Chapter 2. Your Creative Armament

I've been creating vector artwork and wrangling with Bézier curves going on 18 years now. For 14 years, I was a die-hard Macromedia FreeHand user. Along the way, I'd use Adobe Illustrator from time to time—you know, if I had to. But when Adobe bought FreeHand, I saw the writing on the wall and committed myself to an exclusive relationship with Illustrator. We haven't always gotten along, Illustrator and me, but our marriage continues to deepen and improve with each passing software release.

A Love-Hate Relationship

It's hard to use something day in and day out—especially something so closely tied to my personal passion for design and creativity—without becoming somewhat fanatical about it. Let me start by saying ...

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