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Paths and Vector Art

Illustrator is a vector art program. While it allows you to do some rather advanced work with raster images and rasterized artwork, it is at heart a vector art program. (The difference between vector and raster is addressed later in the sidebar called “Vector and Raster,” as well as in Chapter 18, “Raster Images and Rasterized Artwork.”)

Vector art is based on the concept of paths. Each item is a path, and the path is stroked and/or filled to produce artwork. Without the path, there’s nothing to stroke or fill, so the artwork cannot appear on the page. Likewise, without a stroke or fill, the path may be there, but it is invisible. (Invisible paths are used in Illustrator. They are discussed later in this chapter.) The path defines the basic shape of an object, while the stroke and fill (and other characteristics) determine the appearance of the object.


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