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Adobe Illustrator CS3 How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques by Bruce K. Hopkins, David Karlins

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Chapter Five. Creating Fills and Strokes

In this chapter I explain the basic techniques for assigning colors in Illustrator, and beyond that, the most useful ways to take advantage of Illustrator’s wide array of color palettes and color tools.

Illustrator CS3’s jack-of-all-trades Swatches panel allows you to apply any color, pattern, or gradient as an object fill. Those fills can be applied to closed paths (paths where the first anchor is also the last), or open paths (paths where the first and last anchors are different), or Live Paint regions. Several of the techniques in this chapter explain how to create, organize, and use swatches.

Stroke attributes define how the outline of an object (or the edges of a Live Paint region) display. Stroke ...

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