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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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Drawing Enhancements: Joining Paths, Select Behind, Draw Behind, Draw Inside

Drawing Enhancements: Joining Paths, Select Behind, Draw Behind, Draw Inside

Illustrator CS5 offers several very useful drawing enhancements, including an improved method for joining open paths, such as a curve. By selecting multiple open paths, you can join them with a single keystroke. You can join open paths using corner joins or smooth joins. Another long-awaited feature is the ability to use a keyboard shortcut to select an individual object located behind other objects.

One of the most anticipated drawing enhancements has to be the new drawing modes. You can select drawing modes that allow you to draw behind other objects without choosing layers or setting the stacking order, or draw or place an image inside a shape, including live text (see Figure 8). The Draw Inside mode automatically creates a clipping mask from the selected object.

Figure 8 The new drawing modes in Illustrator CS5 make it much easier to work with masked objects.

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