Join Deke McClelland for an in-depth discussion in this video Introducing my custom keyboard shortcuts, part of Illustrator CC 2013 One-on-One: Advanced.
In this movie, I'll walk you through the various custom keyboard shortcuts that will be available to you if load my dekeKeys. And that way you'll have a sense of what you're getting into. And then, I'll show you how to load dekeKeys in the next movies. So, notice that I have a couple of HTML files that are available to you as well. That you can load in your favorite web browser. And they're slightly different by the way, for Windows and for the Mac. So while the Windows shortcuts open over here on the left, and the Macintosh shortcuts open on the right.
And notice this text at the top, here. It tells you that these tables list every single shortcut. Whether it's a Default shortcut that ships along with Photoshop, or it's one of them that I changed. The Default shortcuts are listed in black, and the custom dekeKeys shortcuts appear in red. Now, when you're assigning your own shortcuts, you should know that you cannot assign the Windows key, when working under Windows. And that's the key that has the Windows logo on it. Nor can you employ the Menu key, the one that looks like a little popup menu, also known as the Application key.
For those of you who are working on the Mac, the little clover leaf key is the key that also reads Command. So, that's your Cmd key. When you're creating your own custom shortcuts, you cannot assign the Macintosh Ctrl key, so that's off limits. Now, things start off a little different here on the Mac than they do on the PC and that's because the Mac has an Illustrator menu that the PC does not include. So we've got the standard keyboard shortcuts, so Cmd+K for general preferences, Command comma for units. If you scroll down here, you'll see that the Hide Illustrator Command, which if this were another program, would have a keyboard short cut of Cmd+H.
Has no shortcut at all and that's because Cmd+H hides the selection edges inside of Illustrator. But, if you want to hide the other application besides Illustrator, then you can press the standard keyboard shortcut of Cmd+Option+H. And then of course, you can quit Illustrator. By pressing Cmd+Q. I'll go ahead and zoom down here to the File menu so that we can see that we now have parity between Illustrator for the Mac and Illustrator for Windows. So we've got these various keyboard shortcuts that are available to you by default.
Now you may wonder at the order in which I'm listing the keys. For example, say for web, I've listed it as Ctrl+Shift+Alt+S whereas, if we go over to Illustrator, and look in the File menu, say for web has, a shortcut of Alt+Shift+Ctrl+S. So the keys are listed in the opposite order, why is that? Well, that's because, notice that all the keyboard shortcuts are right aligned. So, we're seeing the letters in alignment with each other. And then we're seeing all the Ctrl keys in alignment with each other.
And then all the Shift keys in alignment. And then all the Alt keys, assuming they're at the end. Now, that's not how I've listed things in the table. All the shortcuts are appearing flush left. And that means that I need to list the Ctrl keys first to have them in alignment. And then the Shift keys second. And then the Alt keys third. And then finally, the Letter keys. That would be Cmd+Shift+Option+Letter key here on a Mac. And that's the way it's done. That's the way people talk about keyboard shortcuts. They don't say Alt+Shift+Ctrl+S, they say Ctrl+Shift+Alt+S.
Just so's you know. Now, this is one of my first custom keyboard shortcuts here. Ctrl+Alt+D for place, it's Cmd+Option+D on the Mac and that's based on a very old keyboard shortcut that was first introduced by Page Maker years and years ago. I've got mash your fists, that is Ctrl+Shift+Alt+X for Export. That's Cmd+Shift+Option+X on the Mac. Notice that you'll occasionally see a keyboard shortcut difference between Windows and the Mac. For example, the revert command is F12 under Windows, whereas it's Cmd+Option+Z on the Mac.
And that is a default setting, so I left it alone. Alright, I'm going to go ahead and scroll down here to a group of shortcuts that I've introduced. And I want you to see them both here on the Mac and the PC. So I'll go ahead and scroll up a little bit here. Notice under the Path sub menu, so all the menus by the way appear in grey as do the sub menus. So this is the Path sub menu under the Object menu. And so for the Outline Stroke Command, I've assigned the shortcut of Ctrl+\, that's Cmd+\ on the Mac, for Offset Path it's Ctrl+Shift+\, Cmd+Shift+\ on the Mac.
And then notice these two guys here, the Simplify Command a very useful command for simplifying your paths. I've given it a shortcut of mash your fist C, on both platforms. The Add Anchor Points Command, which will add an anchor point to every segment. So, if you start with the circle with four points, then it'll turn it into a circle with eight points and so forth. As the shortcut now of mash your fist A on both platforms, and then divide objects below which will take for example, a line. And then you can put it on top of a circle and then choose this Command and it'll sever the circle in half.
That gets a shortcut of mash your fist backslash on both platforms. Now, check this one out. To make a pattern, I've given you a shortcut of Ctrl+M, or Cmd+M on the Mac. On a PC, Ctrl+M otherwise goes unused, so this becomes a very useful shortcut. On a Mac, I reassigned it. By default, it minimizes the application. That's not something I use it for, I'd much rather take advantage of this shortcut to make a new pattern. All right, now I'll go ahead and scroll down a little bit more. We've got all kinds of shortcuts that are available to you.
