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Sams Teach Yourself SVG in 24 Hours by Micah Laaker

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Summary

Filter effects, created by using a single filter primitive (or group thereof), have the ability to add a visual dimension to flat, vector artwork. Even better, they free the designer as the effects are applied to their respective content by the SVG viewer; if you wish to modify the shape of an object with a drop shadow effect applied, the drop shadow will adjust itself to match the new shape. Also, with over two dozen filter primitives, there are hundreds of possible combinations, resulting in hundreds of possible effects. Thus, many of the effects you've grown accustomed to in raster-based programs are possible to achieve in SVG.

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