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Object Effects

Many of Illustrator's object effects duplicate functions you can find elsewhere in the software, such as the Pathfinder commands, which can also be applied via the Pathfinder palette. The difference is that object effects can be adjusted and removed; you can go back later and change their settings, or even delete them entirely and revert to the object's previous appearance.

To change the effect settings for a selected object, group, or layer, choose Window, Show Appearance (see Figure 21.11) and double-click the name of the effect to bring up the same dialog box you used to apply the effect in the first place. You can change the settings as many times as you want. To remove all effects from a selected object, click the Reduce to Basic Appearance button at the bottom of the Appearance palette. If you've applied more than one effect to an object and want to remove only one, select the object and click the name of the effect in the Appearance palette; then drag it to the trash icon at the bottom of the palette.


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