Learn how to import an image file, create a template layer, and add a drawing layer and guides.
- [Instructor] So with Illustrator launched and running, let's set up the document that we're going to be using. So at the top of the screen, either in the gray bar here or at the very top if you're on a Mac as I am, go to the File menu and choose New and then you'll get the New Document dialog as you can see here. Now I'm going to choose A4 from the recent documents I've got here, but of course you might not have that so go to the Print item just there and you'll find A4 just there.
If you want to choose Letter because you're more familiar with it then go ahead and do that, but in both cases make sure that you are set to millimeters, okay, and rather than CMYK Color let's do RGB Color for this and don't worry about the hazard triangle. That's just fine, it's just that you're deviating from the template. So hit Create and you're here in Illustrator. So what we're going to need, first of all, is access to the Layers panel which we'll find up at the top of the screen in the default Essentials layout, okay, which you'll find in this item here.
And we've got a layer on by default. Now we're going to add a new layer, so come down to the bottom of that panel and click to Create a New Layer and then we're going to import a graphic or a sketch really of a graphic that we're going to be working on. So go up to the File menu and then make your way down to Place, just here, and then navigate out to wherever you've stored the drawing from the Exercise Files here. Or indeed a sketch or photo of any of your own drawings.
So just choose Place. Bring that in and I'm going to start up at the top left corner here, click and drag downwards, like so, to bring in that drawing. There we go, excellent. So just bring that across into the middle of the document there and what we're then going to do is we're going to add some guides, okay. So go up to the View menu, okay, and come down and choose to Show the Rulers.
So if you go through these you'll see them down just over halfway down there and choose Show Rulers. And what we'll do is go into the ruler, as I am now, so just put your cursor there and drag down until you're in the middle of the circle at the flower just there. Now you can go over to the left hand side and drag one from there, but here's a trick for you. If you drag another one down from the top, but hold down the Alt or Option key you'll see it switches to the alternate direction and that's brilliant.
Release that and then release the Alt or Option key. The final step before we're ready to actually start drawing is to drag this layer down beneath Layer 1, double click on the name to give it a different name. And we'll just call this Trace just here. Okay, hit Return to apply that. And then finally, double click in an empty area of this small bar here. So not over the word or anything like that and change this to a template layer and that will lock the layer and also dim the image down to 50%.
Hit Okay, highlight Layer 1, we can rename that actually and call that Draw, and then we're ready to go. So save that into a pertinent place, like your Desktop, so just call it Uluvon just there for the drawing that we're doing. Save, and hit Okay. Just pass through that, that's just fine. And we're ready to actually start drawing.