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The Draw Inside and Draw Behind modes

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Video: The Draw Inside and Draw Behind modes

When you're creating artwork inside of Illustrator, you'll find that there are several different drawing modes that can help you do your work. These drawing modes are actually new inside of Illustrator CS5. And you'll find the controls for these drawing modes at the bottom of your Tools panel. There are three icons here. The first one is called Draw Normal. This is the way that Illustrator has always been drawing graphics over the years. However now in CS5 there are two additional drawing modes. One is called Draw Behind and the other one is called Draw Inside.

The Draw Inside and Draw Behind modes

When you're creating artwork inside of Illustrator, you'll find that there are several different drawing modes that can help you do your work. These drawing modes are actually new inside of Illustrator CS5. And you'll find the controls for these drawing modes at the bottom of your Tools panel. There are three icons here. The first one is called Draw Normal. This is the way that Illustrator has always been drawing graphics over the years. However now in CS5 there are two additional drawing modes. One is called Draw Behind and the other one is called Draw Inside.

So in this movie we'll take a look at how to use these drawing modes, and we'll find out when they might be useful. So the first thing to note right now is that of the three drawing modes one of these is grayed out. That's the last one called Draw Inside. Now what Draw Inside allows you to do is it allows you to take a certain shape and then draw other artwork inside of that shape. Obviously in order to use this Drawing mode, I need to first make a selection to let Illustrator know which object I want to draw inside of.

So currently in my document I don't have any artwork selected, so that mode is grayed out. But if I did want to draw inside of a shape, for example maybe this flower shape right here, if I select it, I'll now see that this option for Draw Inside is now available. Now we know that inside of Illustrator there is something called the stacking Order. Objects appear either on top of or beneath other objects. In the case of this example right here where I have three different flowers, they all overlap each other, and some flowers are in the front, for example like this one right here, and some are in the back, like this one over here.

Normally when you work inside of Illustrator, as you draw new shapes, those shapes get added to the top of the stacking order. However if you want to draw a shape to appear behind or beneath other objects, the steps you needed to actually do to get that effect would be to first draw your shape and then once you've created it you would then select it and choose an option to send it to the back. It's just an extra step. Well in Illustrator CS5 this new drawing mode over here called Draw Behind allows you to select artwork and rather than have new objects appear at the top of the stacking order, new objects that you create are actually drawn at the bottom of the stacking order.

So let's take a few moments to see how these might be useful. First of all I think you are going to find that it's a pain to have to come down to the bottom of the Tools panel every time you want to change some of these modes. So it's important to learn the keyboard shortcut, which is Shift+D on your keyboard. Notice that right now I am in the Draw Behind mode. If I hit Shift+D again I am now back to the Draw Normal mode. That's because I don't have any artwork selected. But now let me choose a piece of artwork. So now all three drawing modes are now available. So now if I press Shift+D, I'm going to cycle through these different drawing modes.

Right now I am in the Draw Behind mode. I'll hit Shift+D again. Now I am inside the Draw Inside mode. Notice that Illustrator throws up these little doted lines around the corners of my artwork, to indicate that that is the artwork that I am now going to be drawing inside of. If I press Shift+D again, I'll return back to the Draw Normal mode. So as you are working and you want to dance between these different drawing modes, using the keyboard shortcut of Shift+D will be really useful. Great! Now that we understand that, let's take a look at how we might use Draw Behind for some cool examples.

I am going to press Shift+D. I'm now in the Draw Behind mode. One thing that I do want to note and you have to kind of be careful about this. Illustrator does not indicate in any way whatsoever on your artboard that you're currently now inside of Draw Behind mode. In fact the only way to know that is to take a look at the bottom of the Tools panel, and see that right now the middle icon is currently lit up. Even when you're in Draw Inside mode, Illustrator throws up those little dashed lines around the corners of your artwork. so you'll always know that you're inside of Draw Inside mode. But you might get sometimes confused between Draw Normal and Draw Behind.

It's just something to pay attention to. But for now I am inside of Draw Behind mode and I want to actually create some leaves that will appear kind of sticking out behind these flowers right here. So rather than have to draw them first and then send them to the back now that I am inside of Draw Behind mode, I could take my Pen tool. And I'll start clicking let's say right about over here. I'll move over here and create a shape over here for some kind of a leaf and continue that shape just like this. And I'll go to my Swatches panel here and choose a green color.

Maybe something a little bit more bright here. Great! So notice that even though I have created my shape all the way here into this piece of artwork, since it's at the bottom of the Stacking Order I only see it visible peeking out over here from beneath the flowers. Let's create another leaf over here maybe on this side. I'll click once here to create my shape. I'll click and drag over here and then once again create another kind of leaf, say just like that. I'll add one more leaf down over here so I am just going to click, drag over here, back here.

