, you don't have to install them, it's not mandatory, you can totally follow along with the series, whether you install the shortcuts or not. But I do recommend them, because they offer quick access to some very common useful features inside of Illustrator, and here's the file, it's inside the exercise_files folder, inside 00_setup, and it's called dekeKeys AIcs5 1on1.kys.
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  1. 38m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 48s
    2. Linking AI and EPS files to Illustrator
      6m 48s
    3. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      7m 43s
    4. Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
      6m 56s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 54s
    6. The color settings explained
      7m 4s
    7. Preserve Numbers vs. embedded profiles
      3m 22s
  2. 1h 40m
    1. Converting pixels to vectors
      1m 2s
    2. Tracing an imported image
      6m 17s
    3. Other ways to trace
      3m 17s
    4. Raster and vector previews
      7m 2s
    5. Threshold, Min Area, and Max Colors
      5m 27s
    6. Tracing options: The raster functions
      8m 2s
    7. Using the Ignore White option
      5m 3s
    8. Tracing options: The vector functions
      6m 40s
    9. Expanding traced artwork
      5m 6s
    10. Sketching and drawing for Illustrator
      6m 24s
    11. Editing scanned line art
      9m 23s
    12. Adding contrast and color
      10m 32s
    13. Live Trace and resolution
      9m 8s
    14. Expanding and separating paths
      8m 43s
    15. Scaling and editing traced art
      8m 4s
  3. 1h 8m
    1. Gradients are good
      1m 15s
    2. Assigning a gradient fill
      6m 9s
    3. Using the gradient annotator
      7m 31s
    4. Editing multiple gradients
      4m 37s
    5. Establishing symmetrical gradients
      5m 28s
    6. Creating a radial gradient
      5m 46s
    7. Adjusting the midpoint skew
      3m 23s
    8. Mixing gradients with blend modes
      6m 11s
    9. Making a transparent gradient
      6m 42s
    10. Drop shadows and dynamic effects
      5m 58s
    11. Assigning a gradient to editable text
      5m 42s
    12. Editing text that includes dynamic effects
      2m 56s
    13. Assigning a gradient to a stroke
      6m 46s
  4. 1h 37m
    1. The earliest dynamic functions
      1m 10s
    2. The gradient-intensive illustration
      5m 26s
    3. Creating a multi-color blend
      7m 39s
    4. Establishing a clipping mask
      3m 34s
    5. Reinstating the mask colors
      9m 7s
    6. Editing blended paths
      6m 50s
    7. Adjusting the number of blended steps
      6m 49s
    8. Using the Blend tool
      4m 33s
    9. Blending between levels of opacity
      7m 32s
    10. Editing the path of the blend
      6m 22s
    11. Adding a custom path of the blend
      5m 4s
    12. Placing one mask inside another
      8m 33s
    13. Blending groups and adjusting the speed
      6m 1s
    14. Rotating objects in 3D space
      10m 21s
    15. Creating custom perspective guides
      8m 31s
  5. 1h 37m
    1. What was old is new again
    2. Introducing tile patterns
      6m 11s
    3. Determining the points of intersection
      6m 51s
    4. Extending paths from the intersections
      5m 40s
    5. Crafting symmetrical subpaths
      5m 38s
    6. The final flawed subpaths
      5m 52s
    7. Reconciling misaligned paths
      5m 34s
    8. Completing the core path outline
      6m 14s
    9. Making a symmetrical modification
      6m 47s
    10. Adjusting the interior elements
      8m 26s
    11. Coloring paths and testing the interlock
      9m 29s
    12. Establishing a rectangular tile
      6m 22s
    13. Defining a tile pattern
      3m 43s
    14. Creating a few color variations
      8m 50s
    15. Protecting patterns from transformations
      6m 9s
    16. Transforming patterns without paths
      5m 30s
  6. 1h 12m
    1. Filling and stroking virtual areas
    2. Introducing Live Paint
      7m 57s
    3. Stroking with the Live Paint Bucket tool
      5m 30s
    4. Using the Live Paint Selection tool
      7m 18s
    5. Adding a path to a Live Paint group
      4m 33s
    6. Building a classic Celtic knot
      8m 28s
    7. Constructing the base objects
      5m 31s
    8. Weaving one object into another
      6m 13s
