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Remapping your Macintosh OS shortcuts

From: Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Advanced

Video: Remapping your Macintosh OS shortcuts

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.

Remapping your Macintosh OS shortcuts

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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Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Advanced

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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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