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Remapping Mac OS shortcuts

From: Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced

Video: Remapping Mac OS shortcuts

All right, this exercise is strictly for Macintosh users. You Windows people can move along to the next exercise. I don't want you to feel excluded. It's just that Windows doesn't happen to suffer from this particular problem. And the problem is this, even though Adobe and its various applications have been out there using a certain group of keyboard shortcuts for about 20 years now, a little more in the case of Illustrator. Although of course, the keyboard shortcuts set has grown up over time. Apple, over the course of the last decade, has decided to usurp many of those shortcuts and assign them to OS level operations.

Remapping Mac OS shortcuts

All right, this exercise is strictly for Macintosh users. You Windows people can move along to the next exercise. I don't want you to feel excluded. It's just that Windows doesn't happen to suffer from this particular problem. And the problem is this, even though Adobe and its various applications have been out there using a certain group of keyboard shortcuts for about 20 years now, a little more in the case of Illustrator. Although of course, the keyboard shortcuts set has grown up over time. Apple, over the course of the last decade, has decided to usurp many of those shortcuts and assign them to OS level operations.

Now you can defer to Apple if you want to, and keep the keyboard shortcuts exactly the way they are, but if you do that you are going to limit your access to Illustrator, and some of the operations I show you won't work properly. So I suggest you go ahead and modify Apple shortcuts ever so slightly, as I'm about to explain in this video. Now I am looking at a series of images that I've shot and prepared for you that are found inside the 00_setup folder, inside of a subfolder called Mac Fkeys. If you want to open them up and follow along, or you can just of course watch what's going on inside the movie.

Now the first step is to go to the Apple menu, the one that looks like an Apple logo, and choose the System Preferences command, in order to bring up the System Preferences dialog box, which is this thing right here that you see before you, except it will be filled with icons. Then you want to click on the icon that says either Keyboard & Mouse or just Keyboard. So under Leopard it's going to be Keyboard & Mouse, under Snow Leopard and later, it's going to be just Keyboard. Then you will see this panel of options right here. So you start with the Keyboard tab highlighted.

Notice this check box. It says Use all F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys. I want you to go ahead and turn this check box on. Now what this means is from now on, if you have let's say, a MacBook or a MacBook Pro, or a wireless keyboard or some other keyboard that has various icons on the function keys, by which I mean that you can raise and lower the volume or change screen brightness, that kind of thing, by pressing function keys. Now you will have to press the fn key, which is the function key, a little confusing, but the fn key along with that F key, F9, F10 et cetera, in order to change your volume and so on, and now F9, F10 et cetera by themselves will perform certain operations, bringing up handles mostly inside the Adobe applications, which is very useful by the way.

So I suggest you work this way, it does take some getting used to. All right, next I am going to move on to Keyboard Shortcuts, so you want to click on the Keyboard Shortcuts tab right there, and you'll switch over to your Keyboard Shortcuts list. This is how the Keyboard Shortcuts look inside of Leopard, that is OS 10.5 and earlier by the way, and you would scroll down until you get to the Dock, Expose and Dashboard list, and then you would change Automatically hide and show the Dock to Ctrl+D and you would change all Windows to Ctrl+F9, and so on.

I am going to explain how those work in just a moment. But I want you to see that this is where they're located in Leopard and earlier. However, I'm guessing that most of you are working with Snow Leopard or later, that is OS 10.6 and later. So I'm going to switch over to this panel here, this is how things look now in Snow Leopard, and notice that you have a left-hand list of options that allow you to switch between different groups of shortcuts. So we will start with Dashboard & Dock and what I want you do is go to Turn Dock Hiding On/Off and click on what will appear as Cmd+Option+D, and by the way Apple uses a standard of sort of indecipherable symbols for these, the cloverleaf symbol is Command.

You probably already know that. Option looks like sort of a line with a line next to it. It's very hard to identify. Anyway whatever that keyboard shortcut is, click on it, make it highlighted, so that it has a little bit of rectangle around it, and then press Control, and by Control I mean the Control key, that is spelled down as the word Control, +D and it will appear as ^D, and don't press them sequentially. Press those keys at the same time. Then go to Dashboard here, click on it to make it active and press Ctrl+F12, as opposed to F12 by itself.

The next thing I want you to do is click on Expose & Spaces and you will switch to this group of options, and I want you to change these guys, All windows for example, from F9 to Ctrl+F9, Application Windows from F10 to Ctrl+F10 and then Desktop from F11 to Ctrl+F11. Then I want you to drop all the way down to Spotlight here, and this is very, very important, unless you want to mess up your zooming capabilities inside of Illustrator, you will change these settings.

And so I recommend you click on whatever the top keyboard shortcut is, something like Cmd+Spacebar, and you change it to Cmd+Ctrl+F1, and I am reading in the order that is conventional, but for those of you who would prefer I read in the order of the symbols, it's Ctrl+Cmd+F1. Either way you say it, just press it and then go down to the next option here, and this will be Ctrl+Option+Cmd+F1. And then next, drop down to this guy, Universal Access, and make sure that zoom out and zoom in are set to these keyboard shortcuts here, which happens to be in this case, Ctrl+Option+Cmd+ Minus and Ctrl+Option+Cmd+Plus.

