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Adobe CS4 DesPre AIO FD (For Dummies) Paperback – 14 Nov 2008
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From the Back Cover
Here′s your one–stop guide to all the parts of Adobe CS4 Design Premium
Design professionals (like you!) rely on Adobe′s Creative Suite Design Premium and this all–in–one guide. Here′s everything you need on the hot new versions of InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Flash, and Fireworks. Whether you′re creating newsletters, Web sites, cool original art, or animations, this book has it covered!
- Get it together see how the programs dovetail to create pages with text and drawings, or Web sites with photos, Flash animations, and rollovers
Know your toolbox get familiar with the menus, panels, and tools that are similar throughout the suite
Find your vector get creative with Illustrator′s cool new vector tracing feature
See what′s new check out enhanced Photoshop 3D tools, annotation capabilities in Acrobat 9.0, improved CSS capabilities in Dreamweaver, and more
Animate in a Flash create interactive animations for the Web or video with Flash CS4
Interact use the easier rollover and action features in Dreamweaver CS4 to add interactivity without coding
Fire up your site explore what Fireworks CS4, the newest addition to the suite, can add to Web sites
Open the book and find:
- Which extensions and filters are common to all programs
Hard–to–find keyboard shortcuts in Illustrator
How to enhance and manipulate photos with Photoshop
Secrets for smoothing out your workflow
How to use the Adobe Bridge
The difference between RGB and CMYK
How to secure PDF files
Steps for using each program
About the Author
Jennifer Smith is a Certified Technical Instructor and former art director. She also founded Aquent Graphics Institute. Christopher Smith is President of Aquent Graphics Institute and an Adobe Certified Expert. Fred Gerantabee is an Emmy Award–winning interactive designer, author, and educator.
Top customer reviews
Although the software is extremely expensive, for an all in one
solution Adobe creative suites are unsurpassed.
This book covers the CS4 range of software and does a pretty
As with any "all in one" book, especially from For Dummies,
this book lacks the indepth functionality of this excellent
Adobes own "classroom in a book" range are a far better way of
These books however only cover one individual piece of software.
If your looking for a basic introduction to the entire suite
you need look no further.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
I find that if I read carefully through the chapters of each program I am interested in, I can understand the basic nature of that program. But when I want to do specific tasks, I can not get that information. For example, when I wanted to draw a line across the top of a page, I had to use the right terminology- a "line" is a "stroke". But I had no way to know that until informed by a friend who uses an earlier version of InDesign. Now I want to isolate various objects in a picture to add to a new document and hope I have found the proper page and program to do that with my Dummy book.
Chapter headings and index appear to address most issues, but the finer points of design are unavailable to me without the appropriate terminology and how various applications are applied. I have an extensive design background with a twenty-year old vocabulary and these programs are written in a new language. I have the most trouble navigating from one task to another, applying tools in the proper manner, going from Index to chapter in hopes of solutions. Sometimes I find them, sometimes I don't. At least this book helps me navigate the logic behind the programs if not the nuances. I welcome any information about helpful texts for beginners from those conversant with these programs, especially InDesign CS4. Luan Gaines/2009.
Cons: Needs a disk shipped with it that provides the same info as they use in they're lessons. With out any information given from them its a little hard to fallow along and figure out how to do it the way they do it.
Over all: Good for people who know a bit about how to use the programs all ready or how to wright/type code for web designing or know a bit about how to draw for illustrator. In my honest opinion, I think it would be a lot better if it was like the Head First Labs books where they provide practice material, instead of just presuming u have all the materials needed to do their exercises. Again this is just my honest opinion on it.
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