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Keyboard shortcuts and recording actions


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Drawing Vector Graphics

with Von Glitschka

Video: Keyboard shortcuts and recording actions

Using keyboard shortcuts and recording actions will help make routine tasks easier in Illustrator. It'll allow you to work faster, because you won't have to memorize complex key commands or pulldown menus as you build. But the absolute best part of customizing your keyboard shortcuts and using recorded actions is the ability to create your own personal workflow of functions that Adobe Illustrator doesn't provide. Here the nine custom keyboard commands I use everyday to make vector building easier.
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  1. 2m 31s
    1. Welcome
      1m 26s
    2. Exercise files
      1m 5s
  2. 18m 36s
    1. What is illustrative design?
      54s
    2. A systematic creative process
      1m 26s
    3. Exploring analog tools
      2m 39s
    4. Exploring digital tools
      13m 37s
  3. 18m 31s
    1. Creative preparation
      1m 13s
    2. The creative brief
      2m 25s
    3. Creative thinking methods
      1m 2s
    4. Word associations
      1m 55s
    5. Mind mapping
      1m 55s
    6. Before. During. After.
      1m 26s
    7. I think, therefore I design
      2m 46s
    8. Selecting the appropriate style
      2m 57s
    9. Using reference material
      2m 52s
  4. 8m 50s
    1. Solid creative foundation
      53s
    2. Anyone can draw
      2m 17s
    3. Thumbnail sketching
      2m 34s
    4. Refining your drawn ideas
      3m 6s
  5. 44m 40s
    1. Workflow enhancements
      57s
    2. Keyboard shortcuts and recording actions
      2m 25s
    3. Keyboard shortcuts and recording actions: Demo
      13m 15s
    4. Using custom scripts
      6m 44s
    5. Graphic styles and custom color palettes
      8m 19s
    6. Using layers
      7m 15s
    7. Toggling Smart Guides on and off
      5m 45s
  6. 38m 59s
    1. Building your vector shapes
      1m 0s
    2. A roadmap for vector building
      4m 40s
    3. The clockwork method
      7m 4s
    4. Prime point placement
      3m 40s
    5. The point-by-point method
      8m 22s
    6. The shape-building method
      6m 46s
    7. Symmetry is your friend
      6m 1s
    8. Art directing yourself
      1m 26s
  7. 19m 54s
    1. Presenting your designs
      1m 4s
    2. Presentation formats
      5m 50s
    3. Revealing your designs
      1m 36s
    4. Writing a design rationale
      1m 56s
    5. Responding to client revisions
      3m 46s
    6. Renewable creative energy
      5m 42s
  8. 49s
    1. Next steps
      49s

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Drawing Vector Graphics
2h 32m Intermediate Dec 21, 2012

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Join illustrative designer Von Glitschka as he deconstructs the creative process to teach you how to develop and create precise vector graphics. The course begins with an overview of his methodology for design and drawing—analog methods that are vital to digital workflows. Next, discover how to prepare yourself and your client for the project by defining the scope and expectations early on. With the creative brief ready and ideation explored, Von jumps into sketching, refining, and creating vector graphics through simple build methods. He continues to art direct the work and conducts digital and physical presentations of the final designs. The last chapter includes some workflow enhancements designed to save you time and conserve your creative energy for future projects.

Topics include:
  • What is illustrative design?
  • Establishing a creative brief
  • Defining client expectations
  • Exploring creative thinking exercises
  • Art directing your drawing
  • Selecting an appropriate style for each project
  • Drawing and thumbnail sketching
  • Discerning anchor point placement
  • Building vector drawings with shapes
  • Presenting your illustrations
Subjects:
Design Illustration Design Techniques Logo Design Drawing Design Skills
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Von Glitschka

Keyboard shortcuts and recording actions

Using keyboard shortcuts and recording actions will help make routine tasks easier in Illustrator. It'll allow you to work faster, because you won't have to memorize complex key commands or pulldown menus as you build. But the absolute best part of customizing your keyboard shortcuts and using recorded actions is the ability to create your own personal workflow of functions that Adobe Illustrator doesn't provide. Here the nine custom keyboard commands I use everyday to make vector building easier.

The F1 key which I used to make Clipping Mask. The F2 key which releases Clipping Mask. It will allow us to turn a multi-step process into a one-button push, all the while avoiding any pulldown menus. I use the F3 key to Clone Shapes. Adobe Illustrator doesn't have a Clone command. So I created my own using recorded action and assign it to a keyboard shortcut. The F4 key sends vector objects to back of my design.

I use the F5 key to bring vector objects to the front of my designs. I use F6 key to Ungroup vector shapes. I use the F7 key to create Compound Paths with my vector shapes. There are certain behaviors in Adobe Illustrator that are at best annoying. When I do certain tasks over and over again that annoyance can be compounded. To remedy this situation I created my own command using a recorded action and assigned it to a keyboard shortcut.

I use the F8 key to Deselect my vector shapes when I'm zoomed into a design and don't want to zoom out to click the background to deselect. And I use the F9 key to punch out vector shapes like a cookie cutter this allows me to bypass the Pathfinder palette. Remember to save your shortcuts. Otherwise, you will lose them once you close out of the program. Keyboard customization is a great way to tailor fit Illustrator's functionality so it aligns with your own workflow preferences.

The more you're able to set up a personalized environment, the easier it will become.

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