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Getting started

You'll be working in one art file during this lesson, but before you begin you'll 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.

Double-click the Adobe Illustrator icon to start the Adobe Illustrator program.

When you start Adobe Illustrator, the menu bar, the toolbox, and five palette groups appear on the screen. (The Transparency/Stroke/Gradient palette group is docked with the Color/Attributes palette group.)

Now open the start file to begin the lesson.

Choose File > Open, and open the L1start.ai file in the Lesson01 folder, located inside the Lessons folder within the AICIB folder on your hard drive.

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

Choose File > Save As, name the file Parrots.ai, and select the Lesson01 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.

About the work area

In Adobe Illustrator, the work area occupies the entire space within the Illustrator window and includes more than just the printable page containing your artwork. The printable and nonprintable areas are represented by a series of solid and dotted lines between the outermost edge of the window and the printable area of the page.

Imageable area is bounded by the innermost dotted lines and represents the portion of the page on which the selected printer can print. Many printers cannot print to the edge of the paper.

Nonimageable area is between the two sets of dotted lines representing any nonprintable margin of the page. This example shows the nonimageable area of an 8.5" x 11" page for a standard laser printer.

Edge of the page is indicated by the outermost set of dotted lines.

Artboard is bounded by solid lines and represents the entire region that can contain printable artwork. By default, the artboard is the same size as the page, but it can be enlarged or reduced. The U.S. default artboard is 8.5" x 11", but it can be set as large as 227" x 227".

Scratch area is the area outside the artboard that extends to the edge of the 227-inch square window. The scratch area represents a space on which you can create, edit, and store elements of artwork before moving them onto the artboard. Objects placed onto the scratch area are visible on-screen, but they do not print.

–From online Help and the Adobe Illustrator User Guide, Chapter 2

A. Imageable area B. Nonimageable area C. Edge of page D. Artboard E. Scratch area

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