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Getting started

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 create.

To ensure that the tools and palettes function exactly as described in this lesson, delete or deactivate (by renaming) the Adobe Illustrator 10.0 preferences file. See “Restoring default preferences” on page 4.

Start Adobe Illustrator.

Choose File > Open, and open the L14end.ai file in the Lesson14 folder, located inside the Lessons folder within the AICIB folder on your hard drive.

Choose View > Zoom Out to make the finished artwork 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 image open, choose File > Close.

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

Now you'll open the start file to begin the lesson.

Choose File > Open, and open the L14strt.ai file.

The file has been prepared with three layers: the Text layer, and two additional layers, Layer 1 and Checkerboard, on which you'll place images. Checkerboard also contains objects that you'll make into a mask.

Choose File > Save As, name the file Postcard.ai, and select the Lesson14 folder. Leave the Format option set to Adobe Illustrator® Document, and click Save. In the Illustrator Native Format Options dialog box, select Illustrator 10 Compatibility and click OK.



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