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Using layers

The Layers palette in Adobe Illustrator lets you organize artwork into layers, groups, and objects that can be selected, displayed, edited, and printed individually or together.

If the Layers palette is not visible, click the Layers tab to bring the palette to the front of its group or choose Window > Show Layers.

The artwork has been organized into four layers. New objects are created on the layer that is selected in the Layers palette. You can view, select, and edit each layer, group, or object within a layer using the Layers palette.

In the Layers palette, click the triangle to the left of the Draw&Paint layer name. The list expands to display the thumbnails of the paths that are on the Draw&Paint layer.

Click the triangle again to collapse the Draw&Paint layer's path list.



In the Layers palette, click Photo to select that layer. Then drag the Photo layer up, just above the Curtain layer but below the Draw&Paint layer, to move the photo to the front of the window.



Notice how the curtain is hidden behind the clouds in the window. Now drag the Curtain layer in the Layers palette back up to just above the Photo layer to bring the curtain to the front of the artwork.



Moving layers in the Layers palette changes the order in which objects appear in the artwork, with the layer at the top of the palette containing the frontmost objects.

You can also change the transparency or apply effects to layers or nested layers.

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In the Layers palette, click the hollow circle to the right of the Curtain layer name.

Figure . Curtain layer selected


Selecting the circle changes it to a hollow double-circle, indicating that all objects on the Curtain layer are now selected and will be affected by changes to their appearance or transparency.

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Click the Transparency tab to bring the Transparency palette to the front of its group or choose Window > Show Transparency.

Change the Opacity setting to 70%. All objects on the Curtain layer are now slightly transparent. Notice that the double-circle now appears solid, indicating that the layer has appearance attributes applied to it.


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