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Illustrator CS4 For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-39656-8
384 pages
November 2008
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Have more fun and get more done with Illustrator—here’s how to free your creativity!

Illustrator is the artist’s choice for creating spectacular graphics, and here’s the fast and easy way to get up to speed on all the coolest features. This full-color guide gives you the scoop on the newest tools; tips on color control and path editing; ways to organize graphics; and how to create for print, the Web, or mobile devices.

  • Colorful choices — learn when to choose RGB instead of CMYK and how to get perfect color when printing
  • Follow the path — compare path and pixel documents, adjust points on a path, and learn to use the versatile Pen and Pencil tools
  • Just your type — use the Character and Paragraph panels and get creative with type on a path
  • The artistic Web — work in pixel preview mode, create Web-specific vector graphics, and use Flash with Illustrator
  • Get it out there — set up your pages for printing and work with separations, or save files in Web friendly formats

Open the book and find:

  • How to work with Illustrator’s panels and menus
  • The newest tools and how to use them
  • Ways to create basic shapes and bring them together
  • Simple steps for tweaking color
  • How to create straight lines and precise curves
  • What to do with styles and effects
  • How to organize with the Layers panel
  • How Illustrator works with the rest of Adobe’s Creative Suite
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Introduction.

Part I: Driving People Crazy — Illustrator’s Bum Rap.

Chapter 1: Introducing the World of Illustrator.

Chapter 2: Following the Righteous Path.

Chapter 3: Doing Everyday Things with Illustrator.

Part II: Drawing and Coloring Your Artwork.

Chapter 4: Shaping Up, Basically.

Chapter 5: Getting Your Fill of Fills and Strokes.

Chapter 6: Selecting and Editing Paths.

Chapter 7: Wielding the Mighty Pen Tool.

Chapter 8: Creating Straight and Curved Lines without the Pen Tool.

Chapter 9: Creating Magnifi cent Brushstrokes.

Chapter 10: Extreme Fills and Strokes.

Chapter 11: Effectively Keeping Up Appearances, with Style(s).

Part III: Taking Your Paths to Obedience School.

Chapter 12: Pushing, Pulling, Poking, and Prodding.

Chapter 13: Organizing Efficiently.

Part IV: Practically Speaking: Type, Print, and Files.

Chapter 14: Introducing Letters and Such (Type 101).

Chapter 15: Printing Your Masterpiece.

Chapter 16: Moving Files Into and Out of Illustrator.

Chapter 17: Putting Your Art on the Web.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 18: Ten Production-Enhancing Tips.

Chapter 19: Ten (Or So) Ways to Customize Illustrator.

Index.

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Ted Alspach is considered a leading authority on the history, use, and functionality of Adobe® Illustrator. He has written more than 30 books on graphics, design, and desktop publishing.

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