Join Russell Viers for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding layers, groups, and sublayers, part of 11 Things Every Beginner Needs to Learn to Love Illustrator.
So, let's learn how to take simple art, figure out what layers it's using, and …break it into multiple layers so that our job is easier. …I'm going to go to File > Open. And I'm gonna go to the Chapter 10 Assets …folder there and I'm gonna open Los Chickens. …Start is the name of that file, Los Chickens, Start. …And I've back-versioned this all the way to Illustrator 8, which pretty much …covers all of our bases, I think. And I'm gonna expand this to fit my whole …window and Cmd+0 to fit in window. That's exactly the same thing we would do …in Photoshop or InDesign. Now, if I go to window layers, there's my …layers panel. And I'm gonna grab the tab and bring that …out because we're probably gonna make lots of layers in this.…
Now, if I select this art, you can see all the vector lines there. …And you can see there is one layer and that's always going to be there. …I don' t care if you have an old piece of clip art that you got off a CD somewhere …or someone e-mailed it to you and nobody even knows anything about layers. …
- Creating shapes and lines
- Modifying paths
- Transforming objects
- Using Illustrator's brushes
- Creating your own brushes
- Fun with text
- Understanding layers, groups, and sublayers
- Working with photos and other art
- Placing Illustrator files
Skill Level Beginner
1. Introduction to Vector Data
2. What Is Illustrator?
3. Fun with Shapes
Creating shapes12m 18s
4. The Humble Line Tool: It's Not as Simple as It Sounds
5. Illustrator Kindergarten
Drawing tools16m 56s
6. Modifying Your Paths
7. You've Made a Path, Now What?
8. This Isn't Your Average Brush Tool
9. Time for Some Words
10. Working with Your Art Gets Easier with Layers
11. Bringing in Photos and Other Graphics for More Fun
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