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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 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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