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Real World: Adobe Creative Suite 2 by Steve Werner, Sandee Cohen

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Chapter 12. The Flexibility of Layers

Pulling a rabbit out of a hat is one of the ways that magicians prove their sophistication and skill. Far more often than rabbits get pulled out of hats, layers pop up whenever you create an image in Photoshop, a vector graphic in Illustrator, or a document in InDesign — just look at the application’s Layers palette for proof! As a creative professional, you show off your sophistication and skill when you use well the powerful tool of layers.

Layers act like pieces of clear acetate, stacked one on top of the other, on which you can place pixels (in Photoshop) or objects (in Illustrator or InDesign). As you work, you can create, move, edit, and delete layers, for great flexibility and efficiency.

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