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How To Cheat In Flash CS3-- A Critical Review,
This review is from: How to Cheat in Adobe Flash CS3: The art of design and animation (Paperback)
How To Cheat in Adobe Flash CS3, Indispensable. A Critical Review.
I love this book for both what it teaches and the way the book is presented as a quick and fun way to master the software Flash (CS3).
How To Cheat...Flash, is the third of 3 essential books I've bought and am highly recommending for learning, advancing in Adobe Creative Suite 3. The first, the foundation book, CS3 For Dummies, is the essential resource book for learning what CS3 can do. Dummies differs from the more practical books of How to Cheat and the Adobe Illustrator CS3, WOW! book, in that it's function is only to layout all of the tools and how the tools are used in the Adobe CS3 Premium set. That's it. This is where books specifically for the use of showing real world examples are for and How To Cheat in Flash CS3 is phenomenal at it.
To say that an entire production suite that enables one to create artwork. Create animation. Repair photos. Design brochures. Create and publish websites--all of this is possible (and more with this Design Suite.), but there is a steep learning curve with all of the applications, if you're fully interested in doing really amazing work: this is why all three books are essential.
If you want to learn how do animation, whether in Flash or a similar program, this book is for you. It is as much a book about taking illustrations and converting them to computer illustrations and then to animated figures as it is about learning how the Flash software can take your ideas and make them a reality.
As I mentioned in my review of the Wow book for Illustrator CS3, How to Cheat... should be considered an addendum to Dummies. It is fully illustrated (the illustrations are worth the price alone!) and it also includes a fully-stocked cd room that accompanies the text. This book differs in style from the others in that author, Chris Georgenes, takes your basic illustrations and demonstrates basic routines. Then, Georgenes, builds on those elementary to more advanced projects. But, these projects are very attractive to the eyes and fun to read.
For graphic designers, illustrators, film animators, YouTube enthusiasts, marketing managers, web developers, novice website builders, this software and this book are indispensable.