Just bought adobe Illustrator. Most of my tools are greyed out. I cannot find any way to activate these tools, its as if its stuck in preview mode. In fact, the page title says CMYK/preview. How do I fix this? I have access to the very basic tools, but none others, like the elipse tool.
Do you have the Rectangle Tool available and, if so, what happens when you click and hold on it?
Could you please provide a screenshot that shows the greyed-out tools, and insert it in your reply?
Preview mode is the predominant way to view what is going on in your document, and it shows every visible attribute that you place in it, create, or apply to it. It is not some lesser, inferior state that it would be a drawback to be stuck in. The only alternative is to be in Outline mode, which shows only paths, with no fills, strokes, effects, linked or embedded raster images. You can toggle between these two states in the View menu, or by pressing cmd/ctrl+Y.
Edit: Strictly speaking, there are a few more view options, but my point about Preview mode is still valid.