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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for anyone wanting to know the basics for graphic design, 8 Jun 2013
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This review is from: Graphic Design Essentials:: Skills, Software and Creative Solutions (Paperback)
If you're just starting out in graphic design and you want to teach yourself, this is a good book to start with.
It has the basic step by step on how to use the Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign, and has some assignments and projects to help you develop. It talks about the elements of design, typography, images, layout, logo design & visual themes, it's simple to understand and straight to the point. If you don't have Adobe, try downloading the 30 day trial. It's free.

A link has been provided in the book to download the files for the assignments, but that link does not work.

After Googling, I found a link with the files, use this link down below to access them:
http://wps.prenhall.com/hss_macario_graphic_1/105/26980/6906934.cw/content/index.html

Buy a used book. As a beginner it's not necessary to buy a brand new book, eventually you'll be a pro at it, I got a perfectly used book in great condition for £4.99, it does the same job as a book that costs twice as much. Regardless what version of Adobe you're using, this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good for a beginner, 23 Jan 2012
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One of my most useful buys as a beginner in graphic design and new to the Adobe Creative Suite. This book has been great for me. Clear overview of key concepts and ideas with loads of pictures of exampes. Helps a novice unpick what they are looking at an recognise all the decisions a designer has made.
Don't be put off by the plain cover - the inside couldn't be more different! Well produced and visually engaging.
The exercises to introduce you to Adobe tools are useful. Be warned the instructions are brief and if you are learning in isolation (as I am - filling time while stuck overseas) you may want to buy other books to help you. But between these exercises and online tutorials you can made some headway with Photoshop, Indesign and Illustrator.
While I have used the software exercises, I have been less disciplined about doing the design practicals as I have other distance learning assignments - but I think that has been to my own detriment and I intend to go back and work through them porperly.
Suspect it's going to remain a useful reference for a long time to come.
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