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Chapter 13. Stacking and Layers

Chapter 13. Stacking and Layers

When two objects are drawn, CorelDraw 10 automatically stacks the second object on the first. When a third object is drawn, it is stacked on the second, and so on. This positioning is called the stacking order. If the objects don't overlap, the stacking order isn't apparent (Figures 13.1 and 13.2). But a stacking order is always present—even when you can't see it.

Figure 13.1. When objects don't overlap, the stacking order isn't apparent.


Figure 13.2. Now that the objects have been moved so they overlap, you can see the stacking order.


You've probably noticed messages such as “Rectangle on Layer 1” on the status bar. By default, CorelDraw 10 places all objects on one layer. For instance, the example in Figures 13.1 and 13.2 is a single-layer drawing. Layers are invisible planes that stack vertically, one on top of the other. Layers help keep a drawing's distinct elements separate. For example, when creating an ad or a birthday announcement, you might want to place the graphic elements on one layer and put all of the text on a second layer. Doing so can simplify the drawing process. You can add as many layers to a drawing as you need.

Notes

  • Stacking order and layers are two distinct concepts. There is always a separate stacking order on each layer of a drawing, but there is no requirement that a drawing have multiple layers.

  • When you add a layer, it is added to all pages of the document.



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