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Part II: Basic Creation In Illustrator > Shape, Drawing, and Graph Tools

Chapter 5. Shape, Drawing, and Graph Tools

In This Chapter

Illustrator’s Object Creation Tools

The Basic Object Creation Tools

The Complex Object Creation Tools

Selection Tools and Commands

Illustrator’s Select Menu

Compound Shapes and the Pathfinder Palette

Graphs in Illustrator

Troubleshooting

If Illustrator offered only the Pen and Gradient tools and the Color palette, we would still be able to create the majority of the artwork we produce today. It would take a lot longer and would perhaps not be quite as precise. Thankfully, Illustrator offers a tremendous number of tools, palettes, and commands that make the creation process easier. Many of the capabilities we take for granted are simply shortcuts. The Rectangle tool, for example, does nothing more than create four-sided paths. These are quite easy to produce with the Pen tool, yet we think of the Rectangle tool as a basic component of Illustrator.


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