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Illustrator can be used to accomplish many different design tasks. For this reason, Illustrator CS4 Essential Training teaches core concepts and techniques that can be applied to any workflow for print, the web, or assets that will find their way into other applications. Mordy Golding explains the elements that make up vector graphics—paths, strokes, and fills—and shows how to use each of Illustrator's drawing tools. He demonstrates how to combine and clean up paths, and organize them into groups and layers. Mordy also covers text editing, working with color, expressive brush drawing, effects, and much more. Exercise files accompany the course.
By default, when you launch Illustrator you are greeted with the welcome screen. The purpose of the welcome screen is either to help you create new documents or to work with documents that you have already started on. The left side provides a list of all the files that you have recently worked on inside of Illustrator. On the right side you can choose to create new documents. In the next movie we will talk about exactly what each of these are or what we call New Document Profiles. But if you wanted to create, for example, a web design document, you would simply click here, you will get this dialog box here to choose the settings for that document, click OK, and that's how you get started creating a new file directly inside of Illustrator.
If you were to close your file right here, the welcome screen comes right back. If you don't want to see the welcome screen you can simply come over here to the Don't show again button and choose that option. At any time you can always get the welcome screen back by going to the Help menu and choosing Welcome Screen. There is a section on the bottom here, which provides links to find out more information about Illustrator, but it's important to realize also that as we talk about the New Document Profiles you can of course create your own customized document profile. So while these are the ones that ship with the Illustrator by default, you can conceivably have some of your own listed here as well.
So let's take a look at exactly what New Document Profiles are and how they work.
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