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Why Layers?

The primary concepts behind layers are organization and efficiency. By placing related objects on the same layer, it's easy to find and select them. Illustrator enables you to show and hide the content of layers, helping you to streamline and de-clutter the artboard while working. That allows you to see and concentrate on a single aspect of an illustration and see how everything fits together with just a few clicks.

Illustrator offers layers and sublayers, as well as the capability to rearrange specific groups of objects and paths within the Layers palette. You can also target layers and groups. Targeting involves designating a layer, sublayer, group, or object to have an appearance attribute (including style, effect, and transparency) applied to it. Using this capability, you can assign appearance attributes to an entire layer, and any object moved to or created on the layer will assume the attributes. Layers can also work with Illustrator's effects and transparency. Rather than merely a handy way to keep track of your artwork, layers are a very powerful, creative tool.


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