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Chapter 7. Using Adobe Illustrator CS2 > The Appearance Palette

The Appearance Palette

Ask me what I think the key is to getting a real grasp on using Illustrator, and I'll tell you it's the Appearance palette. That's because the Appearance palette gives you the information you need to know about your targeted selections. For example, if you select a rectangle, the Appearance palette tells you that a path is targeted and indicates what the fill and stroke of that object are. More important, the Appearance palette tells you whether transparency settings or live effects have been applied to the object (see Figure 7.106). Later in the chapter, we cover exactly what live effects are, but examples are a soft drop shadow and a warp effect.

Figure 7.106. The Appearance palette helps identify the appearance of an object.



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