Styling with Effects
IN THIS CHAPTER
Understanding raster and vector effects
Defining and applying effects
Managing effects with the Appearance panel
Applying 3D effects
Saving graphic styles
The Effect menu in Illustrator opens the door to an incongruous plethora of wild, crazy, and only vaguely related techniques. These features can be roughly divided into effects (intuitive enough) and filters. In this chapter, I break down what effects are, what filters are, how they’re different, and when you use which.
I also show you how to apply some of the most useful and widely applicable effects, such as drop shadows, 3D extrusions (converting a rectangle into a cube), and fun distortions (such as puckering paths). And I walk you through a substantial project that involves combining a rotated path with mapped artwork.
Navigating the Universe of Effects
Some effects are specific and not what you would normally think of as an effect, such as crop marks for printers, and the ...