Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design Premium, a fat and colorful manual-video combo, contains instructions for Adobe's complete suite of art packages but you do not have to have Adobe's full CS6 Suite which contains nine different and separate programs. If you have the whole enchilada, the CS6 Suite, great, but if you have only one or two of the offerings, such as Photoshop, or Dreamweaver, you will find lessons just for those. The 800 page book is printed in full color on high quality paper.
The complete Creative Suite 6 software is composed of the following packages, all included in the "Design Premium" tutorials:
InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks, Adobe Bridge, and Device Central.
Most of the art programs included in CS6 are available for downloading separately as trials. However it would be wise to run Adobe Creative Suite 6 through search and download the fully functional trial package to test the waters before you purchase that particular expensive program. The software is some 4,565 MB and may take literally hours to completely download on your set. The trial period is 30 days. Any Adobe files that you download from the internet require you to download Adobe Download Assistant first, but you only have to download it once and it remains on your hard drive. You can also buy each of the nine programs tutorials separately by running digital classroom through Google.(I can't give you the URL in an Amazon review).The lessons are available as ebooks or in print.
When you put the CD in your set you need to access whatever Adobe programs you have from Program Files. You can't click on the computer DVD icon like you would a DVD movie because the lessons will not be in focus. The instructions tell you how to set the defaults for each separate software program- Photoshop, Illustrator, etc and you're ready to go.The instructions in the huge book are precise and clear.
The training starts with the basics. Each lesson covers a certain aspect such as layout, vector graphics, photo manipulation, web design and more. There are twenty five lessons in all and you can work along at your own pace. The 800 page book that comes with the package provides exercises as part of the learning process. This is a hands-on visual experience. The book alone is very helpful just as an inspiration, as you will see what exciting visuals are possible with a pro at the helm. But you'll be moving back and forth from the book to the tutorial videos and the variations are eye-popping. The Illustrator software will enable you to create neon effects, smoky effects, lightning and much more.
Many of the tools provided are for you to play within your designer sandbox. Once your drawing is up you can smear, twirl, and attract or repel by pushing in or out. CS6 has a very large stable of tools and of course the possibilities are endless. Adobe Certified Experts will hold your hand all the way as you progress from one level to the next. Learning the the functions of the tools available in the CS6 software is a big task but this a training program- you work out until you're competent, following the crystal clear instructions, and likely drooling at what the pros can do, and what you will do in time.