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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 walk you through the various shortcuts that will be available to you if you install my dekeKeys custom keyboard shortcuts, and that way you have a sense for what you're getting into. And then in the next movie I'll show you how to install those shortcuts. I've got a couple of HTML files here. They're both available in the 22_settings folder; one is called dekeKeys-AIcs6-Windows.htm and the other is the same thing, Macintosh.htm. And these tables document every single shortcut that's available to you in Illustrator, whether I created the shortcut or not.
So the black shortcuts are the default shortcuts, the red ones are the ones that I've added. For the most part where the menu Commands are concerned, I didn't change a single one of the Illustrator shortcuts, I just added my own. Now on the Mac things start off with the Illustrator menu-- there is no illustrator menu on the PC-- and it contains all of the Preferences commands as you can see here, which have these default shortcuts. But the thing I want you to notice is that Hide Application command right here, Hide Illustrator, which normally in other applications has a keyboard shortcut Command+H, that has no shortcut inside Illustrator, instead, Command+H hides the selection edges.
But you do have Command+Option+H in order to hide all the other programs. All right, I'm going to scroll down here to the File menu so that you can see the first of the shortcuts that I've added here. I've given the Place command a shortcut of Command+Option+D or Ctrl+Alt+D on the PC, and that's based on a very ancient shortcut that's available inside other applications, which is Command+D or Ctrl+D. And then for the Export command you have a shortcut of Command+Shift+Option+X or Ctrl+Shift+Alt+X on the PC. The next custom keyboard shortcuts aren't available until we get to the Object menu.
So notice that each one of the menus appears in gray inside of this list. And then the sub menus have little greater-than signs ( > ) after them. And I've given you a bunch of keyboard shortcuts inside of the path submenu. So for Outline Stroke, we've got Ctrl+\, you can see them all here, but Simplify, a very useful command, I have Ctrl+Shift+Alt+Z or Command+Shift+ Option+Z on the Mac. And then for Add Anchor Points, Ctrl+Shift+Alt+A or Command+ Shift+Option+A on the Mac. And then Divide Objects Below, which allows you to take a line and use it to cleave for example a circle in half if you like, is Ctrl+ Shift+Alt+\ or Command+Shift+Option+\ on the Mac.
To make a Tile Pattern is Ctrl+M or Command+M on the Mac. Believe it or not, Ctrl and Command+M go unused otherwise inside of Illustrator, and I think that is an extremely useful feature. We've got some additional commands that you can take a look at here if you have a desire to. The Glyphs panel, you can bring it up by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Alt+G or Command+Shift+Option+G on the Mac. I've also given all the Change Case commands a name. So this is to change the case of some selected type.
So you can make it all UPPERCASE or lowercase, this is different than All Caps by the way. In that you're actually changing out the characters for uppercase characters or lowercase or Title Case or Sentence case, which again is something I do a lot, so I went ahead and threw those in here. This is the Select menu right there; I'll go ahead and scroll down to it on the Mac side as well. And I really like those Select Same features, which allow you to select one blue object for example and then select all the other blue objects as well. And I've gone ahead and given some of these commands.
Keyboard shortcuts that all involve Ctrl+Alt or Command+Option on the Mac and I just took advantage of shortcuts that were available, essentially. So for Fill Color, if you want to select things with the same Fill Color, it is Ctrl+Alt+,(comma) or Command+Option+,(comma) on the Mac. For Stroke Color, it's Ctrl+Alt or Command+Option+.(period ) and for Stroke Weight, it's Ctrl+Alt or Command+Option+\. And then we've got some other ones, just some numbers that happen to be available there. And I figured, for direction handles, to select all the control handles--that is inside of an object--all the curving segments independently of the anchor points, a nice curving numeral would do the trick, such as Ctrl+Alt +8 or Command+Option+8 on the Mac.
Next, we'll move down to the Effect menu and notice that I have given the Transform command, which is so very useful as a dynamic effect. The keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+E or on the Mac we have Command+E, again, that's a keyboard shortcut that otherwise goes unused, and so it's Ctrl+E or Command+E for Effect, essentially. And then the other great effect, which is Drop Shadow, has a keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+Alt+E or Command+Option+E on the Mac. For Round Corners I have given you Ctrl+Shift +Alt+R or Command+Shift+Option+R on the Mac.
All right, I don't want to belabor this too much, because you can look through this list on your own, but I am going to go ahead and scroll quite a bit down the list, where you'll see that there is this other category called Other (with menu Commands), and what that's telling you is these are other features that don't have menu Commands associated with them, but they're organized along with the menu Commands in the keyboard shortcuts dialog box. So, most of these are shortcuts that are included along with Illustrator by default, which are pretty interesting, because there is an awful lot of stuff you can do from the keyboard.
I went ahead and added a shortcut for creating a new swatch, which is Ctrl+Shift++(Plus), essentially it appears as equals, but it's the Plus key, Command+Shift++(Plus) on a Mac. And then if you scroll down to the tools list, you'll see that I've added a bunch of shortcuts-- now we did modify a few of these shortcuts back in the Fundamentals course. You may recall that we went ahead and switched out the Blob Brush and gave it a keyboard shortcut of B and then turned around and gave the Paint Brush a keyboard shortcut of Shift+B. So there's a few of those here, the Eraser tool has keyboard shortcut of E, whereas the Free Transform tool has a keyboard shortcut of Shift+D and then the Ellipse tool has a keyboard shortcut of Shift+M, whereas the Shape Builder tool has keyboard shortcut of L.
So I switched all those around. Otherwise they're just additional shortcuts, like Shift+A for the Art tool; and for the Rectangular and Poly Grid tools I added shortcuts of Shift+Y and Shift+C. For the Polygon tool we have a keyboard shortcut of Shift+G for Gone, and for the Start tool Shift+T for the second letter in star, and so forth throughout the list. And then the final shortcuts appear for the various opacity levels. So in Photoshop for example, you can just tap the 1 key to change the opacity of a layer to 10%. I thought that might be a little bit too dangerous just to give a shortcut of 1 and 2 for 20% and 3 for 30%, because it's very possibly you might tamp one of those keys and change the opacity of an object to not really be paying attention and mess up your artwork.
So instead, I gave shortcuts of Shift along with the Number Key. So Shift+1 is 10% all the way up to Shift+0 for 100%. And that friends is what you have to look forward to, if you install my dekeKeys custom keyboard shortcuts. In the next movie I'll show you how to install shortcuts, so that they're available to you in Illustrator CS6.
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