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Adobe Creative Suite 2 All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies
     

Adobe Creative Suite 2 All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies

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by Jennifer Smith
 

Adobe software has always been highly respected for creative design and development. Its programs allow you to produce amazing designs and creations with ease, and with the release of the Adobe Creative Suite 2, you can design a wide range of productions ranging from illustrations and Web sites to professional documents and photographic manipulations.

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Adobe software has always been highly respected for creative design and development. Its programs allow you to produce amazing designs and creations with ease, and with the release of the Adobe Creative Suite 2, you can design a wide range of productions ranging from illustrations and Web sites to professional documents and photographic manipulations.

Adobe Creative Suite 2 All-In-One Desk Reference For Dummies is your one-stop guide to creating great graphics with all the cool CS2 tools. Written in a thorough, fun way to show you the basics on how to use each of the programs, you’ll find out just how easy it is to start designing brilliant images and graphics. This guide gives you the tools you need to:

  • Draw with InDesign
  • Understand page layout and color
  • Create colorful images with Illustrator C2
  • Use the pen tool, type, and image placing
  • Choose the correct Photoshop mode for your creation
  • Create images on PhotoShop CS2 for print
  • Paint and retouch images
  • Create and secure PDF files with Acrobat 7.0
  • Edit and extract text and graphics
  • Build and publish a Web site with GoLive CS2
  • Work with multimedia

Packed with easy-to-follow steps and guidance, you’ll be up to speed with all the features in no time. With these six great reference guides rolled into one, this is the ultimate book for becoming a CS2 pro!

Editorial Reviews

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Instead of just upgrading one Adobe program, many creatives are springing for a few bucks more and getting the whole Adobe Creative Suite 2: InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, GoLive, and Acrobat. Now they have to learn all that software: the new features in the packages they're upgrading, and the basics of the packages they haven't used. One especially painless way to gain that mastery: Adobe Creative Suite 2 All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies.

Jennifer and Christopher Smith start with features shared by most or all of CS2: common menus, commands, palettes, and plug-ins; file management and workflow tools; graphics, fonts, color handling, and output. Next, they present a series of "mini-books" -- 100-150 pages apiece -- on each individual program (Acrobat's a bit shorter). The coverage is substantial enough to get you productive, but the concise format permits no unnecessary blather.

Maybe you're a longtime QuarkXPress user ready to try InDesign? The authors introduce all you need to know: the InDesign workspace; working with text and the story editor; basic page layout, from importing PDFs to working with master spreads; even bleeds and trapping. There’s also a full chapter on integrating InDesign into your workflow, and with the rest of CS2.

Illustrator coverage starts with a good look at what’s new, from vector tracing to workspaces; then reviews everything from curves to guides, swatches to 3D artwork. The Photoshop mini-book includes full chapters on key topics ranging from layers to generating images for print and Web. You’ll learn how to create interactive PDFs with Acrobat -- and secure them. And you’ll walk through the entire process of constructing a GoLive web site: text, images, CSS, links, layout grids, layers, forms, multimedia, everything. Simple, friendly, and very usable. Bill Camarda, from the October 2005 Read Only

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764588150
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/10/2005
Series:
For Dummies Series
Pages:
768
Product dimensions:
7.32(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.61(d)

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Meet the Author

Jennifer Smith is the founder and Vice President of American Graphics Institute (AGITraining.com). She has authored multiple books on Adobe products and is a technical writer for the Adobe Classroom in a Book series. Jennifer has worked in all aspects of graphic design and production including as an art director of an advertising agency. More than ten years ago, Jennifer took her experience and applied it to teaching. Under her leadership, AGI has grown into the largest training organization focused on print, Internet, video, and PDF publishing. Her teaching and writing style shows a clear direction that can only be achieved by someone who knows the industry and has experienced the Adobe applications in a professional workflow. She lives in the Boston area with her husband (who co-authored this book) and children.

Christopher Smith is President of American Graphics Institute and oversees curriculum content and delivery for Adobe’s largest and oldest Certified Training Provider. An Adobe Certified Expert, he works as part of the Adobe Creative Team as the lead technical writer for the Adobe Classroom in a Book series for both Adobe Acrobat and Adobe InDesign. His more than ten other books include Moving to InDesign, Teach Yourself Adobe Acrobat in 24 Hours, and Real World Adobe Acrobat. Smith has served as an elected member of the School Board in his hometown in suburban Boston, Massachusetts, where he lives with his wife and children.

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Adobe Creative Suite 2 All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book crams all of the applications in the creative suite in one book, and did a very good job of making me feel comfortable enough to dive in to each one. I would recommend it highly for those who need to be pointed in the right direction in each of these apps.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Didn't find what I wanted at all. Could not recommend this to anyone. Returned it. Waste of money.