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Hour 10. Tricks of the Trade > Adding Effects to Vectors

Adding Effects to Vectors

Another way to stylize your vector graphics is to employ effects. Some effects are particularly well suited for vector graphics, such as the Bevel and Emboss effects and the Shadow and Glow effects. By using effects with your vector graphics, you can create the appearance of three dimensions through lighting, shadow, and focus. Effects can be applied to any object, including bitmaps, paths, text, and groups. To further expand the possibilities, effects can also be applied to objects that have been masked. Use Save as Style from the effects Options to save your effect decisions as a style on the Styles panel.

You can use the Gaussian Blur effect to blur a vector graphic, making it look out of focus. This is also a good way to create a diffuse shadow or highlight, and it is the basis of the shadow and glow effects. The object in Figure 10.12 has been blurred with Gaussian Blur. Gaussian Blur is also useful because it blurs the vector object in the same way it would a bitmap object—there is no distinction between the stroke and the fill.


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