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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 show you how to remap a few OS-level keyboard shortcuts on the Mac, so that everything works as advertised inside Illustrator. And by the way, this movie is exclusively for Macintosh folks; if you are working on a PC, you can skip ahead to the next movie. First step is to go up to the Apple menu and choose System Preferences and then inside the big System Preferences dialog box, locate and click on the Keyboard icon. Now we want to start with a keyboard tab here. So go ahead and click on it, if it's not already visible.
And then turn on this checkbox, Use all F1, F2 key as standard function keys; that way you don't have to the press that Fn key all the time, except you will now have to press the Fn key to do things like change your monitor brightness, and change the volume and so forth. So it's really up to you which way you decide to work, but I prefer for this checkbox to be on. Then switch over to Keyboard Shortcuts, and you want to start with Launchpad & Dock. And notice the side I am Turn Dock Hiding on and off; its keyboard shortcut is Command+Option+D, which is what I've set for the Place Command under the File menu.
So if you want to work that way as well, you need to change this shortcut by clicking on it once and then twice, in order to make that shortcut active. And then press the Ctrl key along with D. And you'll now see a ^ caret listed next to the D, which is the Mac's way of showing you the Ctrl key. All right, now I'll switchover to Mission Control and from here things could end up differing, depending on which version of the Operating System you're using. But what you want to do is hunt down any function keys that are listed just by themselves, such as F10 and F12 here, and change them to Ctrl along with that key.
So for example, once I highlight F10, I will press Ctrl+F10 and then I will highlight F12, which is what I've been telling you is a great keyboard shortcut for reverting the image to its last saved appearance, but it's going to switch you to the Dashboard the way things are. So go and press Ctrl+F12 for that guy as well. Then you can switch ahead to Spotlight. Now both of these keyboard shortcuts interfere with your ability to zoom inside of Illustrator. So what I recommend you do is highlight the first one and press Command+Ctrl+Spacebar so that you still have a shortcut for Spotlight.
And then for the next one, press Command+Ctrl+Option+ Spacebar, and you'll end up seeing this little Option character. All right, finally go ahead and switchover to Universal Access. And this is totally up to you; if you find these options to be useful, then by all means leave them turned on or switch them to different keyboard shortcuts. so they don't interfere with the ones that I added to Illustrator. But if you don't rely on, for example screen zooming, then just go ahead and click a couple of times on that checkbox--once to turn all the options on, and then to turn them all off.
And that way these shortcuts, Command+Option+8 and Command+Option+Backslash, will not interfere with those that I added to the Select menu. And that's it. Now you can close System Preferences in order to save your changes. And that's how you modify the Mac's OS-level keyboard shortcuts, so they don't interfere with Illustrator's default shortcuts or my custom ones.
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