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In Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery, the third and final part of the comprehensive Illustrator One-on-One series, author and industry expert Deke McClelland shows how to take advantage of the wide array of dynamic effects in Illustrator CS5. Deke explores Illustrator’s powerful Gradient Mesh feature, great for creating photorealistic airbrushing effects. He also covers graphic styles, the liquify tools, envelope-style distortions, the new Bristle Brushes, 3D text, and perspective drawing. Exercise files accompany the course.
Illustrator's 3D capabilities are the of a lot of stuff we've seen so far. Their dynamic effects like those we saw in Chapter 23 they automatically invoke perspective like the stuff we saw in the previous chapter. They are live and editable like, I don't know, just about everything in the advanced portion of the series and the employee symbols, as we saw back in chapter 20. In other words 3D ranks among the best features that Illustrator has to offer. Now some of you may have heard rumors that Photoshop Extended is better at 3D than Illustrator, which is partially true.
Photoshop has way more to offer, including the ability to establish entire 3D scenes, but Illustrator is not without its benefits. As usual, it's all vectors, so you can change your mind anytime you like. You can revolve one or more simple paths to create a complex volumetric form. You can create 3D type in a heartbeat and you can render the effects as pixels and bring your art into Photoshop for further editing. All of which I explore in lovely illustrious shimmering detail, in this chapter.
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