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Understanding the stacking order


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CorelDRAW Essential Training

with Scott Georgeson

Video: Understanding the stacking order

We are now on the Page 20 of your working file, the subject of stacking order, and this is a very important subject, so do spend some time here, because this will really affect your ability to design over time. Now, first of all, I am going to simply select my Rectangle tool, and then I'm going to click on a color. Now click; don't worry about that. We'll discuss that later. Click OK. Now, the reason I've done this is so that when I draw a rectangle, it has that blue color in it automatically.
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  1. 5m 5s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
    2. Using the exercise files
      3m 44s
  2. 7m 27s
    1. The CorelDRAW interface
      36s
    2. Working with new documents
      3m 45s
    3. Exploring new document advanced options
      3m 6s
  3. 14m 55s
    1. Moving and adding pages
      3m 25s
    2. Understanding page setup
      6m 47s
    3. Arranging dockers
      4m 43s
  4. 19m 59s
    1. Importing files
      3m 51s
    2. Using Corel CONNECT
      12m 23s
    3. Exporting files
      3m 45s
  5. 10m 0s
    1. Working with zooming
      5m 8s
    2. Understanding page views
      4m 52s
  6. 37m 1s
    1. Using the Pick tool
      4m 1s
    2. Selecting objects
      4m 50s
    3. Moving objects
      6m 59s
    4. Sizing objects
      5m 56s
    5. Mirroring objects
      6m 2s
    6. Rotating objects
      5m 33s
    7. Skewing objects
      3m 40s
  7. 12m 54s
    1. Working with Undo and Redo
      5m 2s
    2. Understanding the stacking order
      7m 52s
  8. 1h 6m
    1. Understanding the drawing tools
      8m 35s
    2. Working with the Rectangle tool
      6m 54s
    3. Adding rectangles to a business card
      5m 22s
    4. Working with the Ellipse tool
      4m 23s
    5. Adding ellipses, pies, and arcs
      4m 4s
    6. Working with the Polygon tool
      2m 50s
    7. Adding a multipoint polygon
      2m 12s
    8. Working with the Spiral tool
      5m 5s
    9. Adding a shadowed spiral
      2m 7s
    10. Working with the Graph paper tool
      5m 55s
    11. Adding unique graph shapes
      9m 23s
    12. Working with Perfect Shapes
      6m 34s
    13. Adding a shadowed arrow shape
      2m 44s
  9. 15m 3s
    1. Understanding artistic text
      6m 42s
    2. Adding artistic text
      8m 21s
  10. 40m 22s
    1. Aligning objects
      6m 34s
    2. Understanding duplication
      6m 55s
    3. Working with distribution
      5m 6s
    4. Building an amplifier face
      15m 14s
    5. Aligning text and spacing objects
      6m 33s
  11. 14m 26s
    1. Understanding Group and Ungroup
      7m 9s
    2. Working with Combine and Break Apart
      7m 17s
  12. 38m 25s
    1. Coloring objects and using Uniform fill
      8m 44s
    2. Using the Fountain fill
      4m 56s
    3. Understanding the Color palette and the Document palette
      9m 11s
    4. Working with the Interactive fill tool
      8m 22s
    5. Using the eyedropper tools
      7m 12s
  13. 19m 26s
    1. Using Convert To Curves and Outline Properties
      9m 45s
    2. Understanding advanced Outline Properties
      9m 41s
  14. 17m 57s
    1. Exploring methods of working with Weld, Trim, and Intersect
      8m 38s
    2. Exploring examples using Weld, Trim, and Intersect
      9m 19s
  15. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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CorelDRAW Essential Training
5h 19m Beginner Oct 02, 2012

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Whether you're an aspiring or experienced artist, this course provides detailed coverage of CorelDRAW, the flagship vector-based illustration and layout application. Author Scott Georgeson, the official creator of video training for CorelDRAW X4, X5, and X6, helps you get up to speed with the basics of vector drawing. Scott demonstrates how to use objects, layers, and pages to organize documents effectively and he discusses working with color, Artistic Text, drawing tools, and special effects. The course also covers how to align and group objects to lay them out more effectively and how to dictate the layering of objects with the Weld, Trim, and Intersect commands.

This course was created by Scott Georgeson. We're honored to host his tutorials in the lynda.com library.

Topics include:
  • Understanding vector and bitmap images
  • Working with multipage projects
  • Using independent per-page layers and guides
  • Drawing and editing shapes, lines, curves, and tables
  • Creating and using symbols
  • Working with text
  • Designing a business card
  • Shaping, filling, blending, and extruding objects
  • Importing and exporting other file types
  • Customizing the workspace, menus, toolbars, and palettes
Subjects:
Design Page Layout
Software:
CorelDRAW
Author:
Scott Georgeson

Understanding the stacking order

We are now on the Page 20 of your working file, the subject of stacking order, and this is a very important subject, so do spend some time here, because this will really affect your ability to design over time. Now, first of all, I am going to simply select my Rectangle tool, and then I'm going to click on a color. Now click; don't worry about that. We'll discuss that later. Click OK. Now, the reason I've done this is so that when I draw a rectangle, it has that blue color in it automatically.

