In this lesson you will learn how to add texts, how to combine objects into packages, and the role played by layers which is essential for every design program.

Let’s start with a fresh project. If you don’t remember how to do that simply go back to chapter 2 and refresh your memory.

The first thing we are going to do is add a rectangle as we learned in the previous chapter and make it yellow. img_c4s1-1.png

If your canvas looks like this you are doing it right. Now let’s add some text inside the yellow rectangle:

img_c4s1-2.png Step 1 – click on the Text tool located in the Tools bar on the left,

Step 2 – click inside the yellow rectangle where you wish the text to begin. in the text input dialog that has opened, do the following: img_c4s1-3L.png

1. Type in “Hello World”.

2. Change the font type to ‘Calibri’.

3. Change the font size to 40 pixels.

4. Mark the emphasize box to make the text “italic”.

5. Hit the OK button.

If everything went ok, your canvas should look like this: img_c4s1-4.png

Now you have a problem. You found out that the location of the yellow box with the text is wrong and it should be positioned exactly as it is but more to the top.

If you try to select the yellow rectangle and drag it upwards you will see that the text stays in the same location, same goes if you tried to drag the text upwards, the yellow box will remain in the same location. Remember that the two objects should stay exactly as they are. So what do you do? you select both of them in the same way that you would select a number of files inside a windows directory, by dragging the mouse around them, and once the two objects are selected you can drag them exactly as they are, or instead with the Up, Down, Left and Right keys on the keyboard. Try it, and if everything goes well your project should look like this: img_c4s1-5.png

Notice how the program marks up and numbers each selected object.

However, what if you are not sure that this will be the final position of our yellow box, and you think that maybe later you’d want to place it in a different location. Now it is easy to select the two objects and move them, but once you have 50 other objects around that task will become much more challenging.

A good practice that you will learn now is called Grouping. As it sound it means grouping a bunch of objects into one package. Once the objects are selected, you can do that simply by right clicking on any one of the selected objects and choosing ‘Create Package’: img_c4s1-6.png

Once you did that, you have combined the rectangle object and the text object into one package. Notice, that under the Create Package option there is one called Un-Pack, which naturally suggests that it will unpack a package back to its individual objects.

Next, select our newly formed package and move it back into the center of the project.

Our next step is to add a blue circle to the project that will sit behind our yellow box. Once you draw the circle, it should look like this: img_c4s1-7.png

Well, obviously you want the yellow box to be on top of the blue circle.

You can do that in two ways which are basically the same. Either you select the circle object and send it backwards, or you select the yellow box package and bring it forwards. Whichever is more comfortable, you can do it like this:

Step 1 – select the blue circle,

img_c4s1-8.png Step 2 – click on the ‘Send to Back’ button located on the Object Tools toolbar situated at the bottom.

If everything went OK, your project should now look like this: img_c4s1-9.png

So that looks better. What you did, is you have taken the circle object which sat on top of all the other objects, and sent it backwards. To understand this, our final lesson for this chapter will be about layers.

img_c4s2-1.png First, let’s open the layers view window. You can do that by clicking on the Layers button located on the right side toolbar.

The Layers window: img_c4s2-2.png

In the image above we can see the layers window. It basically shows us the hierarchical order of all the objects we have in our project. On the bottom you can see a small toolbar which is identical to the one we used in our main project window. The left and right arrows are for selecting objects in order. The following two buttons are absolute send backward and forward, meaning that it will send an object all the way to the back or all the way to the front. The last two buttons are send one step backward and forward, meaning that the selected object will only go one level backward or forward.

Next to each object there are two small icons; one is an eye and the other a lock. By clicking on the eye button you can show or hide different objects, and by clicking on the lock button you can lock or unlock different objects so that you cannot move them by accident.

In this chapter we covered some more features offered by Real-DRAW Pro, and slowly our project starts to look more like an actual image. In the next chapter we will cover the area of effects and image importing.

Continue to part 8: Effects and Importing ->