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Getting started

In this lesson, you’ll finish artwork for a poster. Before you begin, restore the default preferences for Adobe Illustrator; then open a file containing the final version of the finished artwork to see what you are going to 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 file named 09_symbol_end.ai in the Lesson09 folder within the AICIB folder on your hard drive.

If you like, 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.

4.
To begin working, you’ll open an existing art file set up for the artwork. Choose File > Open to open the 09_symbol_start.ai file in the Lesson09 folder, located inside the Lessons folder within the AICIB folder on your hard drive.

5.
Choose File > Save As, name the file ballgame.ai and save in the Lesson09 folder. Leave the type of file format set to Adobe Illustrator Document (.AI), and click Save. In the Illustrator Options dialog box, leave the defaults settings and click OK.


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