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Weekly Download: Effects for Adobe Illustrator, Series 3

10 more resolution-independent bevel effects By Dave Nagel
Last time around in our series of effects for Adobe Illustrator, we presented 10 filter effects for producing soft bevels on text and objects. This week we have 10 additional bevel filters utilizing a different lighting style and a mixture of soft and hard chisel effects. Like the first installment in this effects series, the latest collection can be used on live text, as well as objects, for producing bevel styles from a variety of lighting positions.

This being the second installment in our bevel effects series, it's also only my second attempt at working with the code to produce SVG effects. This latest round shows my massive programming advances in the new lighting style used to create the effects. The bevels in the previous collection used something akin to a spotlight for achieve the bevel lighting, which meant that the bevel would vary over the length and width of the object to which the effect was applied. Not so with this collection, where the bevel will be uniform throughout the object, which is especially important with text and other multi-element graphics. It also offers both hard and soft chisels, where the previous collection had only soft bevels.



All that said, here's a look at this week's collection. The effects have been named sequentially to take off from the previous collection.



These filters will work with Illustrator 10 and Illustrator CS and both Macintosh and Windows systems. Head on to the next page for download and installation. (And remember, you can find all of our previous free downloads in our Features Archive, which includes addons for Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects; Apple Final Cut Pro; Avid; CinePaint; Corel Painter; Creature House Expression/LivingCels; Macromedia Freehand and Fireworks; and Synthetik Studio Artist. You can also find our previous installment in this series directly here.


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Related Keywords:Last time around in our series of effects for Adobe Illustrator, we presented 10 filter effects for producing soft bevels on text and objects. This week we have 10 additional bevel filters utilizing a different lighting style and a mixture of soft and hard chisel effects. Like the first installment in this effects series, the latest collection can be used on live text, as well as objects, for producing bevel styles from a variety of lighting positions. Read on for examples and download and installation instructions.


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