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Illustrator CS5 Bible

ISBN: 978-0-470-58475-0
760 pages
July 2010
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A former Group Product Manager for Illustrator takes you on a detailed tour of the new version of Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator allows you to create sophisticated artwork for nearly any medium and the newest release boasts enhancements aimed at helping you save time and work more efficiently and intuitively. Written by veteran author Ted Alspach, this authoritative resource dissects Illustrator CS5 so you can harness the power it has to offer. You’ll begin with a review of Illustrator basics and quickly ramp up to more advanced topics, such as working in 3D, using filters, distorting artwork, applying strokes, and more.

  • Former Adobe insider Ted Alspach breaks down the powerful program of Illustrator and explores the new features and functions included in the latest version
  • Begins with the basics of Illustrator, such as working with the interface and creating Illustrator documents
  • Shows you how to manipulate type, distort artwork, and apply strokes and fills
  • Explains transparency, working in 3D, using styles and effects, applying filters, and more

Illustrator has amazing potential that can sometimes be daunting, but with Illustrator CS5 Bible by your side, you’ll learn to put the capabilities of Illustrator to work for you.

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Preface xxiii

Acknowledgments xxvii

Part I: Illustrator Basics 1

Chapter 1: What’s New in Illustrator CS5? 3

Chapter 2: Understanding Illustrator's Desktop 11

Chapter 3: Working with Illustrator Documents 41

Chapter 4: Understanding Drawing and Painting Techniques 69

Chapter 5: Creating Objects, Graphs, and Symbols 119

Chapter 6: Learning How to Select and Edit 163

Chapter 7: Understanding Color, Gradients, and Mesh 211

Part II: Putting Illustrator to Work 251

Chapter 8: Using Illustrator to Organize Objects 253

Chapter 9: Working with Type 293

Chapter 10: Using Creative Strokes and Fills with Patterns 347

Chapter 11: Applying Transformations and Distortions 371

Chapter 12: Using Path Blends, Compound Paths, and Masks 415

Chapter 13: Using Live Trace 461

Chapter 14: Using Live Paint 483

Part III: Mastering Illustrator 491

Chapter 15: Working with Graphic Styles and Effects 493

Chapter 16: Creating 3-D in Illustrator 515

Chapter 17: Customizing and Automating Illustrator 537

Part IV: Getting Art Out of Illustrator 567

Chapter 18: Understanding PostScript and Printing 569

Chapter 19: Creating Web Graphics 595

Chapter 20: Illustrator Workflow 639

Appendix: Shortcuts in Illustrator CS5 651

Index 679

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Ted Alspach is the former Illustrator Group Product Manager at Adobe Systems. He is the author of more than 25 books on desktop publishing and graphics, including Illustrator CS Bible, Photoshop Complete, and Illustrator CS For Dummies, as well as hundreds of articles on related topics.
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