3Rethinking Construction

Constructing objects is at the heart of artwork in Illustrator, and nowhere has Illustrator been more innovative than in finding new ways to construct objects from the amalgamation of simple paths and shapes. The early days of painstakingly constructing and joining every path, anchor point by anchor point, is giving way to methods of coloring shapes in ways that create new objects or more closely simulate drawing with pencil and paper. This chapter works its way from newer methods for combining and editing shapes—using the semi-automatic methods of the Blob Brush, the Shape Builder tools, Live Paint, and Image Trace, and in the CC section, you’ll learn how to use the Shaper tool and work with Live Shapes. Here also you’ll ...

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