Adobe Creative Suite Bible

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  • One of the first comprehensive books to cover Photoshop cs (image-editing), Illustrator cs (drawing), InDesign cs (layout and graphic design), GoLive cs (Web design), Acrobat Professional (document distribution), and Version Cue (the new file management application) all in one volume
  • Tackles issues that arise every day for a designer, showing how to manage workflow among these integrated applications
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Overview

  • One of the first comprehensive books to cover Photoshop cs (image-editing), Illustrator cs (drawing), InDesign cs (layout and graphic design), GoLive cs (Web design), Acrobat Professional (document distribution), and Version Cue (the new file management application) all in one volume
  • Tackles issues that arise every day for a designer, showing how to manage workflow among these integrated applications
  • Topics covered include developing consistent color-managed workflows, moving files among the cs applications, preparing files for print or the Web, repurposing documents, and much more
  • Ted Padova is an internationally known author, speaker, university instructor, and service-bureau owner who has become an expert with Adobe software during the past sixteen years
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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764571558
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Series: Bible Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1224
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Ted Padova is the author of more than a dozen computer books, the most recent include: Adobe Acrobat PDF Bible (John Wiley & Sons) versions 4, 5, & 6; Adobe Acrobat 6 Complete Course; Creating Adobe Acrobat Forms; and Teach Yourself Visually Acrobat 5. He is the host for Total Training Systems Total Acrobat 6 series of seven videos on Acrobat Standard and Acrobat Professional.
Ted has been involved in PostScript imaging for over a decade and started a computer service bureau in 1990 in Ventura, California. He is the CEO and managing partner of The Image Source Digital Imaging and Photo Finishing Centers of Thousand Oaks and Ventura California.
For sixteen years, he has been a university instructor, teaching classes in Adobe Photoshop; Adobe InDesign; Adobe Illustrator; Adobe PageMaker; QuarkXPress; HTML and Web page design, Scanning and Calibrations; and Adobe Acrobat at the University of California, Santa Barbara and UCLA. He is an internationally recognized expert on Adobe Acrobat, PDF, and digital imaging, speaking nationally and abroad at many computer conferences.

Kelly Murdock has been authoring computer books for several years now and still gets immense enjoyment from the completed work. His book credits include various Web, graphics, and multimedia titles, including four previous editions of the book, 3ds max 6 Bible. Other major accomplishments include Master VISUALLY HTML and XHTML, JavaScript Visual Blueprint, Adobe Atmosphere Bible, and co-authoring duties on two editions of the Illustrator Bible (for versions 9 and 10).
With a background in engineering and computer graphics, Kelly has had many opportunities to flex his design muscles from Web site creation and design to freelance 3D design projects. In his spare time, Kelly enjoys the outdoors and loves rock climbing, mountain biking or skiing. He has recently formed a design company with his brother, Chris, called Logical Paradox Design.

Wendy Halderman is an award-winning typographer, graphic designer, and fine artist. As both a staff and freelance designer, she has produced a wide variety of marketing communication materials for clients in the financial, retail, IT, media, educational, and non-profit industries. Her 14-year-old company, Halderman Graphic Design, is based in Ventura, California, and serves clients nationwide.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

Part I: Getting to Know the Creative Suite.

Chapter 1: Introducing the Adobe Creative Suite.

Chapter 2: Taking a Tour of the Creative Suite.

Chapter 3: Setting Preferences.

Chapter 4: Understanding User Interfaces.

Part II: Getting Started with Design Workflows.

Chapter 5: Creating Production Workflows.

Chapter 6: Creating Color-Managed Workflows.

Chapter 7: Using Version Cue.

Part III: Working with Objects and Images.

Chapter 8: Creating, Selecting, and Editing Objects and Images.

Chapter 9: Transforming Objects and Images.

Chapter 10: Applying Effects to Objects and Images.

Chapter 11: Working with Layers.

Chapter 12: Automating Tasks.

Part IV: Working with Type.

Chapter 13: Working with Fonts.

Chapter 14: Working with Styles.

Chapter 15: Working with Text Frames.

Chapter 16: Working with Special Characters.

Part V: Using Creative Suite and Microsoft.

Chapter 17: Importing Microsoft Word Documents.

Chapter 18: Exporting Text to Microsoft Word.

Chapter 19: Working with Tables.

Chapter 20: Creating Charts and Graphs.

Chapter 21: Microsoft Office and Professional Printing.

Part VI: Working in Creative Design Workflows.

Chapter 22: Creating Review Sessions.

Chapter 23: Designing Layouts.

Chapter 24: Modifying Layouts.

Part VII: Document Repurposing.

Chapter 25: Exporting Designs for Web Hosting.

Chapter 26: Preparing Documents for Distribution.

