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Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials
Illustration by John Hersey

Paste in Back, Paste in Front


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Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials

with Deke McClelland

Video: Paste in Back, Paste in Front

Are you having fun? I hope so, because honestly this is a lot of what Illustrator is about. Creating a graphic in Illustrator is much less of like a pen and ink process than it is a building process. You're taking pieces and you're stacking them on top of each other and trying to figure out what that stacking order ought to be in order to create a successful graphic, and that's what we're doing here. So all of this stacking order is, ponderous as it may seem at times, is core Illustrator, that's what it's all about, baby.
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  1. 59m 53s
    1. Welcome to Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials
      2m 0s
    2. The unwelcome Welcome screen
      6m 35s
    3. Browsing Illustrator artwork
      4m 53s
    4. Bridge workspaces and favorites
      6m 8s
    5. The anatomy of an illustration
      7m 2s
    6. Examining a layered illustration
      5m 38s
    7. Customizing an illustration
      5m 21s
    8. Creating a new document
      6m 12s
    9. Changing the document setup
      6m 51s
    10. Saving a document
      6m 14s
    11. Closing multiple files
      2m 59s
  2. 1h 3m
    1. Preferences, color settings, and workspaces
      55s
    2. Keyboard Increment and Object Selection
      5m 52s
    3. Scratch Disks and Appearance of Black
      6m 43s
    4. Establishing the best color settings
      5m 35s
    5. Synchronizing color settings in Bridge
      4m 3s
    6. The new CS3 interface
      3m 55s
    7. Organizing the palettes
      9m 4s
    8. Saving your workspace
      2m 33s
    9. Zooming and scrolling
      3m 39s
    10. Using the Zoom tool
      5m 27s
    11. The Navigator palette
      3m 37s
    12. Nudging the screen image
      2m 50s
    13. Scroll wheel tricks
      3m 11s
    14. Cycling between screen modes
      5m 56s
  3. 1h 4m
    1. Why learn Illustrator from a Photoshop guy?
      1m 32s
    2. Introducing layers
      4m 37s
    3. Creating ruler guides
      6m 34s
    4. Creating a custom guide
      3m 28s
    5. Organizing your guides
      5m 50s
    6. Making a tracing template
      3m 34s
    7. Drawing a line segment
      4m 10s
    8. Drawing a continuous arc
      4m 17s
    9. Drawing a looping spiral
      5m 17s
    10. Cutting lines with the Scissors tool
      6m 45s
    11. Aligning and joining points
      7m 58s
    12. Drawing concentric circles
      3m 45s
    13. Cleaning up overlapping segments
      6m 21s
  4. 1h 9m
    1. The anatomy of a shape
      1m 1s
    2. Meet the Tonalpohualli
      4m 8s
    3. Meet the geometric shape tools
      3m 47s
    4. Drawing circles
      6m 36s
    5. Snapping and aligning shapes
      7m 0s
    6. Polygons and stars
      7m 0s
    7. Rectangles and rounded rectangles
      6m 16s
    8. The amazing constraint axes
      6m 30s
    9. Grouping a flipping
      7m 37s
    10. Combining simple shapes into complex ones
      6m 36s
    11. Drawing with Scissors and Join
      6m 3s
    12. Cutting and connecting in Illustrator CS3
      3m 49s
    13. Tilde key goofiness
      2m 55s
  5. 1h 22m
    1. Three simple ingredients, one complex result
      33s
    2. Introducing Fill and Stroke
      3m 42s
    3. Accessing color libraries and sliders
      7m 8s
    4. Using the CMYK sliders for print output
      5m 6s
    5. Using the RGB sliders for screen output
      4m 39s
    6. Color palette tips and tricks
      4m 46s
    7. Creating and saving color swatches
      4m 14s
    8. Trapping gaps with rich blacks
      7m 58s
    9. Filling and stacking shapes
      5m 17s
    10. Dragging and dropping swatches
      6m 16s
    11. Paste in Back, Paste in Front
      5m 43s
    12. Filling shapes inside groups
      5m 16s
    13. Pasting between layers
      3m 34s
    14. Joins, caps, and dashes
      5m 50s
    15. Fixing strokes and isolating your edits
      7m 35s
    16. Creating a pattern fill
      4m 38s
  6. 1h 22m
    1. The power of transformations
      1m 25s
    2. From primitives to polished art
      4m 4s
    3. Clone and Duplicate
      6m 15s
    4. Moving by the numbers
      4m 16s
    5. Using the Reshape tool
      6m 30s
    6. Modifying, aligning, and uniting paths
      7m 0s
    7. Using the Offset Path command
      4m 25s
    8. Styling and eyedropping
      4m 11s
    9. The wonders of the translucent group
      5m 37s
    10. Making a black-and-white template
      3m 48s
    11. Scaling and cloning shapes
      4m 26s
    12. Enlarging and stacking shapes
      5m 6s
    13. Positioning the origin point
      6m 50s
    14. Using the Rotate and Reflect tools
      5m 16s
    15. Series rotation (aka power duplication)
      4m 3s
    16. Rotating by the numbers
      5m 15s
    17. Rotating repeating pattern fills
      4m 32s
  7. 1h 4m
    1. Points are boys, control handles are girls
      2m 16s
    2. Tracing a scanned image or photograph
      4m 34s
    3. Placing an image as a template
      5m 32s
    4. Drawing a straight-sided path
      5m 36s
    5. Moving, adding, and deleting points
      5m 51s
    6. Drawing spline curves with Round Corners
      7m 56s
    7. Smooth points and Bézier curves
      8m 12s
    8. Defining a cusp between two curves
      4m 37s
    9. Adjusting handles and converting points
      7m 4s
    10. Cutting, separating, and closing paths
      7m 31s
    11. Eyedropping template colors
      5m 11s
  8. 1h 28m
    1. Paths never rest
      1m 42s
    2. Meet Uzz, Cloying Corporate Mascot
      2m 22s
    3. Exploring the Appearance palette
      5m 37s
    4. Snip and Spin
      7m 28s
    5. Adding a center point
      3m 57s
    6. Keeping shape intersections
      3m 8s
    7. Lifting fills and selecting through shapes
      4m 14s
    8. Saving and recalling selections
      5m 18s
    9. Rotating is a circular operation
      7m 35s
    10. Lassoing and scaling points
      6m 8s
    11. Using the Transform Each command
      5m 9s
    12. Using the Magic Wand tool
      6m 46s
    13. Converting paths and text to rich black
      2m 27s
    14. The overwrought lace pattern
      3m 21s
    15. Eyedropping Live Effects
      5m 39s
    16. Merging strokes with a compound path
      6m 32s
    17. Selecting and scaling independent segments
      6m 30s
    18. Pucker & Bloat
      4m 49s
  9. 1m 59s
    1. See ya for now
      1m 59s

