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In this chapter, we'll take a look at one of the most impressive features in all of illustrator, and it goes by the name Gradient Mesh. And it allows you to add shadows and highlights inside of a single path outline. So that you can make it appear contoured and volumetric and just plain real. Now, you could think of a gradient mesh as a kind of net that you cast around a path outline, and at the intersection of any two ropes in that net, is an anchor point. And you can not only move the anchor point around, but you can also assign it a color, and then Illustrator, creates a series of miniature gradients, between all the pairs of colorful points. And as a result, we can take these flat path outlines and turn them into this dramatic dimensional final piece of art.
I cannot wait to show you how gradient mesh works.
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