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Remapping Mac OS shortcuts


Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery

with Deke McClelland

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 shortcut 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.
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  1. 37m 22s
    1. Welcome
    2. Linking AI and EPS files to Illustrator
      6m 34s
    3. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      7m 43s
    4. Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
      6m 56s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 56s
    6. The color settings explained
      7m 4s
    7. Preserve Numbers vs. embedded profiles
      3m 24s
  2. 1h 35m
    1. My favorite features in all of Illustrator
      1m 21s
    2. Introducing the Transform effect
      5m 30s
    3. Repeating the last effect you applied
      4m 52s
    4. Applying multiple passes of a single effect
      5m 21s
    5. The wonders of editing dynamic artwork
      7m 13s
    6. Applying effects inside effects
      5m 11s
    7. Assigning an effect to an entire layer
      5m 42s
    8. Building a complex bevel effect
      5m 44s
    9. Placing artwork as a Photoshop Smart Object
      4m 55s
    10. Editing that Smart Object in Illustrator
      4m 21s
    11. Rotating continuously overlapping objects
      5m 34s
    12. Adjusting a dynamic transformation origin
      6m 22s
    13. Vector vs. raster effects
      5m 46s
    14. Introducing the Scribble effect
      5m 23s
    15. Copying effects between layers
      4m 20s
    16. Introducing Graphic Styles
      6m 50s
    17. Controlling the Filter Gallery preview
      2m 28s
    18. Document Raster Effects Settings
      4m 31s
    19. Combining and saving styles
      4m 32s
  3. 1h 25m
    1. Airbrushing with points and handles
      1m 45s
    2. Introducing the gradient mesh
      6m 10s
    3. Working with the Mesh tool
      6m 12s
    4. Lifting colors from a tracing template
      5m 47s
    5. Finessing the colors of mesh points
      4m 17s
    6. Creating a mesh with the Mesh tool
      7m 19s
    7. Adding a gradient mesh to a circle
      4m 37s
    8. Adding a gradient mesh to a slender shape
      8m 7s
    9. Creating soft and sharp transitions
      6m 56s
    10. Converting a linear gradient to a mesh
      7m 29s
    11. Editing a linear gradient mesh
      5m 6s
    12. Converting a radial gradient to a mesh
      8m 19s
    13. Editing a radial gradient mesh
      8m 15s
    14. Creating credible cast shadows
      5m 32s
  4. 1h 15m
    1. The best of static and dynamic adjustments
    2. Adding wings to a horse in Photoshop
      6m 52s
    3. Introducing the Warp tool
      6m 29s
    4. Brush size, Detail, and Simplify
      8m 24s
    5. The Twirl, Pucker, and Bloat tools
      6m 13s
    6. The Scallop, Crystallize, and Wrinkle tools
      5m 55s
    7. Creating a mind-blowing custom starburst
      4m 29s
    8. Introducing Envelope Distort
      5m 21s
    9. Editing the contents of an envelope
      5m 20s
    10. Warping an envelope mesh
      5m 20s
    11. Liquifying the contents of an envelope
      7m 7s
    12. Creating and editing an envelope mesh
      7m 59s
    13. Blending an envelope into a background
      4m 35s
  5. 2h 1m
    1. Outlines along a path
      1m 13s
    2. Weaving a pattern throughout an illustration
      6m 24s
    3. Introducing the Brushes panel
      4m 21s
    4. Applying and editing a calligraphic brush
      8m 28s
    5. Applying and scaling art brushes
      6m 6s
    6. Applying and editing a scatter brush
      5m 29s
    7. Formatting and scaling brushed text
      5m 40s
    8. Editing the path outlines of an art brush
      6m 2s
    9. Replacing an existing art brush
      6m 46s
    10. Creating and refining an art brush
      8m 3s
    11. Tiling pattern vs. pattern brushes
      5m 12s
    12. Creating a pattern brush
      8m 20s
    13. Designing the perfect side pattern
      7m 1s
    14. Start, end, and corner tiles
      8m 58s
    15. Expanding and filling brush outlines
      6m 49s
    16. Text brushes vs. type on a path
      6m 55s
    17. Combining a text brush with the Width tool
      8m 43s
    18. Introducing the bristle brushes
      5m 43s
    19. Adjusting the hairs in a bristle brush
      5m 24s
  6. 1h 32m
    1. Charts can be beautiful
      1m 17s
    2. Adding a gradient mesh to a complex path
      8m 9s
    3. Importing and graphing data
      5m 22s
    4. Switching between the kinds of graphs
      6m 8s
    5. Changing the Graph Type settings
      8m 7s
    6. Correcting and editing data
      6m 51s
    7. Selecting and coloring graph elements
      6m 29s
    8. Making nuanced changes to a graph
      8m 6s
    9. The pitfalls of manual adjustments
      8m 45s
    10. Creating and applying graph designs
      6m 28s
    11. Making a basic pictograph
      6m 47s
    12. Assembling sliding graph designs
      8m 33s
    13. Making last-minute tweaks and edits
      5m 37s
    14. Composing and customizing a graph
      5m 44s
  7. 2h 6m
    1. Perspective is all about real life
      1m 44s
    2. Assembling an isometric projection
      8m 5s
    3. Introducing Illustrator's Perspective Grid
      6m 8s
    4. Drawing a basic perspective cube
      8m 1s
    5. One-point, two-point, and three-point perspective
      8m 25s
    6. Creating automatically scaling box labels
      4m 41s
    7. Setting up a Perspective Grid
      6m 45s
    8. Perspective Grid tips and tricks
      6m 39s
    9. Drawing and editing a perspective shape
      5m 20s
    10. Shifting between planes on the fly
      5m 24s
    11. Creating a freeform shape in perspective
      7m 8s
    12. Working with perspective symbols
      8m 57s
    13. Matching perspective with the Shear tool
      2m 50s
    14. Rendering an off-plane path in perspective
      5m 7s
    15. Replicating symbols in perspective
      8m 12s
    16. Mass-modifying perspective instances
      2m 56s
    17. Adding and editing perspective text
      5m 37s
    18. Duplicating perpendicular shapes
      7m 17s
    19. Adjusting multiple shapes on a single plane
      4m 48s
    20. Creating a perspective column
      9m 23s
    21. Duplicating a series of perspective paths
      3m 20s
  8. 1h 25m
    1. Just another dynamic effect
      1m 10s
    2. Introducing the 3D Revolve effect
      5m 1s
    3. The 3D Revolve settings
      7m 24s
    4. Fixing 3D rendering problems
      6m 32s
    5. Establishing symbols for 3D art
      6m 50s
    6. Mapping symbols onto 3D surfaces
      6m 14s
    7. Adjusting shading and light
      6m 25s
    8. Toning down 3D art in Photoshop
      5m 43s
    9. Adding a photographic texture
      7m 36s
    10. Converting from Illustrator paths to Photoshop masks
      4m 50s
    11. Making 3D droplets in Photoshop
      5m 58s
    12. Unifying textures with Smart Filters
      5m 48s
    13. Creating 3D type with Extrude & Bevel
      6m 44s
    14. Coloring and correcting extruded edges
      9m 15s
  9. 1h 3m
    1. Take action today, save effort tomorrow
    2. Introducing the Actions panel
      4m 16s
    3. Initiating a new action
      5m 33s
    4. Recording a practical action
      4m 56s
    5. Four ways to play an action
      4m 27s
    6. Streamlining by disabling dialog boxes
      5m 48s
    7. Editing an action set in a text editor
      7m 20s
    8. Inserting an unresponsive menu item
      6m 16s
    9. Match-processing a folder of files
      5m 42s
    10. Recording a transformation sequence
      6m 11s
    11. Editing and troubleshooting an action
      5m 6s
    12. Recording actions within actions
      7m 21s
  10. 1m 36s
    1. See Ya
      1m 36s

