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Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts

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Video: Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts

All right gang, in these first few exercises, I'm going to show you how to load a few custom keyboard shortcuts and how to establish some desirable color settings that will serve you well across the various Adobe CS4 applications. Now, if you've been working with me since the fundamentals portion of this series and you might already have your color settings set up the way that you need them to be setup. So if you worked thought I believe it was Chapter 3 of that series where we establish color settings, then they're still established, one would think, so you don't have to do the color setting stuff but I'm now giving you some keyboard shortcuts as well. Though I'll caution you, you don't need to load these.

Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts

All right gang, in these first few exercises, I'm going to show you how to load a few custom keyboard shortcuts and how to establish some desirable color settings that will serve you well across the various Adobe CS4 applications. Now, if you've been working with me since the fundamentals portion of this series and you might already have your color settings set up the way that you need them to be setup. So if you worked thought I believe it was Chapter 3 of that series where we establish color settings, then they're still established, one would think, so you don't have to do the color setting stuff but I'm now giving you some keyboard shortcuts as well. Though I'll caution you, you don't need to load these.

This isn't a cautionary note. In other words it's not going to hurt you. Loading anything I show you is not going to hurt your computer at all. It's all going to work out beautifully for you, but you don't have to do it if you don't want to. You can still follow along with me without the keyboard shortcuts and without the colors settings. It's just that if you do go ahead and load these keyboard shortcuts, which I recommend because they're really great, and if you do go ahead and load my color settings, which I definitely recommend because they're really going to serve you well across the various CS4 apps, then you're going to get better results out of the software and you and I'll be in sync with each other.

So that's the idea. So if you have access to the exercise files folder, then you'll see that there's a 00_ settings folder therein and inside of that 00_settings folder, I'll go to it for a moment. You'll find this file called dekeKeys instructions.tif and you can open that inside of Photoshop if you like. It gives you the instructions as to where to go ahead and install the keyboard shortcuts file. But I'll be showing that to you here on screen. So it's not essential that you load this file. What you do need to gain access to is this folder right here, dekeKeys AIcs4, Adobe Illustrator CS4, 1on1, and it contains two shortcuts files, one for the Mac and one for Windows. So if you're working on Mac, use a Macintosh version; if you're working on Windows, use the Windows version. And then, what you got to do, you can't just double-click on one of these files because that's going to attempt to open the file inside of Photoshop or Premiere or some other application and it's going to fail.

You can't just open the file directly inside of Illustrator. Instead what you have to do is install this file in a top secret location. So let me show you what that location is right here in this file. It says Copy dekeKeys AIcs4 1on1.kys, which is the keyboard shortcut file, and of course, you grab the Mac version if you're working on the Mac or the Windows version if you're working on Windows, and you'll copy it to a location on your hard drive which depends on your platform. So there's three different platforms that we have to worry about, Windows XP or Windows Vista or the Mac.

So you have one of those three and here's what you do. If you're working on Windows XP, the location that you need to copy this file, it's going to be on your C drive, it's going to be in the Documents and Settings folder\User. By the way, User is your computer login name, so whatever ostensibly your name is probably. Application Data\Adobe\ Adobe Illustrator CS4 Settings\en, which stands for English, _US. Now this part I imagine is going to change for those of you who are international users. So if you're using the US version of the application then you look for this en_US folder. These are all folders by the way. Folders are divided by these backslashes on Windows. But if you're working with a different version, some international version of the software then you'll see some different folder right there that you have to worry about.

Anyway, find that folder. Now in order to find it under Windows, I'm switching back to this folder right here, what you are going to have to do is locate a command that's either called Folder Options or Folder and Search Options. You can just run a Search for it too if you want to in this little Search field. Once you've find it, you'll switch over to the View tab and then scroll down a little bit and notice that there's this Hidden files and folders folder thing, whatever that is here in the weird twisted world of Microsoft interfaces. Notice that by default it's set to Do not show hidden files and folders.

You want that to be set to Show hidden files and folders. You need to see the hidden files and folders or you won't see this folder structure right there. I also recommend you turn off Hide extensions for known file types. You might as well see your extensions, you want to see those. Then definitely turn this one off, Hide protected operating system files (Recommended). They recommend you leave it on. I'm recommending you turn it off because otherwise you're not going to be able to install the keyboard shortcuts and by the way, you're smart enough not to ruin everything on your system. That's the idea. As soon as Windows shows you a system file, why then you're going to want it just grab and throw in the trashcan or something along those lines and just destroy the hierarchy of everything that's going on in your system. But not really.

