The essential ingredients you need to produce stunning results using Illustrator CS2 are control, precision and creativity, together with exciting upgrade features such as Live Trace and Live Paint that automate and facilitate formerly complex tasks, a flexible control palette, and the all new Adobe Bridge which provides enhanced workflow productivity and efficiency.
The author, Robert Shufflebotham, has taught Illustrator to design professionals for over 12 years. In Illustrator CS2 in easy steps he uses this extensive, hands-on experience to break down the software into a series of clear, logical, structured learning steps, allowing you to develop the confidence, control and accuracy you need to set your creativity free.
The opening chapters of the book focus on the basics and build skills that underpin your understanding of the product, right through to its most advanced features. The initial chapters deal with the interface, techniques for creating, editing and manipulating basic shapes, selecting and arranging objects and working with layers, along with important controls for creating and applying colour.
The early chapters deliver a solid platform on which to build more advanced skills. With the same emphasis on clear, simple, easy to understand sequences that break down the software into easily digested blocks of learning, the book moves on to cover other core aspects of the software. There are chapters on type, including running type on paths, transformations and a detailed explanation on using the Pen tool and working with anchor points, giving you the understanding and control you need to work efficiently with paths.
The last part of the book develops the more advanced capabilities of the software and takes a look at areas such as the exciting 3D capabilities on offer in Illustrator, as well as exploring the symbol functionality, gradient meshes, filters and effects, brushes and warping tools.