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

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Chapter Ten. 3-D Effects

3-D effects are some of the most powerful and fun (and by the way, some of the most resource-consuming) features in Illustrator. From a simple semicircle you can generate a globe. From two-dimensional text you can extrude 3-D perspective.

When you generate a 3-D object, a sphere from a semicircle for example, you can map objects onto that 3-D object. You can visualize this process by thinking about drawing a picture on a balloon, and then inflating the balloon. The drawing is analogous to the mapped object on a 3-D effect.

3-D effects are . . . effects. They are applied to a curve, but they are not permanent objects. This means that when you edit the underlying path from which a 3-D object was generated, you reshape the ...

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