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Chapter 19. Hog-Wild Special Effects > The Scary Path Wigglers

The Scary Path Wigglers

Now that you're filled to the brim with how to use and manage effects, styles, and the Appearance palette, let's have some fun and look at some of the actual effects and the playful havoc they can wreak on your artwork. As Chapter 8 makes very clear, Illustrator has ways of making your objects quite perfect. Trouble is, many people don't want that kind of perfection in their illustrations. They want more organic, natural looks. Fortunately, commands in the Filter » Distort or Effect » Distort & Transform submenus let you apply imperfections to otherwise perfect paths. This can give your illustrations a much more spontaneous or traditional appearance. (I call these commands “path wigglers.”) Depending on the filter, you can adjust the amount, direction, size, and details of the imperfection. You can also specify what becomes imperfect.

Figure 19.14 demonstrates how each of the path wigglers shakes up lines of boring old Helvetica Inserat. The word “ghosts” is the product of the Roughen filter, “zombies” comes from Zig Zag, “monsters” was scrambled by Scribble & Tweak, and “vampires” received the sharp-puckers of Pucker & Bloat. (I used the free transform tool and the twist filter to abuse “Halloween.”) Also worth noting: the frayed outline was a standard rectangle before I subjected it to the roughen filter.


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