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Go ahead. Take a guess. What do you think is the most often-used effect inside of Illustrator? That's right. It's the drop shadow. I've always felt that people add those soft drop shadows just because they can. Well, in reality, there are a lot more effects inside of Illustrator above and beyond the drop shadow. However, many people shy away from them, because they don't really understand what those effects do. For example, there's an effect inside of Illustrator called Convert to Shape. And I've always kind of been thrown for a loop on that one, because why would I ever want to draw a shape and then convert it to another shape? If I really wanted that shape, I would just draw it to begin with.
There are many effects inside of Illustrator, and also some pixel-based effects, that can be incredibly powerful if we just really understand what they do. Well, in this chapter, we'll learn all about these effects, and we'll see how to make use of them on a day-to-day basis.
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