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We have already discussed this concept called building artwork inside of Illustrator and in reality this whole concept of building artwork began when a certain function was added to Illustrator called Pathfinder. Pathfinder was added way back in like Illustrator 5 or 6, in that timeframe, and when it first was added to Illustrator, it was actually available as some commands, available from a menu. However, in time it was turned into its own panel, which you can find by going to the Window menu and now scrolling down to the bottom here and choosing Pathfinder.
So let's actually take a closer look at the Pathfinder panel itself. Let me drag it out over here onto the artboard so we can focus on this a little bit more. You will notice that off the bat the Pathfinder panel is kind of split up into two sections: something called Shape Modes and something called Pathfinders. Now again, this kind of happened when Illustrator 10 came out because we are going to discuss the differences between something called Shape Modes and Pathfinders. But most people refer to all the functions found inside the Pathfinder panel as Pathfinder functions. In fact because people use these functions in so many different ways, Adobe has actually changed the behavior with some of these things over time.
For example, as we discussed before Pathfinders originally were available inside of menus then they were turned into a panel but they were all just performing the same types of functions, basically mathematical functions where you can add and subtract multiple objects to arrive at more complex objects. But then in Illustrator 10 Adobe kind of split these into two different categories, something called Shape Modes and Pathfinders, and they set it out in a certain way, which they then reversed when Illustrator CS4 came out. Now that we find themselves inside of Illustrator CS5, we can kind of take a step back and understand the behavior of these tools as they progressed over the years.
So in this chapter we are going to learn all about drawing with math, how to make all these Pathfinder options, both Shape Modes and Pathfinders, work for us and help us build the art that we want to create.
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