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Learn how to create a new document, open or import an existing document, and save or export a document on Illustrator on the iPad.
To get started with Illustrator on the iPad, create, open or import a cloud document or export a cloud or a local document. All your documents are automatically saved as cloud documents. You can export or publish your documents in a variety of formats.
1. To quickly create a new document from the Home screen, choose your frequently used preset in the Start something new section. Go to the Your files tab to name it. Your recently used document presets are also available in the Recent tab on the Home screen.
2. All the new documents that you create with Illustrator on the iPad are by default saved as cloud documents.
3. You can quickly open most of your recent documents from the Recent section.
To open a document, do one of the following on the Home screen:
You can quickly open your most recent documents from the Recent section.
Illustrator on the iPad auto-saves your document every three minutes. If your document isn't saved, the name of the document shows an * asterisk in the title bar. You can save your file manually and rename your file while working on the document.
You can also press Cmd + S to save your document.
When you select in the navigation bar, your document is saved as a cloud document and displayed in the Cloud documents section of the Home screen. If you're not connected to the Internet, your updates are saved locally on the device and get auto-synced as soon as you go online.
Go to Home screen > Your files > Cloud documents, tap below your cloud document thumbnail, and choose Make available offline.
Watch this 4-minute video to learn what cloud documents are, and how they allow you to move freely between Illustrator on your desktop and iPad to work on the same document wherever convenient.