    9. Creating a path that overlaps itself
      7m 15s
    10. Painting a path that overlaps itself
      5m 34s
    11. Creating knots inside knots
      5m 2s
    12. Adding gradients and depth
      8m 22s
  7. 1h 4m
    1. Dynamic effects and OpenType
      1m 12s
    2. Applying a dynamic effect to type
      5m 43s
    3. Creating a basic bevel effect
      4m 12s
    4. Building up a multi-stroke effect
      4m 49s
    5. Best practices for 3D type
      6m 34s
    6. Applying a "path wiggler" to type
      6m 14s
    7. Drop shadows and Raster Effects settings
      4m 52s
    8. Duplicating attributes and effects
      7m 8s
    9. Editing type with dynamic effects
      7m 27s
    10. Ligatures, swashes, ordinals, and fractions
      5m 45s
    11. Small caps and the Glyphs panel
      4m 25s
    12. Warping text and increasing resolution
      6m 9s
  8. 1h 44m
    1. A world of colors at your beck and call
      1m 32s
    2. Customizing a letterform to make a logo
      8m 37s
    3. Creating a custom drop shadow effect
      6m 26s
    4. Introducing the Color Guide panel
      9m 3s
    5. Harmonies and Color Guide settings
      5m 39s
    6. Lifting harmony rules from color groups
      7m 21s
    7. Harmony layouts and the Lab color wheel
      8m 15s
    8. Working inside the Edit Color dialog box
      6m 36s
    9. Limiting a color group to spot colors
      5m 47s
    10. Recoloring selected artwork
      5m 50s
    11. Recoloring with custom color groups
      6m 1s
    12. Swapping colors with the Color Bars feature
      5m 18s
    13. Using the options in the Assign panel
      8m 41s
    14. Moving color groups between documents
      7m 17s
    15. Distilling your artwork to one spot-color ink
      7m 45s
    16. Recoloring artwork that contains gradients
      4m 17s
  9. 1h 21m
    1. How symbols work
      1m 2s
    2. The power of symbols
      5m 1s
    3. Creating new symbols
      6m 0s
    4. Enabling the new 9-slice scaling
      4m 24s
    5. Adjusting your 9-slice scaling guides
      6m 54s
    6. Previewing and acquiring symbols
      4m 12s
    7. Finding a symbol and creating an instance
      4m 13s
    8. Duplicating and replacing instances
      4m 19s
    9. Breaking a symbol link and envelope fidelity
      5m 26s
    10. Distorting and expanding a symbol
      4m 54s
    11. Updating an existing symbol definition
      3m 40s
    12. Recoloring a symbol definition
      4m 13s
    13. Applying a basic "local" color adjustment
      5m 20s
    14. Applying a more elaborate local color adjustment
      5m 4s
    15. Laying down a random symbol set
      5m 35s
    16. The eight symbolism tools
      6m 55s
    17. Editing selected instances
      4m 11s
  10. 1h 32m
    1. Illustrator needs Photoshop
      1m 1s
    2. Two ways to place a pixel-based image
      6m 6s
    3. Working with linked images
      6m 6s
    4. Linking versus embedding
      9m 38s
    5. Stroking and blending an image
      6m 16s
    6. Adding a clipping mask and page curl
      6m 51s
    7. Creating a blended border effect
      7m 10s
    8. Rasterizing your artwork in Photoshop
      8m 0s
    9. Saving a flat raster file from Photoshop
      4m 58s
    10. Restoring cropped border elements
      5m 39s
    11. Copying and pasting into Photoshop
      6m 27s
    12. Working with Photoshop Smart Objects
      5m 26s
    13. Adding a pixel-based layer effect
      4m 12s
    14. Editing a Vector Smart Object in Illustrator
      7m 20s
    15. Creating and placing a transparent image
      7m 1s
  11. 1h 15m
    1. The many forms of transparency
      1m 29s
    2. Real-world blending modes
      7m 57s
    3. Exporting transparency from Illustrator
      6m 24s
    4. Opacity and blending modes
      6m 18s
    5. The Darken and Lighten modes
      7m 17s
    6. The Contrast, Inversion, and HSL modes
      6m 12s
    7. Blending modes in action
      5m 11s
    8. Creating a knockout group
      6m 14s
    9. Confirming the viability of your artwork
      6m 8s
    10. Introducing the opacity mask
      4m 6s
    11. Making an opacity mask
      5m 25s
    12. Drawing inside an opacity mask
      3m 34s
    13. Creating a gradient opacity mask
      5m 29s
    14. Adding an opacity mask to a single object
      3m 22s
  12. 1m 13s
    1. Until next time
      1m 13s

