- Series: Learn by Video
- Paperback: 120 pages
- Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (October 18, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321734815
- ISBN-13: 978-0321734815
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.2 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,218,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Adobe Illustrator CS5: Learn by Video 1st Edition
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Video2Brain, located in Graz, Austria, is a company focused on producing high-quality video training content for software, photography and programming topics. Crucial to the flexible training are optimized teaching methods, practical tips from well-known industry experts and the focus on learning-by-doing with project files. Video2Brain is an Adobe Certified Training Provider.
Adobe-certified instructors Chad Chelius and Russell Viers present this engaging video training with an easy-to-follow style that makes it fun to learn.
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A valuable emphasis here is on what you can do with Illustrator that you can't do in Photoshop or other programs, and how the differences matter. There are several overlaps between the Adobe products, but each one has some things it can do best, and I have a much better idea now of when and why to go to Illustrator first. I'm primarily into Adobe for video, but Illustrator is ideal for creating some of the elements I'll use in video, such as graphic elements for dvd menus and title sequences and posters and illustrative elements in videos.
The authors are engaging and clear, enthusiastic and often funny, and they make learning Illustrator exciting. I used another guide like this that was a bit dry, but this one's not - the enthusiasm of the speakers for Illustrator is evident and infectious. Each chapter is broken down into subsections that last usually less than ten minutes - and I found that I learned something new from almost every section. The techniques they outline cover most of the basic tasks, but they show all kinds of interesting shortcuts for taking advantage of Illustrator. I'd worked through the "Classroom in a Book" guide to Illustrator already, and learned a lot there, but even in the first couple of lessons here I was learning things they never covered. I even found the introductory sections on workspaces and panels - often the most boring part of introductory guides - to be intriguing and full of helpful advice.
I really liked chapter 3 - where the index is effectively the tool panel, and selecting any tool opens a detailed tutorial that explains how to use it effectively. There are, additionally, chapters on effective navigation, working with documents, manipulating objects and layers, using color and text, working with raster objects like photos, effects, brushes, graphs, and on saving and exporting your artwork.
One odd thing - in chapter 3 - was the discussion of the "symbol stainer" tool. The author explains that one thing about the tool is that before you can use it you have to select a color, so he selects a color and then begins to apply it to white sheep symbols. It doesn't do anything so he explains that it doesn't work on black or white symbols. Then it seems that he started over, and selected the tool, explained that you need to select a color to apply it, tried to apply it to the white sheep and then it didn't work so he said lets create a new symbol that's not black and white and he creates a brown sheep. But then instead of showing how it works with the brown sheep he starts again and it doesn't work on the white sheep so he selects a rain drop and applies it there. It's as if he made a mistake and then started again but didn't go back and cut out the mistakes. That's rare, though, and the only place I noticed a mistake. (One of the authors does tend to overuse the word "accordingly" and I couldn't decide whether it was endearing or annoying.) The only other thing that bugs me is that the chapter quizzes only tell you which questions you miss but don't give you the right answer and don't explain what you did wrong. Overall, though, it's an excellent overview, and gave me a lot of detailed tips that I hadn't had, even though I'm not a total beginner with Illustrator. This is a thorough, engaging and extremely informative guide. I feel much more confident in Illustrator now than before I went through this, and I highly recommend it.