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|Title: Sams Teach Yourself Illustrator 8 in 24 Hours
Author: Mordy Golding
Publisher: Sams Publishing Company http://www.samspublishing.com
Publication Date: 1998
|Sams Teach Yourself Illustrator 8 in 24 Hours is a guide to Adobe Illustrator 8. In just 24 sessions of one hour or less, it takes you through the program, with each lesson building upon the previous one. You will learn about: major changes in the Illustrator interface; cutting production time by using the transformation tools; customizing Illustrator to fit your individual needs; mastering the selection tools; creating precise Bezier paths with the Pen tool; using the Pathfinder command, a set of path-editing functions; creating and editing brush shapes and brush art; and much more. The Sams Teach Yourself series offers other books that are written with a clear and easy manner. The series is aimed at the reader who does not already know how to use an application, and the material is presented in a tutorial approach to guide the reader through the learning process. Some of the other Sams series are: Sams Teach Yourself in 10 Minutes; Sams Teach Yourself in 24 Hours; and Sams Teach Yourself in 21 Days. As Illustrator is a bi-platform (Macintosh and Windows) product, the book is written with commands for both types.|
|Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced PC or Macintosh users. Sams Teach Yourself Illustrator 8 in 24 Hours is an excellent basic book for just about anyone. It is extremely well-suited for users just starting out working with vector images as it is low-key, basic, clear, and concise with plenty of graphics to clarify the text. The chapters are small and written with just enough information to get you started and not overwhelm you. Experienced Photoshop users who want to enjoy the precise illustration benefits of the program, FreeHand converts, and experienced Illustrator users who want to get up to speed with the new version will also find the book valuable.|
Part I: Getting Started
Hour 4--Working with Selections. Drawing objects is just part of what you
need to learn in Illustrator. Just as important, is how to select those objects and in Illustrator you have three
main tools: selection tool, direct selection tool, and the group selection tool. This chapter discusses using the
selection tools, grouping objects, locking and hiding objects, and arranging objects.
8--The Paintbrush Tool. The Paintbrush tool is made up of
four different kinds of brushes,
called "live" as you can edit them even after you have used
them. The author covers the Brushes palette and the four brushes: Calligraphic,
Scatter, Art, and Pattern brushes. This is another fun chapter. The
author discusses all of the brushes and the Options dialog box that
is associated with each and how you can customize the brushes.
Hour 14--Adding Text. Working with
text can be fun and in this chapter you learn to work with three types of text: point text (regular text),
area text (text within a shape), and text on a path. Illustrator allows
you to work with vertical text as well as horizontal text. The author
also covers how to link text blocks and how to use the rows and columns
Hour 20--Saving/Exporting Files. This is an excellent chapter that outlines
the different formats that can be used for saving and exporting files, and the following is discussed: saving files
as native Illustrator files; EPS files; or PDF files; exporting to other file formats such as TIFF, GIF89a, JPEG,
and PNG, and Photoshop.
|Sams Teach Yourself Illustrator 8 in 24 Hours is an excellent choice if you are looking for a basic book that presents an overview. It doesn't include a CD or color images. Nor does it have the step-by-step tutorials for creating specific images, such as the Adobe Classroom in a Book series. But it is full of black and white illustrations, tips, shortcuts, and workarounds for features that Illustrator does not have. The chapters are short, well-written, and organized. The author gives you the key strokes or shortcut commands for all the features he is explaining. And the price is right!|
Illustrator & Adobe Photoshop