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Installing my dekeKeys shortcuts on Windows

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Video: Installing my dekeKeys shortcuts on Windows

In this movie I'll show you how to install my Custom Keyboard shortcuts if you're working on the PC. I'll show you how to install my shortcuts on the Mac in the next movie. Now I have gone ahead and laid up precise instructions for installing these shortcuts here inside this file, but because it's a tricky process I am going to go ahead and show you exactly how to install the file, so there's no room for confusion. So, the first thing I want you to do go up to the Edit menu and choose Keyboard Shortcuts, or you can take advantage of its Shortcut, which is Ctrl+Shift+Alt+K. Now this set here, Deke keys, that's the one that I created when we were discussing the Blob Brush and the Eraser tool back in the Fundamentals course.

Installing my dekeKeys shortcuts on Windows

In this movie I'll show you how to install my Custom Keyboard shortcuts if you're working on the PC. I'll show you how to install my shortcuts on the Mac in the next movie. Now I have gone ahead and laid up precise instructions for installing these shortcuts here inside this file, but because it's a tricky process I am going to go ahead and show you exactly how to install the file, so there's no room for confusion. So, the first thing I want you to do go up to the Edit menu and choose Keyboard Shortcuts, or you can take advantage of its Shortcut, which is Ctrl+Shift+Alt+K. Now this set here, Deke keys, that's the one that I created when we were discussing the Blob Brush and the Eraser tool back in the Fundamentals course.

But whether you have created any shortcuts of your own or not, I want you to click on the Save icon, the one that looks like a little hard drive, and what you're doing here is creating a File; and to make that file easy to find, we should give it a distinctive name. I am going to call my zzz_test, just so it's late in the alphabet and it'll appear at the end of the list, and that will allow us to verify that we are in the right location. Now I'll click OK and then click OK again, in order to exit the dialog box. Now I'll press the T key to get the Type tool and go ahead and select everything from this backslash (\) through and including the word Settings.

Don't select the next two items, because they may or may not be applicable to your system, then go up to the Edit menu and choose the Copy Command or you can press Ctrl+C. Now I'll Escape (Esc) out of the Text Entry mode and I'll press Ctrl+Shift+A or Command+Shift+A on the Mac to deselect my text. Now I'll minimize Illustrator to switch to the Desktop, and you can see that I already have the 22 settings folder open, which contains a Macintosh and Windows version of my Keyboard Shortcuts. Naturally you want the Windows version. Now I'll tab the Star key your keyboard, or somehow otherwise bring up the Start menu, and then select your Name, where the name that you're logged in as from the top right corner of the menu.

Now you may or may not see these same subfolders, it really doesn't matter. What does matter is that you're seeing the hidden folder. And in order to see it, press the Alt key to bring up this additional menu bar near the top of the folder, then click on tools and choose Folder options. Now switch to the second tab, which is View, and notice this little subfolder here called Hidden files and folders. You want to select the second option, Show hidden files-folders and drives. You also what to make sure that hide Extensions for known File types is turned off. Then go ahead and click OK and you'll see at least one new folder called AppData.

The next step is to click up here in the Navigation bar and click again to set the Location of your blinking insertion marker after your Name and then press Ctrl+V or Command+V on the Mac in order to paste in the Path Information that you copied in Illustrator. Then press the Enter key in order to Navigate to this location. Now depending on what country you're working in, you may see some other folders; here in the States you need to click on en_US. Now you may or may not see these subfolders; if you see a bunch of files then you're probably in a right location, but if you see subfolders like these, you probably want to double-click on S64, which indicates that you're working with a 64-bit Operating System.

And that's what I'll do in my case, and then you want to scroll down the list inside of this folder and you should see that file that you saved a moment ago, in my case zzz_test.kys, which indicates it is a keyboard shortcut file. Now you want to go back your 22 settings folder there and assuming that you want to copy the file instead of move it, then drag it into that System folder and press and hold the Ctrl key and you'll see a little Plus sign under your cursor along with the words Copy To, and that'll let you copy the file to the New Location.

