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Illustrator has long since grown from simple illustration tool to full-fledged graphics package. So don't waste time groping your way throughIllustrator 10's deep tool kit. Pick up Adobe Illustrator 10 Classroomin a Book, a thorough, self-paced guide to the key features of theprogram, developed by the staff at Adobe and packed full of professionaltechniques and tips.
Adobe Illustrator 10 Classroom in a Book delivers what no other bookcan promise: official training from Adobe, tested in the company's ownclassrooms and labs. This comprehensive workbook is structured as a seriesof lessons, with a companion CD containing all the necessary files. Eachchapter is a hands-on project, and each project builds on your growingknowledge of Illustrator. Review questions wrap up every lesson toreinforce the concepts you've just put into practice. With Adobe Illustrator 10 Classroom in a Book, you'll learn how to manipulate type, blend colors, apply special effects, and prepare your work forprinting and other output in record time.
87 of 90 people found the following review helpful
More helpful if less errors,
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This review is from: Adobe Illustrator 10 Classroom in a Book (Paperback)I've used Class Room in a Book series before but with better success. Unfortunately, I would have rated this Illustrator 10 book higher if not for the critical errors and omissions in the book and included CD which caused many waisted hours. The first pages inacurately describe where the AICIB file is located and what special steps are needed to make a search of the file possible. Also several instances of incorrect instructions such as on page 196 step 3 indicating to in error choose File when they meant Edit or the complete omission of practice file in lesson 10 CD. But most disturbing is the omission of a clear easy way to find a "corrections" link that lets book purchasers find important corrected information and get the files that were not included. The book doesn't do that and the subsequent adobe site doesn't adequately address these concerns from AI 10 Classroom in a Book readers. A user friendly approach needs to be applied to help readers accomplish their learning... Read more
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Best beginners supplement to product manual,
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This review is from: Adobe Illustrator 10 Classroom in a Book (Paperback)Although I had a lot of experience with CAD programs, I struggled with Illustrator 8. I finally upgraded to v. 10 and bought Classroom In a Book for that version. You CAN teach yourself Illustrator with the manual and this book in a few weeks. ICIAB is a good supplement to the manual, which for reasons that always baffled me, has too few illustrations for information aimed at visually oriented people.
You will have to do some experimentation to get full benefit from the lessons, but I picked up things I was clueless on before. It does help to have some additional book such as Visual series (PeachPit Press) for details not covered.
Downside: some errors of tools or keys, nothing serious. But I was disappointed by two topics; the web chapter separately covers making a Flash animation for the web, and slicing a graphic for the web, but while the "finished" version of the lesson shows both in a complete web page, the lesson doesn't tell you how to put them together without... Read more
42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Just the right book to start with.,
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This review is from: Adobe Illustrator 10 Classroom in a Book (Paperback)Before studying this book I was somewhat familiar with Illustrator 9, but I wanted to take more hands-on lessons by actually creating something with the little knowledge I had.
This book is a wonderful starting point to learn Illustrator 10 with its easy-to-follow lessons, and helpful/useful tips that are found on pretty much every page of the book, and even if you're an experienced Illustrator user you'll find great tips on this book.
I own both 'Classroom in a book' and 'Visual quickstart by Peachpit Press' and I recommend the people who are new to Illustrator purchase the Quickstart book to use as a reference book, and this 'Classroom' book as a workbook.
A Quick Tour of Adobe Illustrator.
Lesson 1: Getting to Know the Work Area.
Lesson 2: Creating Basic Shapes.
Lesson 3: Painting.
Lesson 4: Drawing with the Pen Tool.
Lesson 5: Working with Brushes.
Lesson 6: Transforming Objects.
Lesson 7: Working with Type.
Lesson 8: Blending Shapes and Colors.
Lesson 9: Using Appearance Attributes, Styles, and Effects.
Lesson 10: Working with Layers.
Lesson 11: Creating Airbrush Effects.
Lesson 12: Drawing Cylinders and Boxes.
Lesson 13: Printing Artwork and Producing Color Separations.
Lesson 14: Combining Illustrator Graphics and Photoshop Images.
Lesson 15: Creating a Web Publication.
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