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Real World Print Production with Adobe Creative Suite Applications by Claudia McCue

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Simplify Your Paths

Stop clicking. Really. Right now. More points do not equal a better drawing. In fact, fewer points—if they’re the right points—result in a smoother drawing, as you can see in Figure 5.3. Of course, in the early stages of learning vector drawing tools, it’s difficult to draw so elegantly. But even if your drawing is a bit lumpy, there are tools in Illustrator that smooth and simplify paths.

Figure 5.3. Too many points (top row) result in a choppy drawing. Correct Pen tool technique produces fewer points and a smoother finished drawing (bottom row).

In the early days of desktop drawing, it was crucial to minimize the number ...

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