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Getting started

You'll be working in one art file during this lesson, but before you begin you'll need to restore the default preferences for Adobe Illustrator. 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" .

Double-click the Adobe Illustrator icon to start the Adobe Illustrator program.

When you start Adobe Illustrator, the menu bar, the toolbox, and five palette groups appear on the screen.

Now open the start file to begin the lesson.

Choose File > Open, and open the L1start.ai file in the Lesson01 folder, located inside the Lessons folder within the AICIB folder on your hard drive.

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

Choose File > Save As, name the file Parrots.ai, and select the Lesson01 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.


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