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14h 53m Intermediate Nov 30, 2010

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In Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced, author and industry expert Deke McClelland teaches how to take advantage of the wide array of dynamic features in Illustrator CS5. This course demonstrates how to apply these features to paths, groups, and editable text to create professional-quality artwork. The course covers Live Trace, Live Paint, and Live Color, as well as symbols, gradients, exporting, and integration with Photoshop. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Tracing a pixel-based image
  • Sketching and drawing for Illustrator
  • Creating and editing gradients
  • Creating multi-colored blends
  • Creating seamlessly repeating tile patterns
  • Creating interlocking artwork with Live Paint
  • Designing advanced type effects
  • Recoloring artwork with color harmonies
  • Making the most of symbols
  • Integrating Illustrator with Photoshop
  • Using transparency, blend modes, and opacity masks
Deke McClelland

Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts

In this exercise I am going to show you how to install some custom keyboard shortcuts that I include along with this series, that go by the name dekeKeys. Now I want to make something clear, even though I've been including these keyboard shortcuts for years, they are well tested, you don't have to install them, it's not mandatory, you can totally follow along with the series, whether you install the shortcuts or not. But I do recommend them, because they offer quick access to some very common useful features inside of Illustrator, and here's the file, it's inside the exercise_files folder, inside 00_setup, and it's called dekeKeys AIcs5 1on1.kys.

Now, you have to put it in a very specific location, and here's what I am going to do. First, I am going to tell you what that location is, but I want you to wait, because then I am going to provide a trick for getting to that location, that's hopefully going to make things easier. So here is the locations, they are included in this file right there, dekeKeys instructions.tif, which you can open up inside of Photoshop if you want to, or just watch what I am doing onscreen. I am going to go ahead and switch over to Photoshop, this is the file that I was telling you about, the instructions. And I am going to switch to the Full Screen mode.

Notice that it says to copy that dekeKeys AIcs5 1on1.kys file, to a location in your hard drive, depending on the platform, and this is a real pain in the neck, that it varies from one platform to the next, but it does. And this all assumes that you installed Illustrator in its default location, on the C drive on the PC, specifically. But if you have, under Windows XP, then here is where you would put that dekeKeys file. You'd go to your C drive, go to Documents and Settings, go to User, and User is your computer login name by the way, so that's going to vary from one machine to the next of course.

Application Data\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator CS5 Settings\en_US. This for the English US version of the software by the way. Ostensibly if you're working away in a different country on a localized version of the software, then this would be something different. Anyway, it's different entirely under Windows 7 and Vista, both work the same way, and it's going to be C then Users then you go into the user subfolder AppData, very important you go to the AppData folder, this is another similar folder there that you don't want to go into.

Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator CS5 Settings\en_US. So that part is the same again. Localized versions in other countries, this folder is going to be different, and then finally on the Mac, you go to the Finder level, which is the desktop level of your computer, and you choose the Home command from the Go menu, and then you copy the shortcuts file to this folder, which is Library\Preferences\Adobe Illustrator CS5 Settings\en_US. All right, so I just want you to know that. I'm not suggesting for a second that you go ahead and find that folder, because among other things, it's difficult to get to that folder on a PC, because it's a protected folder and so on.

So it's easier to run a search, and here's what I suggest you to do, easiest solution. Let's go and switch over to Illustrator, why don't we? And I have this file open, just so we have something to look at onscreen. I'm really going to go up to the Edit menu and I am going to choose the Keyboard Shortcuts command, which itself has a keyboard shortcut, of mash your fist, K that his Ctrl+Shift+Alt+K, here on the PC, or Cmd+Shift+Option+K on the Mac. A note about keyboard shortcuts, you will note that I say them in the opposite order that Illustrator lists them, and that's because my convention is the more popular convention, of listing either the Ctrl key on the PC or the Cmd key on the Mac first, then Shift, and then Alt on a PC or option on a Mac.

