It’s our new COMPOUND SHAPE! I placed a red star on a lower layer so you can see the magic of the Compound Shape.
Once you create the compound shape the previous 2 seperate layers named PAGE and PANELS now merge into one single layer.
You can rename this layer something dramatic, something silly, or you can keep your stuff well organized and just give it the plain jane monicker GUTTERS.
Place this sucker on the TOP LAYER and don’t move it!
Draw everything in the panels on the layers below it. You can sperate your art into seperate panel layers if the mood strikes you.
If you are into a goth book, or want your stuff to look like Ultimates you can fill your GUTTER with a BLACK FILL and BLACK STROKE. To do this just touch the Compound Shape with your Area Selection Tool, the black arrow at the left corner of your TOOLBOX. The set the Fill and Stroke to black.
I have this Compound Shape set to a WHITE FILL and a 1point STROKE.
What’s that? You don’t know what the heck I am talking about? You are new to Illustrator you say? Allrighty then, next lesson–the Quickie Illustrator tutorial