I think you can trust yourself. So turn this on, turn these two off, click on the Apply button and then click OK. All right, so we'll just OK out of there. So that way, you can find this folder right there. Under Windows Vista, which is the operating system I happen to be using, you go to C:\users, meaning the users folder. There in you'll find your folder, your user folder that is your computer login name. AppData, not application data. That one won't work. AppData is when you are looking for, Roaming\, whatever the heck that means, Adobe\Adobe Illustrator CS4 Settings\, and there of course, en_US.

All righty! So that's where you want to put the Windows files, in one of these two folders depending on whether you're using XP or Vista. Let's scroll down, why don't we, to the Mac. On the Mac, things are slightly easier, not that much easier. Go to the Go menu, at your Finder, so at your desktop level and choose the Home command, which has a keyboard shortcut of Command+Shift+H, by the way. What that will do is it will open a folder. It open your user folder, so you don't have to worry about what your computer login name is. It will just open up that for you.

So you have to be inside that user folder to start with and that's how you get to it is by choosing Go Home. Then go into the Library folder, go into Preferences, go into Adobe Illustrator CS4 Settings and then go into en_US like so, or whatever nation you're living in supposedly using the internationalized version of the software. Or regionalized, I guess they call it really. So let's go ahead and switch over to Adobe Illustrator. Once you've done that-- Now you don't have to quit Illustrator and restart it or anything like that. Just copy the darn thing to those folders as I've indicated. Good luck with that part.

Let's go ahead and maximize Illustrator so that's covering up that background junk. Go to the Edit menu and choose Keyboard Shortcuts, and this is whether you're working on the Mac or the PC. So go to the Edit menu, choose Keyboard Shortcuts. That's going to be Ctrl+Shift +Alt+K or Command+Shift+Option+K on the Mac. You may recall that I'm telling you these keyboard shortcuts in the reverse order that Adobe does it because Adobe and just a few other vendors are the only ones that do it in this weird order. Everybody else talks with Ctrl or Command first, Shift second and Alt or Option last. But anyway, go ahead and press those keys, mash your fist down, press the K key.

That brings up the Keyboard Shortcuts dialog box here. You'll go to Set, click on this down pointing arrow ahead or what have you, and then you should see dekeKeys AIcs4 1on1 either Windows or Mac, whichever one that you loaded in there, whichever one you copied over. I happen to have a second one just because I was goofing around in advance here. But this is the one you want. So you go ahead and choose it and it should show up because it's in the right folder. If it's in right folder, it will show up here in this pop-up menu. Then just to confirm that you've got the right keyboard shortcut, switch over from tools to menu commands. And what I want you to do is twirl open Object, which is the Object menu. Every one of these guys is associated with the menu and then you would scroll down to the Expand command and you should see a keyboard shortcut that I've given you of Ctrl+M or Command+M on the Mac.

Can you believe Ctrl+M or Command+M, which is sitting there fallow waiting to be associated with something? And the Expand command is what I associated it with, even though M does not appear in the word, Expand. But it does in the word Expamd. So like if you mispronounced Expand, there's an M in it. Anyway. And I also gave you-- This is a really great keyboard shortcut. If you twirl open Effect and then you twirl open Distort and Transform, so the first appearance of the word Distort inside of this menu right here, then you'll see the Transform command. I've given it Ctrl+E, which is also open, or Command+E on the Mac because it's an effect. It's a transform effect. It's the best effect inside the software, as we'll see in a much later chapter in the Mastery portion of the series.

Anyway, there you have it. We have now established the keyboard shortcut. You and I are in the same keyboard shortcut page. Go ahead and click OK in order to accept your new custom keyboard shortcuts, and you are ready to go, folks. For example, as you go into the Object menu, choose Path, you will see that you have got a keyboard shortcut for Outline Stroke, which is Ctrl+Backslash or Command+Backslash on the Mac, and Offset Path, which is Ctrl+Shift+Backslash or Command+Shift+Backslash on the Mac, and many more. So there you have it.