Chapter 27: Working with XML.

Part VIII: Creative Suite Document Delivery Workflows.

Chapter 28: Understanding Digital Rights Management.

Chapter 29: Adding Interactivity in InDesign.

Chapter 30: Hosting Documents on the Web.

Chapter 31: Replicating CD-ROMs.

Chapter 32: Creating SWF and SVG Files.

Chapter 33: Creating Slide Presentations.

Part IX: Printing and Digital Prepress.

Chapter 34: Choosing Print Setups.

Chapter 35: Commercial Printing.

Appendix: Keyboard Shortcuts in the Adobe CS Programs.

Index.

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First Chapter

Adobe Creative Suite Bible


By Ted Padova Kelly L. Murdock Wendy Halderman

John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0-7645-7155-9


Chapter One

Introducing the Adobe Creative Suite

The Adobe Premium Creative Suite is composed of several programs designed to work together to accomplish all your publishing needs for output to print, screen viewing, and Web hosting. Instead of marketing the individual program components of the Creative Suite, Adobe Systems has spent much of its marketing effort targeting the entire Creative Suite to design professionals.

This chapter offers a description of the Creative Suite programs and gives you an idea for how they work together. In this chapter, you learn about the purpose of each program and the relationship each program has with other members of the Creative Suite team. Also, you receive a brief summary of new features contained in the latest releases of the individual programs.

Why Creative Suite?

For the most part, each program in the Creative Suite is an upgrade from a previous version, and each is available for upgrades individually. So, why is Adobe Systems spending so much marketing effort informing users about the benefits of the Creative Suite? And why talk about the Creative Suite as a single entity when users are likely to upgrade the individual software programs in their design studios? Or, you may think that you have one program developed by another software manufacturer that satisfies your design needs and fully supports document integration with many of the programs found in the Creative Suite. For example, you may use Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator along with QuarkXPress, or perhaps you use Adobe Photoshop and create layouts in Macromedia FreeHand. Possibly, these are the first questions on your mind as you see the advertising for Adobe imaging product upgrades.

The answer is that Creative Suite is a single design solution where the whole is greater than its parts. For years, Adobe Systems built applications on programs like Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign as the core PDF technology. These programs evolved with common elements so that you, the creative professional, could easily exchange files among Adobe programs.

Rather than rely on a single program to perform tasks such as illustration, layout, and printing, Adobe offers you several applications, each a tool designed for a specific purpose to help you become more efficient in your creative process. These tools seamlessly integrate into the greater toolbox called Adobe Creative Suite. After working in individual programs, you can collect the creative elements together using Adobe InDesign CS as the tool to perform layout assembly. You can then travel to output by exporting files to PDF documents in Adobe Acrobat, or you can host parts of your layout on a Web site using Adobe GoLive CS.

As stand-alone programs, Adobe Creative Suite offers many new marvelous tools with enhanced features to create, design, and express your ideas. Individually, the CS applications are among the most impressive upgrades offered by any software manufacturer. Collectively, these tools are no less than amazing.

Native file support

The strongest argument for using Adobe Photoshop CS, Adobe Illustrator CS, Adobe InDesign CS, and Adobe GoLive CS together is that native file formats are easily transported between the CS programs. You no longer need to decide about saving Photoshop files as TIFF, EPS, GIF, PNG, or JPEG. Rather, you can import a native Photoshop PSD or Illustrator AI file into Adobe InDesign CS complete with layers and transparency. You can also import native Illustrator and Photoshop files directly in Adobe GoLive CS. The native file format import feature alone can save you space on your hard drive, because you need to save only a single file. Additionally, you save time in importing the correct file because only a single file is saved from the host application and used in your page layout or Web design. You can also directly open native Illustrator CS files in any Adobe Acrobat viewer, and you can open PDF documents in Illustrator and import them into InDesign and GoLive.

Cross-Reference

For information on importing native file formats across programs, see Part III.

Consistent user interface

Programs that creative professionals use today are sophisticated and complicated. One of the major problems facing many designers is the long learning curve necessary to become productive in a computer program. When you use several programs from several different computer-software manufacturers, your learning curve increases. Application-software companies develop software according to standards each company sets forth in the design of the user interface. One company may make extensive use of context-sensitive menus, while another company may avoid them. One company may use palettes and panes liberally, while another company relies on menu commands and dialog boxes. Add to these differences the extended use of keyboard shortcuts; program differences require you to spend a lot of time learning shortcuts. Additionally, the confusion of remembering one key sequence in one program invokes a different command than the same key sequence in another program.

