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In this lesson, you’ll finish the artwork of a wall clock as you explore the various ways to use the Layers palette. Before you begin, you must restore the default preferences for Adobe Illustrator and then you will open the finished art file for this lesson 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 L07end.ai file in the Lesson07 folder, located inside the Lessons folder within the AICIB folder on your hard drive.

Separate layers are used for the objects that make up the clock’s frame, striped clock face, hands, and numbers—as indicated by their layer names in the Layers palette.

A. Eye icon (Hide/Show). B. Layers palette menu. C. Current layer indicator D. Selection indicator. E. Target and appearance indicator. F. Template Layer icon. G. Edit column (Lock/Unlock). H. Expand/Collapse triangle. I. Make/Release Clipping Mask. J. Create New Sublayer button. K. Create New Layer button. L. Delete button.

4.
If you like, you may leave the file open as a visual reference. Do this by reducing the size of your window then select View > Fit in Window. If you don’t want to leave the image open, choose, File > Close.

To begin working, you’ll open an existing art file.

5.
Choose File > Open, and open the L07start.ai file in the Lesson07 folder, located inside the Lessons folder within the AICIB folder on your hard drive.

The artwork contains some of the basic objects for the clock illustration.

6.
Choose File > Save As, name the file Clock.ai, and select the Lesson07 folder. Leave the type of file format set to Adobe Illustrator Document, and click Save. In the Illustrator Options dialog box, leave at the defaults and click OK.


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