In the next exercise, I'm going to show you Macintosh users. This next exercise is only for Mac people. I'm going to show you how to change your system settings so that you actually have access to your function keys. Stay tuned!

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Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Advanced

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  1. 28m 41s
    1. Welcome
      1m 7s
    2. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      8m 59s
    3. Resetting the Function keys on a Mac
      4m 47s
    4. Installing the CS4 color settings
      4m 20s
    5. Loading the CS4 color settings in Illustrator
      6m 3s
    6. Loading the CS4 color settings in Bridge CS4
      3m 25s
  2. 1h 53m
    1. From the simple emerges the complex
      42s
    2. Introducing Pathfinder operations
      4m 17s
    3. Editing a compound shape
      4m 39s
    4. Adding to a compound shape
      3m 11s
    5. Inserting a subpath into a compound shape
      3m 56s
    6. Expanding a compound shape
      4m 53s
    7. Assembling primitives
      4m 42s
    8. Preparing a template in Photoshop
      7m 0s
    9. Uniting paths permanently
      5m 40s
    10. Minus Front vs. Minus Back
      1m 55s
    11. Working with compound paths
      6m 49s
    12. When in doubt, divide
      3m 54s
    13. Divide and Unite
      3m 2s
    14. Open path pitfalls
      5m 35s
    15. Strokes bad, fills good
      4m 38s
    16. Advanced Divide and Unite
      8m 59s
    17. Using the Crop operation
      8m 30s
    18. Expert Divide and Unite
      8m 45s
    19. "Ghosting" shapes with Fill Opacity
      6m 45s
    20. Anticipating and troubleshooting
      8m 16s
    21. Exclude and Intersect
      7m 24s
  3. 44m 59s
    1. Familiar one moment, different the next
      1m 3s
    2. Snapping to anchor points
      5m 41s
    3. Aligning a group to the artboard
      3m 34s
    4. Distributing objects on the artboard
      4m 16s
    5. Setting the key object
      4m 54s
    6. Distributing objects by space
      3m 6s
    7. Distributing objects by selections
      3m 19s
    8. Aligning point text
      6m 7s
    9. Aligning live text vs. using outlines
      4m 58s
    10. Aligning key letters
      3m 35s
    11. Aligning to key objects
      4m 26s
  4. 1h 4m
    1. CS4’s gradient renaissance
      1m 7s
    2. Applying a gradient
      6m 0s
    3. Dragging and dropping color swatches
      2m 55s
    4. Using the Gradient palette
      6m 27s
    5. Designing a shaded gradient
      5m 9s
    6. Saving a gradient swatch and adding a texture
      4m 2s
    7. Introducing the new Gradient tool
      4m 39s
    8. Editing color stops inside a shape
      3m 26s
    9. Setting multiple gradients to the same angle
      5m 0s
    10. Adding and adjusting radial gradients
      7m 20s
    11. Making a transparent gradient
      7m 6s
    12. Adding drop shadows (a kind of gradient)
      6m 28s
    13. Blends vs. blend modes
      4m 38s
  5. 1h 17m
    1. Creating freeform color flows
      1m 0s
    2. The power of CS4's transparent gradients
      10m 25s
    3. Creating a gradient mesh
      4m 30s
    4. Expanding a gradient to a gradient mesh
      7m 40s
    5. Adding and deleting rows and columns
      6m 13s
    6. Selecting and coloring points
      6m 5s
    7. Assigning colors with the Eyedropper tool
      7m 42s
    8. Cool mesh editing techniques
      3m 56s
    9. Warping and puckering a mesh
      7m 24s
    10. Applying precise finishing touches
      5m 48s
    11. Gradient strokes
      9m 45s
    12. Gradient text
      6m 50s
  6. 55m 35s
    1. The first of the dynamic functions
      1m 4s
    2. Making a blend automatically
      5m 48s
    3. Fixing problem blends
      3m 56s
    4. Making a blend with the Blend tool
      3m 6s
    5. Cloning and coloring a blended path
      4m 37s
    6. Creating a mask
      3m 53s
    7. Blending between translucent shapes
      5m 30s
    8. Blending along a curve
      4m 34s
    9. Adjusting the speed of a blend
      2m 58s
