Starting the lesson
In Lesson 3, you learned about creating and making edits to basic shapes. In this lesson, you’ll take basic shapes and paths and learn how to edit and combine them to create artwork for a few dinosaur illustrations.
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.
Start Adobe Illustrator.
Choose File > Open. Locate the file named L4_end.ai, which is in the Lessons > Lesson04 folder that you copied onto your hard disk, and click Open. This file contains the finished artwork.
Choose View > Fit All In Window; leave the file open for reference, or choose File > Close (I closed it).
Choose File > Open. In the Open dialog box, navigate to the Lessons > Lesson04 folder, and select the L4_start.ai file on your hard disk. Click Open.
Choose File > Save As. If the Cloud Document dialog box opens, click Save On Your Computer to save it locally.
In the Save As dialog box, change the name to Dinosaurs.ai (macOS) or Dinosaurs (Windows), and choose the Lesson04 folder. Leave Adobe Illustrator (ai) chosen from the Format menu (macOS) or Adobe Illustrator (*.AI) chosen from the Save As Type menu (Windows) and then click Save.
In the Illustrator Options dialog box, leave the Illustrator options at their default settings, and click OK.
Choose Window > Workspace > Reset Essentials.