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Visual QuickStart Guide Illustrator CS2 for Windows and Macintosh by Peter Lourekas, Elaine Weinmann

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Chapter 2. How Illustrator Works

In this chapter you’ll learn the basic differences between object-oriented and bitmap applications and get a broad overview of how objects are created and edited in Illustrator.

Vector or Raster?

There are two main types of picture-making applications: bitmap (or “raster”) and object-oriented (or “vector”), and each type has its strengths and weaknesses. Bitmap programs are best suited for creating soft, painterly images, such as photo-collages, whereas object-oriented programs are better suited for creating sharp, smooth shapes, such as mechanical illustrations, and typographic designs, such as logos.

Drawings created in object-oriented programs such as Adobe Illustrator, are composed of separate, distinct, mathematically ...

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