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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M A P R I L 2 0 2 3 • G R A P H I C S P R O 8 7 description of that layer as appropriate. So, it is important to look at the docker options. At the top are three options. e first is Show Object Properties, and it is on by default. Next is Edit Across Layers, also on by default. is allows the inclu- sion of objects from one layer to another layer by using a drag-and-drop method. If it is turned off, only the currently selected layer can be accessed. Sometimes, work- ing with layers can be a bit confusing. Relating to objects and layers, there are icons to hide or show visibility to enable or disable printing and exporting or to lock or unlock. Though Fig. 5 shows these options, it is a bit visibly obscure in the details. e last option is Layer Management View, with two options. All pages, layers and objects or Current Page, layers only. is is subjective, depending on what you need to do, and is your indi- vidual choice. I once received a PSD file of a van cre- ated in Adobe Photoshop with a lot of detail, and each panel of the van was on a separate layer. When I imported it into CorelDR AW, it came in as 10 different layers. I had to choose each individual layer and each object to make the neces- sary alterations to all of them for my pur- poses. So, it is important to understand the basics of using layers, though, most often, we will work only on a single layer. e icons in Fig. 5 can: 1) Show or Hide There are a few ways to change the stacking order of objects in a document. The first, and most often used, is the Object > Order command. 2 an object or layer, 2) Enable or Disable printing of an object or layer, and 3) Lock or Unlock an object or layer. ese choices are mostly used during editing and should likely not exist in an output file to avoid confusion at a print shop or output entity. It is important that any artwork provided to an outside vendor be as trouble-free as possible. Even a PDF file will retain all the information contained in the original CDR file, so it is imperative to ensure that all things are optimized for proper repro- duction in any format. Using the Object Manager in a workflow can be of great benefit. As with many of the features included with CorelDR AW, using the Object Manager may require one to spend some time learning all the abilities and nuances involved. I have only touched on some of the basics, but you can explore some of the more powerful abili- ties of this feature. e Object Manager docker is only one of the many features in the program. I would encourage anyone who has not used it before to look at this feature for future use. It could be a time-saver and a boost to productivity. GP (Above) It may be best to think of layers as if each were a sheet of tracing paper stacked one atop the other. 3 (Left) Another possibility is to rename a layer to a more descriptive name that is more conducive to its contents. Right-click on the layer name in the docker, and a dialog appears. These icons can: 1) Show or Hide an object or layer, 2) Enable or Disable printing of an object or layer, and 3) Lock or Unlock an object or layer. 4 5

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