Chapter 101. Managing Layer Panel Options 10:23

  • Isolation mode will be useful for working with individual keyboard-layers while still being able to see how things look overall
  • Double-click on an object to go into isolation mode automatically
    • Use that back arrow in the top-middle thing
    • Exit by double-clicking on the artboard
  • Select an object with the Direct Selection tool and search for it in a layer and it will list all instances it can find
  • Merge selection layers
  • Flatten every layer into a single layer
  • Select N things and collect in a new layer
  • Release to layers
    • Sequence: NA
    • Build: NA
  • Make the layer a template
  • Option-Show/Hide will hide/show everything but that layer
  • Out line others: WOW
    • Option-command click to do it too
    • Preview all layers to show them again
  • Lock Others
    • Option-Click
  • Paste Remembers Layers: Neat
  • There are general options for the layer panel itself
    • Show Layers Only
    • Make layers big
    • Do I need sub-layers shown?

Chapter 100. Layer Panel Options 4:26

  • Double-click layer name to change it
  • Each layer’s options are configured individually
  • Template Layer
    • Not designed to print
    • Designed to guide you
  • You can disable a layer from printing
    • Make it easy to read on a computer and also printed
    • Instructions on how to do something
  • Preview a whole layer
  • Dim images

Chapter 99. Generating Layers And Moving Objects 5:34

  • Two workflows in AI
    • Path of logic and order
      • Watch what you are doing
      • Organize the document up front
    • Having fun with the journey
      • Don’t watch what you are doing logically
      • End up with complicated document in one layer
  • Layers → Properties → Flatten Artwork
    • Flatten all layers
    • Cool!
  • In the Layer panel you can expand that layer to show all of the objects that live inside of it
    • Groups are containers so they are expandable
  • If you aggressively utilize Groups for all of you Objects then even if you did place everything in one layer you can easily pull out group(s) of objects into a new layer.
  • For each layer you choose a color of the bounding box for when you select something in that layer
    • This helps you make sense of making selections in a multi-layer document
  • When you make selections in one layer a little filled square appears on the right side of the layer. If you drag that box into a another layer that will move those objects into that layer.
  • Paste-in-place → many uses
  • Cannot wait to set up the keyboard using AI

Chapter 98. Layer Basics 4:31

  • Layers useful but more critical for raster programs
  • Layers are for control
  • Visibility shows and hides objects
  • Locks enable and disable ability to select objects in layer
  • Objects have stacking order
    • Object → Arrange → Send to Back
    • Control Z-Order in layer itself
  • Next order is panel itself: panel stacking order in layers Panel

Chapter 89. Adding Fonts With TypeKit 4:54

  • TypeKit Fonts
  • Fonts create the mood for the word
  • There are thousands of fonts and yet people are always looking for more
  • New feature of AI is to access the TypeKit Fonts (TKF)
  • Adobe Garamond is based on Garamond
    • Adobe Garamond Premier Pro is based on Robert Slimbach visited a museum, looked at Garamond’s metal punches and type designed, and based on that refined the existing Garamond. That is the difference.
  • TypeKit gives you access to all Adobe fonts. Wow.
  • Inexhaustible source of fonts for any medium

The Ultimate Meditation Hack

A lot of us meditators feel like we can’t get our feet off the ground when it comes to our meditative practice. Typically it goes something like this:

  • Meditate thirty minutes per day
  • For seven days
  • Then, never meditate again for six months
  • Finally, the beginning and try again

Actually, that is fine because practice is practice. There is an easier way though that I call the ultimate meditation hack.

Continue reading “The Ultimate Meditation Hack”

Chapter 88. Converting Type To Outlines 6:28

  • When you convert text to outline you lose control of it as a font but gain more features
  • Envelope Distort
    • V
    • Select Text
    • Option-Shift-Command-W
    • Preview On
  • Now that you converted the text to an outline and modified it with envelope distort you can’t modify it as text but you can modify it using the envelope distort tool itself
    • Object → Envelope Distort → Edit Contents
    • Envelope Release shows you the mask because it separates the path and the Text
    • Say you can’t print to a four color press so you select the object and Expand it. Now as press can handle it. Is this an issue for keycaps?
      • Now it is no longer text, can’t fix any of it.
  • Type → Create Outlines : Turns anything into an outline
  • You can do a lot of things on text without converting it to an outline
    • But if you are going to press you gotta convert it to outline

Chapter 87. Adding Text To A Circle 6:52

  • Doing two things
    • Put text on circle
    • How in AI do you put two different kinds of text going in two directions on the same physical path?
  • One way is to use two circle, simple
  • Split the circle, add text, center it, click on the handle and center it for real
  • Pull up on the handle to put the text on the opposite side of the path
  • Great demo of baseline shifting

Chapter 86. Text And The Eyedropper Tool 5:18

  • When an Object is selected and you click something with the Eye Dropper tool you will change the strong of the selected object
  • Many tools show their options you double click them
    • You can configure it to copy or not and apply or not both Character Style and Paragraph Style
  • Command turns the pointer into Selection Tool so you can use it to select stuff and then release it to return to the selected tool. This is helpful for using the Eye Dropper tool.
  • Option-Eye-Dropper change’s it’s behavior
    • No-Option-Eye-Dropper is PULL IN from object
    • Option-Eye-Dropper is PUSH OUT to object
      • In other words you don’t have to select something to perform that modification
      • T-Over-Eyedropper
        • Can reproduce this with text