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Overview of the Panels
Taking a look at the panels that you will want to know about and how to use them.
When to use
The panels in Illustrator are equally important to the toolbar as they will allow you to do things like manage your layers and artboards, change colors, transparency, blending modes, and also change the weight of a stroke. From the panels you can also save swatches, symbols, graphic styles and export assets for the web.
- In your Illustrator document notice how the panels are divided into sections similar to how the tools of the toolbar are grouped.
- Click on the arrow at the top of the panels to expand and collapse them and notice how they appear.
- In several of the panels you will notice an icon that looks like three or four stacked lines in the upper right corner. This is where you can browse through the libraries and presets for tools like the Brushes, Graphic Symbols, and Swatches.
Hints & tips
- Try creating a custom folder and saving some swatches to it.
- Browse some of the presets in the Swatches panel if you need ideas or examples of color palettes to use in your work.
- Browse through some of the Graphic Symbols and try dragging a few onto one of the artboards in your file.
- Browse through the Brush Library to see some of the different art brushes that are available by default in the program.
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