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Top 10 New Features in Adobe Illustrator CS5

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Brian Wood, contributor to Adobe Illustrator CS5 Classroom in a Book, loves the handy new (and often long-awaited) features in Illustrator CS5. He highlights 10 of his favorites for users who want to know whether CS5 fulfills its promises.

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Enhanced Strokes: Dashed-Line Adjustments, Precise Arrowheads

Enhanced Strokes: Dashed-Line Adjustments, Precise Arrowheads

The Stroke panel, which hadn't changed much over several prior versions, now boasts a host of new features. Aside from creating a dashed line, something available in the Stroke panel for some time, now you can also control the alignment of dashes. For example, you can align dashed strokes symmetrically around corners and at the end of open paths, or preserve the dash and gaps within strokes (see Figure 5).

Figure 5 Illustrator CS5 provides some features that users have had on their wish lists for a long time.

Another addition to the Stroke panel is the ability to select and define arrowheads. Not only can you choose from a host of new arrowheads; you can also extend an arrowhead beyond the end of the path or place the end of the arrowhead tip at the path endpoint. Granted, that improvement may not seem groundbreaking, but it certainly makes life easier.

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