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Illustrator CS2s for Windows and Macintosh (Visual QuickStart Guides) Paperback – 20 Sep 2005
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From the Back Cover
If you're looking forward to using cool new tools like Illustrator CS2's Live Trace or Live Paint in your vector artwork, or eager to take advantage of its more than 200 professionally designed templates, you'll need to get up to speed on every aspect of Illustrator CS2 now with this Visual QuickStart Guide! As the standard Illustrator text in many design schools, this popular, task-based best seller has taught a generation of users how to make the most out of Adobe's vector-graphics powerhouse. Now it’s back--revised and updated--to teach the next. Using simple step-by-step instructions, loads of screen shots, and an array of time-saving tips and tricks, this volume represents the quickest route to Illustrator CS2 proficiency. Clearly marked locators indicate new and improved features (such as enhanced type capabilities, powerful 3D graphics tools, enhanced PDF support, and more), a 24-page color section, and highly readable text create a winning combination for every level of Illustrator user.
About the Author
Elaine Weinmann and Peter Lourekas have written, designed, and illustrated Visual QuickStart Guides for QuarkXPress, Photoshop, LiveMotion, and Painter. Their books have been translated into 12 other languages and have sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide. They have taught at Pratt Manhattan, Cooper Union School of Art, the New School Computer Instruction Center, and Parsons School of Design. Also wrote Illustrator CS for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide (ISBN 0-321-19955-3).
Top customer reviews
It's a very comprehensive book. Split into loads of sections and sub sections with a brilliant contents section, it's ideal if you just want to know about/remind yourself about a particular feature in a hurry. The instructions are clear, concise and backed up with screenshots. There are plenty of examples too plus there are boxes with little tasks in to help you learn how to do certain things should you wish to do so. This has become an essential reference book on my desk, purely beacause it's so quick and easy to use and covers everything. It could also be useful to people who know how to use previous versions, but want to learn about the new features Illustrator CS2 has to offer, such as Live Trace.
I'm sure this guide would be useful for beginners too, though I would advise formal training as well if possible - I'd been using Illustrator for 2 years prior to my training and I had no idea how little I really understood about the software until an expert showed me how to make the most of it. If your budget only stretches to this book though, it really is a great investment. I have bought other Illustrator guides that were utterly inferior in comparison to this one.
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