And because I'm now inside of Draw Behind mode it's much easier for me to create this artwork that's already in the right position in the stacking order. So great! I am going to deselect this artwork now. I am going to switch back to my Selection tool here. And I have created my leaves but I also want to create some kind of a design or pattern inside of one of the flowers. Maybe I want to create something abstract here. So I just want to put a whole bunch of lines inside of this flower right here to add some texture to it. So what I'll start by doing is first selecting the flower that I want to work with. This is the flower that I want to draw inside of.

And now I am going to press Shift+D to now switchover to the Draw Inside mode. I'll switch to the Line Segment tool, and then I'll simply click-and-drag right here across the shape to draw my first line. Notice that even though the line itself starts here and ends here, it's only visible inside of this shape. I'd like to change some of its attributes. So I am going to crank up the stroke weight just a little bit, maybe around 5 points. And I'll change the stroke color to something a little bit more bright, for example this bright green right over here.

Now I am still inside of my Draw Inside mode so I am going to add a few more of these. I am going to click and drag on my artboard here to add some more. Notice that as I am drawing I only see the artwork appear inside of that flower shape. Now I want to toggle over here, once I deselect my artwork, into Outline mode, which is Command+Y or Ctrl+Y on Windows, so that you can see all the lines that I created are still here. Let me go back and press Command+Y again to return back to Preview mode. And what happened here is that Illustrator turned that flower shape into a mask.

As we will learn in a chapter later on inside of this video title, a mask allows us to clip artwork so that we only see a portion of it. Rather than have to manually create a mask, by simply toggling over to the Draw Inside mode Illustrator took care of all that for me. Once you are in Draw Inside mode you can either press Shift+D to return back to Draw Normal mode or you can double- click on any area outside of those double lines to also return yourself back to the Draw Normal mode. So as you work inside of Illustrator, you may find yourself constantly moving between these different drawing modes.

Draw Normal, where everything that you draw gets added to the top of your stacking order. Draw Behind, which is the exact opposite. All new shapes appear at the bottom of the stacking order. And then finally Draw Inside, which allows you to instantly create shapes and draw artwork that's clipped inside of another shape.

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Illustrator CS5 Essential Training

