Applying Filters to Shapes

You can apply filters to shapes, like any other layer. When you apply a filter to a shape, the shape remains editable, even though the filter changes it from a vector-based object into a bitmapped object to perform the operation.

Figure. Canvas window showing a shape with a filter applied.

You can apply filters to individual shapes or to a group that contains a number of shapes. You can use filters to stylize shapes far beyond the options available in the Shape Inspector. More importantly, you can use filters in conjunction with the Shape Inspector parameters to customize a shape’s look, while preserving the ability to re-edit the shape later.

Important: After you apply a filter to a shape, you can no longer smoothly increase the size of that shape using the object’s transform controls. This is because filters change shapes from vector objects to bitmapped objects. As a result, they scale like other bitmapped objects, which display artifacts if they’re enlarged too much.

For more information on using filters, see Using Filters.