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Getting started

In this lesson, you'll create an illustration of a pear pierced by an arrow. Before you begin, you'll need to restore the default preferences for Adobe Illustrator and then you'll open the finished art file for this lesson to see what you'll be creating.

To ensure that the tools and palettes function exactly as described in this lesson, delete or deactivate (by renaming) the Adobe Illustrator 9.0 preferences file. See "Restoring default preferences".

Start Adobe Illustrator.

Choose File > Open, and open the L4end.ai file in the Lesson04 folder, located inside the Lessons folder within the AICIB folder on your hard drive.

Choose View > Zoom Out to make the finished artwork smaller and leave it on your screen as you work. (Use the hand tool ( ) to move the artwork where you want it in the window.) If you don't want to leave the image open, choose File > Close.

For an illustration of the finished artwork in this lesson, see the color section.

Now open the start file to begin the lesson.

Choose File > Open, and open the L4start.ai file in the Lesson04 folder, located inside the Lessons folder within the AICIB folder on your hard drive.


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Choose File > Save As, name the file Pear.ai, and select the Lesson04 folder. Leave the Format option set to Adobe Illustrator® Document, and click Save. In the Illustrator Native Format Options dialog box, select Illustrator 9.0 Compatibility and click OK.

Hold down Shift and press Tab once to hide all of the palettes. (Pressing Shift+Tab toggles between hiding and displaying the palettes. Pressing Tab alone hides or shows the toolbox as well.)

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