CT&D #50. Layers in Illustrator

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Why are the uses of layers important in the production quality of a design in Illustrator? 

Using layers in Illustrator is very important for the production quality of a design because it adds so much definition and shape to an illustration. Looking back at previous assignments (such as the cocktail drink), the use of layers for the glass and liquid helped give off the feeling of the object being 3D since 1 layer defined the light shining on the glass, and another layer defined the movement of the ice cubes and vice versa.

Collectively, when you take these distinct layers to produce an overall image, the resulting quality is shaped by what visually pops out, which helps in truly seeing if an illustration has depth or dimension. This is a far cry from simple drawings that are mainly 2D in nature since they involve very few layers and not in the same manner as the assignments we’re doing (the city drawing required many layers to depict the distinction between the foreground and background and the natural presence of the figure sitting on the bench).

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