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Working with Layers

Prior to Illustrator 9, using the Layers palette was a handy way to organize the artwork within your document. By using layers, you could even hide artwork temporarily to “unclutter” the work area. Illustrator 9's Layers palette, however, goes several steps further. You can not only arrange your artwork on layers, but you also can use the Layers palette to rearrange those elements. No longer do you need to select an object or a path on the Artboard to move it from one layer to another. Now the procedure is as simple as dragging and dropping right in the Layers palette.

Creating New Layers and Sublayers

When you click the Create New Layer button at the bottom of the Layers palette, a new layer is created directly above your currently active layer. This new layer is always at the same hierarchical level as your current work. In other words, if you are working on a sublayer that is a sublevel of a sublayer, the Create New Layer button gives you a new sub- sublayer. See the sidebar “Exploring New Layers and Sublayers” for clarification.


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