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Chapter 5. Color and Painting > Getting started

Getting started

In this lesson, you will jump right in, creating Vector Man, the scalable superhero that was created traditionally with pencil and scanned into Photoshop as a raster (bitmap) image. Vector Man, obviously, wants to be converted into vector paths. In this lesson, you will discover how to automatically trace scanned images, create vector paths, and then paint intuitively using the new Live Paint feature.

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.

2.
Start Adobe Illustrator CS2.

3.
Choose File > Open, and open the L5_End.ai file in the Lesson05 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 the artwork where you want it in the window.) You may want the complete illustration open for color reference as you work. If you don’t want to leave the image open, choose File > Close.

Now open the start file to begin the lesson.

5.
Choose File > Open, and open the L5_ Start.ai file in the Lesson05 folder.

6.
Choose File > Save As, name the file vectorman.ai, and select the Lesson05 folder in the Save As window. Leave the type of format set to Adobe Illustrator Document, and click Save. In the Illustrator Options dialog box, accept the default settings by clicking OK.


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