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Adobe Illustrator has long been a popular vector–based drawing program, but for many the learning curve is steep. In Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals, author and leading industry expert Deke McClelland shows users how to get in to the Illustrator mindset and overcome this learning curve. He covers the application's key features in a new way, making it simple and easy to master Illustrator. Deke teaches viewers how to use the core drawing and shape tools, the transformation and reshaping features, text, and the Pen tool. He also explains how to export and print. Even if learning Illustrator has been a struggle in the past, this training can help make sense of it. Exercise files accompany the course.
In the previous chapter, we saw how to create lines, which Illustrator calls open paths because they have end points, points at the end of the lines. They are like bachelors on the prowl; maybe they find another point, maybe they don't. They are not quite ready to settle down. In this chapter, we will see shapes, which Illustrator calls closed paths because all the points are connected. It's as if all of the points are married except that they are bi-nogamous. Every point is joined to two other points, so their shape continues forever and ever.
Maybe we should be more like that you are thinking. Maybe we should be bi-nogamous. What the heck are you talking about?! These are points in a shape, they are not people. Bi-nogamous! That's not even a word. I make this little analogy and all of a sudden, we are all going to get married to two people. That's crazy. One! One people. That's a lot of people to be married to. But enough of that, let's talk about shapes.
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