I decided to take free Illustrator CS Classes
to learn to use my program better. First lessons were painful, just has been my previous working with my program. It's like searching screwdriver from cluttered garage. Yes, if you are persistent, you can finally find the right button on toolbar or line from menu. But it takes a looot of time. After couple of lessons I finally understood what is a key of mastering Illustrator.
The key is - SHORTCUTS.
Using mouse or graphic pen in your working hand - which is right in my case - and switching tools with help of shortcuts with other hand, makes the use of the program so much easier and faster. All you need is to learn shortcuts.
A - you can select anchor points
V - you can select objects
R - you can rotate objects
S - you can scale objects
P - you can use pen tool
N - you can use pencil tool
Z - you can zoom
etc etc etc
Of course there are buttons on toolbar for those tools, but using shortcuts makes it sooo much faster. So you don't forget your ideas in the meanwhile... :) If you know how to find your tools quickly, then drawing with every drawing program is pure pleasure.
Boy, it took time to understand it...
Maybe the same applies to Photoshop too?! I have always used toolbar buttons... Time to change my habits.
Photo credits: Gines Valera Marin, Imagecom, Photoeuphoria, Vgajic, Michelle Milliman.