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4. Transforming Objects > Getting started

Getting started

In this lesson, you’ll create content and use it to create a flyer, a save the date card, an envelope, and a hang tag. Before you begin, you’ll restore the default preferences for Adobe Illustrator, and then open a file containing a composite of the finished artwork to see what you’ll create.

1. To ensure that the tools and panels function exactly as described in this lesson, delete or deactivate (by renaming) the Adobe Illustrator CS6 preferences file. See “Restoring default preferences” on page 3.

2. Start Adobe Illustrator CS6.


Note

If you have not already done so, copy the Lesson04 folder from the Lessons folder on the Adobe Illustrator CS6 Classroom in a Book CD onto your hard disk. See “Copying the Classroom in a Book files” on page 2.


3. Choose File > Open, and open the L4end_1.ai file in the Lesson04 folder, located in the Lessons folder on your hard disk.

This file contains the three pieces of finished artwork: a flyer, a save the date card (front and back), and an envelope. This lesson contains a fictitious business name, address, and website address, made up for the purposes of the project.

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4. Choose View > Fit All In Window, and leave the artwork on-screen as you work. If you don’t want to leave the file open, choose File > Close (without saving).

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


Note

In Mac OS, you may need to click the round, green button in the upper-left corner of the Document window to maximize the window’s size.


5. Choose File > Open to open the L4start_1.ai file in the Lesson04 folder, located in the Lessons folder on your hard disk. This file has been saved with the rulers showing.

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6. Choose File > Save As. In the Save As dialog box, name the file recycle.ai, and navigate to the Lesson04 folder. Leave the Save As Type option set to Adobe Illustrator (*.AI) (Windows) or the Format option set to Adobe Illustrator (ai) (Mac OS), and then click Save. In the Illustrator Options dialog box, leave the Illustrator options at their default settings and then click OK.


Note

If you don’t see “Reset Essentials” in the Workspace menu, choose Window > Workspace > Essentials before choosing Window > Workspace > Reset Essentials.


7. Choose Window > Workspace > Reset Essentials.

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