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Lesson 4. Using Layers

Lesson 4. Using Layers

As you create drawings that are more complex, you will want to organize and control the elements on the page. You can do that with layers. Layers are transparent planes on which you place your objects. You can choose to show or hide a layer, which shows or hides all of the objects on that layer. You can move a layer up or down, changing the stacking order in which objects appear on a page.

Say, for example, that you are drawing a complex map of an area. The map contains streets and highways, rivers, railroads, and descriptive text. While you are concentrating on the streets, you don’t want to be distracted by the rivers and the railroads. If you put all of the streets and highways, rivers, railroads, and text each on a separate layer, you can quickly hide and then show the layers as you work on a part of the map.

Using layers in your drawings makes managing multiple objects easier, as you will learn in this lesson.

In this lesson, you will add some layers to the document containing your film canister. Then you will draw a strip of film and change its perspective using the 3D Rotation tool.


In this lesson, you will:

  • Move objects above and below other objects

  • Add layers and move objects to those layers

  • Change the order of layers

  • Hide, show, and lock layers

  • Align and distribute objects

  • Rotate an object in 3D space

  • Change the color of a layer


This lesson takes approximately 2 hours to complete.


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