Layer Mask

Layer Mask is an advanced feature of Artboard that must be enabled in Preferences. Masking objects on a layer is a purely visual, non-destructive way to hide parts of the current layer’s content.

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Slices Layer

“Slices” are smaller areas of your drawing you can set for export. See Export to learn more about exporting slices. Slices are optional for export. Slices are always aligned to the pixel grid.

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Graph Paper

The Graph Paper layer is included in all new drawings. The Graph Paper layer is customizable. It is hidden by default.

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Rulers and Guides

Rulers and guides can be used extensively in your layout to help keep objects properly aligned. Quickly change ruler units in the Drawing Setup.

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Arrange Duplicate and Edit Layers

Artboard layers are discrete, like a stack of tracing paper (or transparent mylar). Select one layer at a time to work with the objects contained within that layer.

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The Layers Tab

Layers are like pages you can look through. Like a stack of tracing paper (or transparent mylar), each drawing layer can hold multiple objects.

Organize your large design by adding related objects onto separate layers. Layers are discrete – you cannot select objects across multiple layers.

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Color Picker

The Color Picker provides multiple ways to specify, select, and save colors for your drawing.

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Global Styles

By default, every style that is applied to an object is “local” to that object. If the style is changed, the change applies only to that object. “Global” styles can be shared among objects. In this way, style changes can be made very quickly and efficiently across multiple objects.

This is an advanced feature enabled in the Artboard Preferences.

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Group Effects

Group effects are containers that hold other style components. Add the Group Effect, then drag a stroke or fill component into the group to nest it within the effect’s container. Special group effects, such as a blur, can be applied to individual or multiple style components grouped within a single effect.

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The Styles Tab

The Styles Tab is used to create and edit simple fill and stroke styles, and to create expert “stacked” styles with a variety of stroke and fill style components. When an object is selected, or a drawing tool that uses styles is active, the active style is shown in the Styles tab.

Artboard styles are built by adding one or more style component. The default ‘Reset’ style contains a stroke and fill.

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