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Streamlining by disabling dialog boxes

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Video: Streamlining by disabling dialog boxes

In this exercise, I am going to show you how to disable those dialog boxes, so Illustrator just plows through the action. We will also see the big drawback of working that way and then in the next exercise, I will show you the solution, which involves a little bit of hacking with the Text Editor as you'll see. So I am still working away inside Musical review.ai, but I have a couple of other files open as well. I've got Variation 1.ai and I have Variation 2.ai and they're both found inside that very same 30_actions folder.

Streamlining by disabling dialog boxes

In this exercise, I am going to show you how to disable those dialog boxes, so Illustrator just plows through the action. We will also see the big drawback of working that way and then in the next exercise, I will show you the solution, which involves a little bit of hacking with the Text Editor as you'll see. So I am still working away inside Musical review.ai, but I have a couple of other files open as well. I've got Variation 1.ai and I have Variation 2.ai and they're both found inside that very same 30_actions folder.

So I am going to start things off in the original Musical review.ai file. And notice here inside of the panel that we've got these little squares with dot, dot, dots in them, that's a very miniscule dialog box, is the idea. And if it appears black, it means all the dialog boxes in that action or in that action set are turned on. If it appears red, it means some are on and some are off. So I could, for example, notice if I twirl open Default Actions, we've got some actions that don't involve dialog boxes, so we don't even see space holders for dialog boxes there.

And then we have got a few dialog boxes turned on and a few turned off and so forth. If I were to click on that red dialog box, I would turn them all off, which generally speaking is a pretty dangerous thing to do because now if I click in there again, it's going to turn them all on, so I have no idea of which ones really need dialog boxes on and which ones really don't.So I don't suggest that you click on a red dialog box. In my case, I did it to Default Actions, which I loathe so I don't care. But anyway I am going to twirl that close.

What I recommend you do instead, is just go ahead and click on the dialog box in front of either an operation name or in front of the action name to turn off the dialog boxes that are associated with that operation or action. So in my case, I am going to turn off the one in front of Save for Web PNG 8/64, and that goes in and turns off the dialog box in front of dekeSet as well, because that's the only action in dekeSet right now. Now let's go ahead and play back it back. So I will go ahead and click the Play button right there, and it doesn't seem like anything has happened, but in fact you just play back the action.

It just so happened that you didn't see a bunch of dialog boxes and it took next to no time for that action to play, less than a second in fact. So let's go ahead and check out this file inside the Bridge. If I click on Go to Bridge in order to bring up the Bridge, and I train it on the 30_actions folder, I will see that there is a file called Musical review.png. There was a file like that that I created just two exercises ago, as you may recall, Illustrator automatically saved over it. It's something to be very careful of by the way is Illustrator will save over files when you are playing back actions without even telling you. Danger! So you need to make sure that you have got all your ducks in a row or you need to make sure that your files are backed up, so you don't care if they get over saved as you're learning. All right! I am going to switch back to Illustrator by clicking on the little boomerang icon.

Now I want you to see the real problem, the larger problem associated with turning off the dialog box. I am going to twirl open, Save for Web and I am going to go ahead and scroll to the bottom, and I am going to increase the width of my Actions panel even further and scroll again so that I can show you that the entire path is mapped out here. So Illustrator didn't just save all the settings, it saved that I went to my Exercise Files folder on the desktop, then inside 30_actions and then I save the file as Musical reviw.png.

It actually pays attention to the file name, which is insane. That is such a bad idea on Illustrator's part, but and I will show you the problem in the second. But you would think, you would be able to grab this guy, right? There is a Trashcan right there, and look, it even lights up when you drag and drop it on to the Trashcan, it just doesn't happen to work. If I go ahead and select that piece and I click on a Trashcan, Illustrator says, hey do you want to delete that selection? And I say, Yes and then I guess Illustrator decides, well you don't get to.

I figured, I'd ask you first, before I said No, was what Illustrator was doing there. So you can't delete just a single part of an operation, just not possible, so check it out. Let me show you the problem with this. I am going to go and twirl this guy back closed and make my panel narrower. I will go up to Variation 1.ai; you probably see where I'm going with this. I will click on the action, I will play it back, it's done. All right! So the only way to check out whether it worked or not or how it worked is to go back to the Bridge.

Now notice, for one thing there is no file called Variation 1.png but there is this file called Musical review.png and it now looks like Variation 1. Gosh! you know, I bet, the chances are really good. If I return to Illustrator and I go to Variations number 2 and I go ahead and play that action again, and then I go back to the Bridge, then sure enough, Musical review looks exactly like Variation 2.ai. So not to make fun of it too much because this is actually a real big problem, but I do want you to know that the problem exists.

So if you go turning off the dialog boxes during a save operation or an export operation, technically, this is an export operation as we'll see. If you do that, then Illustrator is going to be over saving and saving on that exact same file name over and over again. Big huge problem! So what in the world do you do? Well, you get that file name out of there. I am going to go back to Illustrator. What we need to do, is we need to take this action right there and we need to take this line of code, and we need to edit it, so it no longer has a file name in it.

And we are going to do that exact thing in the very next exercise.

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Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery

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  1. 37m 22s
    1. Welcome
      45s
    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
      58s
    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
      33s
    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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