Create and Save New Documents
We're gonna come up under File, and you're gonna see that there are two commands here. There's New and new from Template. Now, I don't really use New from Template much. They have some templated files that you could start with like a brochure and a this and a that. Explore it, okay? I don't really go there, but we're gonna go and create a document from scratch here, so go and choose File, New, and let's take a look. Now, in Illustrator like every Adobe application that I run across, when you choose something, you're like, "Hey do this thing. "Export that. "Save that. "Open This." You expect it just to do it, but you're always gonna get a dialog box that says, "Well, you can do it, but what do you want to do with it?" You know what I mean? Like, what are your settings? A lot of these are super important. We're gonna hit a few of them. When you setup new documents, you can go in and you can change a lot of this later, but one of the first things I tend to do is give it a name. This is so...
weird, but this is actually gonna be the file name, kay? When we save the file out, so why don't you call this, we're gonna call this robot. We're gonna be drawin' some flowers in a little while here, so we're gonna call it Robot. I'm totally kidding. We're actually gonna draw a robot, so, call it robot. That's gonna be the file name. You can change it later. Come under Profile here. Come into this menu. If you are designing or creating for different things. So let's suppose you're trying to do a web design, or you wanna maybe do some icon mock ups or you're creating a brochure. You're gonna start with a profile here. It always starts with print. Now what it's gonna do, is it's gonna set a few things for us. It's gonna set us how the colors are made, resolution, different things like that. We don't have to worry too much, but if you are gonna do something like maybe you wanna, does anybody do web design at all? Any kinda web, Okay. Why don't you go ahead and choose Web. And what I want you do do is come under Size here. There's a menu right here that you can click on. You're gonna notice that it does things like set the sizes for us based on the profile we set. So it's gonna do things like set units for us. It's gonna pick pixels instead of inches. It's gonna do all these different things. It's really important to pick what you're doing. We gotta pick a profile first, okay? Why don't you go back up to Profile, and choose Print. Just make sure that's selected. Now you're gonna see here it says "Number of Artboards." We can tell it how many pages or artboards we want to start. I rarely do this, 'cause once you get in there, you can say, "Let's "jam out 20 artboards," if we want. We can do it really easily once we open Illustrator. We're gonna start with one single artboard. If you come down here, you're gonna see the size. Why don't you click on size. You can pick just about, you know, all the different sizes that they have in here. If you don't like the options available, you can type in your own, so if I don't, if I don't want to do one of these, you're gonna see we have the width and the height that we can set separately. We can type those in. We don't need to do that. Does anybody work with points? Picas? Anything like that in design or any program? Yeah, I stopped doin' those about... 10 years ago. Why don't you come to units here, and I'm always workin' in either inches or pixels. So we have, we can do that. So go in and choose inches in this case, so working on a print document, and as soon as you choose inches, you're gonna see that things change, 'kay? So we get our, you know, eight and a half by 11, et cetera. Now you're gonna see right here that we have a bleed. What, in print world, what's a bleed? Does anyone know?
Goes off the edge.
Okay, he said, "Goes off the edge." That's exactly it, so if we have, let's say we're, we're printing something like a post card, and you want to have color or artwork go basically to the edge. Print to the edge. We're gonna actually set a bleed. A bleed is a series of, of just lines drawn around the outside edge of the page or the artboard, and you take your art work, and you pull it just beyond the edge so that when you print it at certain printers, they'll actually cut it out, okay? So that's what's called a bleed. We're not gonna have to set that today, that's fine. Why don't you click on Advanced right here. I know we're just kinda beginning here, but if you click on the arrow to the left of Advanced, later on when you become more familiar with how Illustrator works, you can set things in here. Right now... Don't touch, 'kay? Just click the arrow to the left of Advanced, and we don't need to touch that for now. And why don't you go ahead and click OK. We're gonna get this open. All right. So we've got our first document. Now, well, first things we need to do here is, we need to save this thing. Super important, so we're gonna go save it. Come under File, and you're gonna see that there are about six million different ways to save in here. Kinda makes your head spin a little. We're just gonna choose Save or Save As... It's kinda weird, they're the same thing. We're just starting. So go ahead and choose Save As... Save As... Go ahead and put this on your desktop if you don't mind, an we're gonna save it out. Now notice what the name is here. It's the name we picked when we first set up this document, robot.ai. You can go in, and you can put just about anything you want there. You'll notice that the extension is .ai for Adobe Illustrator. This is your native file format. The awesome thing about this file format, you can take this and bring it to in design, and place it directly in what you're working on. You can bring it over to Photoshop. You can bring it to Muse. You can do all kinds of things with this file, okay? Down here, you're gonna see that we have what's called Format. Lemme see if I can pull this up a little bit. Why don't you click on Format down here? We have a series of formats that we can save in. We want to save as ai. That is our working file, our native file, okay? The rest of these we're gonna ignore for right now. So make sure ai is selected there, Adobe Illustrator, and go ahead and save it. Now of course, like I said before, when you make a selection it's gonna say, "You're not done yet." Okay? You gotta answer some questions here. You guys, this, I look at this and I'm like huh? I know what this stuff does 'cause I've used Illustrator for a while. I'm only, I'm gonna tell you one thing. If you're taking a document and you're sending it to somebody who has an earlier version of illustrator, it can help if you save it backwards to their version. This is one of the only things that I'm gonna suggest you even look at in here to start with, okay? You don't have to do this, to be honest, because it will open, all right? It will open in previous versions, so... It goes all the way back to Illustrator 3. It's pretty crazy. All right, just go ahead and click OK. Most people just blow by and don't even look. We'll look at this maybe later on. And we've got our document, cool. Robot.ai. All right. Now what we're gonna do is we're gonna go in and we're gonna start looking at trying to, let's say, zoom and navigate and kinda get a feel for how to get around in a document, and we're also gonna start working with artboards a bit, okay? Now this document is pretty... Underwhelming. There's not much here yet, so what I want you to do, is we're gonna switch back to that other Illustrator file we had open, the intro file. Hopefully you all still have that open. You'll see that when you open multiple files in Illustrator, they're open as tabs along the top, which is kinda cool. Why don't you click on the tab for intro.ai, and you'll just toggle back to that one, and we're gonna take a look, like I said, at kinda just getting around a little bit.