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Live Effects

Effects are a wide range of options you can apply to your objects. For example, you can apply soft drop shadows, 3D extrudes, warping, Gaussian blurs, feathering, and more. What makes these effects so unique is the way they are applied in Illustrator. Effects are applied to objects as appearances, leaving the original objects intact. For example, you might draw a plain rectangle and apply a warp effect to it. The rectangle will appear as being warped, but behind the scenes, it's still a rectangle (see Figure 7.159). If you edit the rectangle, the effect that was applied to it simply updates to reflect the change. This also means that at any time, you can remove the effect completely and be left with the rectangle you created. For this reason, effects in Illustrator are referred to as live effects.

Figure 7.159. A rectangle with a Warp effect applied to it. Although you can see that the rectangle is selected, its appearance is quite different.



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