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Illustrator 10 For Dummies 1st Edition

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From the Back Cover

Get the scoop on new visual effects and Web tools

Features nifty time-saving tricks that help you produce designs faster

The pain-free way to create brilliant graphics — no experience required! Illustrator 10 is packed with tools for creating brilliant graphics, but all those palettes, menu items, and techniques can seem overwhelming. Relax! With two friendly experts at your side, you'll be able to transform your creative ideas into sophisticated graphics for use on the Web, in print, or in dynamic media projects — in no time!

The Dummies Way Explanations in plain English "Get in, get out" information Icons and other navigational aids Tear-out cheat sheet Top ten lists A dash of humor and fun

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About the Author

Ted Alspach is Group Product Manager, Illustration Products, Adobe Systems, Inc. Barbara Obermeier cowrote Photoshop 6 For Dummies and teaches computer graphics at UC Santa Barbara and Ventura College.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (November 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764536362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764536366
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,751,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By N. SCHUETZ on August 19, 2004
Format: Paperback
I am a complete novice to any drawing software. So when I bought Adobe Illustrator CS and listened to the accompanying "training" tape, I knew I had to have a lot more instruction. I have found that most software manuals are like dictionaries--fine if you already have a good idea of what you're looking for, but not if you don't. So usually a great place to start is a "good" Dummies book. This Dummies book is better than most. It is written in a clear, concise manner with instructions on how to accomplish each feature covered in the chapters. If a simple earlier instruction is needed in a later chapter, it is repeated instead of referred to from the earlier chapter. This saves a lot of time flipping back and forth. And I appreaciated Ted Alspach's humorous approach to topics--at least the first time around. If you have to go back and re-read, it just gets in the way. The only drawback to the book is that it needs either an accompanying CD filled with Illustrator graphics for practice or an Internet source for such vector graphics. Often the instructions say, "Select a piece of artwork..." and I'm left struggling to find a decent example.
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I have found that this book is a great place for a beginner or someone trying to improve on their graphic abilities to start. This book can be a very good tool to help review and remind you of some thing that my have slipped your mind. If you need to rate this book on the 5 star scale then I would give it a 4 �. The reason it fails for the full 5 stars is that it only had a few full color pages(16) and in some small areas, it is hard to find some things it asked you to process. You have to changed a few things (setup view), then they are where they say they are. One more little bit of info, if you are looking to buy this software and use this book, buy the book only and download the try me version of the "Illustrator CS". This way if you don't like the software then your only out the cost of the book.

Wil Bailey

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This book is a great place to start learning. The information is accurate, well written and excellent. Alspach uses humor to make the learning of Illustrator a little less intimidating. The illustrations are well done and explain the theory well. The book is full of tips that will make the reader more productive and efficient with the application. Maybe not for intermediate or advanced users but a great starter book for Mac and Windows users.
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If you're interested in Illustrator, this is the way to learn it. You'll laugh your way through it, and you'll be amazed how the foreign language of Illustrator can be so easy to understand.
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Nothing replaces formal instruction for me at least. Sometimes I have got to be spoon fed some complex material but I have always enjoyed the For Dummies series of books on any number of topics and this book is no exception. Easy to read and follow, it touched on and explained concepts the instructor at the university either did not explain well, or more likely, that I did not comprehend well. I used it as an adjunct to college classes and low and behold I received an A- in the class and enjoyed every minute of it with limited struggle thanks to the simplistic teaching methods For Dummies "like me".
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I was impressed. I didn't read it from cover to cover, but I had zero knowledge of Adobe software coming into this, so this book set a wonderful foundation. I bought it with the Classroom in a Book and together they have helped me take a once, overwhelming software and turn it into something manageable.
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Content of book is good. The author demystifies the technical aspects of Illustrator fairly well.
But the book's organization is below par. The author is verbose at times, and some of his cliches tend to clutter the chapters. For future editions, the author needs to address the fundamental concepts more concisely. Extra visual aids would also prove helpful.
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I use to speak french tough i usualy read fluently in english. This book give me what i was waiting for in a funny manner : the basic do and don't.
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