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Chapter 3. Illustrator Essentials > Creating Vector Art

Creating Vector Art

In this section, we'll work on the essentials of Illustrator—the ability to use the drawing tools; select and arrange your artwork; work with strokes, fills, color, and type; and utilize some basic effects. If you're new to Illustrator, that's a lot to cover, but it will provide a foundation for further study. As you'll discover in this chapter's project, a lot of creative work can be done using just these tools.

About Vector Art

To understand how Illustrator works, it's helpful to contrast it with Photoshop. If you've worked with photographs or artwork in Photoshop, you'll know that such images are composed of pixels—tiny dots, each with its own color. A group of pixels put together form what is called a bitmapped image.


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