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Getting started

In this lesson, you’ll create a logo using partially completed files to use in three pieces of artwork to create a letterhead design, an envelope, and a business card template. Before you begin, you’ll restore the default preferences for Adobe Illustrator CS2; then you’ll open a file containing a composite of the finished artwork 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.

2.
Start Adobe Illustrator CS2.

3.
Choose File > Open, and open the L3comp.ai file in the Lesson03 folder, located inside the Lessons folder within the AICIB folder on your hard drive.

This file contains a composite of the three pieces of finished artwork. The Stick Surf Boards logo in the top left corner of the letterhead is the basis for all the modified objects. The logo has been resized for the letterhead, envelope, and business card.

Note

You can also view the individual pieces of finished artwork by opening the files L3end1.ai, L3end2.ai, and L3end3.ai in the Lesson03 folder.

4.
Choose View > Zoom Out to reduce the view of the finished artwork, adjust the window size, and leave it on your 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.

To begin working, you’ll open an existing art file set up for the letterhead artwork.

5.
Choose File > Open to open the L3start1.ai file in the Lesson03 folder, located within the AICIB folder on your hard drive.

This start file has been saved with the rulers showing, custom swatches added to the Swatches palette, and blue guidelines for scaling objects used to create the logo.

6.
Choose File > Save As, name the file Letterhead.ai, and select the Lesson03 folder in the Save in Menu. Leave the 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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