For example, if you want to bring up the Glyphs panel, it's mash your fist G, for Glyphs. We also have these shortcuts that allow you to change the case of your text. This isn't changing your text from standard text to all caps. As in the All Caps style. You're actually changing out the letter. So you're switching to all upper case or all lower case or title case, or sentence case, by pressing these keyboard shortcuts. So, again, I'm not going to list every single one of them for you. But you can check them out by scrolling through this chart.
You can even print the chart if you like. But I will warn you that it's going to take up 16 sheets of paper. And that's because there are a ton. Of shortcuts available to you in Illustrator. Anyway I'll go ahead and escape out. Notice these Commands under the Select menu, and then we have this same sub-menu. And I like these Commands a lot. For example, if I had a blue object, blue path that I had selected, then I could choose this Command, Fill & Stroke, in order to get all the other. Blue paths inside my illustration.
And what I've done is I've assigned my favorite of these Ctrl+Alt or Cmd+Option on the Mac here, along with a letter or number key. And these are all numbers and punctuation signs that are just left over, that are just available to me. So that's why I went with 4 for Fill & Stroke. Mash your fist for the entire Appearance. And then we've got Ctrl+Alt+, for fill color, Ctrl+Alt+. For Stroke Color. Obviously that's Cmd+Option over here on a Mac, and then finally Ctrl+Alt+\, or Cmd+Option+\, for Stroke Weight.
If you want to select all the objects on the same layer, just Ctrl+Alt+1 or Cmd+Option+1. Direction handles. I figured it should be a curvy number like an eight. Alright, I'll go ahead and scroll down here farther. We have here under the Effect menu, you can see the extremely useful Transform Command. I've assigned a keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+E or Cmd+E on a Mac. That again was totally available Ctrl or Cmd+E is not assigned to anything else in Illustrator by default. For Drop Shadow which is the next must useful effect hence E, I gave it a shortcut of Ctrl+Alt+E here in the PC or Cmd+Option+E on the Mac and around corners its Mash your fist R on both platforms.
Then what you want to do is scroll down this list, there's a bunch of other stuff here, in addition to various Menu Commands that are available to you. There's all these special shortcuts that are assigned by default in Illustrator when working with text. So you might want to take a look at them. For example, you can select the tracking value by pressing Ctrl+Alt+K, or Cmd+Option+K on a Mac. And that's something that's just available by default. I only went ahead and changed one panel option, and that's to create a new Swatch. You can now press Ctrl+Shift+=.
It appears as Ctrl+Shift+=, or Cmd+Shift+ on the mac. Alright then, if you scroll down to the tools here, you may recall from the fundamentals course that, we switched a few of the Tool shortcuts around. For example, I changed the Blob Brush to B, and I changed the Paintbrush to Shift+B. And I changed the Eraser to E. And I changed free transform to Shift+E, and then, if I scroll up here a little bit, you can see I changed the ellipse to shift M. And I changed the shape builder tool to L.
So that's all that stuff we did. Once again back in the fundamental scores. All these other shortcuts are just the ones that I added. So we've got Shift+A for the art tool, which I think makes sense. We've got Shift+Y+Z for the two grid tools here. We've got Shift+G for gone. For the Polygon tool and so forth down the list. So you can go ahead and check those guys out as well and then the only other change I made is way down here at the bottom of the list. You can change the opacity of selected objects by pressing Keys.
Now in Photoshop. If you press, let's say, the 1 key. You'll change the opacity of the active layer to 10%. Well it seemed to me that just pressing number keys by themselves was a little bit dangerous, so I added Shift. So it's Shift+1 for 10%, Shift+2 for 20%, all the way up to Shift+0. For 100%, and then of course, if you like, if you use blend modes a lot, you could assign shortcuts to those as well. But for my part, I've left them open. And that friends, is a comprehensive list of all the shortcuts that are available to you inside of Illustrator, both the Default shortcuts and the ones that you will be adding.
When you install my Custom D key short cuts.
- Installing dekeKeys, Deke's free custom keyboard shortcuts
- Understanding the color-managed workflow
- Creating a multicolor blend
- Establishing a clipping mask
- Blending different levels of opacity
- Combining a letterform with a path outline
- Warping logo type around a circle
- Adding neon blur and bokeh in Photoshop
- Mixing and matching color harmonies
- Recoloring artwork
- Working with the Calligraphic, Scatter, and Art Brushes
- Creating translucency
- Editing attributes in the Appearance panel
- Adjusting and updating dynamic effects
Skill Level Advanced
Q: This course was updated on 09/26/2014. What changed?
A: Deke updated 7 movies to reflect changes in the 2014 version of Illustrator CC. The movies cover Illustrator preferences, updates to blends, and more. Make sure to watch the revised movies (marked "UPDATED") to stay up to date.