Web Banner in Adobe Illustrator CS2

Web Banner in Adobe Illustrator CS2
Drawing and coloring in the Adobe Illustrator program is slightly different than other graphics programs. In the next few tutorials, I will show you how to create a web banner in the Illustrator program and you will learn some of the basic skills along the way. In this first tutorial, we will draw the rectangle for the banner and fill it will the color gradient of your choice.

1. Start a new project. Open the Illustrator program and choose New Document from the Welcome Screen. The New Document dialog box will appear. Because this project will be a web banner, we will use the RGB color mode and set the measurement units to pixels. Set the following values in the dialog box.

Artboard Setup
Size: Letter
Units: Pixels
Orientation: Portrait
Color Mode: RGB

Now you should see a white square with a black border. This is the Artboard where you will create your web banner. The white area outside the Artboard is the Scratch Area. You can use this area as a holding space for design elements that you are not ready to add to the finished project. When you save your image, the items in the Scratch Area will be stored also.

Rectangle Tool ?? Selection Tool
2. Draw the rectangle web banner. The standard size for a web banner is 468 pixels by 60 pixels. We are ready to draw our rectangle to that size. Click on the Rectangle Tool icon in the Toolbox and then click on the Artboard. The Rectangle dialog box will appear. Set the Width to 468 pixels and the Height to 60 pixels. If you need to reposition the new rectangle on to the Artboard, click on the Selection Tool icon in the Toolbox and then click and drag the rectangle onto the center of the Artboard. Finally on the Control Palette, set the Stroke to null.


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