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


Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery

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Video: Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts

In this exercise I'm 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're 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 a quick access to some very common useful features inside of Illustrator. And here is 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. 37m 22s
    1. Welcome
    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
    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
    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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In Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery, the third and final part of the comprehensive Illustrator One-on-One series, author and industry expert Deke McClelland shows how to take advantage of the wide array of dynamic effects in Illustrator CS5. Deke explores Illustrator’s powerful Gradient Mesh feature, great for creating photorealistic airbrushing effects. He also covers graphic styles, the liquify tools, envelope-style distortions, the new Bristle Brushes, 3D text, and perspective drawing. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Working with dynamic effects
  • Placing artwork as a Photoshop Smart Object
  • Creating and editing a Gradient Mesh
  • Distorting artwork with an Envelope Mesh
  • Using the Calligraphic, Art, and Scatter Brushes
  • Creating an intricate Pattern Brush
  • Importing and graphing data
  • Creating a complex pictograph
  • Drawing and editing a perspective shape
  • Working with the new Perspective Grid tool
  • Using the 3D Revolve effect
  • Creating 3D type with Extrude & Bevel
  • Recording and playing automated actions
Deke McClelland

Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts

In this exercise I'm 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're 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 a quick access to some very common useful features inside of Illustrator. And here is 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 is what I'm going to do. First I'm going to tell you what that location is, but I want you to wait, because then I'm going to provide a trick for getting to that location that's hopefully going to make things easier. So here is the locations. They're 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'm doing on-screen. I'm going to go ahead and switch over to Photoshop. This is the file that I was telling you about, the instructions, and I'm going to switch to the full screen mode.

Notice that it says that copy that dekekeys AIcs5 1on1.kys file to a location on your hard drive, depending on a 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 it's 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 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 is 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, it's 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 in the PC, because it's a protected folder and so on. So it's easier to run a search and here is what I suggest you do. The easiest solution. Let's go ahead and switch over to Illustrator why don't we and I have this file open just so we have something to look at on-screen. I'm going to go up to the Edit menu and I'm going to choose a keyboard Shortcuts command, which itself has a keyboard shortcut of mash your fist K.

That is Ctrl+Shift+Alt+K here on the PC, or Command+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 Command key on the Mac first then Shift and then Alt on the PC or Option on the Mac. Anyway, as I say the keyboard shortcut here would be Ctrl+Shift+Alt+K, or Command+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 crazy. I don't know why we don't, but here is what you can do. You can click the Save button. I know you 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 Command+C on the Mac in order to copy that name.

In that way, we can rather 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'll go ahead and minimize Illustrator for a moment and I'm going to bring up a different window that I've created in advance. What you want is the search window here and that's what I have got. And you can get to the search function by pressing Command+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 can paste in if necessary by pressing Ctrl +V, Command+V on the Mac. And then I'll say that I want to search in my Computer or 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 of time. And notice that now I have found secret- agent-x.kys here inside of this folder.

What I'm going to do is right-click on this item and I'm 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'm looking at the contents of my C drive. I'm inside the Users folder. I'm 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'm 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'm doing the 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 or application you just go ahead and release the Windows key.

On a Mac you can switch between applications by pressing Command+Tab. All right, let's go out to the Edit menu choose the Keyboard Shortcuts command once again, or press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+K, Command+Shift+Option+K on the Mac. We no longer need secret-agent-x. It has served its purposes. Now I'm 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 wants 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 it's commands.

And then scroll down and I'm 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 Command+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'm 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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