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Getting started

In this lesson, you’ll create several three-dimensional objects using the new 3D Effects feature in Illustrator. Before you begin, you’ll need to restore the default preferences for Adobe Illustrator. Then you’ll open a file containing 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.

3.
Choose File > Open, and open the L12end.ai file in the Lesson12 folder, located inside the Lessons folder within the AICIB folder on your hard drive.

This file displays a completed illustration of a soap can, soap balls, and a vase.

4.
Choose View > Zoom Out to make the finished artwork smaller, 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 to which you will add 3D objects.

5.
Choose File > Open, and open the L12strt.ai file in the Lesson12 folder, located inside the Lessons folder within the AICIB folder on your hard drive.

6.
Choose File > Save As, name the file Lemon.ai, and select the Lesson12 folder in the Save In menu. Leave the type of file format option set to Adobe Illustrator Document (.AI), and click Save. In the Illustrator Options dialog box, leave the Illustrator options at their default settings, and click OK.


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