Locking layers

Here's something that has happened to me on many occasions, especially if I don't change the color or opacity of my roughs: I get a good amount of ink work done on a drawing, only to discover that the layer I thought was my ink layer is in fact my roughs layer! The Undo button can only undo so much, so I'm stuck either erasing all the pencil lines from the layer or starting the inking process all over.

If this has never happened to you, I'll be in touch because 1 need to find out your secrets. Otherwise, I suggest taking advantage of the Lock Layer function to save yourself a lot of time and frustration. Locking the layer allows you to view the layer, but you can't write, erase, or do anything to it. It's a very simple yet extremely important step to prevent what can be costly mistakes.

To lock and unlock a layer, follow these steps:

1. Using your mouse or stylus, select the layer on the Layers palette. (Press F4 if the Layers palette isn't currently visible.)

2. Lock the layer by using one of the following methods:

• Choose LayerCLock Layer.

You now see a small lock icon next to the name of your layer. (Or it disappears if you're unlocking the layer.)

Locking a layer doesn't have to apply to just an image layer — you can lock each layer type. You'll find this helpful when you want to make sure that a ruler or a selection layer isn't accidentally altered, for example.

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