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If Illustrator CS2 can do it, you can do it too ...
With its array of enhancements, Adobe Illustrator CS2 has made this quintessential artist's tool even more indispensable. This comprehensive guidebook has been updated to help you take advantage of every one. Part 1 introduces each new element and walks you through Illustrator basics. Parts 2 and 3 take you deeper into mastery of Illustrator, while Part 4 tells you all you need to know about outputting your work.
Inside, you'll find complete coverage of Illustrator CS2
- Explore the flexibility and intuitive functionality of the new Live Paint tool
- Convert bitmap images into vector-based artwork with amazing ease and accuracy using Live Trace
- Use the Control palette to easily locate common settings for selected objects
- Work with Photoshop® layer comps directly inside Illustrator CS2
- Become more efficient by setting up and saving custom desktop layouts for the way you work
- Browse and select files in all Adobe-supported formats using the Bridge application
- Generate more accurate vector graphics and spot-color separations with spot-color raster and SVG 1.1 support
- Achieve greater control over text handling and the use of paths
Illustrator is a powerful tool with the potential to intimidate, but in this comprehensive guide Adobe product manger Ted Alspach reveals the secrets so you can harness the amazing power of Illustrator. This totally rewritten Bible includes new chapters on exciting new Illustrator features. It also includes a special chapter on “ What’ s new in Illustrator.” Part I on Illustrator Basics will introduce readers to the Illustrator interface and the ABCs of working with Illustrator documents. Part 2 on Putting Illustrator to Work shows readers how to manipulate type, distort artwork, and apply strokes and fills. Part 3 on Mastering Illustrator explains transparency, how to work in 3D and how to use styles, effects, and filters. Finally, Part 4 shows readers how to output their work.
* Achieve greater control over text handling and the use of paths
About the Author
is the author of many books on desktop publishing and graphics, as well as hundreds of articles on related topics, including Illustrator 7 Studio Secrets, Illustrator 7 Bible, Photoshop Complete, Kai’s Power Tools Studio Secrets,
and Illustrator Filter Finesse.
He is a contributing editor to Adobe Magazine
Brian Underdahl is the author of 70 books on many different, mostly computer-related topics. His books have won several awards including the Referenceware Excellence Award 2003, which was awarded at the Waterside Berkeley Publishing Conference for the best book in the Graphic Design and Multimedia category.
Table of Contents
Part I: Illustrator Basics.
Chapter 1: What’s New in Illustrator CS2?
Chapter 2: Understanding Illustrator’s Desktop.
Chapter 3: Working with Illustrator Documents.
Chapter 4: Understanding Drawing and Painting Techniques.
Chapter 5: Creating Objects, Graphs, and Symbols.
Chapter 6: Learning How to Select and Edit.
Chapter 7: Understanding Color, Gradients, and Mesh.
Part II: Putting Illustrator to Work.
Chapter 8: Using Illustrator to Organize Objects.
Chapter 9: Working with Type.
Chapter 10: Using Creative Strokes and Fills with Patterns.
Chapter 11: Applying Transformations and Distortions.
Chapter 12: Using Path Blends, Compound Paths, and Masks.
Chapter 13: Using Live Trace.
Chapter 14: Using Live Paint.
Part III: Mastering Illustrator.
Chapter 15: Working with Graphic Styles, Filters, and Effects.
Chapter 16: Creating 3D in Illustrator.
Chapter 17: Customizing and Automating Illustrator.
Part IV: Getting Art Out of Illustrator.
Chapter 18: Understanding PostScript and Printing.
Chapter 19: Creating Web Graphics.
Appendix A: Shortcuts in Illustrator CS2.
Appendix B: People and Resources.