The Equals key and the Plus key or the same key. And again, these are just my recommendations, you can come up with something different if you like, and then finally what I like to do is go to Applications shortcuts, and go ahead and assign a shortcut to the System Preferences themselves, so that you can bring up System Preferences anytime you like. This is outside the realm of needing to work with Illustrator. This is just a great Macintosh trick in general, and for those of you who are thinking, how would you know you're working under Windows 7. Actually I spent most my time on a Mac, just so's you know.

All right, so Menu Title, what you want to do is type in the word, System Preferences, and you have to get the spelling exactly right, the capitalization as well, and then you can either type dot, dot, dot like this, the dots have to be there. So period, period, period, three times in a row, or you can enter an ellipses symbol, which happens to be Options+Semicolon. I know, weird, but that also works, and then I assigned a Keyboard Shortcut of Ctrl+F1, and then from that point on you can bring up the System Preferences as easily as pressing Ctrl+F1.

When you're done, go ahead and click the Close box here in order to close out of System Preferences, and that should take care of any overlap between Apple's keyboard shortcuts and Illustrator/Adobe's keyboard shortcuts. In the next exercise, I am going to show you how to install the all-important best workflow color settings.

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Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced

153 video lessons · 28021 viewers

Deke McClelland

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  1. 38m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 48s
    2. Linking AI and EPS files to Illustrator
      6m 48s
    3. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      7m 43s
    4. Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
      6m 56s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 54s
    6. The color settings explained
      7m 4s
    7. Preserve Numbers vs. embedded profiles
      3m 22s
  2. 1h 40m
    1. Converting pixels to vectors
      1m 2s
    2. Tracing an imported image
      6m 17s
    3. Other ways to trace
      3m 17s
    4. Raster and vector previews
      7m 2s
    5. Threshold, Min Area, and Max Colors
      5m 27s
    6. Tracing options: The raster functions
      8m 2s
    7. Using the Ignore White option
      5m 3s
    8. Tracing options: The vector functions
      6m 40s
    9. Expanding traced artwork
      5m 6s
    10. Sketching and drawing for Illustrator
      6m 24s
    11. Editing scanned line art
      9m 23s
    12. Adding contrast and color
      10m 32s
    13. Live Trace and resolution
      9m 8s
    14. Expanding and separating paths
      8m 43s
    15. Scaling and editing traced art
      8m 4s
  3. 1h 8m
    1. Gradients are good
      1m 15s
    2. Assigning a gradient fill
      6m 9s
    3. Using the gradient annotator
      7m 31s
    4. Editing multiple gradients
      4m 37s
    5. Establishing symmetrical gradients
      5m 28s
    6. Creating a radial gradient
      5m 46s
    7. Adjusting the midpoint skew
      3m 23s
    8. Mixing gradients with blend modes
      6m 11s
    9. Making a transparent gradient
      6m 42s
    10. Drop shadows and dynamic effects
      5m 58s
    11. Assigning a gradient to editable text
      5m 42s
    12. Editing text that includes dynamic effects
      2m 56s
    13. Assigning a gradient to a stroke
      6m 46s
  4. 1h 37m
    1. The earliest dynamic functions
      1m 10s
    2. The gradient-intensive illustration
      5m 26s
    3. Creating a multi-color blend
      7m 39s
    4. Establishing a clipping mask
      3m 34s
    5. Reinstating the mask colors
      9m 7s
    6. Editing blended paths
      6m 50s
    7. Adjusting the number of blended steps
      6m 49s
    8. Using the Blend tool
      4m 33s
    9. Blending between levels of opacity
      7m 32s
    10. Editing the path of the blend
      6m 22s
    11. Adding a custom path of the blend
      5m 4s
    12. Placing one mask inside another
      8m 33s
    13. Blending groups and adjusting the speed
      6m 1s
    14. Rotating objects in 3D space
      10m 21s
    15. Creating custom perspective guides
      8m 31s
  5. 1h 37m
    1. What was old is new again
    2. Introducing tile patterns
      6m 11s
    3. Determining the points of intersection
      6m 51s
    4. Extending paths from the intersections
      5m 40s
    5. Crafting symmetrical subpaths
      5m 38s
    6. The final flawed subpaths
      5m 52s
    7. Reconciling misaligned paths
      5m 34s
    8. Completing the core path outline
      6m 14s
    9. Making a symmetrical modification
      6m 47s
    10. Adjusting the interior elements
      8m 26s
    11. Coloring paths and testing the interlock
      9m 29s
    12. Establishing a rectangular tile
      6m 22s
    13. Defining a tile pattern
