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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.
Now that we've seen fill up, down and sideways, and we've experienced how you rearrange stacking order up, down and sideways as well, let's see the up, down and sideways of stroke, shall we? And I'm going to be demonstrating stroke as it applies to the god's face right here, which thus far is conspicuously missing, so we're going to have to bring it up. So we're going to have to grab it. We're going to have to actually get the face from the calendar layer back here and then paste it onto this paths layer, which is something then we can do inside Illustrator quite easily as it turns out.
Now I'm working inside the Our goal.ai document, which used to be our goal, but now we've achieved our goal. And it's found inside the 05_Fill_stroke folder. If you've been working along inside of your richer artwork document, why stick with that document, it has everything you need. So I'm going to go ahead and turn off the paths layer. We need to go get that face, that god face. So go ahead and turn off the paths layer and then unlock the calendar template layer right here. So click its lock to unlock it and then click on anything inside the god's face except for the nose and the mouth. So you could click on the tongue, or the eyes, or the cheek, what have you. Go ahead and click on it with the black arrow tool in order to select that entire group.
Then go up to the Edit menu and choose the Copy command or press Control+C, Command+C on the Mac. That goes ahead and copies that face to the clipboard. Now we're pretty much done with this layer. You can go ahead and turn it off if you want to, by clicking on its eyeball. Then click on the eyeball in front of paths to turn it on and click on the layer to make it active. Now I'm going to go ahead and zoom in on this face here and I'm going to select this circle, this white circle that makes up the perimeter of the face, and I'm going to press Control+F or Command+F on the Mac, in order to paste that face into place, and I'm going to press Control+Shift+A or Command+Shift+A to deselect the face. Now a couple of things to note about this amazing thing we just did. It seems so simple, but if you consider for a moment what we just accomplished we changed the stacking order from one layer to another. So we just moved these objects between layers, which is not something we can do using the Bring to Front and Send to Back commands. They just work inside layers.
But Paste in Front and Paste in Back work between layers if you want them to. So that's a really groovy thing. Also note the condition of the face, it's fully opaque. So whereas it was translucent on the calendar layer and that's because the translucency was applied as an attribute of the layer itself. All the objects inside the layer were still as opaque as they ever were. So when we brought the objects from one layer to another, they became opaque, they took on the opacity of the paths layer, which is of course fully opaque. So here they are, they look beautiful, is basically what comes down to. Now, the one problem is that the mouth is in front of the tongue. That never happens in real life. So let's go ahead and get that mouth. Click on the outer mouth there on the outer edge of the lips and then Shift-click on the line between the lips in order to select that entire mouth, and then I just want you to press Control+Left bracket or Command+Right bracket on the Mac in order to nudge that mouth down below the tongue. Now then, notice that the mouth and the nose are a little too heavy. Notice that their line weights are too thick. And that's something that we're going to begin to address as you might imagine in the next exercise.
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