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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (22 Dec 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201704536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201704532
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.6 x 22.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,870,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For professional Illustrators, and anyone who wants to achieve professional results The Illustrator WOW! Book is quite simply the best resource that money can buy (aside from Illustrator itself, of course).

Sharon Steuer and her coauthors have managed to produce a book that is an authoritative practical guide to Illustrator 9's tools and features as well as a showcase and guide to the techniques demonstrated by nearly a hundred commercial Illustrators.

To bring new users and upgraders up to speed there are two introductory chapters. Even seasoned users will pick up something from skimming these chapters thanks to the clear layout which places abundant illustrations and tip boxes in the outside columns. The remaining chapters are organised into "techniques" and "galleries". Using commercially created work the techniques focus on a single aspect of how a complex illustration was created. These tutorials pack a great deal into a short space because they don't go into specific detail about every single stage in the process--if you need to know the basics you can go back to the front of the book.

The galleries further demonstrate the techniques covered in the chapters by showcasing illustrations and discussing the processes by which each one was created: why one approach was chosen over another, which tools where used, how a particular type effect was produced, what where the special printing considerations and so on.

As a practical guide to Illustrator techniques, a source of creative ideas, a repository of hints and tips or a quiet lunchtime browse, you'll need to look hard to find a better, more useful book on Illustrator. --Ken McMahon

