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How to Create a New Document
- Open Adobe Illustrator – ‘Create New’
- At the top of the window you will see preset options to choose from Adobe Stock. (‘Mobile’ ‘Web’ ‘Print’ etc.) Under each tab will be free templates to download and edit.
- Choose the type of Document (most times it will be ‘Letter’- 8 1⁄2 x 11 inches) - Name your document - Make sure ‘Units’ are in inches or centimeters
- Change ‘Color Mode’ if needed (‘CMYK Color’ is for printing, ‘RGB Color’ is for Web or Computer Screen Optimization)
- ‘Bleed’ is the outermost parts of the artboard that act as margins. This is important if you would like to print a poster at a specific size and not worry about the edges getting cut off.
- You can access and edit all of this information in the ‘Properties Panel’ once the document has been created.
Reset your workspace: Choose ‘Essentials Classic’ and then ‘Essentials’ (This guide will be set in an ‘Essentials’ workspace) – Next make sure to select ‘Reset Essentials’ under the same menu to have a clean workspace.
Show Rulers: ‘View’ – ‘Rulers’ – ‘Show Rulers’ (Rulers will be in the unit you set the document)
Activate Smart Guides: ‘View’ – ‘Smart Guides’
Smart guides are magenta display lines that show up near objects. They are temporary snap-to guides that appear when you create or manipulate object. They help you align, edit, and transform objects relative to other objects by snap-aligning and displaying X and Y locations.
- Fit Art Board to Window: ‘View’ – ‘Fit Artboard in Window’