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

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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 ...

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Overview

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!

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764588150
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/10/2005
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 768
  • Product dimensions: 7.32 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.61 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Bk. I Adobe Creative Suite 2 basics 7
Ch. 1 Introduction Adobe Creative Suite 2 9
Ch. 2 Using common menus and commands 19
Ch. 3 Using common palettes 31
Ch. 4 Using common plug-ins 39
Ch. 5 Importing and exporting 47
Ch. 6 Handling graphics, paths, text, and fonts 61
Ch. 7 Using color 73
Ch. 8 Printing documents 81
Bk. II InDesign CS2 91
Ch. 1 Introducing InDesign CS2 93
Ch. 2 Drawing in InDesign 115
Ch. 3 Working with text and text frames 139
Ch. 4 Understanding page layout 171
Ch. 5 Clipping paths, transforming objects, and alignment 193
Ch. 6 Understanding color and printing 205
Ch. 7 Exporting your work 219
Ch. 8 Integrating InDesign 231
Bk. III Illustrator CS2 243
Ch. 1 Discovering Illustrator CS2 245
Ch. 2 Using the selection tools 259
Ch. 3 Creating basic shapes 269
Ch. 4 Using the pen tool and placing images 275
Ch. 5 Using type in Illustrator 287
Ch. 6 Organizing your illustrations 311
Ch. 7 Using layers 321
Ch. 8 Livening up illustrations with color 329
Ch. 9 The transform and distortions tools 345
Ch. 10 Transparency and special effects tools 357
Ch. 11 Using filters and effects 369
Ch. 12 Using your Illustrator image 381
Bk. IV Photoshop CS2 397
Ch. 1 Photoshop CS2 basics 399
Ch. 2 Mode matters 407
Ch. 3 Creating a selection 419
Ch. 4 Using the Photoshop pen tool 433
Ch. 5 Resolution basics 443
Ch. 6 Creating a good image 451
Ch. 7 Painting and retouching tools 467
Ch. 8 Using layers 485
Ch. 9 Saving Photoshop images for print and the Web 503
Bk. V Acrobat 7.0 515
Ch. 1 Discovering essential Acrobat information 517
Ch. 2 Creating PDF files 527
Ch. 3 Adding interactivity to PDF files 539
Ch. 4 Editing and extracting text and graphics 549
Ch. 5 Using commenting and annotation tools 557
Ch. 6 Securing your PDF files 567
Bk. VI GoLive CS2 573
Ch. 1 Introducing GoLive CS2 575
Ch. 2 Creating a Web site 587
Ch. 3 Working with images 597
Ch. 4 Text and CSS 609
Ch. 5 Layout grids, tables, and frames 623
Ch. 6 Links 637
Ch. 7 Layers 647
Ch. 8 Forms 661
Ch. 9 Multimedia 677
Ch. 10 Publishing your Web site 687
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2005

    I found just what I needed

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2005

    Baldy Organized

    Didn't find what I wanted at all. Could not recommend this to anyone. Returned it. Waste of money.

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