Anyway, as I say, the keyboard shortcut here would be Ctrl+Shift+Alt+K or Cmd+Shift+Option+K on the Mac, brings up the Keyboard Shortcuts command. Then what we have to do is we have to switch from Illustrator defaults to something else, but there is nothing else to switch to, and meanwhile we don't have a Load button, which is craziness, I don't know why we don't. But here is what you can do. You can click the Save button, I know we haven't done anything, click Save anyway, and let's go ahead and call this guy, secret-agent-x, just so it's easy to search for.

And in fact, go ahead and select it, like so, after typing in the name and press Ctrl+C on the PC or Cmd+C on the Mac in order to copy that name. That way we can run a search for this exact same file. Now click OK, you just created a file called secret-agent-X on your hard drive. Where is it? Who knows, let's click OK. I will go ahead and minimize Illustrator for a moment. And I am going to bring up a different Window that I have created in advance. What you want is a Search Window here and that's what I have got. And you can get to the search function by pressing Cmd+F on the Mac, you can also press F3 on the PC or you can press the Windows key and the F Key together, that works.

Anyway, however you decide to go. You want to bring up a Search Window, and then let's run a search for that file, secret-agent-x, which I could paste in if necessary by pressing Ctrl+V, Cmd+V on the Mac, and then I will say that I want to search in my computer, you may be able to just press the Enter key in order to begin your search of the contents of your computer, and this should hopefully look inside all the drives that are connected at this point in time. And notice that now I have found secret- agent-x.kys here inside of this folder.

What I am going to do is right-click on this item and I am going to choose Open file location, so that I can go ahead and locate that file on disk, and here it is, inside that very same folder I was telling you here on the PC, which is as follows: I am looking at the contents of my C drive, I am inside of the Users folder, I am inside that user folder which in my case is called Me, and then AppData\Roaming\Adobe, finally Adobe Illustrator CS5 Settings and en_US here in the States. And there is that secret-agent-x file, notice that it ends with a .kys extension, because after all it is a keyboard shortcuts file.

All right, let's return to the 00_ setup folder here, and I am going to drag dekeKeys AIcs5 1on1.kys into this folder in order to copy it. That's all there is to it, now let's return to Illustrator once again, and by the way, in case those of you who are Windows 7, Windows Vista users, are wondering what in the world I am doing to switch programs here? This is a function of pressing the Windows key and Tab at the same time, and then once you get to the desired folder application, you just go ahead and release the Windows key.

On a Mac you can switch between applications by pressing Cmd+Tab. All right, let's go up to the Edit menu, choose the Keyboard Shortcuts command once again or press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+K, Cmd+Shift+Option+K on the Mac. We no longer need secret-agent- x, it has served its purposes. Now I am going to choose from that set menu, dekeKeys AIcs5 1on1, and to confirm that everything worked, go ahead and switch from tools here to menu Commands, and I want you to twirl-open File, and by twirl-open I mean click on this little twirly triangle right there, which expands the menu so that you can see its commands.

And then scroll down, and I am doing this using the Scroll Wheel on my mouse, and notice the Place command right here, it should have a keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+Alt+D or Cmd+Option+D on the Mac. If you see that keyboard shortcut, everything is good to go, just go ahead and click on the OK button and you have successfully loaded dekeKeys, my friends. In the next exercise I am going to show those of you who are Macintosh users, and Macintosh users only, how to remap your system-level keyboard shortcuts, so that they don't overlap Illustrator.

Those of you who are Windows users, you can skip to the exercise after that, in which I tell you how to install the best workflow color settings.

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Q: The instructions for installing the dekeKeys don't work on my computer (which is running Mac OS X Lion). Is there an update to these?
A: The dekeKeys distributed with this course will still work for Lion. You just need to add them to a slightly different folder than in previous versions of OS X.

Open a new Finder window and choose Go > Go to Folder. Type the following file path exactly as written below. Copying and pasting may result in an error.

~/Library/Preferences/Adobe Illustrator CS5 Settings/en_US

Move and/or copy/paste the dekeKeys to this folder and follow the rest of the instructions as outlined in the video, "Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts."
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