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Adobe Illustrator CS2: Classroom in a Book

Learn Adobe Illustrator CS2 in 15 Lessons By Don Lee

Adobe Illustrator CS2: Classroom in a Book
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Learning a new program can be a frustrating experience. Even though you may be experienced with some of the programs basic functions from previous versions, you still need help learning the programs new features. While some people can work through the process at their own pace, some may need a little boost in getting up to speed.

For those that are learning the latest version of Adobe Illustrator, you may want to pick up ?Adobe Illustrator CS2 Classroom in a Book. The 454-page book covers the basics of Illustrator CS2 to the more advanced techniques used by the pros. The book is broken down into 15 lessons. From finding your way around the programs interface, drawing with the pen tool to learning how to print your work and create color separations, the book is chocked full of great information. Theres even a CD included that contains all 15 lessons for you to work with. Those of you who absorb more through learning hands on will enjoy working through each lesson step by step as its presented in the book.

Whats in the Book?
The first of the fifteen lessons in the book is a simple introduction to Illustrators interface, the tool palette, your workspace and the functionality of the tools. Youre going to have a tough time finding your way around the program without this lesson sogo over this section and understand your work environment before you dive in.

Starting with lessons 2-5, the book covers more of the basic tasks in Illustrator CS2. Lesson two begins with the authors showing how to select objects with the Selection tool. Learn the techniques of selecting single or multiple objects, move them and how to create basic shapes. Lesson three covers the use of transforming objects. Theres many different ways you can handle objects and lesson three will touch base on all of the options. Scaling, rotating, reflecting, distorting, shearing and transforming objects are all referenced here. One tool that most beginners have trouble with is the Pen tool. In lesson four, the book teaches you all of the elements that will have you mastering the Pen tool in no time. Creating curves, using anchor points, splitting a path and how to edit a curve. This is an important lesson so you should pay extra attention. Lesson five shows you the art of painting in Illustrator. Learn to use Live Paint, how the color controls work, creating your own pattern as well as using the given ones.


Lesson 6 covers everything pertaining to fonts in Illustrator. From creating columns of text, resizing text areas, font styles, creating text outlines, wrapping text around images and even reshaping text, lesson six will teach you everything you ever want to know about using text in Adobe Illustrator. Knowing how to use layers is very important in doing graphic work and lesson seven takes you from creating layers, moving objects, locking layers, viewing layers, pasting layers, clipping masks and even how to apply attributes to layers. The proper use of shapes and colors will help define your artwork and lesson eight will have you working with gradient fills and blends. Lesson nine will teach you how to create and edit symbols, how to map symbols to 3D art and how to use the symbol tools.

Lesson 10 shows you how to work with brushes and scribbles. One of the cool parts of the chapter is where they show how you can make your own brushes. Lesson 11 demonstrates how you can alter your artwork by changing some of the appearance attributes. You can add attributes, use live effects, edit effects to your desire and apply graphic styles. You can even create your own graphic styles that you can use for future projects. You are also shown how to apple raster effects, saving your work in EPS format and how to print transparent work. Lesson 12 is all about Illustrators 3D capabilities. Learn how to use the Warp effect, various brush styles, converting your art to a symbol, utilize lighting effects and how to use the 3D Rotate effect.

Lessons 13 15 covers a lot of the finishing techniques used to complete your projects. In lesson 13, you learn about the differences between vector and bitmap images, utilizing Adobe Photoshop files, editing imported masks, replacing images and exporting layered files to Photoshop. What good is the work if you cant print it out, right? Thats where lesson 14 comes in. This chapter covers printing issues, halftone screens, output device resolution, CMYK, RGB and color management. Lesson 15 explains what the Adobe Bridge and Version Cue is, how to use them, creating new projects, organizing files and more.

The Final Word
If youre looking at upgrading your Adobe Illustrator, then I would suggest that you pick up a copy of Adobe Illustrator CS2: Classroom in a Book. The book serves as the official training workbook for Adobe so you know that you are getting the expertise from those with the most intimate knowledge of the program.

The book does begin with some of the basics of Illustrator, which would be useful to those with light experience with the program. The more experienced users will probably want to start with chapter thirteen where you are shown how to combine Illustrator CS2 graphics with the Adobe Creative Suite.

Whether youre just a beginner or a professional graphic designer looking to Illustrator CS2 to enhance your design skills even more, youre going to need the classroom in a book. The fifteen lessons in the book can be completed easily by following along step by step using the sample material contained on the attached CD. Bring the classroom home with you, pick up a copy of Adobe Illustrator CS2: Classroom in a Book and boost your skills using the latest standard in 2D graphics.

You can click HERE to purchase ?Adobe Illustrator CS2: Classroom in a Book by Adobe Press.

About Adobe Illustrator CS2: Classroom in a Book

You'll find step-by-step, project-based lessons in all of Illustrator's key features, including those that are new to CS2: Live Trace, Illustrators powerful bitmap-to-vector tracing tool; Live Paint, a revolutionary paint tool that lets you apply color to vector graphics intuitively and easily; the new Control Palette, which makes tools easier to locate and select, the Adobe Bridge file browser, tighter integration with Photoshop CS2, and more. Each chapter contains a project that builds on your growing knowledge of the program, while the companion CD includes all the files you need to complete the book's lessons.

About the Authors
The Adobe Creative Team is made up of designers, writers, and editors who have extensive, real-world knowledge of and expertise in using Adobe products. They work closely with the Adobe product development teams and Adobe's Instructional Communications team to come up with creative, challenging, and visually appealing projects to help both new and more experienced users get up to speed quickly on Adobe software products.

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