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The fourth in a series by industry-pro Deke McClelland on the premiere graphics creation application, Adobe Illustrator, this course shows you how to become a more efficient, exact, and creative designer with the advanced tools in Illustrator. Maximize your productivity with tools such as Smart Guides to precisely align your artwork, symbols that help you reuse it, and pattern brushes that allow you to tile it across the screen. Plus, learn how to add special creative touches to designs with the Gradient Mesh feature, great for creating photorealistic airbrushing effects; the Liquify and Envelope tools; the layered transparency you can achieve with opacity masks; and 3D effects like live, editable 3D type.
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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