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Lesson 7. Working with Type > Getting started

Getting started

In this lesson, you'll create a Tai Chi lecture series poster. 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.

1.
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.

2.
Start Adobe Illustrator.

3.
Choose File > Open, and open the L7end_win.ai file (Windows) or the L7end_mac.ai file (Mac OS) in the Lesson07 folder, located inside the Lessons folder within the AICIB folder on your hard drive.

4.
If you like, choose View > Zoom Out to make the finished artwork smaller and leave it on your screen as you work. (Use the hand tool () to move 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 open the start file to begin the lesson.

5.
Choose File > Open, and open the L7start.ai file in the Lesson07 folder, located inside the Lessons folder within the AICIB folder on your hard drive.

6.
Choose File > Save As, name the file TaiChi.ai, and select the Lesson07 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.

For now you'll hide the palettes that you don't need yet.

7.
Click the close boxes or choose Window > Appearance, Window > Color, and Window > Styles to clear their check marks and close these palettes.

8.
Bring the Links palette forward by clicking the Links tab behind the Actions palette.

Notice that the Links palette displays two links: the image of the dancing figure, which is linked to the original image file; and the image of the sky to the right of the artboard, which is an embedded image (it was pasted into the document).

9.
Click the close box or choose Window > Links to close the Links palette.


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