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Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials
9h 36m Beginner May 18, 2007

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Adobe Illustrator has long been the most popular and viable vector-drawing program on the market but, for many, the learning curve is steep. In Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials , author and leading industry expert Deke McClelland teaches the key features of Illustrator in a way that anyone can understand. He also goes beyond that, showing users how to get into the Illustrator "mindset" to make mastering Illustrator simple and easy. The training covers how to use the core drawing and shape tools, the transformation and reshaping features, text and gradients, and color management and printing features. Even if learning Illustrator has been a struggle in the past, this time it is going to make sense. Exercise files accompany the training.

Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Deke McClelland

Paste in Back, Paste in Front

Are you having fun? I hope so, because honestly this is a lot of what Illustrator is about. Creating a graphic in Illustrator is much less of like a pen and ink process than it is a building process. You're taking pieces and you're stacking them on top of each other and trying to figure out what that stacking order ought to be in order to create a successful graphic, and that's what we're doing here. So all of this stacking order is, ponderous as it may seem at times, is core Illustrator, that's what it's all about, baby.

So here I am inside of a document called Halfway there.ai. It's another catch up document for those of you folks who want to drop in at this point. And it's found inside the 05_ Fill_stroke folder. Now, if you're still working inside of your Richer artwork document, stick with it by all means, because I'm just at the point that I left off in the previous exercise and bear in mind that we're going here. Here is our goal. So we still have a lot of fillin' and stackin' to go people. And in this exercise I'm going to show you a couple of really great stacking functions known as paste in back and paste in front. Some really core features in Illustrator.

