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The Power Of Illustrator Actions | Illustrator Tutorial

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Everybody and welcome back to tipped art. Today we are inside of Illustrator doing a bit of an advanced tutorial on how to create our own actions to incorporate into our workflow to save us time and to keep things moving when doing complicated and repetitive tasks. Now, if those note actions are basically a set of commands, we can think of them like keyboard. Macros perform a series of tasks inside a piece of software to repeatedly make sort of the same action over and over again without having to go through the entire process, for example. I’ve been working on some isometric stuff recently, and I wanted to create an action that skiers scales and rotates my artwork or whatever artwork is selected into different isometric planes, for example. I have three actions tied to the keyboard here, which turn flat shapes, interitum isometric ones, for example, isometric, floor, isometric, left and isometric, right, and I have three more commands that reverse that again as well so we can turn them back to their original shapes. Okay, now as you can see when I’m pressing all of these things, it’s actually running through the actions in the window here, and I’m gonna take you through how to make these because it sort of stands – in good stead of how to create a slightly complicated action. So I’m gonna do that. The first thing you need to do if you don’t see, this panel is just go to window and then actions and it will pop up. You’ll probably see this panel, though, and you’ll see default actions and there’ll be a whole list of different actions down here now. There are some different ones, which are quite useful like you’re reducing a passive tea to say maybe 60 like that automatically just things that could save you a few clicks, but this really comes into play when you start making your own ones so. I’m going to take you through setting up. Some of these electrum is a metric ones now. And you guys can think of your own uses for this. The first thing you need to do is create a new action set, which is basically a folder to put all your actions in. I’m gonna call this one isometric tutorial, and this creates a folder for you. You then need to start recording your new action, so we’re going to create a new action here and we’ll call this one flat to floor, which basically takes any that shape and turns it into the angle that you need for isometric shapes. Okay, in this case, the floor or ceiling on the shape, So I don’t know what access that would be X and Y am. I supposed anyway, you hit record. But if you want to assign a key first, you could assign it to any of the function keys with any combination of shift and control. And if you want to give it a color as well as soon as you hit record, you’ll notice that this little record icon is greyed out and you can only stop recording. Don’t worry, it doesn’t take into account the time you take to do things, but it will take into account pretty much anything that you click inside of illustrator, for example, if I wanted to create an isometric floor out of this shape and I’m just going to spout some numbers here that sound like I’m making them up, but they’re not. They’ve been sort of judged by people to create a near enough, perfect isometric art. I think to sort of three decimal points, so let’s first we’ll transform this so object transform and scale. Now I know to make Isometric artwork. I need to first of all shift this down in vertical to 86 point naught 6 4 % height. OK, non uniform and you can see when I do that. It’s actually created a little scale option under the flat to floor here, so you’ve got all those properties that we just set in their own little action. The next action we need to do is to share this object so object Transform Shear and negative 30 degrees will do for now. Obviously, if you’re not creating isometric art where this doesn’t apply to you, but it shows you how to construct your own sort of actions, then object, transform, rotate and negative 30 degrees. Excuse me, here is something that is important whilst I’m undoing these, It doesn’t actually undo from the action, so I can undo all those shapes I just made, and if I stop this action. They’d still be in there. Okay, so you has to be really careful when you’re making these things that you don’t actually make a mistake, so we can just delete that whole section and we can start again. We can call it flat to floor. Yeah, okay, and we can begin recording object, transform scale eighty-six point, not six 4% Yeah, okay, then object transform shear, and its negative 30 degrees shear angle and then object transform, rotate 30 degrees, and that creates our first shape. We’re happy with that now. We know that’s an isometric shape on the floor we can hit stop and we’ve got our complete flat to floor Isometric adjuster there. Okay, now that is it in terms of creating a complete action If I now click this shape and then click play with this selected. It will do that to any shape that. I’ve got like I said you can assign it to a button if you want to as well. Mines assigned to shift F to, for example, But because I’ve just deleted mine, It’s now actually just deleting those objects for me, which isn’t very useful, so that’s it. I thought there is to making an action. Okay, you can do it for sort of anything. It doesn’t just have to be properties. You can do it for exporting. You can do it for saving a document you can you can do the? Photoshop people use them often to take a bunch of images of a different size and export them all at the same size. That sort of thing have a bit of a play with it. See what you can do? It can actually be really powerful in terms of saving time for those who want the full set of isometric actions. I’ve made I’ve actually hosted them on my Web site. That’s just tipped up to X Y. Zed /res don’t HTML. That will take you or just go tips up like I said that will take you to the resources page and you can actually download these actions pre-made from there. So if you want to do that, you’re very welcome to do so and have some fun, creating some isometric artwork. In the meantime, though I’ve enjoyed this tutorial on that, It’s a bit of a weird niche one, but I just figured it out, and I thought I might as well share the knowledge. If you liked it, let me know, make sure to subscribe. Ring the bell. All of that stuff that Youtube tells you to do nowadays, and hopefully I’ll see you all next time on the next episode of Tip Top 5 for more tips, tricks and tutorials. Thanks for watching.