Create New Workspace in Illustrator CS6

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    To begin, you should open Adobe Illustrator CS6 either from your desktop or by coming down to the bottom-left corner and clicking the Windows icon
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    This will reveal a list of recently used programs. You may find Illustrator on the list. It has a brown-and-orange icon with the letters "Ai".
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    If you can't see Illustrator in the start menu, use the search bar along the bottom and start typing "Adobe Illustrator"
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    Click "Adobe Illustrator CS6"
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    It will immediately start loading and take you directly to the workspace. We don't need a document open to adjust and create a new workspace. The toolbars on either side form the workspace.
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    Click "Essentials" in the top right-hand corner
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    A drop-down menu will be revealed.
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    You can click
    • "Essentials". Currently, it is selected (checked). This is the default setting, which is mostly because the tools and options are balanced rather than being specific to a particular type of project. The whole point of changing your workspace is to make your job easier. This will save you time later on;
    • "Automation". It is supposedly quicker;
    • "Painting". This is used to paint pictures;
    • "Tracing". It works with pixel images;
    • "Typography";
    • "Web". It is used for uploading to the Internet.
      Let's click the "Painting" workspace. This will change the right-side toolbar.
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    Now, let's click the workspace drop-down menu again
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    Click "Web"
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    This will change the toolbar on the right.
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    Let's click the workspace drop-down menu again
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    Click "Painting" again
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    You can adjust the tools that you'd like to see.
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    If you work mostly with layers, then click and drag the "Layers" section up for more space
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    If you decide that you don't need the "Symbols" tab, then click and drag it onto the main workspace
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    Then, click the cross in the top-right corner to close the "Symbols" tab
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    Let's open a document quickly by clicking "File"
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    Click "New..."
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    For more information on how to create a new document, refer to our tutorials on how to create a new document and how to open documents.
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    Let's click "OK"
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    You'll have the "Color", "Swatches", and "Color Guide" panels activated. There are "Layers" at the bottom too.
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    If you don't want to keep "Color Guide" when you have "Color" and "Swatches" at the top, then you can drag the panel out to the document
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    Then, click the cross
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    To remove empty space in panels, click and drag the borders to resize the panels
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    In this video, the "Swatches" panel is shrank. In this video, more space will be given for "Brushes" and "Layers".
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    You can just adjust this toolbar area until you get it to a comfortable workspace for your projects
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    Then, click the button in the upper-right corner to show a menu
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    You can add tabs to the panel by checking options in the menu.
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    Then, to save the adjusted workspace, click the workspace drop-down menu
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    Then, click "New Workspace..."
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    A dialogue box will appear.
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    Type a name for your workspace
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    Let's type "Painting Test".
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    Click "OK"
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    Illustrator will save the workspace toolbars and interface. Next time, you will be able to access it from the workspace drop-down menu.
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    To open your saved workspace, click the workspace drop-down menu again
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    Click "Essentials"
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    The workspace will reset.
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    Click the workspace drop-down menu again
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    Click the name of your saved workspace
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    It is "Painting Test" in this video. The interface and workspace will be restored.
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