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Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 Layer Tips in 10 minutes

Helen Bradley, Illustrator for Lunch™ & Photoshop for Lunch™

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4 Lessons (13m)
    • 1. Illustrator for Lunch 10 Layer Tips in 10 Minutes Introduction

    • 2. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Before We Begin

    • 3. Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 Layer Tips

    • 4. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Project and wrapup


About This Class

Illustrator for Lunch™ is a series of short video courses you can study in bite size pieces such as at lunchtime. In this course you'll learn Ten Awesome Illustrator Layer tips. You will learn tips for moving and copying layers, some Alt / Option key layer shortcuts, how to create layer clipping masks, how to customize Layer appearances and much, much more. 

More in this series:

4 Illustrator Shading Techniques - An Illustrator for Lunch™ class - Simple Highlights & Shadows

5 Hexagon Patterns in Illustrator - an Illustrator for Lunch? course

Create Color Schemes in Illustrator for Using, Sharing & Selling - An Illustrator for Lunch? Class

Create Patterns in Adobe Capture for Illustrator & Photoshop

Create Wreaths & Other Floral Designs - An Illustrator for Lunch™ Class

Designing with Spirals - An Illustrator for Lunch™ Class

Doodle Flower Design & Pattern in Illustrator - An Illustrator for Lunch™ Class

Draw a Hot Air Balloon in Illustrator - Fun with 3D! 

Illustrator - Design in Black and White - Create Positive/negative images

Illustrator for Lunch? - 10 Interface and Setup tips too Speed your Workflow

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 in 10 - 10 Align tips in 10 minutes or less 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 in 10 - 10 Type Tips in 10 minutes (or less) 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 in 10 - Ten Top Illustrator Tips in 10 Minutes 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 Layer Tips in 10 minutes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 Pattern tips in 10 Minutes 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 Pen tool and Path Tips in 10 Minutes or Less 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Appearance Panel Tips in 20 minutes or less

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Color tips in 20 Minutes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Gradient tips in 20 minutes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Pathfinder, Crop and Cutout tips in 20 minutes or less

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Recolor Artwork tips in (around) 20 minutes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Reflect and Rotate tips in 20 minutes or less

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Things New Illustrator Users Need to Know

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 3D Extrusion Effects - Text, Shapes, 3D

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 3D Perspective Cube design and Bonus 3D star

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 4 Exotic Patterns - Quatrefoils, Moroccan Trellis, and Layered Diamond 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 4 Handy Patterns - Diagonals, Plaid, Colorful Dots, Chevron

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 5 Cool Text Effects

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Abstract Ombre Background - Color Scheme, Blend, Transform 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - All you need to know about Brushes in Illustrator

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Backgrounds for your projects - Sunbursts, Halftone, Blends & Brushes 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Banner and Award Badges - Appearance Panel, Masks, Warp 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Blends and Gradients - Blends, Blend Modes, Gradients 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Braids, Rick Rack and More

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Circle Based Patterns - Rotate, Blend, Multi-Color Dots

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Clipping Masks, Opacity Masks & Layer Masks

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Complex Block and Half Drop Repeat patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Complex Rotated Repeating Patterns Made Easy - Using MadPattern templates 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Floral Alphabet character

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Nighttime Cityscape Image

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Plaid or Tartan Pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Range of Triangle Patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Retro Landscape Illustration

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Textured Dot Pattern - Transform, Vector Texture, Patterns 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Wave Pattern 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Whimsical Tree

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create an Ikat Inspired Pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create an Isometric Cube Pattern - Shape Builder, Align, Pattern Make

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Complex Art in the Appearance Panel

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Diamond, Harlequin and Argyle Patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Guilloche Effects

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Hi-Tech HUD rings

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Perfectly Overlapped Rotated Shapes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Seasonal Ornaments - Learn new skills while making seasonal art

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Stitches and Sewing Elements

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create with bends and blends - techniques for icons, logos and more

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Creative Half tone Effects

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Custom Corner Tiles for Pattern Brushes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Cute Furry Creatures

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Cutout Text Effects - Photos, Pathfinder & Text

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Designing with Symmetry

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Doodle-Style Heart - DIY Brushes and Nested Shapes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Draw a Retro TV - Shapes, Texture & Sunburst

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Draw a Vintage Birdcage - Shapes, Transform, Texture

