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The only book on Illustrator 10 you need!

Special Edition Using Adobe Illustrator 10 is best suited for the graphics professional who has at least some working knowledge of the software. The book is written by a leading expert, Peter Bauer, who brings years of Illustrator experience and knowledge of how Illustrator operates within the Adobe family of products. Peter draws special attention to new features including: full Mac OS X coverage; new drawing capabilities including grids, lines, arcs, compound-shape enhancements, and Flare tool; enhanced Web features including symbols, slicing, dynamic data-driven graphics, enhanced Flash and SVG support; improved effects including warping and envelope distortion, and Liquify tools; increased productivity with new Magic Wand selection tool, dynamic data-driven graphics, improved interoperability with other Adobe products, and asset management scripting. All of this information is organized by feature so that graphics professionals can easily find the information they want when they want it. Special Edition Using Adobe Illustrator 10 also has several appendices that serve as a quick guide to all of Illustrator's tools, palettes, and menus.

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Peter Bauer is the help desk director for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, the largest graphics association of its kind. He is an Adobe Certified Expert in both Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. A computer graphics consultant, he writes a weekly column for the graphics portal PlanetPhotoshop.com and is a contributing editor for Photoshop User and Mac Design magazines. He is also a member of the instructor "Dream Team" for Photoshop World.

He is the author of Sams Teach Yourself Adobe Illustrator 10 in 24 Hours (with Mordy Golding), Special Edition Using Illustrator 9, and a contributing author for Photoshop 6 Web Magic, and has served as technical editor on a number of Illustrator and Photoshop books. Pete also writes software documentation and does software testing for a variety of Illustrator- and Photoshop-related products.

Pete and his wife, Professor Mary Ellen OÕConnell of the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, live in the historic German Village area of Columbus, Ohio.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
still the most comprehensive guide to AI 23 May 2003
By David Karlins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm a web designer, Illustrator teacher, author of beginner level Illustrator books, and quasi-graphic artist. This is my favorite Illustrator book - except for mine:).
When I reviewed the version 9 edition of this book, I noted that while somtimes Que's Special Edition Using series tends be too encyclopedic, you NEED an encyclopedic reference for Illustrator. Nobody is going to explore every feature, effect, and tool, so professional designers and teachers need an accurate and complete a-z guide handy.
I've got a half dozen books, but after repeated comparisson, I find I pull SE Using AI 10 off my shelf much more than any other guide to Illustrator. The basic value of this book lies in the clear explanations of any feature you need to look up.
The artwork in the book is still utilitarian - clearly demonstrating features, but not providing much in the way of creative spark. And the the 4-color gallery section doesn't add much in my opinion - especially without any annotation. But so what? This is a reference book for experts, not a design book or a hybrid of the two.
My main beef with this edition is the frustratingly bad layout of the index. A book like this needs a comprehensive and comprehensable index. This index is complete, but whoever decided to save a couple bucks by cramming the content into 3 columns, and not putting headings (as opposed to the many subheadings and long lists of sub-sub headings) in boldface made the book nearly unusable. Hopefully we'll see a much better index layout in the next edition.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Not even the manual 16 May 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was very disappointed with this book. I bought it after reading a few reviews and recommendations from NAPP. It seems to me it isn't any much more than the manual revisited with a few extra details. I was hoping for some innovation and some interesting things that I might have stirred into my pot of knowledge, but I found I was reading a lot on basic tool function. It's a manual at best. It is too text bookie, and too long and drawn out over simple things. I got to about the 18th chapter, and put it down. I don't think there is anything that I'd use. I feel sorry that the message is so down as the things that I've read are accurate in the book. I just don't feel the investment came out to be worth it very well.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Clear, comprehensive in scope, and complete in details 7 Dec. 2001
By David Karlins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a professional web and print designer who uses Illustrator, and the author of beginning level Illustrator books and videos, I'm intimately familiar with advanced level Illustrator books. To date, SE Using Illustrator 9 is the most complete, thorough, and clear advanced level AI 9 book available.
I'll back up the author's response to the critical reviewer who really wanted a beginner level book. Look elsewhere for an intro level book or a set of tutorials. There are good ones available :)
For a detailed, accurate, nuanced explanation of an esoteric transparency mask effect or to trouble-shoot Illustrator's weirdly concocted graph generator, I've learned to grab this book off my shelf first, and leave the others alone.
I often find SE Using books too encyclopedic, and - at their worst - boring detailed and embellished rehashes of program documentation. In the case of Illustrator, with it's multiple paths (sorry - a new age Illustrator pun) to accomplishing many effects, I kind of appreciate an encyclopedic approach. And the documentation and online help features *need* elaboration!
I was also grateful, as a vector-centric designer, that I didn't have to sift through gratuitous PhotoShop references, or "start from scratch" explanations of the logic of vector curves.
If the book has a shortcoming, it is the lack of complex project models and a CD or Web site with projects to deconstruct. The few mini-tutorials I encountered were functional demonstrations of features, but not quite "real world" examples of Illustrator projects. The (seemingly undercredited) contributing author has a background that compliments the lead author's, but it might have been helpful to bring in an professional illustrator as well. Still, the book doesn't claim to be "Illustrator Magic" or "New Masters of Illustrator". The illustrations are not going to stretch your designer right-brain envelope, but they are clear, useful, and reasonably aesthetic.
Finally, I appreciate the no frills writing style of this book. Beth Millett and Heather Banner Kane are giants in the world of graphic design book acquisitions and editing, and their influence is apparent in the approach. I bought this book as a technical reference, not for chatty stories about the author's connections at Adobe, or for late night entertainment. As the cop on Dragnet used to say, "just the facts."
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Draws special attention to new features 7 Jun. 2002
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
While the coverage of Illustrator is complete, Special Edition Using Adobe Illustrator X is most suited for the graphics professional who has at least some working knowledge of the software. In the course of covering Illustrator, Peter Bauer will draw special attention to new features including: Full Mac OS X coverage; new drawing capabilities: grids, lines, arcs, compound-shape enhancements, Flare tool; Enhanced Web features: symbols, slicing, dynamic data-driven graphics, enhanced Flash and SVG support; improved effects: warping and envelope distortion, Liquify tools; and increased productivity: new Magic Wand selection tool, dynamic data-driven graphics, improved interoperability with other Adobe products, asset management, scripting. Special Edition Using Illustrator X also has several appendices that serve as a quick guide to all of Illustrator's tools, palettes, and menus. User Level: Intermediate - Advanced, 784 pages.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Encyclopedia approach 6 Sept. 2001
By MiK - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Based on two reviews this book looked really good, so I rushed to buy it, but fortunately I have found it in a public library, so I read it and... It's complete disappointment. This brick covers lots of stuff, but despite author's promises isn't that useful. First of all, as a new to Illustrator (but not to computer graphics and vector editing software) I expected to find all the tools explained. And maybe they are, the problem is, author mentions their names without letting me know how to find them. What a bummer. Every new tool and searching through the menus and toolbox icons is unavoidable. Furthermore, tools are first described in main part of the books, but then different info is presented in separate section on the end, where they are groupped by menu or toolbox location. What looks like a great idea doesn't work in practice. So which explanation is better? And why am I forced to go the the end to find the tool being described? Besides those descriptions sometimes fail to deliver the essence: how to use them effectively and create sophisticated effects. I want to know how to use it and not only what it does. Also, it looks promising having well over 800 pages. But then you'll find there such contemplations as why it's inappropriate to call tilde key a tilde key and why author does call it tilde key. Very interesting and valuable observation.
This book could be fine to check an Illustrator detail that sliped away your memory, but not as a textbook.
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