Join Deke McClelland for an in-depth discussion in this video Touring your new keyboard shortcuts, part of Illustrator CC 2018 One-on-One Mastery.
- [Instructor] In this movie, I'll take you on a tour of what I consider to be some of the dekeKeys highlights. Now, I don't expect you to remember all of these. That's why I'm providing you with this documentation, so you can review it at your leisure and decide what stuff matters most to you. Now, the other thing to bear in mind is these are strictly keyboard equivalents. We're not talking about keyboard-mouse combos, like Alt-clicking or something along those lines. And that's because keyboard shortcuts are all you can modify using Illustrator's keyboard shortcuts command.
All right, I'm starting off on page three here because that's where the action really starts. Notice that I've changed Command-Option-C. And you know the drill by now. I'm looking at the Macintosh document. Command is the same as Ctrl on the PC, Option is the same as Alt, and Shift is the exact same thing as Shift. All right, so I've assigned Command-Option or Ctrl-Alt-C to hiding and showing the corner widgets inside of a live rectangle. Now, that's one of those remap shortcuts.
If we take a look at the Macintosh defaults here, you can see that it's originally assigned to an Envelope Distortion function called Make With Top Object, which doesn't really have much of a C in it, just the second-to-last letter. We also have Envelope Distort, Make With Mesh with a keyboard shortcut of Command-Option-M. And then if we scroll a couple of pages down here, for Envelope Distort, Make With Warp, we have a totally non-parallel shortcut of Command-Shift-Option-W.
Now, let me show you what's going on just in case you might find this interesting. I'm gonna switch to the last page in this document, the one that I'm calling the Old Garbage Page, by pressing Ctrl-Shift-Page Down. That's Command-Shift-Page Down on the Mac. And then I'll go ahead and grab my Ellipse tool from the Shape tool fly-out menu. And I'll draw an ellipse that's roughly the size of this little table right here. And then I'll go ahead and switch back to my black arrow tool, up here at the top of the toolbox, by pressing the V key. And I'll go ahead and marquee all these items like so.
And then I'll go to the Object menu, choose Envelope Distort. Notice these three commands. These were the ones that used to have those very different keyboard shortcuts. I'll choose Make With Top Object. That's the one that used to be Ctrl-Shift or Command-Shift-C. And I'll get this effect here. And that is a very cool effect. It's like we wrapped the text around a blimp or something. Thing is, how often are you gonna do that? And do you find Command-Shift or Ctrl-Shift-C to be a memorable shortcut for this effect? Speaking personally, I'm very happy choosing that command manually when I want it.
Whereas if I grab the Rectangle tool and draw a rectangle, and then I switch to the white arrow tool by pressing the A key, notice I've got these corner widgets right here. If I don't wanna see them, I have to go up the View menu and try to find that command. It's down here, Hide Corner Widget. So much easier just to press Ctrl-Alt-C or Command-Option-C on the Mac, and that's a toggle. So the first time I press the shortcut, the widgets disappear. And if I press it again, it brings them back. Anyway, so there's a little bit of reasoning where some of this stuff is concerned.
And that gave me a lot of freedom. Once I gave myself permission to remap all this stuff, for example, Command-Option-M, I set to Object, Pattern, Edit Pattern. Now, you may look at that and say, that's ridiculous, that totally falls into that category you were just complaining about. The letter M doesn't appear anywhere in this. Well, here's the thing. When I remapped Command-M to Object, Pattern, Make for the word Make, because I enjoy making patterns so very much, then it seems to be common sense to apply Command-Option-M to editing the pattern.
Now, this Command-Option-L is a very interesting one. I want you to see what was going on in the past. I'll go ahead and switch back to page three here. And you can see, by default, Command-Option-L makes a new layer. So if I switch to the first page, Command-L or Ctrl-L on the PC makes a new layer, but it doesn't display the dialog box. So you don't get to name and color the layer as you create it. Whereas if you press Command-Option-L, Ctrl-Alt-L on the PC, you get a dialog box, which is what's indicated by this dot, dot, dot.
The problem is, quite bizarrely, that new layer appears behind the current one instead of on top of it. And that is a function of the fact that if you press the Command and Option keys or Ctrl and Alt on the PC, and you click on that little page icon at the bottom of the Layers panel, that's a special trick for putting one layer behind another. For some reason, it carries over to the keyboard shortcut and that's not a good thing. So here's the solution I came up with. I went ahead and assigned Command-Shift-Option-L right here to New Layer with dialog box.
And that way, the new layer appears in front of the active ones, which to me, makes a heck of a lot more sense. And then, speaking of sense, that allowed me to take Command-Option-X, which was previously assigned here to this guy right here, Object, Live Paint, Make. X has nothing to do with Live Paint in my imagination. And so I was able to then assign Command-Option-X to File, Export Selection, the X for export. And I assigned Command-Option-L for Live Paint, Make.
This is the kind of reasoning I'm trying to pull off here. You might be skeptical of this one right here. Command-Option-Q for Select, Save Selection. That's where you select a bunch of objects and then you save that off in the Select menu in case you wanna just choose that command again in order to select all those objects. Well, here's my reasoning there. Command-Option-V for View, New View, that makes a lot of sense. And these were wide open keyboard shortcuts, by the way. And it's the same thing in a way. You're saving your view, that is, how far you zoomed in and where you're scrolled to, what part of the document you're looking at.
