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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.
In this exercise, I want to demonstrate how you paste between layers inside of Illustrator because it's one of those things that can trip you up, if you don't have the option set properly and it's fairly amazing that you can do it inside the program. So I'm working inside of the document called Our goal.ai because we have achieved our goal. I'm going to go ahead and zoom in on the God's face, which is conspicuously absent inside this 260 day Aztec calendar.
We have the face on this background calendar layer right there. So I'm going to turn off the Paths layer for a movement turn on the calendar layer and unlock it, so that we can gain access to its various pieces. Make sure that your Black Arrow tool is active. So press the V key if not and then click on anything in the face except for the nose and the mouth. So for example if I click on the tongue, I'm going to select all of these face objects right there. So go ahead and click on them to select them and go up to the Edit menu and choose the Copy command or press Ctrl+C, Command+C on the Mac.
All right, now I'm going to go up to the Paths layer, I'm going to turn off the calendar layer to make it inactive. I'll go back to Paths by clicking on it to make sure it's active and then I'm going to click on this circle right here because this is the object in front of which I want to paste the paths that I just got done copying. Now I'll go up to the Edit menu and I'll choose Paste in Front. Now most likely this will work just fine for you, but you might get this error message that's telling you that you are attempting to paste or drag into one or more layer that are locked or hidden, do you want to unlock and show all appropriate layers? And I might say sure, I don't know what's going on. So yeah, go ahead and do it and then what Illustrator did is it went ahead and turned back on the calendar layer and switched down to the calendar layer and pasted all of those objects on to the calendar layer.
So if I click the eyeball for Paths to turn it off you will see there are those objects again, so it just went ahead and put them back on that vary same layer that's not what I wanted to happen. So I'll press the Backspace key or the Delete key on the Mac in order to undo that modification. What in the world just happened? Well, this is a function of having this option right here turned on Paste Remembers Layers and that can get turned on, it's actually a great option to have available to you if you need it. If you want to cut a bunch of objects that are on different layers and then you want to paste them at the front of those very same layers, it's helpful to have Paste Remembers Layers that way every single object you selected goes to its appropriate layer, but in our case we don't want it.
So if this is turned on for you go ahead and choose the Command to turn it off and again this is available from the Layers palette flyout menu right there. All right, now I'm going to turn Paths back on, turn off calendar, click on paths and then I'll click on the circle once again and press Ctrl+F, Command+F on the Mac and we will paste these objects exactly into place. All right so, so far so good that worked out very nicely and there is a couple of things about this that are very important to note. It seems so simple you just copy something from one layer, paste it into a different layer, but by virtue of the fact that we were working with Paste in Front as opposed to General stacking order, the Arrange commands which allow you to bring things to front or bring things to back Paste in Front and Paste in Back can work between layers. The stacking order commands only work inside of layers.
So that's amazing thing number one, amazing item number two is that in the calendar layer from once we copied these objects, these objects were of course set to a reduced Opacity value. They are set to an Opacity value if I were to meatball the layer of 25% and yet, here on the paths layer these objects are 100% Opaque as we can see here inside the Transparency palette and the reason for that is they are 100% opaque objects that were formerly part of a 25% opaque layer.
Now they are part of 100% opaque layer, so they themselves are also 100% opaque. All right, so just one remaining stacking problem. Notice that the God's tongue is falling his mouth. That never happens. That's not something you can do in real life. So let's go ahead and select the two mouth objects, the sort of dill shaped lips with that line in between. So click on one, Shift-click on the other, and then I want you to go ahead and press that keyboard shortcut for Send Back, which is Ctrl+Left bracket on the PC, Command+Left bracket on the Mac. Just by way of gaining a little bit of experience with that shortcut. All right, in the next exercise I'm going to introduce you to joins, caps and dashes, the various strokes options here in Illustrator.
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