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Adobe Illustrator CS4 is more than just the world’s most popular and powerful illustration tool: As part of the Adobe’s Creative Suite 4, it’s a key component of an overall design workflow that lets users work seamlessly among all of their graphics applications to create graphically rich content for print, Web, motion graphics, and mobile devices. This info-packed guide lets users get right down to work by focusing on the Illustrator CS4 features they’re most likely to use and showcasing each in a stand-alone tip--complete with a relevant hint or two and a graphic example. In this fashion, readers learn just what they need to know, exploring the program in a way that makes sense to them. Before they know it, users will be using all the new features as well as creating symbols and applying instances and exporting their work to Adobe Flash.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Adobe Illustrator CS4 How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques (Paperback)This book has taken me from being a part-time user of Illustrator to somebody who feels confident every time I now open up the application. Everything is bitesize and easy to digest. A must-have!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Offers fine easy small lesson plan structures,
This review is from: Adobe Illustrator CS4 How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques (Paperback)Owners of Illustrator and libraries catering to them will find this a powerful introduction offering a hundred selected techniques to help users get to work. From using the programs new Smart Guide features and using Live Paint to apply color to fills to adjusting gradients right with new interactive tools, this offers fine easy small lesson plan structures with real-world projects to help hit the ground running. Black and white screen shot examples abound.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great teaching tool - learning resource,
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This review is from: Adobe Illustrator CS4 How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques (Paperback)I wouldn't recommend this if you've NEVER used Illustrator. However, it is a wonderful resource. I wish he made one for Premiere/After Effects. I teach my video students at the Defense Information School basic Illustrator. I use this book as a teaching guide. I find it more useful than Adobe's "Classroom In A Book." The explainations are crisp, analogies clear, tips applicable. I really like the layout. It reminds me of the "Dummy" series, but much more streamlined.
Bravo for Chris Orwig!
Chapter One: Getting Started
Chapter Two: Drawing Lines and Shapes
Chapter Three: Drawing with Brushes
Chapter Four: Editing Paths
Chapter Five: Creating Fills and Strokes
Chapter Six: Working with Layers
Chapter Seven: Creating and Formatting Type
Chapter Eight: Aligning, Arranging, and Clipping
Chapter Nine: Transparency, Filters, and Effects
Chapter Ten: 3-D Effects
Chapter Eleven: Managing Illustration Workflow
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