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Getting started

In this lesson, you'll transform parts of a logo to use in three pieces of artwork to create a letterhead design, an envelope, and business cards. Before you begin, you'll restore the default preferences for Adobe Illustrator and then open a file containing a composite of the finished artwork to see what you'll create.

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 L6comp.ai file in the Lesson06 folder, located inside the Lessons folder within the AICIB folder on your hard drive.

This file contains a composite of the three pieces of finished artwork. The Citrus Bath & Soap logo in the top left corner of the letterhead is the basis for all the modified objects. The logo has been resized for the letterhead, envelope, and business card.

Note

Note: You can also view the individual pieces of finished artwork by opening the files, L6end1.ai, L6end2.ai, and L6end3.ai, in the Lesson06 folder.

If you like, choose View > Zoom Out to reduce the view of the finished artwork, adjust the window size, 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.

To begin working, you'll open an existing art file set up for the letterhead artwork.

Choose File > Open to open the L6start1.ai file in the Lesson06 folder, located inside the Lessons folder within the AICIB folder on your hard drive.

This start file has been saved with the rulers showing, custom swatches added to the Swatches palette, and blue guidelines for scaling the logo and objects on the letterhead.


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Choose File > Save As, name the file Letterhd.ai, and select the Lesson06 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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