Adobe Illustrator: Working With Layers - #11

Adobe Illustrator: Working With Layers – #11

Adobe Illustrator: Working With Layers – #11

This lesson will introduce you to Layers and the Layers Panel, and demonstrate how they help you organize your work. You will learn to Add, Delete and Arrange Layers, as well as how to Select and Move objects from one layer to another.



Module Description Step
1 Understanding Layers 1-10
2 The Layers Panel 1-9
3 Working with Layers I: Adding, Arranging & Deleting 1-6
4 Working with Layers II: Selecting & Moving Objects 1-11
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MODULE 1 • Understanding Layers

Step Description
1A Note that this video uses Mac & Mac Mouse (one-button) Commands and only. For complete Windows & Mac commands, refer to the script.
1B Before we begin, note that the video and audio for this lesson contain Mac commands, keyboard shortcuts and one-button mouse actions only. For complete Windows commands, refer to the script.

Keyboard Shortcut abbreviations and differences:

  • Mac: Command (Cmd) = Windows: Control (Ctrl)
  • Mac: Option (Opt) = Windows: (Alt)
  • Shortcut directions are written as follows:
    • Cmd/Ctrl + Keyboard Letter
    • Opt/Alt + click

This means press & hold the Command key if you have a Mac, or the Control Key if you have Windows, then press the letter, or perform the action, etc.

A note on Mouse actions:

  • Two-Button Mouse: Right Click to open the Context Menu/ Right Click Menu
  • One-Button Mouse: Press & Hold the Control (Ctrl) Key while you click on the Art Board, to open the Context Menu/ Right Click Menu.

If you have a one-button mouse for your Mac, you might want to configure it to act like a two-button mouse:

  • Go to System Preferences.
  • Open up the Mouse options
  • On the “Point & Click” page, check the box to the left of “Secondary Click: Click on Right Side”.

Your Mouse will now work like a Two-Button Mouse

2 Before we move on to creating flats, it is really important to learn about Layers. Taking a little bit of time now will save you a lot of time down the road. So let’s start this lesson by downloading, saving and opening the two files listed below this video named Layers1 & Understanding Layers. Let’s take a look at Understanding Layers first.


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