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Chapter 19. Hog-Wild Special Effects > The Complete History of Filters and Effe...

The Complete History of Filters and Effects

Most of Illustrator's capabilities are built into the main application. But many tools and commands come from little subprograms called plug-ins. In the past it was very obvious which features were plug-ins—they were always under the Filter menu. Today, plug-in tools and commands are found all over Illustrator. For instance, the lassos are actually plug-ins, as are the links palettes, live blends, and many other features. Does it matter if a command is a plug-in or not? Maybe it does to some developer who might want to enhance the features of the plug-in. But to you, the average—OK, above average—user, it matters not at all.

By default, all plug-ins reside in the Plug-ins folder inside the same folder that contains the Illustrator application. When you launch Illustrator, the program loads all the plug-ins into memory and makes them available as tools, commands, and palettes in the program.


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