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Hour 13. Creating Special Effects > Effects with Shapes

Effects with Shapes

We'll start with a few relatively simple features of Shapes and then work up to more advanced techniques. I say “shapes” but these work with Drawing Objects as well. The point is, you can't do the following tricks with Text blocks, grouped objects, or symbol instances. You can go inside a symbol and use these techniques on any shapes contained. This section is almost like a defense for shapes which, after all my praise for symbols serves as a good balance.

Painting with Bitmaps

You've already seen how to create and modify gradients. You can also use—as the fill or stroke color—an imported bitmap (really any raster graphic is fine). The way you create and modify a bitmap color is comparable to gradients: you use the Color Mixer to select the image and you use the Gradient Transform tool to modify it. It's really easy and pretty cool, even if it's not terribly practical.


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