126 video lessons · 81587 viewers

Mordy Golding
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  1. 3m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. What is Illustrator CS5?
      1m 46s
    3. Using the exercise files
      31s
  2. 12m 37s
    1. What are vector graphics?
      6m 3s
    2. Path and appearance
      3m 42s
    3. Stacking
      2m 52s
  3. 32m 6s
    1. The Welcome screen
      2m 23s
    2. Creating files for print
      6m 7s
    3. Creating files for the screen
      2m 55s
    4. Using prebuilt templates
      2m 40s
    5. Adding XMP metadata
      4m 18s
    6. Exploring the panels
      6m 33s
    7. Using the Control panel
      3m 11s
    8. Using workspaces
      3m 59s
  4. 43m 44s
    1. Navigating within a document
      9m 15s
    2. Using rulers and guides
      7m 26s
    3. Using grids
      3m 6s
    4. Using the bounding box
      3m 37s
    5. Using Smart Guides
      5m 56s
    6. The Hide Edges command
      3m 22s
    7. Various preview modes
      3m 47s
    8. Creating custom views
      4m 3s
    9. Locking and hiding artwork
      3m 12s
  5. 28m 46s
    1. Using the basic selection tools
      8m 50s
    2. Using the Magic Wand tool
      5m 22s
    3. Using the Lasso tool
      2m 28s
    4. Selecting objects by attribute or type
      3m 37s
    5. Saving and reusing selections
      2m 15s
    6. Selecting artwork beneath other objects
      2m 13s
    7. Exploring selection preferences
      4m 1s
  6. 1h 16m
    1. The importance of modifier keys
      1m 52s
    2. Drawing closed path primitives
      11m 38s
    3. Drawing open path primitives
      5m 47s
    4. Understanding anchor points
      3m 43s
    5. Drawing straight paths with the Pen tool
      7m 37s
    6. Drawing curved paths with the Pen tool
      9m 47s
    7. Drawing freeform paths with the Pencil tool
      5m 33s
    8. Smoothing and erasing paths
      3m 8s
    9. Editing anchor points
      7m 21s
    10. Joining and averaging paths
      10m 9s
    11. Simplifying paths
      4m 55s
    12. Using Offset Path
      2m 17s
    13. Cleaning up errant paths
      2m 32s
  7. 48m 26s
    1. The Draw Inside and Draw Behind modes
      7m 34s
    2. Creating compound paths
      5m 56s
    3. Creating compound shapes
      8m 0s
    4. Using the Shape Builder tool
      10m 28s
    5. Using Pathfinder functions
      8m 6s
    6. Splitting an object into a grid
      1m 16s
    7. Using the Blob Brush and Eraser tools
      7m 6s
  8. 49m 5s
    1. Creating point text
      4m 2s
    2. Creating area text
      8m 13s
    3. Applying basic character settings
      7m 44s
    4. Applying basic paragraph settings
      4m 28s
    5. Creating text threads
      8m 25s
    6. Setting text along an open path
      6m 29s
    7. Setting text along a closed path
      6m 24s
    8. Converting text into paths
      3m 20s
  9. 18m 55s
    1. Create a logo mark
      11m 26s
    2. Add type to your logo
      7m 29s
  10. 42m 42s
    1. Using the Appearance panel
      8m 21s
    2. Targeting object attributes
      4m 42s
    3. Adding multiple attributes
      4m 25s
    4. Applying Live Effects
      5m 18s
    5. Expanding appearances
      4m 42s
    6. Appearance panel settings
      4m 33s
    7. Copying appearances
      4m 51s
    8. Saving appearances as graphic styles
      5m 50s
  11. 34m 0s
    1. Applying color to artwork
      5m 57s
    2. Creating process and global process swatches
      8m 54s
    3. Creating spot color swatches
      3m 19s
    4. Loading PANTONE and other custom color libraries
      4m 49s
    5. Organizing colors with Swatch Groups
      3m 31s
    6. Finding color suggestions with the Color Guide panel
      4m 24s
    7. Loading the Color Guide with user-defined colors
      3m 6s
  12. 50m 23s
    1. Creating gradients with the Gradient panel
      8m 12s
    2. Modifying gradients with the Gradient Annotator
      4m 37s
    3. Applying and manipulating pattern fills
      5m 33s
    4. Defining your own custom pattern fills
      9m 13s
    5. Applying basic stroke settings
      5m 22s
    6. Creating strokes with dashed lines
      3m 41s
    7. Adding arrowheads to strokes
      2m 45s
    8. Creating variable-width strokes
      4m 35s
    9. Working with width profiles
      2m 36s
    10. Turning strokes into filled paths
      3m 49s
  13. 32m 46s
    1. Creating and editing groups
      8m 18s
    2. Adding attributes to groups
      12m 17s
    3. The importance of using layers
      5m 9s
    4. Using and "reading" the Layers panel
      7m 2s
  14. 12m 13s
    1. Creating and using multiple artboards
      7m 52s
    2. Modifying artboards with the Artboards panel
      2m 2s
    3. Copy and paste options with Artboards
      2m 19s
  15. 31m 10s
    1. Moving and copying artwork
      3m 55s
    2. Scaling or resizing artwork
      6m 47s
    3. Rotating artwork
      2m 44s
    4. Reflecting and skewing artwork
      2m 34s
    5. Using the Free Transform tool
      2m 15s
    6. Repeating transformations
      3m 39s
    7. Performing individual transforms across multiple objects
      2m 10s
    8. Aligning objects and groups precisely
      4m 27s
    9. Distributing objects and spaces between objects
      2m 39s
  16. 35m 40s
    1. Placing pixel-based content into Illustrator
      5m 14s
    2. Managing images with the Links panel
      4m 49s
    3. Converting pixels to paths with Live Trace
      8m 44s
    4. Making Live Trace adjustments
      6m 9s
    5. Controlling colors in Live Trace
      6m 4s
    6. Using Photoshop and Live Trace together
      4m 40s
  17. 14m 42s
    1. Managing repeating artwork with symbols
      4m 38s
    2. Modifying and replacing symbol instances
      3m 8s
    3. Using the Symbol Sprayer tool
      6m 56s
  18. 16m 57s
    1. Cropping photographs
      1m 59s
    2. Clipping artwork with masks
      3m 22s
    3. Clipping the contents of a layer
      3m 31s
    4. Defining masks with soft edges
      8m 5s
  19. 26m 2s
    1. Defining a perspective grid
      7m 48s
    2. Drawing artwork in perspective
      8m 46s
    3. Moving flat art onto the perspective grid
      9m 28s
  20. 25m 8s
    1. Printing your Illustrator document
      3m 26s
    2. Saving your Illustrator document
      6m 39s
    3. Creating PDF files for clients and printers
      7m 30s
    4. Exporting Illustrator files for use in Microsoft Office
      1m 4s
    5. Exporting Illustrator files for use in Photoshop
      2m 31s
    6. Exporting artwork for use on the web
      3m 3s
    7. Exporting high-resolution raster files
      55s
  21. 2m 18s
    1. Additional Illustrator learning resources
      1m 36s
    2. Goodbye
      42s

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