Creating a new document
To start, you’ll create a new document for the postcard that you’ll add artwork to.
Choose File > New to create a new document.
In the New Document dialog box, change the following options:
Select the Print category at the top of the dialog box.
Select the Letter blank document preset, if it isn’t already selected.
You can set up a document for different kinds of output, such as print, web, video, and more, by choosing a category. For example, if you are designing a flyer or poster, you can select the Print category and select a document preset (size). The document will be set with the units in points (most likely), the color mode as CMYK, and the raster effects to High (300 ppi)—all optimal settings for a print document.
On the right side of the dialog box, in the Preset Details area, change the following:
Enter a name for the document in the blank space under Preset Details: ToucanLogo.
The name will become the name of the Illustrator file when you save it later.
Units: Choose Inches from the units menu to the right of the Width field.
Width: Select the Width value, and type 8.
Height: Select the Height value, and type 8.
Orientation: Portrait ().
Artboards: 1 (the default setting).
You’ll learn about what the Bleed option is shortly. At the bottom of the Preset Details section on the right side of the New Document dialog box, you will also see Advanced Options and More Settings (you may need to scroll to see it). They contain more settings for document creation that you can explore on your own.
Click Create to create a new document.