Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design & Web Premium All-in-One For Dummies


The must-have book on the leading suite of software for graphic and web designers

Fully revised and updated this hands-on resource offers a one-stop learning opportunity through eight minibooks dedicated to each product inside Adobe's Design & Web Premium Suite. The minibooks include Adobe Creative Suite Basics, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks. The book contains information on new image enhancements to After Effects, 64-bit versions ...

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The must-have book on the leading suite of software for graphic and web designers

Fully revised and updated this hands-on resource offers a one-stop learning opportunity through eight minibooks dedicated to each product inside Adobe's Design & Web Premium Suite. The minibooks include Adobe Creative Suite Basics, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks. The book contains information on new image enhancements to After Effects, 64-bit versions of Illustrator and Flash Professional, and a new tool, dubbed Helium, that will enable designers to create content using HTML5 and CSS3.

  • Offers the depth needed by novices and long-time professionals
  • Covers the key features and tools users need to master individual programs to their fullest capacities
  • Helps designers to be more creative and productive
  • Filled with tips and techniques for using the 8 design programs

This popular package gives designers a full review of the most popular design and development tools on the market.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118168608
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/13/2012
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1056
  • Sales rank: 240,525
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 2.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Smith is the co-founder and Vice President of American Graphics Institute (AGI). She has authored numerous books on the Adobe software products, including development of titles in AGI’s Digital Classroom series. She regularly speaks at conferences and seminars, including the CRE8 Conference. Jennifer has worked in all aspects of design and production from production artist, to art director, to user experience designer. Jennifer combines her practical experience and technical expertise as an educator. She has developed training programs for Adobe Systems and for all types of designers involved in creating print, web, and interactive solutions, along with designers creating fashion and apparel. Her teaching and writing style shows the clear direction of a practiced designer with in-depth knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite applications. When she’s not speaking or teaching, she can be found in suburban Boston, Massachusetts, with her husband and five children. You can read about Jennifer’s seminar and conference appearances at You can also follow Jennifer on Twitter @jsmithers.

Christopher Smith is president of the American Graphics Institute. He is the author of more than ten books on web, interactive, and print publishing technology, including many of the Adobe official training guides. Christopher is also the creator and editor of the Digital Classroom series of books, published by Wiley, which are widely used by schools that teach creative software tools. Learn more about American Graphics Institute’s training programs at or follow them on Twitter @agitraining. You can follow Christopher on Twitter @cgsmith or read his blog posts at

Fred Gerantabee is an Emmy award–winning interactive designer, web developer, and author based in New York City. Fred has been involved in web design and development since 1996 and has authored/co-authored over a dozen books and videos on web design and development, including the Flash CS5 Professional Digital Classroom from Wiley. Widely considered a "go to" expert on Flash ActionScript, Dreamweaver, and HTML/CSS, Fred continues to explore new technologies in the field, as well as speak at industry conferences and events. Fred lives by the beach in New York with his wife, Samantha, dog Q, and several guitars that have yet to be named. Drop him a line at

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Book I: Adobe Creative Suite 6 Basics 7

Chapter 1: Introducing Adobe Creative Suite 6 9

Chapter 2: Using Common Menus and Commands 17

Chapter 3: Exploring Common Panels 29

Chapter 4: Using Common Extensions and Filters 35

Chapter 5: Importing and Exporting 43

Chapter 6: Handling Graphics, Paths, Text, and Fonts 57

Chapter 7: Using Color 69

Chapter 8: Printing Documents 77

Book II: InDesign CS6 87

Chapter 1: Introducing InDesign CS6 89

Chapter 2: Working with Text and Text Frames 109

Chapter 3: Understanding Page Layout 135

Chapter 4: Drawing in InDesign 155

Chapter 5: Understanding Color 175

Chapter 6: Clipping Paths, Alignment, and Object Transformation 181

Chapter 7: Exporting to PDF, Flash, and Printing 191

Chapter 8: Creating Digital Documents using HTML and EPUB 205

Book III: Illustrator CS6 213

Chapter 1: What's New in Illustrator CS6 215

Chapter 2: Discovering Illustrator CS6 223

Chapter 3: Using the Selection Tools 241

Chapter 4: Creating Basic Shapes 251

Chapter 5: Using the Pen Tool and Placing Images 261

Chapter 6: Using Type in Illustrator 277

Chapter 7: Organizing Your Illustrations 301

Chapter 8: Using Layers 311

Chapter 9: Livening Up Illustrations with Color 319

Chapter 10: Using the Transform and Distortion Tools 343

Chapter 11: Working with Transparency and Special Effects Tools 355

Chapter 12: Using Filters and Effects 367

Chapter 13: Using Your Illustrator Images 379

Book IV: Photoshop CS6 393

Chapter 1: Exploring New Features in Photoshop CS6 395

Chapter 2: Getting Into Photoshop CS6 Basics 409

Chapter 3: Messing with Mode Matters 421

Chapter 4: Creating a Selection 429

Chapter 5: Using the Photoshop Pen Tool 447

Chapter 6: Thinking about Resolution Basics 457

Chapter 7: Creating a Good Image 463

Chapter 8: Working with Painting and Retouching Tools 477

Chapter 9: Using Layers 497

Chapter 10: Saving Photoshop Images for Print and the Web 515

Book V: Acrobat X 527

Chapter 1: Discovering Essential Acrobat Information 529

Chapter 2: Creating PDF Files 539

Chapter 3: Adding Interactivity to PDF Files 551

Chapter 4: Editing and Extracting Text and Graphics 559

Chapter 5: Using Commenting and Annotation Tools 567

Chapter 6: Securing Your PDF Files 581

Book VI: Dreamweaver CS6 587

Chapter 1: Getting Familiar with New Features in Dreamweaver 589

Chapter 2: Introducing Dreamweaver CS6 599

Chapter 3: Creating a Website 611

Chapter 4: Working with Images 623

Chapter 5: Adding and Formatting Text 637

Chapter 6: Linking It Together 655

Chapter 7: Creating Tables 665

Chapter 8: Creating CSS Layouts 677

Chapter 9: Publishing Your Website 691

Book VII: Flash Professional CS6 701

Chapter 1: Getting Started in Flash CS6 703

Chapter 2: Drawing in Flash CS6 719

Chapter 3: Symbols and Animation 739

Chapter 4: Applying Advanced Animation 761

Chapter 5: Adding Graphics, Audio, and Video 785

Chapter 6: Lights, Camera, Movie Clips! 807

Chapter 7: Controlling Your Movie with ActionScript 819

Chapter 8: Getting Into the (Work)Flow 841

Chapter 9: Publishing and Final Delivery 855

Book VIII: Fireworks CS6 877

Chapter 1: Introducing Fireworks CS6 879

Chapter 2: Free to Create 887

Chapter 3: Livening Up Your Artwork with Color 897

Chapter 4: Creating Text in Fireworks 903

Chapter 5: Getting Images In and Out of Fireworks 911

Chapter 6: Hotspots, Slices, and CSS Layouts 923

Chapter 7: Using Buttons and Symbols 937

Chapter 8: Don’t Just Sit There — Animate! 947

Chapter 9: Building a Wireframe Using Fireworks 959

Index 967

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