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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.
At the end of the day, Illustrator is a distortion program. You create path outlines; you modify path outlines. You add some type; you change the type. Whether an adjustment is static or dynamic, you can bet that Illustrator is master of the craft. But so far, you haven't seen the extremes to which Illustrator will go to make something very different from that thing you started with. In this chapter, we will take an entire illustration's worth of paths and tweak them to the nth degree. Where static tweaks are concerned, Illustrator offers the Liquify tools, which lets you brush in the most elaborative effects for as long as you like.
If you prefer Dynamic, then Illustrator offers its singular brand of enveloped distortions. Remember the mesh from the last chapter? In an envelope, each point in the mesh is not a color, but a point in a dynamic transformation. Why do I talk? I should show. Here is how.
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