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Filters or Effects: What's the Difference?

What's the difference between Filters and Effects?

They're both on the menu, and they both seem to offer the same things...so what is the difference?

Drag out a circle, and duplicate it.

 

Illustrator 9: Select the left circle and go to Filter > Distort > Punk and Bloat and set it to 44%

Illustrator 10: Select the left circle and go to Filter > Distort > Pucker and Bloat and set it to 44%.

 

Illustrator 9: Select the right circle and go to Effect> Distort and Transform > Punk and Bloat and set it to 44%

Illustrator 10: Select the right circle and go to Effect > Distort and Transform > Pucker and Bloat and set it to 44%.

As you can see, they look the same.

 

Go to View > Outline to view the two distorted circles in outline view.

The path has changed on the circle you applied the filter to, while the path on the one you applied an effect to is still a circle.

Ok, so that means?

A filter will alter the underlying structure of the path it is applied to. An effect only changes the appearance of the path.

 

 

 

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September 6 , 2002

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