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Real-World Project

When you apply just one filter or effect to an image, the results often aren't very exciting. The fun comes in combining filters and effects, Illustrator objects and raster images, to arrive at something very unlike what you started with. In this project, a photo goes through a metamorphosis as you apply several different filters to it and to objects around it:

Open a photograph in Illustrator (see Figure 21.16).

Figure 21.16. The project starts with a TIFF image opened in Illustrator.

Option+drag [Alt+drag] a copy of the image; then select either copy of the image and choose Filter, Pen and Ink, Photo Crosshatch. The high contrast in the sample image makes the crosshatched areas stand out. Use .5 for the Thickness and 2.75 for the Density; these settings create a fairly coarse effect that will still be apparent even at the lowest screen resolution.

Using the Selection tool, click the crosshatched image to select the grouped crosshatching. In the Color palette, give the crosshatches a different color (black is the default, but this image of an orange cat looks cooler with purple crosshatching).

Select the other copy of the image and choose Filter, Artistic, Cutout. Choosing this command flattens the colored areas of the image, eliminating their details (see Figure 21.17).

Figure 21.17. Cutout can be applied as a filter or an effect. In this case, you can assume that you won't need to change its settings later on, so use the filter.

Choose Object, Arrange, Send to Back to make sure that the cutout version of the image is behind the crosshatched version, and then drag the two images together. They don't have to align perfectly; the primitive effect you're going for here actually works better if they don't.

With the Rectangle tool, draw a rectangle the same size as the image and give it a good-sized stroke—12 points in this example. Then assign the stroke a contrasting color.

With the rectangle selected, choose Effect, Distort, Roughen. Enter .5% for Size and 12/in. for Detail; these settings give you a slightly rough frame that still hides the edges of the image (see Figure 21.18).

Figure 21.18. The final image combines two modified photos with a framing path that uses the Roughen effect.

Drag to select all the elements of the image and group them so that they won't become separated. That's it!



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