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5 Time-Saving Hacks for Illustrator Layers


In today’s tutorial, we’re looking at 5 Illustrator layer hacks to help save on time. The products we’ll be using are found in the Design Cuts marketplace: 550+ Hand Drawn Illustrations by Zeppelin Graphics and Doodle Hearts Clip Art by Itty Bitty Paper Co.

We’ll show you how to:

1) Change the colour of a selection so that you can differentiate between that colour and the colour of your art
2) Make a stroked area around all the objects on a layer, so they’re treated as a single object
3) Locate single objects within the layers palette
4) Maintain the original layers of a document when copied onto a new document
5) Lock layers you want to leave untouched

Without further ado, let’s get started!

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2 Lovely Comments from our Community:

  1. Mark says:

    I’m currently viewing these the Illustrator tutorials and I really love the style and swiftness with which you present them.
    Thank you very much Helen! These videos are very useful and accommodate a wide range of concepts and purposes. I’ll be sure to share some of my designs on the DC forum.

    • Annabel Smith says:

      Aww thanks so much for your super lovely comment Mark and we are so excited to see what you have been working on in our forum :).

      It really means so much that you find Helen’s tutorials really useful and well presented- we know that she will be over the moon to hear this!

      We hope that you have lots of fun putting all of the tips from these tutorials to practice Mark and happy designing!

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