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  Working With Layers In Canvas™ 6

Deneba Canvas 6 has full layers support. In Canvas you can edit three kinds of documents - illustration, publication and presentation documents. Illustration documents contain sheets and each sheet is composed of layers. Publications contain pages and each page is composed of layers. Presentations are a series of slides and each slide is composed of layers. In this basic tutorial, we will examine the use of layers in an illustration document.

1. Layers are managed in the Document Layout palette. In our new illustration, click the plus sign next to the sheet to reveal the default layer (below left). On the bottom left side of the palette is a button to add a new sheet. Click layer 1 to activate it (below right). Notice that the button on the lower left side changes to "New Layer".

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2. Click the "New Layer" button (below left). Upon doing so, Canvas adds a new layer and assigns it a number. Also notice that adding the new layer also activates it (highlighted gray). To activate a layer simply click the layer in the palette. You can always tell which layer is the current (active) layer by looking at the Document Layout palette. The active layer is always highlighted. Only one layer is activated at a time.

To rearrange the layers place the mouse pointer on a layer then drag and drop the layer on its new location (below right). While dragging, the pointer turns into a grabber hand.

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3. In the example below, layer 1 is moved moved on top of layer 2 (below left). When you release the mouse, layer 1 will be the active layer (below right). The ordering of layers in the palette matches their physical order in the document. The top layer is at the top of the palette and the bottom layer is at the bottom of the palette.

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4. You can also hide layers from view. Notice the eye icon near the top of the palette. This is the visibility column. Clicking the bullet in the visibility column toggles the layer visibility on and off. You cannot hide the current layer. To hide a layer, you must first activate another layer. Click layer 1 to activate it (below left). Next, click the bullet in the visibility column on layer 1 to hide it (below right).

Hiding layers is a means to select objects which lie directly under other objects. In the Preferences palette is a setting for allowing objects to be selected across visible layers. Hiding layers prevents the selection and editing of objects.

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To take full advantage of the features in Canvas 6 you need to know how to use layers. It is one of the most basic skills to learn.

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