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Preface

Preface

Getting started

Adobe® Illustrator® is the industry-standard illustration program for print, multimedia, and online graphics. Whether you are a designer or a technical illustrator producing artwork for print publishing, an artist producing multimedia graphics, or a creator of web pages or online content, the Adobe Illustrator program offers you the tools you need to get professional-quality results.

About Classroom in a Book

Adobe Illustrator CS2 Classroom in a Book® is part of the official training series for Adobe graphics and publishing software from Adobe Systems, Inc.

The lessons are designed so that you can learn at your own pace. If you’re new to Adobe Illustrator, you’ll learn the fundamentals you need to master to put the program to work. If you are an experienced user, you’ll find that Classroom in a Book teaches many advanced features, including tips and techniques for using the latest version of Adobe Illustrator.

Although each lesson provides step-by-step instructions for creating a specific project, there’s room for exploration and experimentation. You can follow the book from start to finish, or do only the lessons that correspond to your interests and needs. Each lesson concludes with a review section summarizing what you’ve covered.

Prerequisites

Before beginning to use Adobe Illustrator CS2 Classroom in a Book, you should have a working knowledge of your computer and its operating system. Make sure you know how to use the mouse and standard menus and commands, and also how to open, save, and close files. If you need to review these techniques, see the printed or online documentation included with your Windows or Mac OS documentation.

Note

When instructions differ by platform, Windows commands appear first, and then the Mac OS command, with the platform noted in parentheses. For example, “press Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) and click away from the artwork.” Common commands may be further abbreviated with the Windows command first, followed by a slash and the Mac OS commands, without any parenthetical reference. For example, “press Alt/Option” or “Ctrl/Command+click.”


Installing the program

Before you begin using Adobe Illustrator CS2 Classroom in a Book, make sure that your system is set up correctly and that you’ve installed the required software and hardware.

You must purchase the Adobe Illustrator CS2 software separately. For complete instructions on installing the software, see the “How to Install” file on the application CD.

Installing the Classroom in a Book fonts

The Classroom in a Book lesson files use the fonts that installed with Adobe Illustrator CS2. If it is necessary to reinstall these font files, you can perform a custom installation from your Adobe Illustrator software CD to reinstall only the fonts. See the “How to Install” file on the application CD.

Copying the Classroom in a Book files

The Classroom in a Book CD includes folders containing all the electronic files for the lessons. Each lesson has its own folder. You must install these folders on your hard disk to use the files for the lessons. To save room on your hard disk, you can install the folders for each lesson as you need them.

To install the Classroom in a Book files

1.
Insert the Adobe Illustrator CS2 Classroom in a Book CD into your CD-ROM drive.

2.
Create a folder on your hard disk and name it AICIB.

3.
Do one of the following:

  • Copy the Lessons folder into the AICIB folder.

  • Copy only the single lesson folder you need.

Restoring default preferences

The preferences file controls how palettes and command settings appear on your screen when you open the Adobe Illustrator program. Each time you quit Adobe Illustrator, the position of the palettes and certain command settings are recorded in the preferences file. If you want to restore the tools and palettes to their original default settings, you can delete the current Adobe Illustrator CS2 preferences file. Adobe Illustrator creates a preferences file, if one doesn’t already exist, the next time you start the program and save a file.

You must restore the default preferences for Illustrator before you begin each lesson. This ensures that the tools and palettes function as described in this book. When you have finished the book, you can restore your saved settings.

To save your current Illustrator preferences

1.
Exit Adobe Illustrator CS2.

2.
Locate the AIPrefs (Windows) or Adobe Illustrator Preferences (Mac OS), as follows.

  • In Windows, the AIPrefs is located in the Document and Settings\username\Application Data\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator CS2 Settings folder.

    Note: You may have to choose Folder Options from the Control panel to show hidden files to locate this preference, from the Folder Options window, click on Views. Check the radio button to the left of Show Hidden Files or Folders.

  • In Mac OS X, it is located in the Mac OS X\Users\Home\Library\Preferences\Adobe Illustrator CS2 Settings folder.

Note

If you cannot locate the preferences file, use your operating system’s Find command, and search for AIPrefs (Windows) or Adobe Illustrator Preferences (Mac OS).

If you can’t find the file, either you haven’t started Adobe Illustrator CS2 yet or you have moved the preferences file. The preferences file is created after you quit the program the first time, and is updated thereafter.

3.
Rename the AIPrefs file (Windows) or Adobe Illustrator Prefs file (Mac OS), if you want to save them, otherwise, delete the file.

4.
Start Adobe Illustrator CS2.

Note

To locate and delete the Adobe Illustrator preferences file quickly each time you begin a new lesson, create a shortcut (Windows) or an alias (Mac OS) for the Illustrator CS2 Settings folder.


To restore your saved settings after completing the lessons

1.
Exit Adobe Illustrator CS2.

2.
In the Adobe Illustrator CS2 Settings folder delete the current AIPrefs (Windows) file or Adobe Illustrator Prefs file (Mac OS) and return the original file to it’s original name.

Note

You can relocate the original preferences file rather than renaming it.


Additional resources

Adobe Illustrator CS2 Classroom in a Book is not meant to replace documentation that comes with the program. Only the commands and options used in the lessons are explained in this book. For comprehensive information about program features, refer to these resources:

  • Illustrator Help, which you can view by choosing Help > Illustrator Help. (For more information, see Lesson 1, “Getting to Know the Work Area.”) If you have installed the entire Creative Suite, you can also access Help for all applications from the Adobe Bridge application.

  • Training and support resources on the Adobe Web site, Adobe.com, which you can view by choosing Help > Online Support if you have a connection to the Internet.

Adobe Certification

The Adobe Training and Certification Programs are designed to help Adobe customers improve and promote their product-proficiency skills. The Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) program is designed to recognize the high-level skills of expert users. Adobe Certified Training Providers (ACTP) use only Adobe Certified Experts to teach Adobe software classes. Available in either ACTP classrooms or on site, the ACE program is the best way to master Adobe products. For Adobe Certified Training Programs information, visit the Partnering with Adobe Web site at partners.Adobe.com.

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