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Chapter 7. Using Adobe Illustrator CS2 > Creating and Opening Files

Creating and Opening Files

In a program such as Photoshop, you usually start with a scanned image or a digital photograph. With Illustrator, though, you'll most likely be creating new documents often, as well as creating new documents from predefined templates. Of course, Illustrator can also open existing documents.

Creating a New File

To start from scratch and create a new file, choose File, New, or press Command+N (Ctrl+N) to access the New Document dialog box (see Figure 7.6). Here you can give your file a name (you can do this later when you actually save the file, too) and specify your artboard size. You can choose from any of Illustrator's supported measurement systems: points, picas, inches, millimeters, centimeters, ha, or pixels.


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