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The Illustrator 9 Wow! Book is a beautiful, inspiring showcase of the best techniques using Illustrator 9's latest features, including details on the new Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) format, IllustratorÕs added Flash output capability, and an entire chapter devoted to IllustratorÕs new Transparency palette. Updated from the previous, best-selling edition, it's packed with lush, full-color images and tips on how the artists used Illustrator to create them. Clear, helpful instructions and numerous sidebars guide the reader through IllustratorÕs highlights, from the basics to sophisticated, professional techniques. CD contains demos, actions, brushes, stock photos, and other Illustrator add-ons.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By r.o.n@bigpond.com on 21 April 2001
Format: Paperback
I was looking to extend my poor skills in Illustrator, especially my cartographic ones, and I just was not getting anywhere: until The Ilustrator 9 Wow Book!
Provided one knows their way around Illustrator's tools, as the book suggests, there are clear instructions on how to extend the tools' capabilities to match your creative abilities. One of the really strong points about the book are the well placed and excellent examples (in colour) of work done by designers. This provides some wonderful inspiration to make you want to use some of the techniques described in the text. For mapmaking, which I try to do a lot, there are great examples of how to use layers, brushes and so forth to make maps that are both attractive and can be manipulated in many useful ways.
The CDROM supplied with the book has some nice brushes, artwork and lessons on it. It would have been nice to have these integrated into an interactive pdf rather than having to open up all the different files individually in order to discover the contents. This aside, the stuff supplied on the disk is useful.
Overall, this Illustrator book outrates all others I have seen because of the mix of clear techniques and inspirational design. For the lowly Illustrator user wanting to get an instant lift in skills, this is the book to buy.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
This is the BEST Illustrator Book to buy 30 Nov 2001
By Fred Showker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In the Illustrator book genre, you have but two choices: #1 "pulp" encyclopedias on the software. These basically parallel what the manuals and online help facilities contain -- They're good, but they're basically lots of words, and few pictures. #2 Quick, Beginner books... like the "Dummies" and the "Visual Quick Starts" ... yes, they're good too -- but tend to only scratch the surface of the program.
Neither genre approaches the applicability of the software in terms of "why" or "how" the tools fit into the creative process.
Steuer's "WOW" book, on the other hand... printed on heavy enamel stock, process color throughout, is actually a THIRD genre -- providing the creative spark of inspiration which is VITAL in taking dry how-to information and applying it to visually exciting creative finished illustration.
No, this is NOT a "skim the surface" beginners' book. Yet beginners will benefit because they'll be inspired to skip the 1, 2, 3, exercises and move directly into sophisticated techniques that can be learned quickly and easily.
No this is NOT an encyclopedia. Most illustrators don't need an encyclopedia and the sheer bulk of information and tedious trial and error of getting to the answers they need actually retard the creative process rather than support it.
Illustrator WOW is a gallery of highly sought after creative visual techniques, along with enough technical how-to tutorial to accomplish the look. (...)
The ultimate solution for anyone who is actually serious about getting to the top of the heap in Adobe Illustrator is to buy this book... Illustrator WOW, and then buy "Real World Illustrator" -- these two encompass the very best of all Illustrator books, and arms the artist with both encyclopedia and sheer creative inspiration.
Learning without excitement or passion is never effective.
I teach Adobe Illustrator at James Madison University. I know what makes the difference between learning how to use a software tool, and learning how to use the tools to create inspired visual communications.
You want to learn the tools? Use the Illustrator online help facility. It's all there. You want inspired visual creativity skills? Get Illustrator 9 WOW book.
And, that's all I have to say.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Compact but complete 14 Mar 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Despite the book's compact form factor, the AI9 Wow Book is bursting with art, inspiration, instruction, and tips.
In addition to pieces from perennial computer artists like Ron Chan and Bert Monroy, I was delighted to find prominent graphics like the logos for the Matrix movie and Cracker Jack, and familiar Time magazine infographics. Graphics for McDonalds, North Face and Apple are also displayed and discussed. Overall, the range of artwork--from spontaneous sketches to fine-art calligraphy to precise medical illustrations--is inspiring. It has helped me expand my graphic techniques (and my business).
While many computer books spend pages walking you from step A to B, the Wow! Book's step-by-step instruction is terse and precise. I had Illustrator open as I worked each step, something I'd recommend to others.
The highlight of the book is Chapter 8, the chapter on AI9's transparency, styles, appearances, knockouts, and opacity masks. It opens with a thorough intro to transparency, appearances, styles. The art that follows demonstrates both simple and more advanced and specialized techniques. I found the offset linework appearances (done by Illustrator 9's product manager, Ted Alspach) especially mind-opening; it clearly demonstrates how a single path can carry multiple strokes, fills and effects. Other techniques convinced me that my art production could be accomplished in Illustrator, rather than shuffling between it and Photoshop.
In the span between Illustrator 8 and 9, many techniques for brushes have been developed. This book includes plenty of new brushes technques. The brushes supplement by Sandee Cohen, in Chapter 4, was particularly useful to me for creating Flash-exported animations.
If you purchase this book, be prepared to spend plenty of time trying out--and learning--Illustrator 9's fantastic capabilities.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Illustrator 9 WOW... Editors' Choice Award 15 Jan 2001
By Fred Showker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Within twenty minutes of receiving the Illustrator 9 WOW! Book the editors at Design-Bookshelf.com registered full approval for an Editors' Choice! ... The Peachpit WOW books are always a joy to see, but this time Sharon Steuer has taken WOW to new heights. We find 9 WOW to fill the gaps from basic transparency lessons to negotiating the new layers palette to be superb... even where Classroom and other heavily marketed Illustrator books fall short. However, besides the excellent instruction and well planned tutorials, Sharon always presents the information with a kind, human touch. You find yourself savoring each page again and again. The information is presented beautifully too. No pulp paper here -- WOW is lavishly printed in full color on heavy, opaque, coated stock and you get the full visual impact of what Illustrator is really capable of. On a final note, the first thing I did was shave the spine off, and drill for 3-ring binder use at my desk... a second copy is on the way for the coffee table at home! BRAVO Peachpit... another blockbuster WOW book!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A unique, award-winning work 22 Jun 2001
By J. Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Illustrator WOW! Book, is amazing and wonderful because it *works* on so many different levels: as a basic teaching tool, as a source of inspiration, as a reference... almost as a friend.
For example, Illustrator is so complex and powerful that at first it's impossible to wrap your mind around it. "The Zen of Illustrator" chapter shows you how to "think Illustrator" -- when you understand this chapter, you'll understand Illustrator.
Sometimes you just want to learn how to create one particular effect -- each chapter (type, layers, brushes, blends, etc.) includes Gallery examples that were created by top designers (you'll probably recognize the examples), with a description of the techniques used to create each one.
Maybe you need to do some really intense work using one of the techniques -- each topic includes Advanced Technique tutorials.
If you use Illustrator for hours on end, you'll become more efficient by learning key commands -- enjoy learning them in the "Finger Dance" chapter.
Experienced users will appreciate that this book covers Illustrator 9's new features more extensively than any other book.
The book also covers Web techniques and using Illustrator with other applications, and includes a CD containing many examples from the book, additional lessons, and more. In all, a remarkable achievement.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Very little worth reading or reccomending 17 Jan 2001
By Pamela Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was very disappointed in this book, which covers Illustrator 9 in a very broad sense. It seems to be saying "look what people are doing with Illustrator" instead of "look what YOU can do with Illustrator." An excellent marketing tool for Illustrator, but a feeble attempt at actually helping you to understand techniques or other capabilities.
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