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Adobe Creative Suite doesn’t just pull together Adobe’s flagship software in a single package; it also offers powerful integration tools that can make graphics professionals far more productive. That’s the focus of Adobe Creative Suite Bible: using the entire suite together to dramatically improve your efficiency.
Ted Padova, Kelly L. Murdock, and Wendy Halderman have organized the entire book around workflow issues. Once you’ve toured the Creative Suite and set its global preferences to your tastes, the authors thoroughly introduce design workflows -- including both traditional and color-managed workflows. Next, they turn to Version Cue, the Adobe file-versioning system that integrates with everything except Acrobat, enabling you to share, manage, and secure projects across your network.
Kelly Murdock presents comprehensive coverage on working with objects and images throughout the entire suite (when to use which application, how to integrate them, how to save time through automation). Wendy Halderman does an equally thorough job covering typography.
A pleasant surprise: a full section on using Adobe Creative Suite with that bane of designers, Microsoft Office. You’ll learn how to import text from Word and get it into usable form; work with tables; and create charts and graphs from Office data. We’ve seen these issues frustrate dozens of designers; they’ll really appreciate this.
There’s plenty more. A full section on document repurposing (including how to export designs for web use). A detailed introduction to Digital Rights Management. Practical guidance on printing and digital prepress. Simply put, this isn’t yesterday’s graphics design software book: It’s tomorrow’s. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.