Now let's switch back to Illustrator and then go up to the Edit menu and choose the Keyboard Shortcuts command again, and go up to the Set option, click on it and you should see Deke keys AICS6 Win, and go ahead and select it to switch to my shortcuts. Now by default you should see tools listed in the upper left corner of the dialog box, in which case go and scroll down the list and you should see the Art tool now has a short Shift+A, the Grid tools have shortcuts of Shift+Y and Shift+C, the Polygon tool has a shortcut of Shift+G and so forth.

In which case you'll successfully install my shortcuts. Go ahead and click OK and you and I are now working with the same set of Custom Keyboard Shortcuts, which should hopefully make for a more efficient experience here inside Illustrator. Now that you're done with this movie, you'll want to skip the next two movies, which is specifically geared toward Macintosh users, and join me in the movie after that, when we discuss how to modify a few Key Preference Settings.

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Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Advanced

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  1. 43m 9s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 9s
    2. Introducing my custom keyboard shortcuts
      6m 52s
    3. Installing my dekeKeys shortcuts on Windows
      4m 46s
    4. Installing my dekeKeys shortcuts on the Mac
      4m 18s
    5. Remapping your Macintosh OS shortcuts
      3m 10s
    6. Adjusting a few key Preferences settings
      8m 13s
    7. Understanding the color-managed workflow
      6m 51s
    8. Establishing the optimal Color Settings
      6m 50s
  2. 1h 11m
    1. Illustrator's oldest dynamic functions
      1m 28s
    2. Creating a multicolor blend
      7m 12s
    3. Establishing a clipping mask
      5m 40s
    4. Reinstating the colors of a clipping path
      8m 1s
    5. Editing individual blended paths
      4m 44s
    6. Adjusting the number of steps in a blend
      7m 15s
    7. Fixing problems with the Blend tool
      4m 2s
    8. Blending different levels of opacity
      4m 45s
    9. Editing the spine of a blend
      5m 3s
    10. Adding a custom spine to any blend
      5m 5s
    11. Advanced blending and masking techniques
      6m 18s
    12. Blending between entire groups
      3m 2s
    13. Adjusting the speed of a blend
      3m 21s
    14. Rotating objects in 3D space
      5m 36s
  3. 1h 0m
    1. Illustrator's logo-making features
      1m 8s
    2. Customizing a single character of type
      5m 25s
    3. Combining a letterform with a path outline
      7m 48s
    4. Creating logo type along an open path
      5m 3s
    5. Creating logo type around a closed circle
      3m 57s
    6. Vertical alignment, orientation, and spacing
      4m 55s
    7. Warping logo type around a circle
      6m 56s
    8. Creating a classic neon type effect
      5m 39s
    9. Adding random neon brightness fluctuations
      5m 19s
    10. Creating neon "block outs" between letters
      7m 44s
    11. Adding neon blur and bokeh in Photoshop
      6m 16s
  4. 46m 19s
    1. Generating colors using harmony rules
      1m 31s
    2. Introducing the Color Guide panel
      5m 16s
    3. The 23 color harmony rules, diagrammed
      8m 16s
    4. Mixing and matching color harmonies
      5m 59s
    5. Color groups and custom harmony rules
      6m 18s
    6. Working in the Edit Colors dialog box
      7m 4s
    7. Expanding on an existing harmony rule
      6m 51s
    8. Constraining colors to a predefined library
      5m 4s
  5. 32m 44s
    1. Changing lots of colors all at once
      1m 2s
    2. Introducing the Recolor Artwork command
      4m 58s
    3. Recoloring with the help of swatch groups
      4m 35s
    4. Changing the color-assignment order
      6m 44s
    5. Reducing the number of colors in your art
      5m 7s
    6. Applying tints and shades of a single swatch
      5m 37s
    7. Recoloring artwork that contains gradients
      4m 41s
  6. 1h 15m
    1. Painting with path outlines
      1m 24s
    2. Introducing the Brushes panel
      4m 25s
