Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Advanced
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Introducing my custom keyboard shortcuts


Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Advanced

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Video: Introducing my custom keyboard shortcuts

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.
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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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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.

Topics include:
  • Installing dekeKeys, Deke's free custom keyboard shortcuts
  • Understanding the color-managed workflow
  • Creating a multicolor blend
  • Establishing a clipping mask
  • Blending different levels of opacity
  • Combining a letterform with a path outline
  • Warping logo type around a circle
  • Adding neon blur and bokeh in Photoshop
  • Mixing and matching color harmonies
  • Recoloring artwork
  • Working with the Calligraphic, Scatter, and Art Brushes
  • Creating translucency
  • Editing attributes in the Appearance panel
  • Adjusting and updating dynamic effects
Deke McClelland

Introducing my custom keyboard shortcuts

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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