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Chapter 8. Developing a Flair for the Schematic > The Celebrated Stacking Order

The Celebrated Stacking Order

When you preview or print an illustration, Illustrator describes it one object at a time, starting with the first-created object in the illustration window and working up to the last. The order in which the objects are described is called the stacking order. The first object described lies behind all other objects in the illustration window. The last object sits in front of its cohorts. All other objects exist on some unique tier between the first object and the last.

Left to its own devices, stacking order would be a function of the order in which you draw (like an archeology dig). The oldest object would be in back; the most recent object would be in front. But Illustrator provides a number of commands that allow you to adjust the stacking order of existing paths and text blocks, in case you want to change them to suit your artistic manipulations.


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