Adobe Illustrator CC 2020

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Mike's Pen Tool Practice Guide

• You can draw a lot of things with the Bezier pen tool! Open this practice file in Adobe Illustrator CC 2020 or older and you can try 21 example artboards that teach you how to use the Pen Tool. What you master in Illustrator will also apply to the Pen Tool in InDesign and Photoshop. Mac and Windows compatible. This Adobe Illustrator file is zip-compressed and must be unzipped on your computer in order to open the file in Illustrator CC

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Mike's Pen Tool Practice for Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator CC 2020 a complete tour of preferences

• Illustrator CC 2020: a complete tour of preferences 8 pages with screenshots showing all program preferences as well as how to change global typesetting defaults and how to reset preferences for troubleshooting. Learn where to adjust the size of anchor points onscreen in order to make editing vector drawings an easier experience. See where to adjust Illustrator for performance, and where it should scratch to an external hard drive. See which tools can be double-clicked to expose even more settings. Preferences are not only under the Illustrator/Edit menu, but are scattered in hard-to-find locations throughout Illustrator. Mac and Windows. Page size is 8.5" x 11"

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Illustrator CC 2020 tour preferences

Adobe Illustrator CC 2020 shape tools guide

• Illustrator CC 2020 shape tools guide. Learn all eleven shape drawing tools and also learn about their modifier keys such as Cmd/Ctrl, Opt/Alt, Shift and Spacebar. You can drag to make a shape, or you can click the artboard to define a shape by means of a dialog box. You can draw a lot of things without the Bezier pen tool! Mac and Windows. Page size is 8.5" x 11"

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Illustrator CC 2020 shape tools

Adobe Illustrator CC 2020 keyboard shortcuts

• A PDF of Illustrator CC 2020 frequently-used keyboard shortcuts. This listing of shortcuts is for most common operations being performed on a drawing. By employing a couple of dozen shortcuts, you can enjoy much faster productivity. Mac and Windows. Page size is 8.5" x 11"

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Illustrator CC 2020 keyboard shortcuts

Adobe Illustrator CC 2020 tools, shortcuts, and modifier keys

• A PDF detailing all Illustrator CC 2020 tools, and shortcuts, and modifier keys. This is a two-page listing of the 99 tools and their various modifier keys. Mac and Windows. Page size is 8.5" x 11"

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Illustrator CC 2020 tools modifiers

Adobe Illustrator CC 2020 tools and shortcuts

• A PDF detailing all Illustrator CC 2020 tools, and shortcuts. This is a one-page listing of the 99 tools in the tool panel. Mac and Windows. Page size is 8.5" x 11"

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Illustrator CC 2020 tools panel

Mike's 2-Handed Vector Pen Tool Technique 2020

• A PDF that explains the (Pierre Bezier) vector-drawing Pen tool technique in Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop. Drawing with the Pen tool takes practice. The Pen tool is nearly-but-not-quite identical in these three applications. This guide illustrates how to draw changing among the three tools: the Pen tool for making anchor points, the Direct Selection tool for moving anchor points, and the Anchor Point tool for converting between straight and curved segments. By learning to hold the Cmd/Ctrl key to invoke the Direct Selection tool and holding the Opt/Alt key to invoke the Anchor Point tool, you can begin to draw vector shapes more efficiently and productively. All the numerous icons are defined for all the ways the Pen tool operates. In addition, this guide shows the Path Segment Reshape Function as well as the corner-rounding widget, both of which are related to vector drawing. Mac and Windows. Page size is 8.5" x 11"

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Mikes Two Handed Pen Tool Technique 2020

Adobe Bridge CC 2020 keyboard shortcuts

• A PDF of Adobe Bridge CC 2020 frequently-used keyboard shortcuts. Learn to drive repetitive tasks in Adobe Bridge/Photoshop even faster with a couple of dozen keyboard shortcuts. From batch renaming to Slideshow mode to Review mode to the Output module workspace, there is a lot of possiblities for the productivity of keyboard shortcuts. Mac and Windows. Page size is 8.5" x 11"

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Bridge CC 2020 keyboard shortcuts

Adobe Illustrator CC 2020 keyboard shortcuts poster

• A 14 x 20 poster of Illustrator CC 2020 keyboard shortcuts for both Mac and Windows

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Illustrator CC 2020 poster

Adobe Illustrator CC 2020 Swatch Libraries

• A PDF preview guide of Illustrator CC 2020 Swatch Panel Libraries of Colors and Patterns. Mac and Windows. Page size is 8.5" x 11"

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Illustrator CC 2020 swatches

Adobe Illustrator CC 2020 Brush Libraries

• A PDF of Adobe Illustrator CC 2020 Brushes Guide, showing previews of all the 25 brush libraries. Mac and Windows. Page size is 8.5" x 11"

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Illustrator CC 2020 Brushes

Adobe Illustrator CC 2020 Symbols Libraries

• A PDF for browsing Illustrator CC 2020 symbols from all the symbols libraries. Mac and Windows. Page size is 8.5" x 11"

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Illustrator CC 2020 Symbols

Adobe Illustrator CC 2020 Graphic Styles Libraries

• A PDF for browsing Illustrator CC 2020 graphic styles from the Graphic Styles libraries (except for the Additive graphic styles). Mac and Windows. Page size is 8.5" x 11"

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Illustrator CC 2020 Graphic Styles

Pica Ruler

• A printable PDF twelve-inch-long ruler with Picas on one side and inches on the other. When you print it from Acrobat, take care not to print it with the automatic Fit turned on. Also, most printing devices may vary in their accuracy, so scaling it up or down slightly may be necessary.

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Pica Inch Ruler 2019

Mike's Custom Illustrator Tool Panel

• A zipped-up Illustrator Custom Tool Panel for Illustrator CC 2020 for installing a custom tool panel with almost all the tools showing.

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To install: download the zip file and then unzip/extract the one file (named Tools Panel Presets) from the zip package. Copy and paste or move this file into the following Illustrator CC folder:

Mac OS: UserName • Library • Preferences • Adobe Illustrator 23 Settings • en_US • Tools

Windows: Users • UserName • AppData • Roaming • Adobe • Adobe Illustrator 23 Settings • en_US • x64 • Tools

Once the file is copied into the en_US • Tools folder, restart Illustrator CC 2020 and click on Window > Tools > Mikes Custom Illustrator Tool Panel.

You can dock this tool panel and you can you change it from one to two columns and you can edit it, too, by clicking the button on the bottom that shows three dots. Some of the rarer tools remain grouped together, but most are showing. Enjoy!

Mikes Custom Illustrator Tool Panel 2019

Illustrator Wireframe Globe JavaScript

• A zipped-up file for Illustrator for making a wireframe globe shape

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Illustrator javascript wireframe globe icon

Real Lorem Ipsum English-language placeholder text

• A placeholder textfile to replace the default Illustrator CC 2020 (and earlier) Lorum Ipsum text. Download and unzip and place this "placeholder.txt" file into the main Adobe Illustrator application/program folder. This causes an English language translation of Cicero's de Finibus text to flow into your layout instead of the default Lorem Ipsum Latin text when you choose to Fill with Placeholder text. (You then have to restart Illustrator CC 2020, for it to begin working.) Pictured is Roman Senator Cicero, the origin of Lorem Ipsum sample Latin text. Also included is a version saved in .docx and .rtf, in case you would like to read it.

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Roman Senator Cicero

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