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Pasting between layers

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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.

Pasting between layers

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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Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials

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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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