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In this exercise, we are going to establish this illustration here, which is Tonalpohualli.ai found inside the 05_ geometeric_shapes folder. We are going to establish it as a tracing template. Now, notice in the previous exercise, I drew this lens flare right here, and I want you to see the effect it had on the preview for the calendar layer. Notice how little the calendar is. It has got a little lens flare. That's because the lens flare is taking up a bunch of space, and Illustrator automatically scales the layer thumbnail in order to compensate.
So if I were to click, somewhere in that big wacky sort of collection of lines and shapes there, in order to select the lens flare, and I were to press Backspace or Delete, notice what happens to the thumbnail, it grows in order to fill that space. So the thumbnail is automatically scaled to incorporate all of the graphics on that layer. So they are not necessarily scaled to the same size relative to each other. They are each independently scaled. All right, I'm going to turn on the guides layer; which contains my guides as you can see, we just have a horizontal guide, and a vertical guide running right through the center of the calendar. Then I'm going to target the calendar layer by clicking on its meatball right there, and let's go ahead and change the Opacity of this entire layer, here inside the Control palette to 25%, and press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac, in order to invoke that modification and then I'm going to lock down that calendar layer. It is now going to function for us as a tracing template.
I want you to see these other layers as well. Notice we have a circles layer which shows the primary circles that we are about to draw using the Ellipse tool and we have also got the stars layer right there which shows the primary stars that we are going to draw with the Star tool and then we have some rectangles that we'll draw later. Notice one rectangle is upright and the other is at an angle, all right. So we'll come back to all those. For now, I'm going to turn off the rectangle and stars layer. We are going to focus on the circles layer, and I'm going to go ahead and set it up as a tracing template as well by meatballing it like so, and I'll change its Opacity value, which is here. This thing moves around to 50%, all right, in order to reduce that opacity a little bit. And then finally, let's go ahead and lock it and create a new layer.
I am going to go down to this Page icon at the bottom of the Layers palette and Alt-click on it that would be an Option -click on the Mac. And let's go ahead and call this layer My drawing or something along those lines. I am going to change the colors associated with this layer, which is of course, the color of the points and segments when an object is selected. I'm going to change it to Orange and then I'm going to click OK. Now we are going to pop this guy to the top by dragging it upward to above the rectangles layer and we are now ready to begin drawing with our Geometric Shape tools starting in the next exercise.
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