How To: Arrange paths in Illustrator

Arrange paths in Illustrator

Objects used in the tutorial are available free at the website preceding this description. The project here involves two groups of paths. You will be shown three ways to change the order of these groups. Go to one of the groups and right click on the mouse, in the menu that comes up choose Arrange, and within the next box choose bring forward. This works with either group. Go to the other group, right click, choose Arrange, then choose bring forward and now this group will appear ahead other the other one. No matter how many groups you have you need to bring the group you want to work on forward by getting to the front option through your right click of the mouse. You can also arrange your groups and paths by using the layer window. Go to where it says layer one and choose the group you want, click and hold while dragging it to the first position, this will force the other group down to second place (number 2) and leave the desired group to work on in front of your work page. You can also use shortcuts in Illustrator, right click as before and notice the shortcuts listed. For example: Bring to Front is Shift + Ctrl + and Send Backward is Ctrl =.

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