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