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on 25 October 2005
Quite a good book written by Adobe's own staff explain how Adobe Illustrator and the new features on CS2 work, fits perfectly with a beginner and teaches some tricks to intermediate users but it's useless for a expert.
This is not a tutorial book on how to do stunning graphics and effects, infact all the graphics used in the book are rather simple. So this is a book for learning Illustrator features and how they are used, and it sure does a good job at it explaining you the basics all the way up to more complex commands and tasks.
The only two things I don't like on this book are the missing information bits (for example no word on the live text envelopes that was on of the great features introduced in CS1) and the lack of extras on the CD (besides all files to use on each lesson there isn't much more, some fonts, sample artwork and even some extra templates from Adobe would be nice).
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on 20 April 2009
I bought both this book and the Photoshop version and they are both really useful. I am a complete beginner and while I do use the lessons in the book, I can also flick through and find quick answers to my questions.

I chose this book because of the lesson CD they include and I haven't been disappointed. Each lesson incorporates different techniques so you don't get bored and it really does mimic how you would use Illustrator for your own projects.

The prose is easy to follow and it has screenshots to go along with the explanations so you don't get lost.
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on 21 January 2012
This book will absolutely teach you everything you need to know to be fully competent at illustrator CS. It is useful to be quite computer literate and to have had experience with other programmes as this definitely speeds up the learning process but even with only basic skills you muddle through. The disc included makes manipulation of the programme easy and encourages a systematic approach to one's progress.
Overall this is a great book that will teach you to produce the highest quality illustrations.
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on 11 May 2013
Don't spend a fortune on £15 magazines about Illustrator when you can have this great book for much less. Its content is a suit of exercises helping you to master Illustrator without to much difficulties.
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on 19 March 2013
This work is instructive but it is essential that one has the CD
if one is to benefit by putting Illustrator in to practice.
My copy was without the CD - so received full refund.
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on 23 October 2014
This book is ideal and has enabled me to get into illustrator in a meaningful way and is also excellent value.
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