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Lesson 3. Painting > Getting started

Getting started

In this lesson, you'll learn about the variety of paint options in the Adobe Illustrator program as you paint an illustration of four hats. 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 L3end.ai file in the Lesson03 folder, located inside the Lessons folder within the AICIB folder on your hard drive.

If you like, 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 L3start.ai file in the Lesson03 folder, located inside the Lessons folder within the AICIB folder on your hard drive.

Choose File > Save As, name the file Hats.ai, and select the Lesson03 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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