Day 22: Creating Special Effects

Using filters and live effects we can creates lots of special effects instantly. You can smooth out sharp corners, create warp text, add drop shadows and make textures with the live effects. There are many filters in Illustrator and you can have lots of creativity in experimenting all the filters.

Live Effects or Filters

To create special effects, we can use either use Live Effects of Filters. Most of the time I will be using live effects as I can continue making changes using the Appearance Palette. The choice is up to you.

Live Effects: When you apply live effects to objects you can still continue to modify the effects and objects. You will need to expand the object break it into paths again.

Filters: When you apply filters, you can’t make changes to the effect anymore. It is already expanded.

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10 thoughts on “Day 22: Creating Special Effects”

  1. it is the best tutorial forever! each lesson is great! Thank you for helping us to improve our knowledge!

  2. NuttyProfessor

    I’ve been a mechanical engineer for over 25 years…I wished that the taught engineering this simple!

  3. @Marivic So – you will get it to work going: EFFECT >> DISTORT & TRANSFORM >> ROUGHEN

    PS: Looks like you`re trying to get it via the menu “Object” and it isn`t there, instead go to “effect” in the menu and sure you`ll find it. 🙂


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