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Get To Know Adobe Illustrator From The Welcome Screen

Project Information-- • Skill level-Basic • AdobeR IllustratorR CS2

Adobe Illustrator is the industry standard for vector graphics software. It is used by professionals for many applications. But if you are a professional already familiar with Illustrator, you will not be reading this article which is for those who are new to Illustrator and/or vector graphics. Illustrator can be overwhelming sometimes but if you take it step-by-step, as I do in my tutorials, you will be happy you took the extra effort to learn how to use the best.

The startup Welcome Screen is your doorway to the Illustrator program. Let's take a look at what it has to offer the novice. You will see the Welcome Screen when the program starts or you can open the screen by clicking Help > Welcome Screen.

1. Tell Me What's New. This link will take you to the Adobe website and the Illustrator's New Features webpage.

2. Show Me What's New. This link will open the Demonstrator dialog box which has several live demos to choose from. When I say live demo, I mean it. These demos take over the Illustrator program itself. So instead of watching a mini movie in a separate window as in most demos, the Illustrator program takes on a life of it's own and "walks" you through each step as if you were clicking the buttons yourself.

3. Browse Cool Extras. This link will open Cool Extras in Adobe Bridge. There you will find sample Illustrator files and easy to use templates.

4. New Document. This will open the New Document dialog box. You will use this to create a new document from scratch.

5. New From Template. This opens the New From Template dialog box which contains many templates stored in folders by topic.

6. Open Document. This will open the Open dialog box. You will use this to open a preexisting image into Illustrator. You can open images of many formats into Illustrator including Illustrator, PhotoshopR, FlashR, BMP, PDF, GIF, JPEG, PICT, PNG, TGA and TIFF.

Take a few minutes to watch the demos and browse the templates. They're great.

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