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Adobe Illustrator has long been a popular vector–based drawing program, but for many the learning curve is steep. In Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals, author and leading industry expert Deke McClelland shows users how to get in to the Illustrator mindset and overcome this learning curve. He covers the application's key features in a new way, making it simple and easy to master Illustrator. Deke teaches viewers how to use the core drawing and shape tools, the transformation and reshaping features, text, and the Pen tool. He also explains how to export and print. Even if learning Illustrator has been a struggle in the past, this training can help make sense of it. Exercise files accompany the course.
All right, gang. We still have some fill in to do, but we also can look forward to learning all about Paste in Front and Paste in Back and how enormously useful they are inside of Illustrator and what's really amazing, these commands have been with us since Illustrator 1.0 and they have never really caught on inside of other applications even though they should. They are wonderful stacking order functions as you are about to see. So I'm working inside of this progress document called Halfway there.ai. In other words, I have saved my progress for you and also have Our goal that shows us where we were going. So we need to get to work on these stars, both these stars and these stars here. These sort of Star shapes as well as these rotated squares here, all of which are set to the wrong locations, stacking order wise inside of this illustration plus they need some filling.
So I'm going to go ahead and fill these guys by making sure my fill attribute is active which it is and then I'll drag the Light Clay on to the outermost of these stars and drop it into place and then I'll grab White and drag it and drop it on to the on to the innermost of these two stars. So now you can see how we are covering things up and where we need this to be is in back of a few of the circles, if we go over here again you can see that these stars are in the back of these square shapes right here that appear at the points and then they are also in back of this ring of circles so they are one, two, three circles in then we get to the stars then four, five, six, seven are in front of it.
So let's see if we can make that happen in our graphic right here. I'm going to go ahead and select both of stars, so click on one, Shift-click on the other. I could try to do that Send Backward thing. So I could right-click, choose Arrange-- that would be a Ctrl- click on the Mac-- and then choose Send Backward. Or I can press Ctrl+Left bracket or Command+Left bracket on the Mac. And that didn't really make any difference, not that I can perceive. I'm sure something happened but I would be at it all day trying to send these objects back as far as they need to go and this especially becomes a problem. This is still a relatively simple illustration. You will find yourself working in the illustrations with hundreds, if not thousands of objects per layer. So what you do here is what you do. You go up to the Edit menu and you choose the Cut command or you press Ctrl+X, Command+X on the Mac, that's the first step. That goes ahead and sends the stars to the Clipboard.
Now you go ahead and select the object in back of which you want these stars to appear in our case. So I'll go ahead and click on this circle right there and just to make sure I could also Shift- click on these squares here just to make sure that it's going in back of everything it needs to go in back of. Then I would go up to the Edit menu and if I wanted these shapes to be pasted in front, I would choose to Paste in Front command or Ctrl+F, Command+F on the Mac, but I want them to go in back, so I choose Paste in Back or press the very simple keyboard shortcut Ctrl+B, Command +B on the Mac, and there they go. Right to the location they need to be.
So notice Illustrator remember the horizontal and vertical positioning of these objects and then change the stacking order to match my instructions, paste them back, wonderful thing. All right, let's also take care of these stars that are toward the center and I'm going to click off my shapes to deselect them. I'll this time grab White and actually an easier thing, since I want to apply it to two different stars, I'll go ahead and click on one of the stars, Shift-click on the other. So click on the outermost of this group of three, Shift-click on innermost, change the fill to White. Then I'll go ahead and click on this guy right there and I'll change its fill to light clay like so. And those stars, fantastically, are actually in the right location so that's a good thing. We also need to fill this second to innermost circle right here, a very key circle in the graphic, and I'll change this one to medium clay and we can see that it's not in the right location at all.
So Ctrl+X, Command+X on the Mac to send it to the clipboard then I'm going to click the things that it wants to be in front of, which is this group of rectangle. So click on any one of them they all become selected then I'll go up to the Edit menu just because we haven't seen it before. We saw it but we didn't choose it Paste in Front or Ctrl +F Command+F on the Mac. We will paste that guy right in front of those graphics then we are going to work entirely from the keyboard for this one. See these squares they shouldn't be there they shouldn't be there covering up everything. Notice in the Our goal illustration they are in back of this fairly large circle here.
So I'll switch back to Halfway there. Ctrl+X, Command+X on the Mac, click on the circle, Ctrl+B, Command+B on the Mac to Paste in Back and that is the way we want this illustration to work. Thanks to two of the oldest commands in Illustrator. Paste in Front, Paste in Back, oldies, but really truly goodies, keep them in mind.
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