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In Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery, the third and final part of the comprehensive Illustrator One-on-One series, author and industry expert Deke McClelland shows how to take advantage of the wide array of dynamic effects in Illustrator CS5. Deke explores Illustrator’s powerful Gradient Mesh feature, great for creating photorealistic airbrushing effects. He also covers graphic styles, the liquify tools, envelope-style distortions, the new Bristle Brushes, 3D text, and perspective drawing. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Working with dynamic effects
  • Placing artwork as a Photoshop Smart Object
  • Creating and editing a Gradient Mesh
  • Distorting artwork with an Envelope Mesh
  • Using the Calligraphic, Art, and Scatter Brushes
  • Creating an intricate Pattern Brush
  • Importing and graphing data
  • Creating a complex pictograph
  • Drawing and editing a perspective shape
  • Working with the new Perspective Grid tool
  • Using the 3D Revolve effect
  • Creating 3D type with Extrude & Bevel
  • Recording and playing automated actions
Deke McClelland

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 shortcut 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 have 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 the 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 and 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'll see this panel of options right here. So you start with a 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 etc, in order to change your volume and so on, and now F9, F10, etc, by themselves will perform certain operations bringing up panels, 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 when you click on the keyboard shortcuts tab right there and you will switch over to your keyboard shortcuts list. This is how 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 Doc, 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 those are you have a left-hand list of options that allow you to switch between different groups of shortcuts. So we'll start with Dashboard and Dock, and what I want to do is go to Turn Dock Hiding on/off and click on what will appear as Command+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'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 a rectangle around it and then press Control and by Control I mean the Control key, that is spelled out as the word Control, and 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 and 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 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 Command+Spacebar, and you change it to Command+Ctrl+F1.

And I'm reading in the order that is conventional, but for those of you would prefer I read it in the order of the symbols. It's Ctrl+Command+F1. Either way you say it, just press it and then go down to the next option here, and this would be Ctrl+Option+Command+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+Command+Minus and Ctrl+ Option+Command+Plus. The Equals key and the Plus key are 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 Application 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 spend most of my time on a Mac, just so as 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 ... like this. The dots have to be there.

So three periods three times in a row or you can enter an ellipsis 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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Q: The instructions for installing the dekeKeys don't work on my computer (which is running Mac OS X Lion). Is there an update to these?
A: The dekeKeys distributed with this course will still work for Lion. You just need to add them to a slightly different folder than in previous versions of OS X.

Open a new Finder window and choose Go > Go to Folder. Type the following file path exactly as written below. Copying and pasting may result in an error.

~/Library/Preferences/Adobe Illustrator CS5 Settings/en_US

Move and/or copy/paste the dekeKeys to this folder and follow the rest of the instructions as outlined in the video, "Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts."
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