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In this final chapter, I'll introduce you to the world of 3D inside of Illustrator. Now, you may be aware that Illustrator's sister program, Photoshop, offers an array of 3D features as well. So it's important to know which program to use when, which is why I offer this helpful analogy. If you think of 3D in Photoshop as being as big as the sun, Then 3D in Illustrator is approximately the size of a very small rock. It's just dinky by comparison. Permit me to elaborate.
In Photoshop you can construct entire 3D scenes. You can have objects interact with each other. You can cast shadows all over the place. You can ray trace and you can achieve photorealistic results. In Illustrator, each object is independent, they can't interact with each other, they can't cast shadows and by comparison, you get synthetic results. And yet, Illustrator's 3D features offer five important advantages. One, 3D is a dynamic effect, so you can change your mind any time you like.
Two, Illustrator does a bang up job of creating 3D symbols. Particularly those with beveled edges. Three, you can create 3D type in no time at all. Four, you can create 3D revolutions. So you can take half a circle, for example, and revolve it around an axis to create a sphere. And five, Illustrator lets you map artwork onto the surface of any 3D object. So okay, 3D in Illustrator is just a pebble, but, it's a tough little pebble.
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