Chapter 7: Organizing Your Illustrations

In This Chapter

check.png Using rulers

check.png Using ruler and custom guides

check.png Working with the Transform panel for placement

check.png Changing ruler origin

check.png Rearranging, hiding, and locking objects

check.png Masking objects

You can know about all the neat special effects in Illustrator, but if you have no strong organization skills, you can become exasperated when things just don’t work as you expect them to. In this chapter, we focus on a few organizational tricks of the trade.

Setting Ruler Increments

Using rulers to help accurately place objects in an illustration sounds simple (and it is), but not knowing how to effectively use the rulers in Illustrator can drive you over the edge.

To view rulers in Illustrator, choose View⇒Rulers⇒Show Rulers or press Ctrl+R (Windows) or maccmd+R (Mac). ...

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