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Special Edition Using Adobe® Illustrator® 10 by Peter Bauer

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Chapter 19. Exploiting Illustrator’s Transparency

Working with Transparency In Illustrator

Illustrator offers the capability to change the opacity of objects and images, much like Adobe Photoshop. In early versions of the program, an object could have a fill and stroke of None, making it invisible on the artboard, and the GIF file format supported invisible backgrounds. However, you could not make an object semi-transparent, easily apply a realistic shadow or glow that fades with distance, or change the way the colors of overlapping objects blend.

Transparency brings to Illustrator a tremendous creative boost, but also brings with it the ...

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