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Getting started

In this lesson, you'll enhance the basic design for a Web page by applying appearance attributes and styles to the page's type, background, and three buttons. 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 L09end.ai file located in the Lesson09 folder inside the Lessons folder within the AICIB folder on your hard drive.

The artwork in this file is a design mock-up of a Web home page. The design for the completed page includes several styles and effects, including overlapping gradients, transparent type, drop shadows, and texturized and shaded graphics.

If you like, choose View > Zoom Out to make the design mock-up smaller, adjust the window size, and leave it on-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 artwork open, choose File > Close.


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