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Chapter 3. Illustrator Essentials > Illustrator and Graphic Design

Illustrator and Graphic Design

Adobe Illustrator started as a simple drawing program intended to automate technical drawing tasks. Today? Illustrator has come a long way, baby. Its raison d'être is still illustration, the creation of line art. But along the way, its developers have added in a host of features that make it sophisticated and flexible enough for a range of applications.

Mastering Illustrator certainly isn't easy. The program's tough learning curve—compared with that of its ubiquitous pal Photoshop—is daunting to many who are most comfortable with the latter's painting metaphor. But for any serious graphic designer, Illustrator cannot be ignored.


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