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Overview of the Menus
Browsing the different menus that you will want to know about and briefly covering the different things that can be found in each menu.
When to use
The menus are an integral part of Illustrator that allow you to do some basic things like create a document, save a document, or print. In addition to that, the menus also offer a wide range of helpful options from transforming and distortion effects to filters, keyboard shortcuts, and quick ways to access a panel if it isn't already displayed on the right.
- Go to the File menu and choose 'New' to create a new document.
- Choose from any of the presets or create a custom document of your own.
- Once your document is open, return to the File menu and choose a destination and a name for your file.
- Go to the Window menu and toggle through some of the different Workspaces found under Window > Workspace.
- Choose the 'Essentials' workspace and then return to the File menu and choose 'Close' to close your file from the menu.
Hints & tips
- If you are ever stuck or unsure of where to find a certain tool or menu item, refer to the Help menu and type in a few keywords.
- You can easily change a font directly from the Type menu, and browse through all of the Illustrator and Photoshop Filters via the Effects menu.
- If you ever set the wrong Color Mode (CMYK vs RGB) for your document, you can easily change it from the File menu by going to File > Document Color Mode and changing it here.
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