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I have gone ahead and made the usual round of modifications and saved those changes as E=MC3.ai, and the idea is not only is Edwardo super-tough, but he also has a tender side because he has got a heart inside of his medallion, so he is lovable of course. Also, whereas Bob, the biggest thought Bob can muster is this crudely rendered DUH, why Edwardo can think things like E= MC cubed. I mean he is a next generation thinker. So, let's say at this point that I want to add some more paths, but I don't want them to all be merged into these super-paths. Like if you were to click on one of these paths in the outside of Edwardo, you would see it's one big enormous path and just a few things like the reduced anchor and the heart and a few of these little lines and this Jack Kirby sort of line right there. [00:0049.95] Those are independent, but everything else is a big huge path.
Now what if you don't want that, what if you want to break things up a little bit? Well, there is a few things you can do. You can paint in different colors, in which case, Illustrator is just going to merge the light colored paths together, or you can use selection outlines to determine what gets merged and what doesn't. All right, so let's say you want to go ahead and paint some brown into Edwardo's hide. Well, I then will switch over to the Swatches palette, make sure that the Filler is active and I'm going to select this swatch right here, Cappuccino, and then I'm going to start a painting on the Edwardo layer, but first I'm going to press Shift+B to make sure I have the right tool, which of course is the Blob Brush, and I'll paint in the horse's snout.
It kind of has a little bit of a dog face, but that's okay. It makes him that much more popular with the ladies. All right, paint into the ear a little bit, paint into this ear as well, and of course, if you release, no problem. In fact, it's a good idea to lift your stylus every once a while and I'm of course, painting with my stylus. Now, you may find, especially if you are painting super-huge brush strokes that at a point, the Blob Brush just kind of gives up on you. Like now I'm still painting, but it's saying "hey, enough already!" and then I release and then it goes ahead and finishes things off.
Now, what it's doing as I work along here, and I'll stop painting in just a moment, but what it's doing is quite obvious I think. It is not painting into the black because after all, the same path cannot contain different fills. It can contain multiple fills, but they cannot appear differently inside of the illustration window as these do right here. So we have separate black and I guess beige or cappuccino, or whatever you want to call this color, paths going inside of this document. So I'm just going to finish painting and notice I'm kind of following the contours of the template, the brown areas of the template, don't you know? All right, and once I get enough filled in there, I guess for now, then I'll go ahead and release and I'll switch to the Black Arrow tool, by pressing the V key.
I'll click on this path in order to demonstrate how it is the separate path. So if I twirl open Edwardo, it's a one big compound path because it must have a few holes in it. Yeah, there is a hole and there is a hole right there, fair enough. Now, let's say at this point you figure we should put the path where it belongs in back of the other stuff and since the fill is in back of all the black lines. Well then we press Ctrl+Shift+ Left Bracket, Command+Shift+Left Bracket on the Mac, that standard technique for throwing the selected object to the bottom of the layer. And then let's say I press Shift+B in order to switch back to the Blob Brush and I start painting once again. Notice that I just painted in front of one of the black lines and I have got this new path right here at the top of the stack inside of the Layers palette, whereas this other path is located at the bottom of the layer.
So the Blob Brush is disinclined to violate the stacking order. It's not going to paint on the bottommost object in the stack by default, so what in the world do we do? Well, I'll tell you the solution in a next exercise.
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