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Part: Two Working with Shapes > Developing a Flair for the Schematic

Chapter 8. Developing a Flair for the Schematic

There are two types of people who use Illustrator. The first are the high-precision designers who create artwork to exact specifications, defined to the thousandth of a point. The other are artists who don't want to feel constrained by Illustrator features; they just want to express themselves. This chapter—which covers working with the precision features, stacking order, and layers—was written for both groups.

Illustrator gives you exceptional control over your document environment. You can use automated grids in your drawing, which help to keep basic illustration elements in alignment. There are several alignment and distribution controls to position objects precisely. Additionally, Illustrator provides smart guides, an interactive system of guides that help you position and create objects at precise locations. Illustrator provides several ways to control the visibility and selection of objects in a document. You can actively use these features to work precisely, or you can go about your business, designing your illustration, letting the features work (or wait) unobtrusively in the background. This chapter explains everything, from distance to distribution, groups to grids and guidelines, and locks to layers. If it helps you toe the line, it's front and center in the following pages.


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