In workflow environments, consistency is crucial. Time is money, and the time required to train your staff cuts into your productivity and your profits. When you use tools all developed by a single software manufacturer, you become more consistent in the design of the user interface and the keyboard shortcuts that access menus, tools, and commands. Adobe has taken the user interface design one step further by offering customizable keyboard shortcuts and custom workspaces in several CS programs.

Having a consistent look and feel in the user interface enables you to develop an intuitive sense for how to use a particular program to create a design project. The more intuitive the sense you develop about a manufacturer's products, the faster you can become productive. In some cases, you can jump into a new program, poke around, and understand many features without reading exhaustive manuals and books.

Cross-Reference

For information on customizing workspaces and keyboard shortcuts, see Chapter 4.

Versioning tools

How many times have you created a tight comp and had a client tell you that he likes another version of the layout? You may create duotone images in Photoshop, offer a proof print to your client, and have the client tell you he wants another spot color in the Photoshop images. You offer a second proof and the client informs you the first proof print is really the one that best fits his campaign. You're back at your design studio scrambling through your hard drive looking for the first versions, locating the files and importing or relinking them back into the layout.

The Creative Suite lets you easily revisit earlier versions of illustrations, photo images, and layouts. Along with the standalone programs in the Creative Suite, you also receive Version Cue, a marvelous utility that permits you to save multiple versions of a design in the same file. You decide what version to promote to the current look, and the linked file in your InDesign CS document dynamically update. In workflow environments, nothing could more easily track the current version of a design and get you to final output swiftly with the correct version.

Cross-Reference

For more information on installing and using Version Cue, see Part II.

Consistent color management

Have you ever created an illustration, dropped it into a layout program, and seen a completely different color rendered in the layout? How about scanned images appearing with one color in Adobe Photoshop and different color values in the layout program? With the Adobe Creative Suite, you can access the same color engine and color-management policies among the design programs and Adobe Acrobat. More than ever before, color management is true between programs and helps you produce files containing colors you expect to be replicated.

Cross-Reference

For more information on managing color across the Creative Suite programs, see Chapter 6.

Dynamic object and image editing

Ever have last-minute changes that you need to make before the last FedEx pickup of the day? A layout is complete, but you need to quickly change an illustration or a photo image. In programs like Adobe InDesign CS, or even with embedded objects and images in PDF files, a double-click of the mouse button or the selection of a menu command launches the editing program that created the object or image and opens the file in a document window. You make your edits, save the file, and the edited version is dynamically updated in InDesign CS or Acrobat Professional. This kind of quick editing keeps you from having to find the original object or image, make edits, save back to another file format, update the link, and re-create a PDF file.

Cross-Reference

For more information on dynamic object and image editing, see Chapter 24. Cross-

Visual file exchanges

Let's face it; creative people are more visual and often work best in situations where they can first see a document before importing it in another program. More than ever before, Adobe has created a visually friendly workplace for you. You can easily drag and drop objects and images between document windows from one program to another, drag files from the desktop to open document windows, and copy and paste objects and images between documents.

Cross-Reference

For more information on importing and exchanging documents among programs, see Part III.

Support for PDF

With InDesign CS as the central core of your Creative Suite programs for design purposes, PDF is the central file format for file exchanges and printing. All the Adobe CS programs support PDF imports and exports. InDesign CS supports exports to PDF/X format, which creates reliable documents for commercial printing. Photoshop CS supports the creation of PDF slideshows; Illustrator CS and InDesign CS support PDF creation with Adobe PDF Layers; and GoLive CS supports PDF imports as smart objects, PDF previews, and PDF exports. You can import media such as movie clips and sound files in InDesign CS and export them to PDF. Because PDF is the reliable standard for on-screen document viewing and output to professional printing devices, the CS programs take advantage of core PDF architecture.

Cross-Reference

For more information on PDF/X and commercial printing, see Chapter 35. For more information on PDFs and multimedia, see Chapter 29.

Understanding the Creative Suite

There are two versions of the Adobe Creative Suite. The Adobe Standard Creative Suite includes Adobe Photoshop CS, Adobe Illustrator CS, Adobe InDesign CS, and Version Cue. The Adobe Premium Creative Suite includes the same programs with the addition of Adobe Acrobat Professional and Adobe GoLive CS. We cover all the premium edition programs in the other chapters in this book. In addition to the programs, you also get more than 100 OpenType faces with the Creative Suite editions.

Note

Although the programs typically referred to as the CS applications include those mentioned in the preceding paragraph, you also find the addition of Adobe ImageReady CS. The CS version is also a new upgrade to ImageReady 7, which shipped with Photoshop 7.

Each of the programs is an upgrade from previous versions of the software, and Adobe Systems intends to upgrade the products in tandem for all future versions. Therefore, you can be confident that the next upgrade of a program like Photoshop will also include upgrades to Illustrator, InDesign, and GoLive.

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