Arrange one object specifically behind another object?


Question

I have a complex artwork in illustrator with a few hundred separate objects altogether. I want object A behind object B. I know I can send object A all the way to the back, but I would like it to be directly behind object B. If I send it back/forward one at a time, it takes an hour to get it to the right position. Is there a way I can send object A specifically behind object B?

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2/26/2016 6:25:00 PM

Accepted Answer

  • Select the object you want to move with the Direct Selection Tool (white arrow)
  • Edit > Cut (Command/Ctrl-x)
  • Select the object you want it behind/font of
  • Edit > Paste in Front/Back (Command/Ctrl-f or b)

The object will be pasted in the exact same position, just moved in the stacking order.

Alternatively, you can expand layers in the Layers Panel and drag layers or objects up and down.

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2/26/2016 6:42:00 PM

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