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Getting started

In this lesson, you'll finish the artwork of a wall clock as you explore the various ways to use the Layers palette. 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 L10end.ai file in the Lesson10 folder, located inside the Lessons folder within the AICIB folder on your hard drive.

Separate layers are used for the objects that make up the clock's frame, striped clock face, hands, and numbers—as indicated by their layer names in the Layers palette.

Figure . A. Eye icon (Hide/Show) B. Current layer indicator C. Layers palette menu D. Selection indicator E. Target and appearance indicator F. Template layer icon G. Edit column (Lock/Unlock) H. Expand/Collapse triangle I. Make/Release layer clipping mask J. Create New Sublayer button K. Create New Layer button L. Delete button


If you like, choose View > Zoom Out to make the finished artwork smaller, 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.

Choose File > Open, and open the L10start.ai file in the Lesson10 folder, located inside the Lessons folder within the AICIB folder on your hard drive.


Figure .


The artwork contains some of the basic objects for the clock illustration.

Choose File > Save As, name the file Clock.ai, and select the Lesson10 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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