    10. Filling and stroking a mask
      4m 36s
    11. Creating a compound clipping mask
      6m 3s
    12. Nesting one clipping mask inside another
      6m 7s
    13. Ghosting nested masks and blends
      3m 23s
  7. 1h 13m
    1. Patterns that repeat forever and ever
      51s
    2. Introducing tile patterns
      6m 36s
    3. Beginning a core design
      5m 6s
    4. Building an interlocking element
      6m 25s
    5. Achieving precise radial symmetry
      4m 46s
    6. Rotating duplicates around a common center
      3m 10s
    7. Determining how a pattern repeats
      9m 54s
    8. Coloring the core objects
      5m 0s
    9. Identifying the rectangular tile
      7m 14s
    10. Saving tile patterns
      7m 19s
    11. Applying tile patterns to a shape
      3m 25s
    12. Protecting patterns from transformations
      7m 36s
    13. Moving patterns without paths
      5m 51s
  8. 1h 19m
    1. Illustrator gets natural
      1m 15s
    2. Introducing the vector painting tools
      3m 16s
    3. Calligraphic brush options
      4m 3s
    4. Pressure sensitivity
      5m 17s
    5. Editing a calligraphic brush
      5m 53s
    6. Repainting and smoothing paths
      5m 30s
    7. Making the paintbrush behave
      6m 16s
    8. Erasing stroked paths
      3m 17s
    9. Painting with the new Blob brush
      6m 24s
    10. Refining filled paths with the Eraser
      4m 14s
    11. Painting independent paths
      3m 53s
    12. The Selection Limits Merge options
      3m 20s
    13. Applying and scaling an art brush
      6m 23s
    14. Snipping a brushed path
      4m 55s
    15. Colorizing an art brush
      4m 9s
    16. Heaping a stroke on an art brush effect
      4m 32s
    17. Creating a custom art brush
      6m 51s
  9. 1h 44m
    1. The computer art world’s dynamic duo
      1m 7s
    2. Copying and pasting pixels from Photoshop
      7m 21s
    3. Linking is efficient, embedding is not
      2m 47s
    4. Editing an image in Illustrator
      7m 30s
    5. Filtering an image in Photoshop
      6m 34s
    6. Adding a filter mask in Photoshop
      6m 25s
    7. Masking a woman from the background
      3m 49s
    8. Creating a sepia effect
      6m 37s
    9. Adding a second gradient map layer
      2m 13s
    10. Achieving a graphic effect with Levels
      8m 10s
    11. Preparing an image for use in Illustrator
      5m 46s
    12. The importance of image resolution
      9m 40s
    13. Placing and linking images
      4m 43s
    14. Managing linked images
      6m 18s
    15. Integrating an image into a design
      5m 12s
    16. A better way to wrap text
      7m 28s
    17. Previewing the trim size
      4m 25s
    18. Layer comps and editable text
      8m 42s
  10. 2h 11m
    1. Transparency is safe and fun
      1m 27s
    2. Introducing the translucent composition
      4m 39s
    3. Assigning opacity to an Appearance attribute
      3m 41s
    4. Creating a knockout group
      5m 7s
    5. Defining an opacity mask
      7m 15s
    6. Using the Clip checkbox
      2m 41s
    7. Opacity mask tips and tricks
      3m 20s
    8. The Multiply blend mode
      6m 8s
    9. Adding to an existing opacity mask
      7m 53s
    10. Blending between parallel groups
      7m 27s
    11. Creating a gradient opacity mask
      4m 54s
    12. Employing an opposing gradient mask
      7m 57s
    13. Combining Multiply and Screen
      3m 49s
    14. Blend mode roundup
      5m 24s
    15. Mixing blend modes inside a single path
      3m 48s
    16. Blend mode and transparent gradient
      3m 49s
    17. Masking an entire layer
      7m 0s
    18. Combining Screen with 100K Black
      7m 43s
    19. Knocking out a drop shadow
      5m 18s
    20. But will it print?
      3m 8s
    21. Working with the Flattener preview
      8m 44s
    22. Rasterizing an illustration in Photoshop
      9m 16s
    23. Super-rich blacks and raster effects
      3m 35s
    24. Exporting TIFF artwork from Illustrator
      7m 48s
  11. 58s
    1. Until next time
      58s

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