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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 01 edition (23 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321772873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321772879
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.3 x 25.2 cm
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About the Author

Robin Williams is the author of dozens of best-selling and award-winning books, including The Non-Designer’s Presentation Book, The Non-Designer’s Design Book, The Little Mac Book, and so many more. Through her writing, teaching, and seminars, Robin has educated and influenced an entire generation of computer users in the areas of design, typography, presentations, and the Mac.

 

John Tollett has co-authored numerous books with Robin, including Robin Williams Cool Mac Apps, Robin Williams Design Workshop, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, and many others. In John’s career as a designer, illustrator, and art director, Adobe Illustrator has been a valuable and favorite creative tool since the very first editon of the program released in 1990. 


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I haven't started to use it yet, but just from skimming the book I have found out how to do several tasks I did not know Illustrator could do
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Excellent book and just the right size. Second book I've bought by this author and they have both been very useful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In desktop publishing one is called upon to perform sufficiently ... 9 Mar. 2017
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In desktop publishing one is called upon to perform sufficiently well in page layout, writing and editing text, dealing with photographs and producing art. For those of us who have neither the time nor the money to get a four year degree in all the software of Adobe's Creative Suite, these little books by Robin Williams help get you up to speed. Professional magazine publishing houses have specialists for InDesign, PhotoShop, or Illustrator. The desktop publisher has to wrangle all three programs on his own. Here's your guidebook.
4.0 out of 5 stars For Beginners Only 26 Sept. 2013
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This book is a great introduction to vector-based drawing. Its well-designed presentation covers most of the basics of Illustrator CS5. It's easy to handle while you're working, the paper has a nice feel and the layout is easy on the eyes. Complementing the text are hundreds (literally) of excellent full color illustrations that show at a glance how a tool works, the result of a particular operation, etc. For beginners this book is a great place to start.

Unfortunately its scope is so limited that entire areas of the program are left out or only briefly introduced (3D, perspective, creating transparency to name a few). A book for beginners should be limited to the essentials but a fundamental concept like "transparency" i.e. overlapping objects / text should be discussed in depth since it's part of nearly everything created with vectors. It certainly deserves more attention than the one overly-simple example of an opacity mask we get here.

But despite its limitations the book offers a simple, well-ordered examination of the most basic uses of Illustrator CS5 and I highly recommend it for that; it's the best book I've seen if you're completely new to vector drawing. For everyone else who's ready to see just how complex (and beautiful) vector art can be I recommend Real World Adobe Illustrator CS5 by Mordy Golding or Sharon Steuer's series of "WOW" books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Introduction to Illustrator 23 Mar. 2012
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I have worked with the Adobe suite of products since they first came out. I find this book to be the best logical introduction to Illustrator I've ever seen. It is far easier to understand than the software publisher's Classroom in a Book. Instead of just explaining how to do something, the author often explains why, too -- something absent in many software how-to books. I teach computer software classes, and I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn this program.
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT SERIES of books! 30 Dec. 2013
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ALL the Non-Designer books are great in my opinion, and I'm a professional designer. This series of books covers all the tutorials, formatting, design standards, keyboard shortcuts, tips and trick of Illustrator. As a professional designer, I have to know a LOT of programs - probably a dozen or so graphics apps in all. Personally, I can't remember EVERY DETAIL ABOUT all those programs. These books will get you up and running quickly, if you're new to the program, and they serve as a GREAT reference to have around whenever you need to look something up. They'er written so anyone can understand the concpets and functions of the program. I own the whole series, and eagerly await future publications.
5.0 out of 5 stars The book is easy to understand for beginners 10 Mar. 2016
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I purchased "The Non-Designer's InDesign Book" from this author first (a few years ago) and used it in an introductory InDesign class I taught. The book is easy to understand for beginners, and even had a few tips that, as a professional, *I'd* forgotten about! I was heart-broken to hear the InDesign book is no longer in print, so thought it smart to purchase the Photoshop and Illustrator book by the same author.
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