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Photoshop® CS3 Bible by Robert C. Fuller, Laurie Ulrich Fuller

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Chapter 15. Shapes and Styles

Adobe is famous for its art-producing and creative product line. We have Photoshop for pixel-based images, Illustrator for vector images, and applications like Premiere and AfterEffects for motion graphics and special video effects. Photoshop's tools and features have certainly grown over the last few versions, and some "overlap" has resulted between what people can use Photoshop to do and what would typically have been solely the domain of Illustrator or AfterEffects.

How's that? Well, consider, if we stick just to the topics relevant to this chapter, Photoshop's shape tools (all six of them). With the addition, back in version CS, of the ability to draw crisp, sharp shapes and lines and have them appear as separate shape layers (rather than the user just filling selections to achieve similar, yet more limited results), Photoshop enables you to create totally original artwork. No longer is photo editing the sum total of what you can do, and much of the artwork you can create in Photoshop finds its way into print, onto the Web, and in video and animation.

In addition to these shapes, you'll find that layer styles, ...

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