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Adobe Illustrator CC Digital Classroom by Jennifer Smith, AGI Creative Team

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Lesson 11: Using Effects and Transparency

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Using the Appearance panel you can gain more control over properties that are applied to individual components of an object, or the entire object. You can then store combinations of properties as graphic styles, making it easy for you to make updates, or apply the styles to other objects.

What you’ll learn in this lesson:

  • Applying effects using the Appearance panel
  • Learning how to edit effects
  • Saving graphic styles
  • Applying a graphic style to a symbol
  • Working with blending modes and opacity

Starting up

Before starting, make sure that your tools and panels are consistent by resetting your workspace. See “Resetting Adobe Illustrator CC Preferences” in the Starting up section of this book.

You will work with several files from the ai11lessons folder in this lesson. Make sure that you have loaded the ailessons folder onto your hard drive from www.digitalclassroombooks.com/epub/illustratorcc. See “Loading lesson files” in the Starting up section of this book.

Working with the Appearance panel and effects

In this exercise, you will work with a series of text logos for the masthead of an imaginary magazine called Vector Magazine. You will explore various looks for this logo using Illustrator’s effects and working with the Appearance panel and graphic styles.

1 Open Adobe Illustrator CC, if it is not already open. You will work with ...

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