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Illustrator CS6 Essential Training
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Saving time with keyboard shortcuts


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Illustrator CS6 Essential Training

with Justin Seeley

Video: Saving time with keyboard shortcuts

One of the keys to becoming more productive is to learn to utilize keyboard shortcuts, and when you're dealing with type, keyboard shortcuts can save you a ton of time. In this movie, I'll be going through some of my favorite Type shortcuts. But don't worry about going and writing them all down; you have access to something called the ai_cheat sheet, and it's located in the Extras folder of your exercise files. Inside of that document, if you scroll down to the TYPE KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS page, you'll be able see all of my favorite Type shortcuts in one convenient location.
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  1. 1m 15s
    1. What is Illustrator?
      1m 15s
  2. 2m 17s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 19s
  3. 41m 25s
    1. Understanding vector graphics
      5m 0s
    2. Setting preferences
      9m 24s
    3. Touring the interface
      9m 41s
    4. Exploring the panels
      6m 54s
    5. Working with the Control panel
      4m 25s
    6. Creating and saving workspaces
      6m 1s
  4. 43m 42s
    1. Creating files for print
      4m 42s
    2. Creating files for the web
      3m 36s
    3. Managing multiple documents
      3m 25s
    4. Navigating within a document
      5m 21s
    5. Using rulers, guides, and grids
      6m 59s
    6. Changing units of measurement
      1m 50s
    7. Using preview modes
      3m 10s
    8. Creating and using custom views
      3m 12s
    9. Locking and hiding artwork
      3m 43s
    10. Creating and using artboards
      7m 44s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. Setting your selection preferences
      5m 57s
    2. Using the Direct Selection and Group Selection tools
      4m 6s
    3. Using the Magic Wand tool
      5m 45s
    4. Using the Lasso tool
      4m 9s
    5. Selecting objects by attribute
      6m 48s
    6. Grouping objects
      3m 7s
    7. Using isolation mode
      4m 48s
    8. Resizing your artwork
      3m 55s
    9. Rotating objects
      2m 10s
    10. Distorting and transforming objects
      6m 26s
    11. Repeating transformations
      5m 6s
    12. Reflecting and skewing objects
      4m 54s
    13. Aligning and distributing objects
      4m 38s
  6. 29m 27s
    1. RGB vs. CMYK
      1m 46s
    2. Adjusting Illustrator color settings
      5m 10s
    3. Process vs. global swatches
      5m 6s
    4. Creating spot colors
      3m 40s
    5. Using the swatch groups
      2m 33s
    6. Working with color libraries
      3m 17s
    7. Importing swatches
      4m 4s
    8. Using the Color Guide panel
      3m 51s
  7. 57m 36s
    1. Understanding fills and strokes
      4m 18s
    2. Working with fills
      4m 58s
    3. Working with strokes
      8m 46s
    4. Creating dashes and arrows
      8m 1s
    5. Creating variable-width strokes
      4m 3s
    6. Using width profiles
      3m 31s
    7. Outlining strokes
      3m 51s
    8. Creating and editing gradients
      5m 45s
    9. Applying gradients to strokes
      3m 8s
    10. Applying and editing pattern fills
      4m 52s
    11. Creating your own pattern fill
      6m 23s
  8. 20m 20s
    1. Understanding paths
      2m 41s
    2. Understanding anchor points
      4m 20s
    3. Working with open and closed paths
      5m 28s
    4. Joining and averaging paths
      4m 9s
    5. Using the Scissors tool and the Knife tool
      3m 42s
  9. 37m 56s
    1. Understanding drawing modes
      4m 23s
    2. Creating compound paths
      5m 15s
    3. Creating compound shapes
      4m 11s
    4. Working with the Shape Builder tool
      6m 32s
    5. Working with the Blob Brush and Eraser tools
      5m 26s
    6. Working with the Paintbrush and Pencil tools
      7m 8s
    7. Smoothing and erasing paths
      5m 1s
  10. 35m 53s
    1. Exploring the Pen tool
      2m 39s
    2. Drawing straight lines
      5m 12s
    3. Drawing simple curves
      5m 23s
    4. Understanding the many faces of the Pen tool
      6m 10s
    5. Converting corners and curves
      1m 46s
    6. Your keyboard is your friend
      2m 14s
    7. Tracing artwork with the Pen tool
      12m 29s
  11. 35m 33s
    1. Adjusting your type settings
      4m 10s
    2. Creating point and area text
      3m 36s
    3. Basic text editing
      2m 14s
    4. Creating threaded text
      4m 59s
    5. Using the type panels
      9m 48s
    6. Creating text on a path
      5m 11s
    7. Converting text into paths
      1m 43s
    8. Saving time with keyboard shortcuts
      3m 52s
  12. 27m 25s
    1. Exploring the Appearance panel
      4m 44s
    2. Explaining attribute stacking order
      1m 40s
    3. Applying multiple fills
      3m 1s
    4. Applying multiple strokes
      4m 20s
    5. Adjusting appearance with live effects
      4m 46s
    6. Saving appearances as graphic styles
      8m 54s
  13. 20m 44s
    1. Exploring the Layers panel
      4m 18s
    2. Creating and editing layers
      3m 27s
    3. Targeting objects in the Layers panel
      3m 3s
    4. Working with sublayers
      3m 0s
    5. Hiding, locking, and deleting layers
      4m 14s
    6. Using the Layers panel menu
      2m 42s
  14. 46m 0s
    1. Placing images into Illustrator
      2m 53s
    2. Working with the Links panel
      6m 5s
    3. Embedding images into Illustrator
      3m 12s
    4. Cropping images with a mask
      5m 8s
    5. Exploring the Image Trace panel
      12m 14s
    6. Tracing photographs
      8m 6s
    7. Tracing line art
      4m 33s
    8. Converting pixels to paths
      3m 49s
  15. 19m 21s
    1. What are symbols?
      2m 45s
    2. Using prebuilt symbols
      3m 3s
    3. Using the Symbol Sprayer tool
      4m 19s
    4. Creating new symbols
      3m 50s
    5. Breaking the symbol link
      3m 19s
    6. Redefining symbols
      2m 5s
  16. 12m 9s
    1. Defining a perspective grid
      4m 29s
    2. Drawing artwork in perspective
      3m 49s
    3. Applying artwork to the grid
      3m 51s
  17. 35m 7s
    1. Printing your artwork
      6m 16s
    2. Saving your artwork
      2m 2s
    3. Saving in legacy formats
      3m 0s
    4. Saving templates
      4m 18s
    5. Creating PDF files
      5m 23s
    6. Saving for the web
      4m 46s
    7. Creating high-res bitmap images
      3m 58s
    8. Using Illustrator files in Photoshop and InDesign
      5m 24s
  18. 56s
    1. Next steps
      56s