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Faux Tissue Paper Collage - Blending, Texture, Transparency 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Flat and Dimensional drawing techniques

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Fun Effects with Graphic Styles - Appearances, Brushes, Styles 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Fun with Scripts - Download, Install, Run

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Get Creative with Blends and Brushes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Get Export File Sizes and Resolution Correct

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Going in Circles - Brushes, Blends & Transformations

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Gradient Background Effects - Find, Adapt, Create & Use

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Houndstooth & Rose - Vector Halftone Tracing & Houndstooth Pattern 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Illustrating Cacti with Custom Made Brushes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - I'm Seeing Stars - Fill, Warp, Clip & Crop Shapes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - In the Frame - Shapes, Fills, Strokes & Color

Illustrator for Lunch™ - In the Kitchen - Cartoon Art with Live Paint 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - In Your Face - Pen Tool Practice 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Layered Paper Style Collage - Gradients, Graphic Styles, Transform 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Let's Go Steampunk! - Shapes, Rotation, Textures 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make a 2017 Calendar from Scratch - Grids, Layouts, Text, Patterns & More 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make a 3D Y Shape Pattern - from paper illustration to digital design

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make a Lace Pattern Brush - Stroke, Blends, Pattern Tiles, Rotation 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make an Organic Spiral Pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make Art Brushes - Configure, Color & Scale

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make Art Using Other People's Art 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make Custom Organic Patterns - Transform, Scissors, Align, Pattern Swatch 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make Retro Shapes - Pathfinder, Scripts, Rotation

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make Scrapbook Papers to Sell - Patterns, File Formats, Marketing Materials 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make to Sell Printables - Stripes, Grid, Lines & Isometric Grid

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Mastering Live Trace - Turn Bitmaps to Vectors

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Meandering Hexagon Pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - More fun with Scripts - Text to code, more scripts, more fun (trees too!)

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Multi-Color Faux Pattern - Patterns, Transform, Expand 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Neon Effect - Appearances, Graphic Styles, Fonts

Illustrator for Lunch™ - On (a pattern making) Safari - Repeating Patterns 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - One Design Concept - Many Variations 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pattern in a Pattern - Achieving the Impossible in Illustrator 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pattern in Pattern & Irregular Repeating Patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pattern Know-how - Install, Transform, Recolor

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pattern of Lines and Dots

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pop Art Style Star Pattern 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Real Time Mandala Design

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Real Time Mirror Drawing - Symmetrical drawing

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Road Trip - Custom Brushes and Live Paint

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Roaming Square Pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Seamless Repeating Texture Patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Season's Greetings - Shapes, Brushes, Texture 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Semi Transparent Flowers - Scatter Brushes, Opacity, Blend Modes 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Sharing and archiving files - troubleshooting the pitfalls

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Sketchy Image Effect - Image Trace, Swatches, Sketchy Effect

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Something's Fishy - Appearance Panel Tips & Tricks 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Stipple Texture Effect - Grain, Gradients, Blends 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - String Art Inspired Designs

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Stylish Doodles to Make and Sell

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Type on a Path - Type, Paths, Shapes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Using & Troubleshooting Bounding Boxes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Using Photoshop Objects in Illustrator - Images, Shapes, Patterns and more

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Vector Textures - Vectors, Clipping Masks, Pathfinder

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Warp Shapes & Text - Envelope Distort, Warp, Gradients 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Watercolor Magic - Type, Downloaded Patterns & Brushes 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Watercolor stripe seamless repeating pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Whimsical diagonal line patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Whimsical Scrapbook Paper Designs to Sell or Share

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Whimsical Text Effects

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Whimsical Textured Drawings Using Hand Drawn Brushes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Zentangle® Inspired Pattern Brushes - Shapes, Effects, Brushes

