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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 CS2 preferences file. See “Restoring default preferences” on page 3.

Start Adobe Illustrator.

Choose File > Open, and open the L13end.ai file in the Lesson13 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.

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

Choose File > Browse to open the Adobe Bridge, and Navigate to the L13strt.ai file (in the Lesson13 folder, inside the Lessons folder in the AICIB folder, on your hard drive), and choose Open.

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

Choose File > Save As, name the file Postcard.ai, and select the Lesson13 folder. Leave the type of format set to Adobe Illustrator CS2 Document, and click Save. In the Illustrator Options dialog box leave at the default settings and click OK.



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