Join Russell Viers for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with layers, part of 11 Things Every Beginner Needs to Learn to Love Illustrator.
Let's open the Los Chickens layered CS file and you'll see that we've got the …art broken down into these top level layers. …We've still got the barn in groups. Alright well we want to do some more with …this art. Let's put a background in there. …Now even though I don't have a layer selected, you don't see one highlighted …in blue right? Well, it actually is selected. …Look right there, see the little triangle, that microscopic corner notch? …That's telling us that whatever we do now is going to apply to that layer.…
You know, I never stress this because let's say that I take my rectangle tool …and I draw a frame. Okay, yes, it went on that layer. …I'ts not the end of the world. I can take that green dot there that …shows that I've got that selected, and I can move it to its own layer. …Grab that layer, move it below, and there's the background. …Well, I don't really care for that color, so let's go to the swatches panel. …And I'm gonna go to the library, and I'll choose maybe some gradients here.…
- 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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