      3m 43s
    14. Creating a few color variations
      8m 50s
    15. Protecting patterns from transformations
      6m 9s
    16. Transforming patterns without paths
      5m 30s
  6. 1h 12m
    1. Filling and stroking virtual areas
    2. Introducing Live Paint
      7m 57s
    3. Stroking with the Live Paint Bucket tool
      5m 30s
    4. Using the Live Paint Selection tool
      7m 18s
    5. Adding a path to a Live Paint group
      4m 33s
    6. Building a classic Celtic knot
      8m 28s
    7. Constructing the base objects
      5m 31s
    8. Weaving one object into another
      6m 13s
    9. Creating a path that overlaps itself
      7m 15s
    10. Painting a path that overlaps itself
      5m 34s
    11. Creating knots inside knots
      5m 2s
    12. Adding gradients and depth
      8m 22s
  7. 1h 4m
    1. Dynamic effects and OpenType
      1m 12s
    2. Applying a dynamic effect to type
      5m 43s
    3. Creating a basic bevel effect
      4m 12s
    4. Building up a multi-stroke effect
      4m 49s
    5. Best practices for 3D type
      6m 34s
    6. Applying a "path wiggler" to type
      6m 14s
    7. Drop shadows and Raster Effects settings
      4m 52s
    8. Duplicating attributes and effects
      7m 8s
    9. Editing type with dynamic effects
      7m 27s
    10. Ligatures, swashes, ordinals, and fractions
      5m 45s
    11. Small caps and the Glyphs panel
      4m 25s
    12. Warping text and increasing resolution
      6m 9s
  8. 1h 44m
    1. A world of colors at your beck and call
      1m 32s
    2. Customizing a letterform to make a logo
      8m 37s
    3. Creating a custom drop shadow effect
      6m 26s
    4. Introducing the Color Guide panel
      9m 3s
    5. Harmonies and Color Guide settings
      5m 39s
    6. Lifting harmony rules from color groups
      7m 21s
    7. Harmony layouts and the Lab color wheel
      8m 15s
    8. Working inside the Edit Color dialog box
      6m 36s
    9. Limiting a color group to spot colors
      5m 47s
    10. Recoloring selected artwork
      5m 50s
    11. Recoloring with custom color groups
      6m 1s
    12. Swapping colors with the Color Bars feature
      5m 18s
    13. Using the options in the Assign panel
      8m 41s
    14. Moving color groups between documents
      7m 17s
    15. Distilling your artwork to one spot-color ink
      7m 45s
    16. Recoloring artwork that contains gradients
      4m 17s
  9. 1h 21m
    1. How symbols work
      1m 2s
    2. The power of symbols
      5m 1s
    3. Creating new symbols
      6m 0s
    4. Enabling the new 9-slice scaling
      4m 24s
    5. Adjusting your 9-slice scaling guides
      6m 54s
    6. Previewing and acquiring symbols
      4m 12s
    7. Finding a symbol and creating an instance
      4m 13s
    8. Duplicating and replacing instances
      4m 19s
    9. Breaking a symbol link and envelope fidelity
      5m 26s
    10. Distorting and expanding a symbol
      4m 54s
    11. Updating an existing symbol definition
      3m 40s
    12. Recoloring a symbol definition
      4m 13s
    13. Applying a basic "local" color adjustment
      5m 20s
    14. Applying a more elaborate local color adjustment
      5m 4s
    15. Laying down a random symbol set
      5m 35s
    16. The eight symbolism tools
      6m 55s
    17. Editing selected instances
      4m 11s
  10. 1h 32m
    1. Illustrator needs Photoshop
      1m 1s
    2. Two ways to place a pixel-based image
      6m 6s
    3. Working with linked images
      6m 6s
    4. Linking versus embedding
      9m 38s
    5. Stroking and blending an image
      6m 16s
    6. Adding a clipping mask and page curl
      6m 51s
    7. Creating a blended border effect
      7m 10s
    8. Rasterizing your artwork in Photoshop
      8m 0s
    9. Saving a flat raster file from Photoshop
      4m 58s
    10. Restoring cropped border elements
      5m 39s
    11. Copying and pasting into Photoshop
      6m 27s
    12. Working with Photoshop Smart Objects
      5m 26s
    13. Adding a pixel-based layer effect
      4m 12s
    14. Editing a Vector Smart Object in Illustrator
      7m 20s
    15. Creating and placing a transparent image
      7m 1s
  11. 1h 15m
    1. The many forms of transparency
      1m 29s
    2. Real-world blending modes
      7m 57s
    3. Exporting transparency from Illustrator
      6m 24s
    4. Opacity and blending modes
      6m 18s
    5. The Darken and Lighten modes
      7m 17s
    6. The Contrast, Inversion, and HSL modes
      6m 12s
    7. Blending modes in action
      5m 11s
    8. Creating a knockout group
      6m 14s
    9. Confirming the viability of your artwork
      6m 8s
    10. Introducing the opacity mask
      4m 6s
    11. Making an opacity mask
      5m 25s
    12. Drawing inside an opacity mask
      3m 34s
    13. Creating a gradient opacity mask
      5m 29s
    14. Adding an opacity mask to a single object
      3m 22s
  12. 1m 13s
    1. Until next time
      1m 13s

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