Join Deke McClelland for an in-depth discussion in this video Organizing layers, part of Illustrator CS4 Getting Started.
As you will see when you start assembling your own illustrations, objects build up quickly.…You can go from a relatively simple document to a very complex one in a matter…of say, a half an hour, which is why it pays to spend a little bit of time every…once in a while organizing your illustration in the Layers palette.…To some of you that may sound like pure tedium, but Illustrator handles this…topic so well that I would go so far as to say, it's actually kind of fun and…it's definitely fascinating as you are about to learn.…I am working inside of a document Group Stickers.ai found inside the Exercise…Files folder and this document as simple as it is, contains several hundred…different objects including paths and text objects and so on.…
I have gone ahead and combined every single one of these stickers into a…separate group using the Group command under the Object menu.…Let's see what those groups look like in the Layers palette.…I am going to bring up the Layers palette by clicking on this Layers icon right…
- Working with point and path text
- Selecting, isolating, and combining paths
- Reshaping paths and working with control handles
- Rounding corners
- Using Live Paint
Skill Level Beginner
Q: I'm using a pressure brush with a graphics tablet while following along with this course. But when the author clicks and holds in the "Brushes and blobs" movie, he gets an expanding oval, where I get nothing or just a sharp-edged line. My brush doesn't seem to be responding to pressure. What should I do?
A: When you first install a Wacom (or other brand of) tablet, the pressure
options may not at first take hold.
After installing the tablet, try this:
- Confirm that the pressure is working in the Wacom (or other) control
- Quit Illustrator and the other programs.
- Restart your computer.
- Then relaunch Illustrator and try again.