    3. Applying and editing a calligraphic brush
      7m 34s
    4. Applying and scaling an art brush
      6m 12s
    5. Applying and editing a scatter brush
      5m 31s
    6. Formatting and scaling brushed text
      5m 45s
    7. Designing a custom art brush
      7m 35s
    8. Creating (or replacing) an art brush
      6m 42s
    9. Refining a brush to fit ends and corners
      4m 11s
    10. Expanding, filling, and stroking a brush
      7m 4s
    11. Type on a path vs. text as an art brush
      7m 3s
    12. Distorting text with the Width tool
      8m 49s
    13. Infusing your artwork with a tile pattern
      3m 13s
  7. 58m 24s
    1. The many forms of transparency
      1m 38s
    2. Creating translucency with the Opacity value
      4m 21s
    3. Darken, Multiply, and Color Burn
      6m 15s
    4. Lighten, Screen, and Color Dodge
      5m 8s
    5. Overlay, Soft Light, Hard Light, Difference, and Exclusion
      4m 59s
    6. Hue, Saturation, Color, and Luminosity
      5m 12s
    7. Combining the effects of multiple blend modes
      6m 42s
    8. Isolating blending and Knockout Group
      7m 37s
    9. Combining blend modes with dynamic effects
      7m 25s
    10. Exporting transparency from Illustrator
      9m 7s
  8. 1h 39m
    1. The Layers panel for dynamic attributes
      1m 4s
    2. Applying attributes in the Appearance panel
      6m 15s
    3. Creating depth using translucent strokes
      5m 37s
    4. Adding, layering, and offsetting strokes
      6m 12s
    5. Duplicating entire groups of attributes
      7m 55s
    6. Turning stacked strokes into editable paths
      5m 43s
    7. Simplifying a multi-stroke effect
      6m 31s
    8. Applying the Convert to Shape effect
      7m 47s
    9. Adding aligned patterns and shadows
      8m 16s
    10. Drawing with arrowheads and angled strokes
      8m 49s
    11. Employing overlapping gradient strokes
      8m 25s
    12. Drawing circular stroke elements
      10m 13s
    13. Outlining an entire multi-stroke effect
      8m 39s
    14. Creating seamless wood grain in Photoshop
      8m 11s
  9. 1h 12m
    1. The best features in Illustrator
      1m 38s
    2. Repeating a series of transformations
      6m 18s
    3. Adjusting and updating a dynamic effect
      6m 37s
    4. Applying a stroke to an entire layer
      6m 24s
    5. Improving the performance of drop shadows
      5m 40s
    6. Applying a single effect multiple times
      6m 10s
    7. Creating an intricate Spirograph pattern
      7m 10s
    8. Adding scalloped edges with Pucker & Bloat
      4m 40s
    9. Applying a dynamic Pathfinder to a layer
      3m 56s
    10. Creating beveled ornaments
      6m 50s
    11. Creating a sculptural type effect
      5m 59s
    12. Subtracting editable text from a path
      7m 6s
    13. Editing text inside a dynamic effect
      4m 25s
  10. 27m 40s
    1. Never remember anything again, ever
      1m 41s
    2. The pixel-based Effect Gallery
      3m 53s
    3. Copying effects from one layer to another
      4m 44s
    4. Introducing the Graphic Styles panel
      4m 11s
    5. Correcting previews in the Effect Gallery
      4m 36s
    6. Adjusting the resolution of your effects
      4m 0s
    7. Combining and saving graphic styles
      4m 35s
  11. 1h 13m
    1. Two powerful graphics programs combine forces
      1m 5s
    2. Creating a perfectly centered star shape
      6m 52s
    3. Precisely scaling concentric circles
      7m 47s
    4. Adding reflective highlights with the Flare tool
      6m 23s
    5. Two ways to rasterize vector art for Photoshop
      7m 37s
    6. Importing vector art as a Smart Object
      6m 47s
    7. Creating a lens flare effect in Photoshop
      7m 56s
    8. Photographic texture and brushed highlights
      6m 26s
    9. Modifying a vector Smart Object in Illustrator
      6m 33s
    10. Converting Illustrator paths to shape layers
      6m 27s
    11. Assign layer effects to native shape layers
      5m 55s
    12. Completing a work of photorealistic art
      3m 46s
  12. 1m 5s
    1. Until next time
      1m 5s

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