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I started using Illustrator when I was 25, which was 25 years ago. So I am at that point where I've known Illustrator as long as I haven't. It's like some kind of crazy human software matrimony, but without the struggles. So, if you would ask me what's your favorite feature in all of Illustrator? It would be like me asking you to choose your favorite thing about your kids or your spouse. I mean, you know what you like, you know what you don't, but your favorite? Which is why I say without hesitation--the topic of this chapter--Dynamic Effects. Why? Because they allow you to apply temporary nondestructive adjustments using numerical parameters.
They pile up in the Appearance panel, so you can change your mind anytime you like. You can apply them to big things like entire layers or little things like a single stroke, and you can heap multiple applications of a single effect onto anything you like, which means you can turn this triangle into this nautilus shell. Really, this whole thing is just a triangle. Where you can turn this--some nice elements here--into this: spirograph and scalloped edges, all emerging dynamically from a single circle.
Put simply, they're effects- meaning they are amazing object modifiers. And they are dynamic- meaning that everything happens live, on the fly, and subject to your ever-changing moods. But that doesn't tell the whole story. In fact, if I were to tell you the whole story, it goes something like this.
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