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Chapter 2. Selections and Shapes > Creating basic shapes

Creating basic shapes

You’ll begin this exercise creating a new document and setting the ruler units to inches, displaying a grid to use as a guideline for drawing, and closing the palettes that you won’t use.

Choose File > New to open a new, untitled document. Leave the Color Mode and Artboard Size at the default settings, and click OK.

Choose File > Save As, name the file Pencil.ai, and save in the Lesson02 folder. Leave the Type of File Format option set to Adobe Illustrator Document, and click Save. In the Illustrator Options, leave the default settings unchanged and click OK.

If they are not already closed, close all the palettes by clicking their Close boxes or by holding down Shift and pressing Tab once. You won’t need to use them in this section.

Choose View > Show Grid to display a grid that’s useful for measuring, drawing, and aligning shapes. This grid won’t print with the artwork.

Choose View > Show Rulers, or use Ctrl+R (Windows) or Command+R (Mac OS) to display rulers along the top and left side of the window. The ruler units are set by default to points.

You can change the ruler units of measure used for all documents or for only the current document. The ruler unit of measure applies to measuring objects, moving and transforming objects, setting grid and guide spacing, and creating ellipses and rectangles. It does not affect the units in the Character, Paragraph, and Stroke palettes. These are controlled by the options in the Units & Undo Preferences dialog box.

Choose File > Document Setup to change the ruler units for only this document. In the Document Setup dialog box, for Units choose Inches, leave the other settings unchanged, and click OK.



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