Make Ditsy Patterns in Illustrator

Pattern Design in Illustrator Masterclass

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1. Illustrator for Lunch 10 Layer Tips in 10 Minutes Introduction: Hello, I'm Helen Bradley. Welcome to this episode of Illustrator for Lunch, Ten Layer Tips in Ten Minutes. Illustrator for Lunch is a series of illustrated classes, each of which teaches a small range of illustrated techniques. You'll get an opportunity to reflect on your new learning in your class project. Today we're looking at layers in illustrator, things like moving objects around layers, what coloring a layer is all about, understanding appearances and layers, finding things in layers, creating templates, creating clipping masks and a whole lot more. Now as you're watching these videos, you will see a prompt to recommend this class to others. Please, if you're enjoying the class, do two things for me. Firstly, answer "Yes" to recommend it to others and secondly, write just a few words about why you're enjoying the class. These recommendations help other students to say that this is a class that they too might enjoy. If you'd like to leave a comment or a question for me, please do so. I read and respond to all of your comments and questions and I look at it and respond to all of your class projects. If you already know, let's get started with our Ten Layer Tips in Ten Minutes. 2. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Before We Begin: Before we get into the tips in this Illustrator class, there are a few things that I'm assuming you already know. One of them is that you already know that there is a Layers Palette in Illustrator and you can view it by clicking here on this icon or choose we know layers. You can also press function key F7 to view the Layers Palette. I'm also assuming that you understand that all shapes and objects in Illustrator must be inside a layer. You just can't have objects free-floating. Everything is at the very least inside layer one. In this particular document which we're going to use throughout this class where it's appropriate, I have two layers. I have a layer up the top here which contains all the gray scale objects and I have a second layer underneath it which contains these colored objects. The order of things in the layers palette reflects this stacking order in the document. This text objects shapes here, which is here in the last palette is behind absolutely everything. Then it has this red rectangle on top and then the green circle and so on. So you can read a document from bottom to top or from top to bottom via the Layers Palette. In addition, you can turn the visibility of an object on or off by clicking it's eyeball icon here. Here, we're turning this star on and off. You can select an object inside the document by clicking on this little button here, it's actually called a Meatball Icon. Click on an object's meatball icon and you can select that object within the document. Now if you want to set up your Layers Palette so you can see nice big objects like I've got shown here, click the fly-out menu and choose Panel Options, select Other. In this case, I'm working on a fairly large monitor, so I've set mine to 60 pixels. So that's giving me a nice big preview of the objects inside the layers in Illustrator. 3. Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 Layer Tips: We're now ready to move on to our Illustrator tips, and the first tip is understanding and solving, bring to the front issues. Here is the shape a piece of text in my document and I have it selected. If I want to bring it to the front centered above everything else, the temptation is to choose "Object", "Arrange", and then "Bring to Front." The problem with this is that that just works within a single layer. It brings the object to the front of that layer, but it does not bring it to the front of the document. There are a few techniques you could use to bring this text to the front of the document. One of them is to choose "Edit", "Cut", and just cut it off the document. Go and click the layer where you want it to be, which is this top-most layer, and choose "Edit", "Paste in Front. " Now that will paste it in front of everything on that layer. Because this is the topmost layer, it's now at the very top of the document. Move objects from layer to layer. I've put the text here back behind everything else, and I want to move it to a new layer. I'm just going to click the topmost layer to add a new layer. I'm going to grab the shapes here. So I'm just selecting, and I'm now selecting the meatball icon to actually add selection handles around it, I'm just selecting it here in the layers palette. I can just drag and drop it, so I can drag and drop it anywhere in the last stack, including onto layer three. Now it's added as an object in layer three. Now you can do that also via the menus. Let's go and grab this polygon here. I'm going to target it, so it has its handle selected, and I'm going to shift click on the star. I have selected the star and this polygon. I'm going to click on Layer three, and I'm going to choose "Object", "Arrange", "Send to Current Layer." What that's going to do is move the yellow hexagon and the blue star up to layer three. It's just important to notice that you have these targeted, but this one just selected. You'll notice that they appear behind the existing object on this new layer. Color a layer. When you hover an object in Illustrator, the bounding box around that object takes on the color of the layer that that particular object is in, in the last pallet. This shape here has a green surrounding, this green in the last pallet. If you want to, you can change the color associated with the layer. I'm just going to click here and then double-click on this to open the layer options, and I'm going to change the color to a different color. I'm going to select Violet and click ''Okay''. Now when I close up the layer and reopen it, all of the objects on this layer will show