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Starting your web design using Illustrator templates

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Okay, in this tutorial we're going to look at how to start from templates. You might be really new to design in general, you might be a student, you might be young, you might be older and have never done it before. Whatever reason, you might be a little more daunted by the whole design process. “What is it going to look like?” 

It's good to start with a template, and there are lots of templates around. Some of the easiest ones are built into the new version of Illustrator. We're at 2017 at the moment, and so if we go to 'New', or 'File', 'New', there's this little new document window. If you go to 'Web', you'll see that underneath here there's a bunch of templates. Can you see, if I scroll down?

There are all sorts of things. That is a landing page, that is some presentation graphics, some social media icons, there's all sorts of different ones, but in terms of a web page design, you can see this in wireframes. But, page designs, you might start off with one of these, and just start switching. They're here to be used, they're used commercially, you might decide, "I'm going to start with this one here, because it kind of matches what I want to do." You double click it, and you start going from playing with the colors, the fonts, it downloads it eventually, and you change it with your images. Say you're not selling an app, you're selling, I don't know, cookies, you could switch it with your image here. That's a good way to kind of get started, just kind of has the bits you- you might not be able to afford, you might just use this home page and bin all the rest of these. That's a great way, there's a few other templates in there.

Another cool place you can go to is, under this one here, under your Creative Cloud license, your Creative Cloud app, there's 'Assets', and there's one in here called 'Market'. If you click on 'Market', and in here, the search option, you might say, "web ui", and in here is a bunch of pre-made stuff that are allowed to be used commercially, so you can kind of style with these, it's a great way to kind of look pro really fast. 

There's a lot of app stuff here, and a lot of web stuff as well. Some of them are really big, some are just small components, this line seems to go on forever. And to use them, say you do like this, Web UI thing here, I like the look and feel of this for your site. You can click on this, and say, 'Download To'. Often people would just download it to their library, it's called 'My Library'. What I'm going to do is I'm going to click on this and download to one that I've made called - you can see here, ‘Create Library’, I've created this one called 'Dan's Portfolio'. And what will happen is, hopefully - you can kind of see it happening over here, under 'Window', 'Libraries', here he is there. It's downloading this guy that I could start using. Takes a little while to download off the net. Then drag it on. You can see here, that is our UI that you could start using and changing, and adding to your design. Change your fonts, use your colors, it's a good way to get started from a template.

That's it for starting from templates. We're going to make our own one, that's going to be awesome.