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The Avid Handbook, 5th Edition by Steve Bayes, Greg Staten

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ZEN AND THE ART OF TRIM2

“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.”

—Michelangelo

A sculptor has many tools at his or her disposal. Regardless of the medium used there are always those tools used to rough out the shape that remove large sections of unneeded material and finer tools used to refine and give life to small details. I like to think of Trim as the fine sculpting tools. Though you could certainly complete a sculpture using only the large rough removal tools, most mediums require the fine tools to give the sculpture the definition it needs to be truly considered a work of art. Not only that, but using only the rough-out tools makes any fine detail work extremely difficult and inefficient. ...

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