Adobe Illustrator CS2 @ Work: Projects You Can Use on the Job

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There are plenty of books available to teach you how to use the different tools that are a part of Adobe Illustrator CS2. But how many will actually show you how to work with the tools and techniques and apply them to real-world, relevant projects that you encounter every day at work? This one will. Adobe Illustrator CS2 @ Work: Projects You Can Use on the Job is a project-based guide that will help you complete workplace projects while you learn how to use Illustrator CS2. Detailed, well-explained instructions ...

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Overview

There are plenty of books available to teach you how to use the different tools that are a part of Adobe Illustrator CS2. But how many will actually show you how to work with the tools and techniques and apply them to real-world, relevant projects that you encounter every day at work? This one will. Adobe Illustrator CS2 @ Work: Projects You Can Use on the Job is a project-based guide that will help you complete workplace projects while you learn how to use Illustrator CS2. Detailed, well-explained instructions will help you accomplish job-related tasks, including:

  • Designing and working with logos.
  • Designing corporate identity materials.
  • Illustrating a poster.
  • Designing product packaging.
  • Designing a trifold brochure.
  • Designing a magazine advertisement.
  • Designing a DVD package, label and menu.
  • Designing a website.
Tips, tricks and notes will provide you with the information that you need to apply what you learn through these projects to projects you encounter every day at work. Learn by doing rather than reading with Adobe Illustrator CS2 @ Work: Projects You Can Use on the Job.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780672328015
  • Publisher: Sams
  • Publication date: 10/10/2005
  • Series: At Work Series
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Pariah S. Burke has over 15 years experience as a print and web designer for clients that include Time Warner and Playboy Enterprises. A former member of the Adobe team, Pariah served as the Technical Lead for Illustrator, as well as InDesign, InCopy, PageMaker, and Acrobat, and trained Adobe Technical Support and Expert Support teams in these and related applications, technologies, and methodologies. Currently he is a highly sought after trainer, consultant, and creative workflow optimizer. Pariah writes in print and online about the graphic design and publishing industries, and about how to use the tools of the trade.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

What Will You Gain from This Book?

Organization of This Book

Downloading the Book's Project Files

Conventions Used in This Book

I. GETTING STARTED.

1. Getting to Know Illustrator Without Fear.

Illustrator's Role in the Modern Creative Workflow

Facing the Fear of Illustrator

Illustrator Versus Photoshop

Embracing the Freedom of Illustrator

Working Together

Will Illustrator and Photoshop Ever Merge?

