Saving your document
With the document open in Illustrator, now you’ll save it locally.
Choose File > Save As.
If the Cloud Document dialog box opens, click Save On Your Computer to save the document locally.
To learn more about cloud documents, see the sidebar, “What are cloud documents?” after this section.
In the Save As dialog box that opens, make sure that the name of the file is ToucanLogo.ai, and save it in the Lessons > Lesson03 folder. Leave Adobe Illustrator (ai) chosen from the Format menu (macOS) or Adobe Illustrator (*.AI) chosen from the Save As Type menu (Windows).
Adobe Illustrator (.ai) is called a native format and is your working file. That means it preserves all Illustrator data so you can edit everything later.
In the Illustrator Options dialog box that appears, leave the options at their default settings, and click OK.
The Illustrator Options dialog box is full of options for saving the Illustrator document, from specifying a version for saving to embedding any files that are linked to the document.
Choose Window > Workspace > Essentials (if it’s not already selected).
Choose Window > Workspace > Reset Essentials to reset the panels and settings for the Essentials workspace.
Click the Document Setup button in the Properties panel (Window > Properties).
The Document Setup dialog box is where you can change document options like units, bleeds, and more after a document is created. You will typically add bleed to artboards for printed artwork that needs to be printed all the way to the edge of the paper.
In the Bleed section of the Document Setup dialog box, change the value in the Top field to 0.125 in. All of the fields should change as well. Click OK.
Bleed is the term used for the area that extends beyond the edge of the printed page, and it ensures that no white edges show up on the final trimmed page.
Choose View > Fit Artboard In Window to fit the artboard (page) in the Document window.
The area between the red line around the artboard and the edge of the white artboard is the bleed area.