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This course is the third in a four-part series devoted to mastering the premiere graphics creation application, Adobe Illustrator, version CS6. Industry pro Deke McClelland takes a project-based learning approach to the key features in Illustrator, including Recolor Artwork, transparency, masks, blend modes, strokes and fills, and dynamic effects. The course also covers techniques for creating custom gradients, designing logos, generating photorealistic neon text, and wrapping type around objects. Plus, Deke shows how to call up the most essential features by organizing your workspace and employing time-saving keyboard shortcuts, how to manage the color settings, and how to adjust a few settings to make the program work even better.
In this movie I'll show you how to install my custom keyboard shortcuts if you're working on a Mac. If you're working on a PC, you can skip this movie as well as the next one. Now this second bullet item contains all the instructions for installing dekeKeys on the Mac. But I am going to walk you through the process because it can be a little confusing. So the first thing I would like you to do is go up to the Edit menu and choose Keyboard Shortcuts, or you can take advantage of its shortcut, which is Command+Shift+Option+K. Now you can see that I currently have dekeKeys selected--those are the shortcuts that we modified when we were taking a look at the Blob Brush and Eraser tools back in the Fundamentals course.
But whether you have modified your keyboard shortcuts or not, I want you to click on the Save icon, one that looks like a hard drive-- that's going to create a file on your hard drive, so that we know we are in the proper location. And I am going to give it a distinctive name, like zzz_test. That will also ensure that it's at the end of the File list in alphabetical order. Now I will click OK, and then click OK again, to exit the dialog box. Now press the T key to switch to the Type tool and go ahead and select this text, starting with the forward slash all the way through and including the word Settings.
Don't select his final subfolder, because it may or may not apply to your system. Then go up to the Edit menu and choose the Copy command or you can press Command+C. Now I will Escape out of the Text Edit mode and press Command+Shift+A in order to deselect my text. And then I will go up to the Illustrator menu and choose Hide Illustrator in order to switch to the finder. Now you can see in the background here I have opened the 22_settings folder which contains the file that you will want to install, which is dekekeys AIcs6isMac.kys.
Now if I right-click on the Title bar here-- you can see that I've got Hide toolbar selected-- what that does is it ensures that the next command I choose opens a new window, so I can keep this window open as well. Now I will go to the Go menu and choose Home in order to switch to your personal folder and then return to the Go menu and choose Go to Folder. And that will bring up this little window here. Now in your case it will probably be blank, you probably won't see anything there. What you want to do is whether you see something or not, you want to replace it with this.
Go ahead and enter a tilde sign. The tilde key is the one in the upper left corner of an American keyboard, right next to the 1 key and above the Tab key. You need to press Shift along with to make sure you get the tilde character. And then go up to the Edit menu and choose the Paste command, or press Command+V, and that will paste in that text that you just copied from Illustrator. Then click on the Go button and that should take you to this folder right here. Now depending on what country you're in, you may see different results. Here in the States there is a subfolder called en_US.
Go ahead and double-click on it to enter that folder. And then you should see this file that you just created inside of Illustrator, in my case zzz_test.kys. All right, now go ahead and bring back your 22_settings folder, grab that dekeKeys file for the Mac--not the one for the PC-- and then drag it into the other folder. And assuming you want to copy this file to the new location, as opposed to move it, press and hold the Option key and then drop the file into place. All right, now switch back to Illustrator; the final step is to go ahead and load the shortcuts that you've installed, by returning to the Edit menu, once again choosing Keyboard Shortcuts.
And then change the set from whatever it is to dekekeys AIcs6Mac and that will load my shortcuts. Now to confirm that everything is copacetic here, make sure that tools is selected from this pop-up menu, as by default. And then scroll down the list and you should see that the Arc tool now has a shortcut of Shift+A, the two Grid tools have shortcuts of Shift+Y and Shift+C, the Polygon tool has a shortcut of Shift+G, and so on. Assuming that's a case, go ahead and click OK. And now you and I have both loaded my custom keyboard shortcuts, which should make for a more efficient experience here inside Illustrator.
In the next movie I'll show you how to remap a few OS level keyboard shortcuts here on the Mac, so that both my custom shortcuts and Illustrator's default shortcuts work as advertised.
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