Few things in life are as frightening as a blank page staring you down. Knowing this, the good folks at Adobe have supplied hundreds of templates to get you started quickly and easily. Templates, such as the one shown in Figure 1-14, provide you with a stylish yet fully customizable starting point. Because you can change so much in each template, from colors to fonts to objects, your use of a template is sure to be different than your buddy Larry’s use of it. And, as evidenced by his questionable wardrobe, Larry has absolutely no design sense whatsoever.
Figure 1-14: A template for a stylin’ postcard.
To use a template in Illustrator, select the New from Template option in the Welcome to Adobe Illustrator dialog box that I talked about earlier in the chapter, or choose Fill→New from Template. The template opens up as an untitled document (don’t be concerned about writing over the template; you’re actually opening a copy of the original file).