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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 29 January 2009
This book is great if you've NEVER launched Illustrator CS3 before, I was once a complete novice but not Im quite confident in using the program. The book contains 15 indepth (but not complicated) lessons which, if you done one lesson a day for 2 weeks, you'd be well on your way. I have the entire Classroom In a Book CS3 series and although I have finished all the books, I still go back and look something up!

If your upgrading some CS2 it's maybe not worth it as the new feature you'd be able to find online.

NEWBIES GET IT, EXPERIENCED USERS MAYBE NOT.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on 11 July 2007
I bought this book about a months ago and have just finished going through it a few days ago. So is it worth it?...depends on what u want to know. I am proficient in photoshop and know indesign to an extent, so certain tools, such as pen, brush, mask etc were easy to get to grips with. The book covers approx 50% of the programs features which annoyed me a bit. If u've used illustrator before, then i wouldn't recommend this book, it does go through new features such as live color etc, but i think u can easily read up about that on the net. I'm much more familiar with the tools and its quite a genius program once u get ur hear around it. My advice would be to get this book if ur a complete newby, even if ur a photoshop genius like me, the integration is amazing...but do also buy another book, maybe 100 tips or wow...which will be out in a few months, to really get the tools working for u...then start looking at online tutorials.
Other than that, the tutorials are fun, the files on the CD are great, has some good sections on color management and exporting...oh and illustrator and flash are much more integrated then u think...i could go on!
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Overall a good product. Gives step-by-step lessons, illustrations, end-of-lesson reviews etc. If you are an Illustrator beginner very worth it, as it will put you on the right track and it doesn't even take that long to complete -I'm nearly finished on lesson six (there are fifteen lessons) and I've been on-and-off doing it for the past three or so weeks. Please keep in mind that it is for BEGINNERS: don't expect to find advanced techniques or/and tools explained.

You do need to be patient though. Grammar mistakes are not omnipresent yet abound, there are sometimes inconsistencies with what is written and what is shown in the illustrations, and an infuriating habit of skimming over the smaller details of the tool/technique you are using -this is normally addressed by a small tool review immediately after the tool is mentioned, in which all relevant aspects of the tool are detailed, but there are just enough situations where this is skimmed over that you are aware of it.

I still advise to persevere though: iron out those wrinkles and you will find a very solid product that opens up most of those stubbornly locked Illustrator doors and gives access to more advanced aspects. Just don't expect a well-oiled and smooth turning lock as it sticks sometimes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 August 2009
This book is only good for novice, still it does not explain all the tools and techniques in detail.
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on 7 April 2015
Good learning material, useful book
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on 20 October 2014
good product. good price. fun read!
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