So I am going to click and drag, and click and drag, and you notice every time I create a new rectangle, automatically that rectangle is over the top of the last rectangle. Well, that is what we call the stacking order. CorelDRAW automatically creates the stacking order for you. Always the last object you create is at the top of the stacking order, and of course, the first object is at the bottom of the stacking order.

But as we design, we will want to change the order of objects to suit our design, and that is really very much what this lesson is about; how to alter and change the stacking order. Well, if I take this rectangle here, and I'll make it yellow in color to really highlight this for you, and in fact, what I'll do is just pull these over a little bit closer together. And as you can see, the stacking order doesn't change, even though I am moving objects around. Now I will pop that there like that.

Now, there are lots of ways to change the stacking order, so I am going to show you what I believe are the quickest ways, first of all, and that is to simply work with these keyboard shortcuts here. So for example, Control+Page Down; we'll do that now. Finger on Control, and Page Down, and see that? It's gone down one. And again, and again, and as you can see, every time I tap, it goes down one. I can do the reverse, Control+Page Up, and as you can see, I can change the stacking order by doing that. We've got some options to go automatically to the back, and automatically to the front.

So I'll, for example, send this all the way to the back automatically. So Shift+Page Down, and automatically that's gone to the back of all of the objects as you can see. Now, just bear in mind when you work on this page, by the way, I've actually got a hidden white background there that you can't see. So if I go Shift+Page Down, it will disappear behind my white background. So when you're doing this, if it disappears, just Control+Page Up, and that will bring you in front of this white edge.

If I click right on the edge there, if I can find it, there it is; you can see my background is a locked white space. That's part of my setting this up, so don't let that fool you. All right. Now, if I want to come all the way to the front, I will use this one: Shift+Page Up. Now, there are some other ways to go ahead and do this, and that is to work from a menu system. Two ways to access the menu system. Up to Arrange, and come to Order, and here are all of your options, and these options will apply to whatever the selected object is.

So to back of the page, to the front, back one; basically these same shortcuts are all here. The two that we don't have as keyboard shortcuts at the moment are In Front Of, and Behind. Now, if I choose In Front Of, and for example, I click on that square there; click. See my object is in front of that object? Now, a quicker way to access this menu, and I've written it here, right-click on the object to access menu. Right-click, come down to Order, and you can access the menu here.

So this time I am going to click behind, and I will click on the front one. So my object goes behind the front one. Pretty easy stuff. So what I am going to do now is I am going to delete all of this, I am going to select this bunch of objects here, and I am going to stretch that out there, and we're going to just practice putting all of this into place. But before we do, I am going to show you a very handy tip: how to create your own menu system. Up to Arrange, down to Order, and see all of these options here? There is a couple of them I want to place into my own floating menu, or docker, if you like.

It's very important; finger on Control first, then finger on Alt, and you can click and drag any one of these onto the screen. Again, Arrange > Order, and I am going to go In Front Of; Control+Alt, then click, and drag, and put it inside of that menu. Again, Arrange > Order > Control+Alt, and I will go Back One. Again, Arrange > Order > Conrol+Alt > Forward One.

And that's all I am going to do. So I have created a brand new menu or toolBar. Now, what I can do with this is I can place this automatically up here onto this toolBar, and that will stay there, or I can drag it around my screen, and pop it wherever I want. So that's a good part of this lesson that even now you can go ahead and do if you want. So what I am going to do now is I am going to select this object here; in fact, that one is in the right place. I'll select this object here, and I am going to say In Front Of the red square.

I'll select this one, and I could go just Conrol+Page Up, and with this one here, I can go Control+Page Down. But notice how nothing is happening. That's because, even though I only see it sitting in front of that object, it could actually be in front of a lot of objects. I'll do that again. So see here, it's actually on the top of the stacking order of all of these objects, but when it's just sitting there like that, I can't tell that. So I go Control+Page Down; nothing appears to happen, as you can see.

That's where, when you've got lots of objects, using these options are very valuable. So Behind the red square, and that makes it easy to work with, doesn't it? So I am going to, again, Behind the red square; and then this one here, In Front Of the green square; and then that one there In Front Of the green square. Use some of these keyboard shortcuts as well. This one here, I'll go Control+Page Down, and I am having to hit it quite a few times, because I don't know where it sits in the stacking order.

Now, we can look at this another way, which we will in the future, and that is once we start working with the Object Manager, then we will be able to see exactly where something sits in the order. Well, I've been tapping for a long time, and I am not getting anywhere. So I am going to, in this case, just to show you, Order -- so I'll do that again. Right-click, go to Order, and I am going to choose In Front Of the arrow. See that? You can select multiple objects, and do the same thing; just bear that in mind.

And now I am going to go In Front Of the green square, and now we have Billy cart full of objects. So go ahead, play with all the options that you've seen here; create your own menu. Don't forget, after you've created a menu, you can drag that menu wherever you want, and you can delete it, which is what I am going to do right now. Don't forget, right-click on your menu bar system -- we talked about this earlier -- and you may need to turn off Lock Toolbars. So if it has got a tick, then click it and untick it, so that it's unselected, meaning you can move your toolbars around.

Hope you've enjoyed this one. See you in the next one.

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