How to use layers in Illustrator and Photoshop

If you are new to Adobe software, one of the first things you should learn is how to use layers in Illustrator and Photoshop. It’ll save you loads of time, get you organised and help shortcut some common task.

If you purchase any of my Creators, like the Cute Critter Creator or Personalised Portrait Creator, you’ll notice I’ve used the layers panel extensively to create an easy-to-use document for my lovely customers.

In my work-flow I rely on the layers panel as much as I rely on the pen tool. I got into the habit of organising my work into separate layers years ago and now because it’s so natural in my work-flow, I benefit hugely from the hours of work I’m saved!

Designing becomes easier and less stressful when you truly start harnessing the power and convenience of the layers panel. To assist you I thought I’d put together a quick guide to the main functions of the panel so you can get into the habit of using the tool.

How to use the layers panel in Illustrator


How to use the layers panel in Photoshop


4 thoughts on “How to use layers in Illustrator and Photoshop

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