- Series: WOW!
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (September 2, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 032184176X
- ISBN-13: 978-0321841766
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Adobe Illustrator CS6 WOW! Book 1st Edition
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I should not have! There is some new information, but not enough to warrant the purchase. If you do not have the earlier version, than I recommend this book. I teach computer illustration in the community college and this book gave me some great ideas for exercises for the students. This is more of an idea book than a how-to book. For a basic how-to, I recommend Illustrator One-on-one by Deke McClelland.
The example files are each pass code protected every time you open, watermarked, and have a written message that they are copyrighted. We bought the book, we get that it and it's sample files are copyright protected. Don't make it so EXTREMELY painful to download and use the files.
I estimate that about 1/3 of each version is a repeat from the previous version. Makes sense as some information is basic to the software and has to be presented. But each version, including this one, presents the new tools with not only instructions on how to use them but adds relevant artwork from professional in the field. That's why I miss Beauregards' work. I'm sure she uses the "draw inside" tool a lot. All of my WOW illustrator books are heavily marked. If you are a beginner I suggest, as they do in the book, to get either Golding's basic book or follow tutorials on adobe.com Those books will help with "how to use the software." The WOW books takes your basic skillsets and provides you with the creative component.
I also recommend purchasing WOW book, version CS5. In my opinion, Illustrator CS5 and CS6 were Adobe best upgrades. They finally added tools that seem we've been needing forever such as: "draw inside" (no more clipping masks, yeah!!!), pattern-maker, stroke's width builder, and shape-builder tool. These new tools have cut my workload in half.