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Using Shapes to Create Artwork for a Postcard

Chapter Description

In this sample chapter from Adobe Illustrator Classroom in a Book (2020 release), author Brian Wood will teach you how to use shapes to create artwork. You'll learn the tools and commands needed to create a variety of shapes, understand live shapes, and work with drawing modes.

Starting the lesson

In this lesson, you’ll explore the different methods for creating artwork using the shape tools and other methods to add artwork to a postcard for a farmers market.

  1. To ensure that the tools function and the defaults are set exactly as described in this lesson, delete or deactivate (by renaming) the Adobe Illustrator preferences file. See “Restoring default preferences” in the “Getting Started” section at the beginning of the book.

  2. Start Adobe Illustrator.

  3. Choose File > Open. Locate the file named L3_end.ai, which is in the Lessons > Lesson03 folder that you copied onto your hard disk, and click Open.


    This file contains the finished illustrations that you’ll create in this lesson.

  4. Choose View > Fit All In Window; leave the file open for reference, or choose File > Close.

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