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Adobe Creative Suite 5 Design Premium Digital Classroom Paperback – 30 Jul 2010

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  • Paperback: 832 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Pap/Dvdr edition (30 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470607793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470607794
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 4.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,403,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You have a personal tutor in the Digital Classroom If you want expert instruction that fits into your schedule, the Digital Classroom series delivers. Adobe experts guide you through 25 lessons, helping you learn essential CS5 Design Premium skills at your own speed. Full–color, step–by–step instructions in the book are enhanced with video tutorials on the DVD. With this Digital Classroom training package, you have your own private instructor showing you the easiest way to learn CS5 Design Premium. Create cool artwork and animation with Flash Professional CS5 Edit images precisely and effectively with Photoshop CS5 Build standards–based Web sites using Dreamweaver CS5 Develop compelling layouts with type and images using InDesign CS5 Create vector graphics using the drawing tools of Illustrator CS5 Use Adobe Bridge to keep your creative content organized and work more efficiently A Complete Training Package! Full–color, step–by–step instructional book Video training from Adobe Certified Experts Tutorials and lesson files on companion DVD

About the Author

Jennifer Smith is Executive Vice President of the American Graphics Institute as well as an Adobe Certified Instructor. Jeremy Osborn is Training Director at American Graphics Institute and an expert on Web and interactive technology. The AGI Creative Team develops and delivers training programs through the American Graphics Institute.

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Z. M. Ives on 3 Sept. 2010
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Basically don't buy this book, get one on the particular program you want.
From what I can tell The Creative Suite 5 design premium Digital Classroom is a few chapters lifted from the individual Digital classroom series put together, no program is really done in depth and the proof reading and error checking is rather poor, for example in page 3 of the book it refers to source files that do not even exist on the DVD! also in the Flash section it briefly talks about animation but says it is covered in more detail in chaper 6 but it only goes up to 4. I found both of these errors (and a few more) after only using it for about 10 minutes, this book is really not worth the money
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Good introduction to all that Creative Suite 5 offers 7 Oct. 2010
By Russ Holland - Published on
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I bought this book to get my feet wet with CS5 and it gave me what I needed. It got me started with all the different CS5 programs. There are four or five chapters covering each program: Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver, Indesign, Illustrator, Bridge, Fireworks.

It got me started but you should know that it doesn't cover every single feature in great detail. And the book is huge - twice the size of the classroom in a book, but this is not a reference. It's a guide to teach you how to use the software and to get you started. I have the Photoshop Digital Classroom and several chapters were taken from there so it looks like they've taken a bunch of chapters from the different Digital Classroom books and put them together here. If you want an introduction to the CS5 this is a good place to start. But if you want to know everything about every program you'll want to buy the books that cover each program separately.
I did need to go to the books website to download files for one of the lessons but it was fast to get them and easy to find.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
This book is a piece of crap and a waste of money 23 Sept. 2010
By JayW - Published on
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I'd give this book a negative if it were possible.

Obviously this book was a cut and paste job from a CS4 issue. The problem is, outside of changing the CS4 to CS5, it reads as if little else was updated. For a beginner, this is a huge distraction, a recipe for frustration and most certainly a time waster. Why a huge distraction, why frustration and loss of time? Because the book constantly refers to material that is not even included in the CS5 Creative Suite manual, likewise pictures and text do not correlate at times(meaning: what the text says and what the accompanying picture illustrate do not jive), there are even files missing from the accompanying disc that you need for the self study portion of the exercises!(mastehead.fla file from the self-study flash lesson number 4 is missing. You'll also find confusing file additions for Dreamweaver that you do not need and are not referenced in the text) I had to purchase this book for a class, and I can only speak to the sections on Flash, Fireworks, and Dreamweaver as I have yet to delve into any of the other material, yet I can only imagine the state of those other sections. If they are at all like the Flash, Fireworks, and Dreamweaver lessons then you're in for disappointment and an overwhelming feeling that you've been ripped off.

In my honest opinion: if you are beginning to learn CS5, buy something else. This was slapped together with little attention to detail and you could buy something much better for your money.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Good for absolute beginners, but... 7 Jan. 2011
By Sir Craig - Published on
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We had to use this book for our college courses, and it became clear from the outset that the book was a quick, down-and-dirty copy and paste job from other earlier publications. The accompanying DVD-ROM files were mislabeled in a number of sections (notably lesson numbers on the disk that corresponded to nothing in the book and visa versa).

If you are a complete novice to the Adobe line of programs, this is a decent introduction in that it explains how to get started, but don't think you're going to get into any kind of detailed lessons. In the Flash chapter, the book introduces a function for text following, but it never explains how or why it should be used and all you end up with is an ugly project that means nothing in the end (but at least you know how to create a fish with accompanying text).

There are better books and lessons available on the internet than this book - I would suggest looking for those instead if you want in-depth lessons that eventually mean something in the end.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Very helpful introduction 5 Oct. 2010
By Maris - Published on
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I am totally new in this industry, so I am finding this book to be a big help. I didn't even know what all the applications in the Creative Suite did, now at least I can open and use each one and speak intelligiently about them. I am using some of the other Digital classroom books to get me started and have been very happy with them. I DO wish that there was more content for each one of these applications, but nontheless the content has started me off on the right foot.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Link to Missing Files and Lesson Corrections 5 Mar. 2013
By A. Bain - Published on
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I saw the reviews regarding the missing and mislabeled files, but decided to purchase the book anyway.

I went to the publishers site ( and spoke with tech support.

They directed me here: (

Scroll halfway down the page and you will come to this:

"Creative Suite 5 Design Premium Digital Classroom Errata

Bridge Lesson 1 Files for the Bridge CS5 Lesson - br01lessons.

Photoshop Lesson 4, page 100 The reference to learning more about layers should read as follows: You can learn more about layers in lesson 8 of the Photoshop CS5 Digital Classroom, which is a complete guide to Photoshop CS5 and covers layers and other features in-depth.

Photoshop Lesson 4, page 103, Step 12 The reference to learning more about unsharp mask should read: You can learn more about layers in lesson 7 of the Photoshop CS5 Digital Classroom, which covers this capability in more detail.

Photoshop Lesson 5, page 150, Step 1 The lesson file referenced is incorrect as written. The working file for this step is ps0603_work.psd.

Dreamweaver Lesson 5, page 322 & Page 323, step 2 You will want to create a site definition that points to the dw05lessons folder and not the dw14lessons folder as printed.

Flash Lesson 4, page 480, Step 2 The following additional instructions may be helpful: On the PC, if your extensions are hidden you may need look closely at each weathermate file and choose the Adobe Air application. If you are still unsure, select a file, right-click and choose properties and then locate the type. You can double-click Adobe Air applications to open them.

Flash Lesson 4, page 488, Self Study The lesson file for the second self-study exercise, masthead.fla is available by clicking here."

Basically the corrections for the lessons with links to the proper files that are missing. I hope this helps.
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