this violet or purple bounding box. Understanding appearances and layers. I want to add a strike around all the objects here. Now these are all on the same layer. I have them selected. I'm going to select a color for my stroke, and I'm going to make it five pixels. I've stroked each of the objects on the layer, but I haven't actually stroked around all the objects on a layer. Now you might think that by selecting the layer, this is going to work. Here I've selected the layer, and I'm going to do the same thing add a five pixels stroke and I end up with the same result, not what I want. This time I'm going to select the layer here and I'm going to the appearance panel. With the appearance panel, I'm going to click to Add a Stroke, and I'm going to add that same five pixels stroke. Now at first glance it seems as if this is an even worse solution, but we're halfway there. Let's go and re-select that layer, and let's end the appearance panel here. Let's drag the stroke underneath the contents here, and then we get what we want. We have a five pixels stroke around the objects on this layer. Now it might not be quite enough of a stroke, so I'm going to re-select my layer, and I'm going to set the width to a larger width. But we're getting the result that we asked for. The power of layer clipping masks. I want these brush shapes to be clipped to a star-shape. I'm going to draw out my star. It's here at the top of the layers palette. Now I could select everything and use the clipping mask option, but it's also possible to create a layer clipping mask. To do this I need to de-select everything. So I can't have anything selected at all. I'm going to click on the Layer Name but not targeted, and I'm going to the menu here and I'm going to choose Make Clipping Mask. What that does is to clip the contents of this entire layer to my star shape. Now my star can be moved to any position in the lab because it's already been created as my clipping path. I can go back to just brushing in my brushes or wherever I want them to appear. I'm seeing my layers palette pretty much the way that I'm used to seeing it, but the clipping mask is affecting this layer. It's a much easier way, I think sometimes of working than creating a traditional clipping mask. Using Alt or Option on the mark with the layer pallet. You're probably already familiar with being able to turn the visibility of a layer on or off by clicking on the layer visibility icon. However, if you combine this with Alt or Option, you can turn the layer visibility on and turn all the other layers off. Hold Alt or Option, and again click the visibility icon to bring everything back. Again, Alt Option keeps this layer visible, turns every other layer of. Alt Option returns everything to visibility. This also works with locking. If I Alt or Option click here, I lock every other layer except the one I'm working on. Alt Option and I bring everything back to being unlocked. Create a template layer. When you import a bitmap image that you want to use as a template into Illustrator, you can do so by double-clicking on the layer that it is placed into. If you click ''Template'' and then click ''Okay'', the document is going to be reduced to 50 percent opacity, and the layer will be locked. You can then click to "Add a New Layer" and start drawing using the template as a reference. Find an object in the last palette. I've a complex document open here it's from my real-time Mandala drawing class. I've selected an object and I want to see where it is in the last palette, I'll press FL to view the layers palette. We can see it's here somewhere inside layer three. If I click the flyout menu here and choose Locate Object, because my object is already selected, the layers palette opens and the object is identified to me. Here it is in this blend. Move layers and make sub-layers. You can move layers just as you can move objects in the last stack. I'm going to grab this layer and move it to the very top. Provided I position it at above layer three, it will actually go above layer three. Let's just undo that and see how we could make it a sub-layer of layer three, where we're going to click on it and we're going to drag, but this time we're going to dump it over the top of layer three, not above it, but on top of it. Now this layer here becomes a sub-layer inside layer three. Pasting layers. Here I'm going to select layer three and layer two. I want to copy and paste these objects into a new document. I'll choose Edit Copy, go to Brand New Document. Here, I'm going to choose Edit Paste. What happens, however, is that everything is pasted into the same layer. I'm just going to undo that. I'm going to open the flyout menu and choose Paste remembers layers. Now I'm going to paste everything in. This time the objects are pasted in, and they're pasted into the layers that they were in in the original document. 4. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Project and wrapup: Your project for this class is to quite simply in the class project area, let me know which of these tips you think is going to be the most useful to you. I hope that you've enjoyed this class and that you've learned something about working in the last panel in Illustrator that you didn't know before. As you are watching this video, you will have seen a prompt which lets you recommend this class to others. Please, if you enjoyed the class and learned something from it, do two things for me. Firstly, give it a thumbs up and secondly, write in just a few words why you enjoyed the class. These recommendations help other students to say that this is a class that they too might enjoy and learn from. If you'd like to leave me a comment or a question, please do so. I read and respond to all of your comments and questions, and I look at and respond to all of your class projects. My name is Helen Bradley, thank you for joining me for this episode of Illustrator for Lunch. I look forward to seeing you in an upcoming episode soon.