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Brilliant Illustrator CS5 [Paperback]

Mr Steve Johnson
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Book Description

6 May 2010

Adobe Illustrator CS5 is a vector graphics design program that allows you to create artwork and illustrations. Adobe Illustrator CS5 is also part of the Adobe CS5 Design Suite, Web Suite, Production Premium Suite and Master Collection.


Brilliant Illustrator CS5 offers professional and home users a fast, visual way to solve their Illustrator CS5 problems and get work done creatively and efficiently. All the most important tasks are covered, using clear, step-by-step instructions with accompanying 4 colour visuals. The text also draws attention to specific skills that are needed for the Adobe Certification Exam (ACE).


Brilliant Illustrator CSX features:

  • A new features icon to alert readers to changes in the software
  • Troubleshooting guides to help solve common problems
  • Real world examples to show why readers would want to perform tasks
  • Workshops to help readers put together individual tasks into projects
  • ACE objectives to prepare readers for qualification
  • Example files and additional workshops online at www.perspection.com


Brilliant Features:

·         Detailed index and troubleshooting guide to help you find exactly what you need to know

·         Each task is presented on one or two pages

·         Numbered steps guide you through each task or problem

·         Numerous screenshots illustrate each step

·         “See Also …” boxes point you to related tasks and information in the book

·         “Did you know ?...” sections alert you to relevant expert tips, tricks and advice

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Product details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (6 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273740644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273740643
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson has written more than 20 books on a variety of computer software, including Microsoft Office XP, Windows XP, and Macromedia Director MX and Fireworks. In 1991, after working for Apple Computer and Microsoft, Steve founded Perspection, Inc. Perspection, Inc. is a software training company committed to providing performance-based training to help people effectively and efficiently use computer technology. Perspection writes and produces software training books, and develops Web-based training for Windows and Macintosh personal computers. Since 1991 they have written more than 60 computer books and sold over 4.5 million copies.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy as 1,2,3. 22 Dec 2011
This is an excellent book for anyone that wants to gain an understanding of Adobe Illustrator. It is clear and concise and gets to the point without all the messy waffle. This book is great if your new or experienced as it acts as a reference tool to make it easy to look up necessary actions that you might not use on a regular basis.

You will find this book useful if you use it a a reference tool. You should not try to go from page to page. It will assist you more if you try to do a task and need to look up the instructions.

This BRILLIANT range of books are now available across all the Adobe software and I would encourage you to build up your library to get the most out of all the CS5 products.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful, and I HATE illustrator. 19 Nov 2012
By Paul
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You may be like me. Let's not mess about, I hate illustrator and everything about it and yet I use it a lot. Like most people I was born and raised on Photoshop and you name it, I can do it in Photoshop (and Flash. Indesign, Dreamweaver etc) but my affection for PSD files has tainted my appreciation of the Illustrator software and I have yet to conquer this. This means I often think in Photoshop terms about problems that aren't solvable in that manner. So I don't class myself as a beginner but I am no expert, I just need to have my logic reshuffled and a good book that I can pick up, search out what I need and put it back on the shelf is what I looked for and this book seemed like a good buy. I find it hard to read these books cover to cover, finding the time is hard and I have loads of books still to go through so this review is based on pick up, look up and solve use.

The best bit about it is, as most creative people are, I'm a visual learner and every page in this book has a small left hand panel of text in instructional step by step format and the other 2 thirds of the page are super efficient diagrams showing the example perfectly. It is a page per feature so super easy to use for reference, categorised well and easy to flick through. Slowly I'm getting better at Illustrator, I always find the solution in this book (or Google if leaning over to my bookshelf is too much hassle) and I've yet to be stumped with a task I need to complete.

The only thing it doesn't do, is make you love Illustrator but it makes your relationship slightly more pleasant.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The one to get 15 July 2012
By J. Mero
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The layout of the brilliant books is exemplary. You have a set of instructions in a wide margin, and explanations on the rest of the page.
With over 500 pages of info you will find most of what you need, and although it is not tutorial, it is way above the competition, Adobe's Illustrator CS5 CIB (see review of that one, and don't be fooled by the 4- and 5-star reviews. They must be done by people of few expectations or vested interests).
Don't expect to be particularly proficient in using Illustrator over a weekend. But if you have some tasks you absolutely need to learn quickly, like converting a bitmap to vector (which I had to do), then for some reason neither this one nor Adobe's CIB have 'converting from bitmap to vector' in their index. Look for 'Tracing Raster Graphics'.
I needed it for a client who wanted their little web site logo on a banner, and needed a file that was scalable without loss of quality.
Found a solution online, but now I know where to look in this book too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 31 Dec 2011
By Sus
Very comprehensive and easy to understand, even for complete beginners like myself. I definitley recommend this book for those new to the program.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth buying 12 Nov 2011
By Sue
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I'm really pleased I've purchased this book which gives clear, easy instructions to follow. I would definitely recommend "Brilliant Illustrator CS5" to anyone trying to learn this programme.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant illustrator CS5 9 Oct 2011
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Excellent book bought for complete novice with a little understanding of photoshop CS5. I find the instructions easy to understand but have not started to apply them yet.I intend to go through the book firet to get a better understanding of the ideas.Brilliant Photoshop CS5
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