Stylism makes eight of the most used native Illustrator live effects interactive, giving complete control over the options. I hope you’ve already used this and if you haven’t then try it now (download Stylism 14 day free trial!). Today’s guide shows how to speed up your workflow with Stylism by using keyboard shortcuts. This information, along with Stylism’s instructional product movies, will help you get the most from this unique plug-in!
When dragging a slider this will constrains the value to either a whole number or (for percentage) to the nearest 10% increment.
When dragging the Drop Shadow offset control Shift will constrain it to 45° steps around the constrain angle.
When dragging the Transform bounding box It will constrain movement to 45° steps around the constrain angle.
When dragging a corner or side of the Transform bounding box it constrains its aspect ratio to its original value.
When dragging to rotate the Transform bounding box, Shift constrains the rotation value to 45° steps around the constrain angle.
When clicking the Transform Add/Remove copies buttons it will be in multiples of 10.
When dragging a Free Distort corner its movement is constrained along the straight lines formed by the original corner position and the adjacent corners.
When dragging a Free Distort edge its movement is constrained to 45° steps around the constrain angle.
When dragging a Free Distort vanishing point its movement is constrained along the straight lines formed by the original point position and the connected corners.
When dragging the Offset Path offset control the value is constrained to whole number increments.
When clicking on the Drop Shadow offset control you can switch between X-Y mode and Distance-Angle mode.
When clicking on the Transform bounding box you can switch between X-Y mode and Distance-Angle mode.
When dragging the origin of the Offset Path offset control this key press allows the control to be positioned anywhere on the artboard, snapping to the affected paths.
When dragging most controls while holding down Comman/Ctrl, snapping is disabled and “slow-dragging” commences. The speed of the cursor is determined by the factor specified in the preferences, to allow more precise adjustments.
[ (Left square bracket)
Toggles through the effects already applied to the selected object.
] (Right square bracket)
Reverse toggles through the effects already applied to the selected object.
Note: The left and right bracket keys can be changed by the user through Illustrator’s Keyboard Shortcuts… Tools dialog, under Increase Diameter and Decrease Diameter. This is of use to users who local language format keyboards do not provide quick access to the square bracket keys.
When clicking on a depressed Live Effect button, pressing Shift, adds another copy of the effect to the targeted art.
When clicking on the graph Curve Mode button Shift resets the graph to the default linear setting.
When clicking on a custom resolution button Option/Alt allows you to enter a new resolution to assign to the button.
When clicking on a depressed Live Effect button with a single art object selected Option/Alt will set the default parameter for that effect from the art.
When clicking on a User-Defined Favorite button with a single art object selected Option/Alt will apply that effect to the selected art.
When clicking on a contour preset button Option/Alt copies the current contour graph to that button.
When clicking on a depressed Live Effect button Commant/Ctrl sets the current effect to that effect.