All right, so here I am back inside the Halfway there document. I'm going to select the outermost star, and I'm going to go ahead and fill it with Light clay, and I'm going to select the next star in and I'm going to fill it with white. Now notice something about these star shapes, they're in totally the wrong position. If I turn off this layer for a moment, I'll just go ahead and click the eyeball to turn it off and we can see the artwork in the background, which is what we're still basing our final illustration on here, and you can see how the stars just sort of stick out. We can just see their points and they stick out behind this circle here and then they stick into and behind these little squares, over here in the sides and along all of the corners. The outermost of all the spikes here you can see those squares.

So I'll go ahead and turn back on the paths layer here, so that we can access it and you can see now that the stars are totally stacked wrong. So I could grab both of the stars by clicking on one and Shift-clicking on the other and then I could just start pressing things like Control+left bracket over and over again and that would be Command+left bracket on the Mac in order to send those shapes backward. But really this is getting so complicated. There are so many different pieces that are layered on top of each other that it might just be easier to say, you know Illustrator I want to take this star, and I want to put it in back of this circle. Do it. And you can do that. You can tell Illustrator to do exactly that.

Here's how it works. First select the objects that you want to move, which we've done, we've selected the two star shapes. Then go up to the Edit menu and choose the Cut command or press Control+X or Command+X on the Mac, very common keyboard shortcut for the Cut command, and that moves those graphics out of the illustration into the clipboard, which is this little memory buffer that you have available to you inside of any application actually. Now go ahead and click on this circle right here, sort of the midway circle in this group of circles, and then I want you to go up to the Edit menu, and I want you to choose which one? Paste in Front? Should we have him in front of that circle or in back of that circle. Well it turns out, if you remember how things are put together there, it goes in back so we want to choose the Paste in Back command, or we've got a really great keyboard shortcut available to us, and this one I really want you to memorize: Control+B or Command+B for Paste in Back. We also have Control+F or Command+F for Paste in Front.

We're going to go with Paste in Back here and notice that that keeps the stars in the same horizontal and vertical position as they were before. It just changes their stacking order, and puts them in back of the circle and as you can see, in back of the squares is well. So they're in exactly the right position at this point. Isn't that wonderful? Now what about these squares right here? They're not supposed to be there. They're not supposed to be in front of these circles. They're supposed be in back of those circles. So let's go ahead and grab them by clicking on them. They're all grouped together, thankfully.

Then press Control+X in order to send them to the clipboard. That's Command+X on the Mac. Click on this circle out here, press Control+B for back, or Command+B for back on the Mac, and there they go. They go into exactly where they need to go to, in exactly the right stacking order position there. Let's go ahead and fill a few other items. I'm going to go ahead and click on this star and then Shift-click on the innermost stars. So these two stars I want you to select and we'll fill them both with white, cause you can of course fill multiple objects at a time if they're selected inside Illustrator. Then select this star in between by clicking on it, and I want you to change its fill color once again to the Light clay color like so. Then I want you to grab this circle, almost the innermost circle, not quite. It's the second to innermost circle there. And I want you to go ahead and fill it with Medium clay.

It turns out that that circle is way at the front of the stack, so we need to go ahead and cut it too. So press Control+X or Command+X on a Mac, click on any one of these rotated rectangles right here, in order to select the whole bunch cause they're all grouped together. And then I want you to press Control+F or Command+F on a Mac in order to paste that shape in front and we have just nailed the stacking order of all of these objects inside of this very complex graphic.

In the next exercise we're going to see how we can select into grouped objects and change the fills that are assigned with some of these more complex ornaments.

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Q: When trying to synchronize color settings between all Creative Suite programs in Bridge, the Creative Suite Color Settings command either does not appear in the Edit menu or does not work. What is causing this?
A: If the Color Setting command is not available or does not function, it's because Bridge thinks that a single application (such as Photoshop or Illustrator), is installed and not one of the many versions of the Creative Suite.
If only Photoshop or Illustrator is installed, skip the exercise and move on.
If the entire Creative Suite is installed, then, unfortunately, there is no easy fix. Either contact Adobe or completely reinstall the Creative Suite.
 
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