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Foundations of Digital Art and Design with Adobe® Creative Cloud by xtine burrough

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Chapter 3. Modify Basic Shapes

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The exercises in this chapter will help you create complex graphic icons using three basic shapes: the circle, the square, and the triangle. You’ll use the Pen, Add Anchor Point, Convert Anchor Point, Direct Selection, and Reflection tools and explore the Pathfinder panel.

Combining simple shapes to develop complex forms is a visual strategy employed by every illustrator or logo designer. As such, the three basic shapes should be well understood as psychological tools. Rudolf Arnheim, a master of perceptual psychology, declared that “visual experience is dynamic” [1]. He noted that shape and form are perceived in ...

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