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Chapter 20. Becoming Master of the Raster > Raster Effects on Vector Shapes

Raster Effects on Vector Shapes

As I was going hog-wild in Chapter 19, I put off covering some of the filters and effects commands because they seemed more appropriate for this chapter. Some of Illustrator's effects do not simply manipulate path information; rather, they create displays of pixel images that conform to a path shape. These pixel images cannot be actually printed in anything except raster data.

For example, Figure 20.1 shows a comparison between the type of drop shadow that was created by the drop shadow filter in older versions of Illustrator and the one created by today's drop shadow filter. The sharp edge of the old drop shadow was the best that Illustrator offered. The new drop shadow has a warm and fuzzy edge—an edge that could only come from pixels. Let's take a look at the various effects that can be applied to vector images.


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