Adobe CS5 Illustrator Object Hiding - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

Hiding an object in Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator is used when the object you want to select is stuck behind something else or when you need to select one object and another repeatedly activates instead.

A good opportunity to use the Hide command is when you’re creating text inside a shape. As soon as you turn a shape into a text area, the fill and stroke attributes turn into None. This can be avoided by using the Hide function.

1Create a shape.

For this example, we created an ellipse.

2Click the Fill color box at the bottom of the Illustrator Tools panel and then choose Window→Swatches.

The Swatches panel appears.

3In the Swatches panel, choose a color for the fill.

In this example, yellow is selected. The stroke doesn’t matter; this one is set to None.

Clicking a shape with the Type tool converts the shape to a text area and converts the fill and stroke to None. To have a colored shape remain, you must hide a copy.

4After selecting a colored shape, choose Edit→Copy; alternatively, you can press Ctrl+C (Windows) or Command+C (Mac).

This step makes a copy of your shape.

5Choose Edit→Paste in Back or press Ctrl+B (Windows) or Command+B (Mac).

This step puts a copy of your shape exactly in back of the original.

6Choose Object→Hide or press Ctrl+3 (Windows) or Command+3 (Mac).

The copy of the shape is now hidden; what you see is your original shape.

7Switch to the Type tool.

The Type tool is accessed by selecting it in the Tools panel or pressing T.

8Use the cursor to cross over the edge of the shape and change it to the Area Type tool.

You use the Area Type tool to type text in a shape.

9When you see the type insertion cursor swell up, click the edge of the shape.

The insertion point is now blinking inside the shape, and the fill and stroke attributes of the shape have been changed to None.

10Type some text.

Type directly in the shape.

11When you finish entering text, choose Object→Show All or press Ctrl+Alt+3 (Windows) or Command+Option+3 (Mac).

The colored shape reappears with the text in the middle of it.

Use the Hide command anytime you want to tuck away objects for later use. We promise: Nothing hidden in Illustrator will be lost. Just use the Show All command and any hidden objects are revealed, exactly where you left them.