You save that in the View menu. And the View menu's just a couple of menus away from Select. And so I figured, maybe it'll make a little bit of sense to create some parody here. At least it's worked well for me. All right, so moving right along. Command-Shift-Option-A adds anchor points. So it doubles the number of anchor points in an object, which is why I thought I would apply Command-Shift-Option-Z, the opposite shortcut, to simplifying the path, removing points from it. We have Command-Shift-Option-R for Recolor Artwork.
I think that's pretty straightforward. This one is one that I think is really important. By default, Command-Shift-Option-B, I'll go ahead and scroll down to it here. This is, of course, Ctrl-Shift-Alt-B on the PC. It goes ahead and releases a blend. So if you create a blend, you press this and you release it, you destroy the blend. You almost never wanna do that. So why in the world would it get a keyboard shortcut when something you wanna do all the time, bring up the Blend Options dialog box, which normally, the only shortcut for that is double-clicking on a Blend tool, which is really difficult to find in the toolbox.
Instead, I'm gonna go ahead and reassign this shortcut, which again, works for me. I can't stress that enough. These are things that are making sense to me over time. I'm hoping they'll make sense to you. Here's a really interesting default one just to bear in mind. Command-Shift-Option-F goes ahead and highlights the font in the Character panel so that you can type a different font if you want to or arrow through them. Very useful keyboard shortcut. But notice this green asterisk. It refers to this guy right here. Command-Shift-Option-M does exactly the same thing.
And it's some kind of weird Quark Express holdover. I'm not sure why it's here, but I did not reassign it. You could if you want to. You can go ahead and reassign that shortcut without hurting the thin space. That's only gonna happen when text is selected. And so you might want to, but I didn't wanna do it because I know a lot of people find this secondary shortcut to be helpful. All right, let's see what else we've got. We've got modifiers with numbers. You can take a look at that. Command-9, I just figured I'd give it to Text Wrap, Make because it doesn't have anything normally.
And this Text Wrap, Make command, it's in the Object menu and it's very close by to Compound Path, Make and Clipping Mask, Make. And the rest of these commands here, you can look at them if you like. I'm gonna move on to page six, so that we can see something again. I feel like I'm tidying things up. Notice if you wanna release a clipping mask, which is actually a common operation, you have keyboard shortcut of Command-Option or Ctrl-Alt-7. But by default, I'll switch to this page inside the default document here, if you wanna do the same thing with a compound path, which is right next door in the Object menu, you have to add the Shift key for some reason.
So notice, it's Command-Shift-Option-8 and Command-Option-7. That isn't the way it used to be. Somebody messed this up years ago. And so I think it makes so much more sense that if you wanna release a compound path, which oftentimes you do, that's as common as ungrouping in Illustrator, then Command-Option-8 so that you have, once again, parody between these two commands. Then if you're working on a clipping mask and you wanna switch between editing the contents and the mask, you can press Command-Shift-Option-7, which is analogous to Command-Option-7 up here and so forth.
All right, let's see if there's anything interesting on page seven. There actually is. I really like this shortcut right here. Command-Shift-minus to change all the text, as long as it's not selected using the Type tool, as long as it's just selected with the arrow tool, for example. That will take all your text to lower case. Command-Shift-plus will change it all to upper case on the Mac. On the PC, you'll see right here. I'll go ahead and scroll forward. I wasn't able to get it to work. Ctrl-Shift-plus is unassignable.
So I decided to leave these keyboard shortcuts alone on the PC. I just want you to know. That's why you Mackintosh folks have 100 custom keyboard shortcuts, where you PC people only get 96. Hope you don't feel ripped off by that, but that's the way it is. All right, I'm gonna go ahead and move forward here. Couple of interesting things on this page. First of all, Expand, the Expand command. So the idea here is, maybe you know what it does, it will take something like a gradient and break it apart into a blend.
So it will expand it into its core path outlines. Thing is if the path contains special appearance attributes, for example, you have a couple of strokes piled on top of each other, then you have to use this second command, Expand Appearance. I don't know why they did this. One has a dialog box, one doesn't, typically. But the thing that's really confusing is only one of these commands is ever available and it's very difficult to predict which one it's gonna be. Which is why I'm giving you this keyboard shortcut, again, I found it to be useful, of Command-Shift-Option-[.
And so the idea here is if you wanna expand something, you just press mash-your-fist, left bracket. And if it doesn't work, because that's the wrong Expand command, then you just press mash-your-fist, right bracket. See if that works for you. And then this one, I think is great. Command-Shift-Option-; to clear all the guides inside of a document. I find sometimes when I send a document off to someone else, especially to get printed, that they'll look at the document and think, something's weird because there's all these cyan lines because they're not familiar with guides.
So I like to do a last-minute clean-up and get rid of all the guides from my final document. And so you may know, Command-; allows you to hide and show the guides. Whereas Command-Option-; will lock and unlock the guides. So I figured Command-Shift-Option-; will clear the guides. All right, we've only made it to page eight of a 14-page document in this case. So there's plenty more to discuss as we will in a future movie. But first, just in case you don't like all this junk, I wanna show you how to restore Illustrator's default shortcuts anytime you like.
Note: This course was revised for 2018. As Creative Cloud evolves, the training will be updated. Check back often for new videos, new feature reviews, and new ways to work.
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- Adjusting opacity with shortcuts
- Using advanced blend mode tricks
- Working with the Brushes panel
- Seamlessly repeating patterns
- Blending multiple mesh objects
- Reformatting text and numerical values
- Using the logo-making features in Illustrator
- Using the Libraries panel
- Working in 3D space