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Illustrator CS6 Essential Training
8h 48m Beginner May 07, 2012

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Adobe Illustrator can be used to accomplish many different design tasks, from illustration to app development. This course demonstrates core concepts and techniques that can be applied to any workflow—for print, the web, or building assets that will find their way into other applications. Author Justin Seeley explains the elements that make up vector graphics (paths, strokes, and fills) while showing how to use each of the drawing tools, and demonstrates how to combine and clean up paths and organize them into groups and layers. The course also covers text editing, working with color, effects, and much more.

Topics include:
  • Understanding vector graphics
  • Creating and setting up files for print or web destinations
  • Selecting and transforming objects on the page
  • Creating spot colors
  • Applying fills, strokes, and gradients to artwork
  • Adjusting appearances and effects
  • Working with anchor points and paths
  • Drawing with the Pen tool
  • Creating text
  • Managing layers
  • Creating and using symbols
  • Printing, saving, and exporting artwork
Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Justin Seeley

Saving time with keyboard shortcuts

One of the keys to becoming more productive is to learn to utilize keyboard shortcuts, and when you're dealing with type, keyboard shortcuts can save you a ton of time. In this movie, I'll be going through some of my favorite Type shortcuts. But don't worry about going and writing them all down; you have access to something called the ai_cheat sheet, and it's located in the Extras folder of your exercise files. Inside of that document, if you scroll down to the TYPE KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS page, you'll be able see all of my favorite Type shortcuts in one convenient location.

I've also given you both shortcuts for Mac, and PC. Let me go over a few of these right here, and then we'll go into Illustrator, and I'll show you how they work. The first Shortcut that I use all the time is the increase and decrease Type Size. Now, this is going to be a little different if you've never done it before, but that's okay. When you have text selected inside of Illustrator, simply hold down the Shift key, and the Command or Control key, and then press the little gator mouth keys, or the less than greater than keys; I call them gator mouths. Once you do that, you'll be able to shrink the text up and down in specified increments, making it easy for you to change the font size on the fly, without having to go to the Character menu, or the control panel.

To decrease the type size, it's the exact the same thing; Shift, Command or Control, and then you hold down the less than key, or the little gator's mouth that points the other direction. You can also increase and decrease Leading as well. Leading is the distance between two lines of text. You select the two lines of text, then hold down the Option key on Mac, the Alt key on PC, and press the up or down arrow keys to increase or decrease the amount of space. Same holds true for Tracking. Select your text, hold down the Option key on Mac, the Alt key on PC, and then play around with the left and arrow keys.

That's going to increase the amount of space in between individual characters. If you find that you've messed your text up, or that you just need to reset everything, you can reset your Tracking and Kerning values back to zero by selecting the text, holding down the Command+ Option key on Mac, the Control+Alt on PC, and pressing the letter Q. Let's jump into Illustrator, and I'll show you some of these in action. Inside of Illustrator, I am going to create a brand new document, and hit OK. Inside of this new document, I'm just going to create some text. So I'll draw out a box; I am just going to paste in some text, like so.

Now it's time to start editing this text, utilizing some of those keyboard shortcuts I talked about before. I'm going to first select it by using Command+A or Control+A on my keyboard. Then I'm going to hold the Shift key, the Control key on Windows, the Command key on the Mac, and I am going to the press little gator's mouth that's right above the period key on your keyboard. As I start to press that, the text is bigger. When I press the little gator's mouth that's above the Comma key, it gets smaller. That's a great quick and easy way to change the font size of your text. If you look in my control panel, as I'm pressing these buttons, it's actually stepping up and down in two point increments.

So if I start out with 12 point text, I can go once to 14, 16, 18, all the way up to 22. And then I can go back just as quick as I got there. If I want to change the leading in between the lines, I can then hold down the Option are Alt key on my keyboard, and press the up or down arrow key on my keyboard, increasing the space between the lines. If I want to change the tracking of the text, I hold down that same key, Option or Alt, and then use the left and right arrow keys.

So if I press to the right, I increase the tracking; if I press to the left, I decrease the tracking. Let's push that up a little bit, increase the size of the leading, and for good measure, increase the font size as well. See how quickly I am able to change that text, simply by maneuvering around with my keyboard? Of course, it's going to take you some time to get used to that, but once you've mastered these keyboard shortcut keys, you'll be able to edit your text without even touching your mouse, and that's going to save you a ton of time.

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