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Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design Premium Digital Classroom, (Book and Video Training) [Paperback]

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Book Description

June 2009 047047842X 978-0470478424 1
Full-color book and instructional DVD form a complete training package for Adobe CS4 Design Premium

Written by a team of Adobe certified instructors, this complete training package helps you learn to use the market-leading design and development suite at your own speed. The book includes 26 lessons that let you discover essential skills and explore the new features of Adobe CS4 Design Premium. Each lesson includes step-by-step instructions and lesson files, supplemented with video tutorials on the DVD. Each lesson in the book has a supplementary, five-minute video lesson that demonstrates and explains the concepts and features covered in the book.

You'll also explore integration techniques that can be implemented using Adobe Bridge and Version Cue, the file management and collaboration tools found in Design Premium.

  • Full color, step-by-step instruction makes learning even complicated tasks less intimidating, while the video training demonstrates each task
  • Covers InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Flash, and Fireworks
  • You set the pace, learning at your own speed
  • Written by the same team of Adobe Certified Instructors and Creative Suite experts who have created many of the official training guides for Adobe Systems
  • Includes 26 lessons designed to teach you all aspects of the most popular design and development suite for print, Web, and mobile media

Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design Premium Digital Classroom is like having your own personal instructor guiding you through each lesson at your convenience.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

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You have a personal tutor in the Digital Classroom

If you want expert instruction that fits into your schedule, the Digital Classroom delivers. Adobe Certified Experts guide you through 41 lessons, helping you learn essential CS4 Design Premium skills at your own speed. Full-color, step-by-step instructions in the book are enhanced with video tutorials on the DVD. With a Digital Classroom book, you have your own private instructor showing you the easiest way to learn CS4 Design Premium.

  • Create cool artwork and animation with Flash CS4
  • Edit images precisely and effectively with Photoshop CS4

  • Build standards-based Web sites using Dreamweaver CS4

  • Develop compelling layouts with type and images using InDesign CS4

  • Create vector graphics using the drawing tools of Illustrator® CS4

  • Use Adobe Bridge to keep your creative content organized and work more efficiently

About the Author

The Aquent Creative Team develops and delivers training programs for creative, marketing, and communications professionals through the Aquent Graphics Institute. Aquent's team of Adobe Certified Instructors has written many of Adobe's official training books as well as technical training programs for Adobe's employees.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (June 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047047842X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470478424
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 7.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #849,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty awesome learning tool for beginners. July 30, 2009
By J.T.M.
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First of all i would highly recommend this to any one who's somewhat new to the adobe programs and would like to see how most of the basic(and even some of the more advanced features work)tools and features work for this suite. This is NOT a reference guide! this is meant to teach people the basics and make it stick. I had purchased the Dummies book for this suite as well and that is a reference book in my opinion.
Bottom line - If you are looking for a way to learn this suite i highly recommend getting this book/Digital classroom. If you have previous experience with the previous suites u may want to just get a reference like the dummies book that highlights the new features and fixes(or that is a pain in the butt compared tot he older versions).
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent overview for new users November 17, 2009
As a hobbiest with html and infrequent user of Photoshop and even less with Illustrator, I wanted a solid learning resource for all major programs in this suite. Too much detail boggs me down and too little isn't worthwhile. I highly recommend this text especially for new users or those with really early versions of Adobe. Many new and easy-to-use tools in CS4! The included CD offers 5-7 minute videos showing an advance peak at what you'll be learning before doing each lesson in the book. This helps with following the written text. Consequently, I've moved through the book fairly quickly. But now I feel a bit confused trying to keep the applications separate. I think it's better to focus on a few applications you know you'll use - then do them repetively so you remember the steps! Then later explore some of the other applications. I now plan to look into separate 'quick reference' quides for InDesign (a brand new appication for me) and Illustrator. With Photoshop - I really like "Top 100 Simplified Tips and Tricks Photoshop CS4". The pictures and easy-to-follow steps are perfect for those of us who have no intentions of being a paid professional with the program.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good All-In-One option for starters October 28, 2009
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This is a good book to get an overview on all major CS4 products. Don't expect in-depth information, but if you're looking for a quick jumpstart, this is a great choice.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good Introduction October 1, 2009
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Very clear and concise introduction to the mentioned Adobe Programs. Please keep in mind that they took chapters out of the more detailed Adobe books by the same company and put them together to provide an "Intro" book to a number of topics. I know this because I also have the Dreamweaver book by Aquent and the chapters from Dreamweaver here are from that book as well.

So if you want a good intro book this is it. Aquent has more detailed books on the topics if you want to learn more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes things easier January 28, 2010
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As a photographer, i was familiar only with Adobe Photoshop. This book has a very good writing, it helped me learn the entire CS4 Design Premium programs in an easy manner.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive CS4 instruction January 27, 2010
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This is one of the few books that takes up ALL the CS4 Premium Design products in one package. I am not a geek but the language is accessible and the information is comprehensive. One thing I have learned over the years is to not try and learn everything all at once. I spend a couple days just on Photoshop, then a couple days on Illustrator etc. Adobe has really done an excellent job of integrating their products so they mostly all function like each other. I have several books on single apps in CS2, CS3 and now CS4 but this book - which I have only just started - will prove to be a very useful reference until CS5 comes out. The book is obviously composed by a team of experts who have thorough knowledge of the product. I can detect no weak spots.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Rating
I needed a book to teach me Adobe CS4! I didn't have time to take all the classes at college before I was able to take the first course. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Roma Oakley
5.0 out of 5 stars Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design Premium Digital Classroom
Good resource for my needs. I'd borrowed this book from my college library several times but never got to spend time with it in earnest each time. Read more
Published on June 23, 2012 by J. Joyner
5.0 out of 5 stars Informitive and complete
From what I have read so far, Creative Suite 4 is an easy to read and understand explanation of features and they're practical use.
Published on March 16, 2011 by Brian Blevins
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was made for me...
I got this book to get an overall understanding of cs4. It is laid out very well and there is enough information for each section that you can get your feet wet in each aspect of... Read more
Published on October 31, 2010 by AJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Slightly more than nothing
This book is basically a tutorial, what it struggles to do is be truly relevant, if you're even moderately savvy in any one CS4 program then I recommend just youtubing user... Read more
Published on February 14, 2010 by Michael J. Kelly
2.0 out of 5 stars Not that good.
I was disappointed with the book. I bought the book because it had good reviews. The CD is everything to this book it just focuses on the CD examples. Read more
Published on December 25, 2009 by Joanne Alwine
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