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LenHoffman

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Well as time is going by I am getting a bit better with Illustrator (CS2) and MAPublisher (6.2)... while surfing for some ways to add character to the map I've been working on, I came across the article -Basic Appearances- on cartogram.com that explains how Gordan was able to create the glow effect to one of his products.

My question is this- I have lakes in my map that where imported from a shapefile when I follow the process to the point where I select (Effect> Stylize> Inner Glow) or in IllustratorCS2 it is "Glowing Edges" however the Glowing Edges command is greyed out .... is this due to the fact that the lakes are a shapefile .... is there some other way to accomplish the glowing edges.... or am I out of luck?

Any and all advice is welcomed.

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My question is this- I have lakes in my map that where imported from a shapefile when I follow the process to the point where I select (Effect> Stylize> Inner Glow) or in IllustratorCS2 it is "Glowing Edges" however the Glowing Edges command is greyed out .... is this due to the fact that the lakes are a shapefile .... is there some other way to accomplish the glowing edges.... or am I out of luck?

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I think the same command is available through the filter menu. Filter > Stylize > Inner Glow, iirc. Many of these effects can be accessed through both the Effects and the Filter menu. I'm not sure what the difference is.
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Just to touch on Hans' comment: Effects are appearances that don't change the basic nature of the object, and consequently one can alter the effect's properties by double-clicking in the appearance palette. Very handy!
The fiilters actually are changes that have some permanence and I don't think they can be altered.
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FWIW- you are correct that Effects do not permenantly change an objects appearance (it's just a temporary state) but unfortunately there isn't a corollary Filter to create an inner glow. I think you can only add an inner glow in Illustrator as an Effect.

I think the reason it is greyed out is related to the color mode you are in. Try switching color modes and check it out.
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Thanks for all of the info.

I did change to RGB and that did allow me to chose the effect>stylize>glowing edges however I couldn't figure out how to add color to it ( user error - lack of Illustrator knowledge ) however I open the effect library and used the underbrush effect and got a nice water effect. I also added a ouline for the lake to get the shoreline the lake pixeled very little on the edge put to the naked eye you can't tell. This is only going to be a printed map the image attached is at 250% zoom

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