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Getting started

In this lesson, you’ll enhance the basic design for a Web page by applying appearance attributes and Graphic Styles to the page’s type, background, and three buttons. Before you begin, you’ll restore the default preferences for Adobe Illustrator CS2. Then you will 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 CS2 preferences file. See “Restoring default preferences” on page 3 in the Introduction.

2.
Start Adobe Illustrator CS2.

3.
Choose File > Open, and open the L11end.ai file located in the Lesson11 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 Graphic Styles and effects, including overlapping gradients, transparent type, Drop Shadows, and texturized and shaded graphics.

4.
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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