Chapter 7. Controlling Illustrator Through Preferences 11:03

  • Preferences make the program yours
    • More efficient
    • Faster because of hardware
    • Perfect your workflow
    • Change per workflow
  • Random valuable settings follow
  • Preferences key: Command-K
  • General
    • Keyboard increment
      • Arrow key moves by one increment
      • Shift-arrow moves by ten increments
        • Important for symbol placement on keycaps
      • Set to 0.1mm
    • Constraint angle sets the axis on which your tools draw
    • Precise Cursors sets default between gross and fine selection cursor
      • Hold caps-lock to access tool via hold-and-release
    • Scale Stroke and Effects controls whether or not effects resized when you resize the object with drag-and-resize
  • Sync Settings
    • Not on my box
    • Synchronizes between multiple boxes
    • Settings
      • How do we reset all of them?
        • Via here
        • Delete the Adobe Illustrator Prefs file, it will be regenerated on startup
      • Can we define different settings profiles?
        • Seemingly not
        • Could use Git
  • Units
    • Configured with: Millimeters
    • For everything
    • Identify Objects By: XML ID
      • Might make it easier to work with Inkscape/XML tools?
  • Plug-Ins & Scratch Disks
    • Can speed up image manipulation by dividing load between disks
    • Depends on disk speed
  • User Interface
    • Brightness themes
    • Custom: 64%
    • Tabs and not-auto collapse are good