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Lesson 11. Creating Airbrush Effects > Painting with the mesh tool - Pg. 349

Creating Airbrush Effects 349 Smart Guides are useful for working with mesh objects because they display information about the mesh without the need to select the object first. You'll set preferences for hiding the construction guides (which are useful for drawing and aligning objects) and text labels (which you won't need for this lesson), and you'll change the snapping tolerance (the distance that the pointer must be from an object before Smart Guides take effect). 1. 2. Choose Edit > Preferences > Smart Guides & Slices (Windows and Mac OS 9) or Illustrator > Preferences > Smart Guides & Slices (Mac OS X). In the Preferences dialog box, deselect the display options for Text Label Hints and Construc- tion Guides, and make sure that Transform Tools and Object Highlighting are selected. Enter 1 pt in the Snapping Tolerance text box. Click OK to set the preferences. The Transform Tools option is useful for scaling, rotating, reflecting, and shearing objects. The Object Highlighting option displays mesh lines and anchor points when the mouse is positioned over the object. Choose View > Smart Guides to activate them. (A check mark in the menu indicates that they're turned on.) 3. Painting with the mesh tool You can convert any object into a mesh object by using the mesh tool and creating one mesh point at a time. Each time you click an object using the mesh tool, a new color is added to the object. First you'll paint a color on one of the tail wings on a butterfly, and then you'll paint the other tail wing with the same color.