How to Bring an Image to the Front on Illustrator


In Adobe’s Illustrator graphic design program, you are offered deep control over the creation and editing of vector visuals. Illustrator provides a robust set of tools for image manipulation, including the layers-based organization of every element of your composition. Moving images from back to front or front to back requires you to move the layer on which the image exists.

  • Locate the layer that contains the image you want to move in the Layers panel. If it isn't already open, launch the “Layers” panel from the "Window" tab on the menu bar. The Layers panel holds all the layers, and each layer has a small thumbnail preview. Click the "eye" symbol next to any layer to turn it on or off, which makes it easy to locate a specific layer.

  • Click the layer in the Layers panel and drag it to the top of the layer list. The top layer displays at the front of the image, while the bottom appears furthest back.

  • Arrange layers by clicking and dragging until your composition looks the way you want it. Click the box next to the eye icon to place a small lock icon on each layer to prevent accidental edits as you add new layers and image elements.

Tips & Warnings

  • Information in this article applies to Adobe Illustrator CS6. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.

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