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Adobe Illustrator can be used to accomplish many different design tasks, from illustration to app development. This course demonstrates core concepts and techniques that can be applied to any workflow—for print, the web, or building assets that will find their way into other applications. Author Justin Seeley explains the elements that make up vector graphics (paths, strokes, and fills) while showing how to use each of the drawing tools, and demonstrates how to combine and clean up paths and organize them into groups and layers. The course also covers text editing, working with color, effects, and much more.
In this movie, we're going to be exploring one of the most important features of the Layers panel, although it's also one of the most hidden features of layers panel as well. It's called the Layers panel menu, and as is the case for any panel inside of Illustrator, it's tucked way up in the top right corner of the panel. So if I get the Layers panel out on my screen -- and you can do so by either dragging it out from the panels on the right, or going to the Window menu, and finding Layers, or by hitting F7 on your keyboard. Once you've got the layers panel out there, you can go up to this little button right here.
Even though this little button is tiny, it contains a lot of information. When I expand it out, you're going to see that you have the ability to do all kinds of stuff in here: create a New Layer, create a New Sub-layer, Duplicate your Selection, Delete a Selection, options for your current selection, make, or release clipping masks. Here are two of my favorites: Enter, and Exit Isolation Mode. Locate an object, merge selected objects, flatten artwork; there are a ton of different option that you have available to you inside of this menu. Let's take a look at how some of these work on this document here. I'm going to first go to the Photo layer, and on the Photo layer, I'm going to move it done to the Logo. I'm going to target that object, click, and drag it down to the logo, like so.
Then I'll select the Photo layer. Let's say, for instance, I didn't know that I could use the trashcan to throw that away. Well, the panel menu actually has that in there for me. I can go up here and I can choose Delete "Photo". What I like about the panel menu, versus just hitting the trashcan, is it actually gives me confirmation of the name that I'm about to delete. When I'm in a hurry, sometimes I target the wrong layer, and hit the trashcan, and that can be so frustrating. So here it gives me almost like a confirmation message that I'm deleting the correct layer. If I hit that, the layer goes away. I can then select the Logo layer, and go here, and now I can go down and select Options for "Logo." Let's say, for instance, that I wanted to change a couple of things; like, for instance, I wanted to change the name.
Now I want to make it Header, and I also want to change the Color from Green to this light Cyan, then I'll hit OK. Once I do that, the name changes, and so does the color. Pretty quick and easy. I didn't even have to know to double-click on the layer. The rest of these options are going to come into play as you work throughout Illustrator. We don't have time to go through each one individually, but it's best if you go through, and actually look and see what each one of these does, to see how they can fit into your workflow. And no matter what, always remember that if you can't find it in the Layers panel, that chances are, it's hidden inside of the Layers panel menu, and you can always get there by clicking in the top right corner.
It's one of the most hidden features, but like I said, it's also one of the most useful.
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