Illustrator's User Interface

The Adobe Common User Interface

Arranging Palettes

Palette Menus

Workspaces

The Tools Palette

The Welcome Screen

New in Illustrator CS2

New Features

New Refinements

New Bugs in Illustrator CS2

Final Thoughts

II. PROJECTS.

2. Designing a Logo (From Scratch or From a Scan).

About the Projects

Prerequisites

Planning the Projects

Project: Logo Sketch

Sketching a Logo Concept

Project: Trace a Scan

Tracing a Scanned Sketch

Project: Shape Drawing and Modification

Combining Simple Shapes to Make Complex Paths

Project: Logo Refinement

Refining the Logo

Project: Saving for Print, Web, and Microsoft Office

Saving the Logo for Print, Web, and Microsoft Office

Final Thoughts

@work resources

3. Adding Logos and Artwork to Non-Flat Objects.

About the Projects

Prerequisites

Planning the Projects

Prepare the Artwork

Promotional Items

Project: Logo Decaled onto a Rotated and Angled Jar

Mapping a Vector Logo to a Rotated and Angled Jar

Project: Logo Decaled onto a Cylindrical Mug

Mapping a Vector Logo to a Cylindrical Mug

Project: (Almost) Photo-Realistic Waving Lanyard

Drawing a Near Photo-Realistic Lanyard and Mapping Text to It in 3D

Final Thoughts

4. Designing Corporate Identity Material.

About the Projects

Prerequisites

Planning the Projects

The Logo

Business Cards

Copy Proofs

Project: Business Cards

Designing Business Cards for Multiple Employees

Project: Creating Corporate Letterhead

Project: Exploded Envelopes

Designing Exploded Envelopes

Project: Press-Ready PDFs

Making Press-Ready PDFs

Final Thoughts

Options

Layered PDFs

Envelopes

5. Illustrating an (Almost) Photo-Realistic Poster.

About the Project

Prerequisites

Planning the Project

Automatic Protection

Multiple Rights

Derivative Works

Copyright Myths

Losing Your Rights for Profit or Slothfulness

Using Stock Photography

Model Photography

Know Your Rights-For Yourself

Project: (Almost) Photo-Realistic Portrait

Creating an (Almost) Photo-Realistic Portrait

Working with Meshes

Live Trace the Hair

Final Thoughts

6. Designing Product Packaging.

About the Projects

Prerequisites

Planning the Projects

Project: Wrap-Around Can Label

Designing a Wrap-Around Can Label

Project: Exploded Six-Sided Box

Designing an Exploded Six-Sided Box Template

Final Thoughts

7. Creating 3D Product Packaging Mockups.

About the Projects

Prerequisites

Planning the Projects

Project: 3D Labeled Box

Creating a 3D Six-Sided Box

Project: 3D Drink Container

Building a 3D Photo-Realistic Can with Wraparound Label

Final Thoughts

8. Designing a Tri-Fold Brochure.

About the Projects

Prerequisites

Planning the Projects

Project: One-Page, Multi-Page Template

Building the One-Page, Multi-Page Template

Project: Brochure Design

Designing the Brochure

Project: Proofing and Printing

Proofing and Printing the Brochure

Final Thoughts

9. Designing and Color Proofing a Magazine Advertisement.

About the Projects

Prerequisites

Planning the Projects

Project: Ad Design

Designing the Ad

Project: Proofing

Proofing Colors and Color Separation

Final Thoughts

10. Designing a DVD Package.

About the Projects

Prerequisites

Planning the Projects

Considerations for Video Professionals

Burning Your Own DVD

DVD Replication Services

Package and Assembly Considerations

Design Considerations

Project: DVD Label

Creating a DVD Label

Laying Out the Label

Project: DVD Amaray Insert

Designing the DVD Amaray Insert

Final Thoughts

11. Designing a Website and Flash Animation.

About the Projects

Prerequisites

Planning the Projects

The Right Tool for the Job

Organization and Hierarchy

Additional Questions

Project: Grid and Background

Creating the Grid and Background

Project: Static Page Elements

Creating the Static Page Elements

Project: Navigation Buttons

Creating Navigation Buttons

Project: Slice and Export

Slice and Export the Page

Project: Flash Logo Animation

Animating the Flash Logo

Final Thoughts

12. Creating Graphs for a Report.

About the Projects

Prerequisites

Planning the Projects

Project: 3D Pie Graph

Creating a Pie Graph

Exporting Graphs for Other Applications

Saving for Placement into Adobe InDesign

Saving for Placement into QuarkXPress

Saving for Placement into Other Print Applications

Saving for Placement into PowerPoint or Keynote

Project: Column Graph

Creating a Column Graph from External Datasets

Customizing the Static Graph Elements

Column Graph Design

Killer Techniques for Expert Presentations

Pie Piece Highlighting

Tearing Out Pie Pieces

Tearing Out Pie Pieces (The Alternate Live Method)

Glowing Columns and Rows

Emphasis Through Transparency

Labeling 3D Graph Slices

Final Thoughts

III. APPENDIXES.

Appendix A: Glossary.

Appendix B: Resources.

Accessing the Project Files

Goodies

Where to Turn for How-To and Technical Support

Other Projects by the Author

Book Recommendations

Other Resources

Notable Add-Ons and Plug-Ins

Professional Organizations and Associations

Appendix C: How to Identify and Re-create Logo Type.

About the Project

Prerequisites

Planning the Project

Identifying Fonts in Logos and Re-creating Logo Type

Final Thoughts

Index.

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