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Q1:I'm not interested in plotting the coordinates for every point in my design. How can I design my content in a traditional fashion but end up with SVG code?
A1: Most designers will cringe at the thought of only being able to design in code. WYSIWYG SVG editors do exist, allowing you to draw and arrange your designs onscreen before exporting or saving the documents into an SVG format. For a list of the available WYSIWYG tools, please see Hour 24, “References.”
Q2:I understand how to draw shapes in SVG, but how can I create more subtle, paint-like effects instead of harsh lines?
A2: SVG is composed of vector graphics, which are, by their very nature, geometrical. Thus, you cannot “paint” with soft edges in the same fashion you could using PhotoShop or another raster imagery program. You can, however, apply filter effects (see Hour 10) to your geometric shapes to create raster-like effects.


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