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Chapter 2. How Illustrator Works > How objects are made

How objects are made

In Illustrator, the key building blocks that you will be using to compose an illustration are Bézier objects, type, and placed bitmap images. Bézier objects are composed of anchor points connected by curved or straight segments. The edge of an object is called its path. A path can be open (with two endpoints) or closed and continuous. You can close an open path by joining its endpoints or open a closed path using the Scissors tool. You can draw shapes “from scratch” or you can create a simple geometric object, such as a triangle or circle, and then reshape it.

Some Illustrator tools—such as the Rectangle, Ellipse, Polygon, Star, Rectangular Grid, Polar Grid, and Flare—produce complete, closed paths simply by clicking on the artboard. The number and position of anchor points on these paths is determined automatically.


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