Adobe Illustrator CS4 on Demand [NOOK Book]


Adobe Illustrator CS4 on Demand

What you need, when you need it!

Need answers quickly? Adobe Illustrator CS4 on Demand provides those answers in a visual step-by-step format. We will show you exactly what to do through lots of full color illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions.

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• Improve publishing and productivity with the CS4 interface

• Browse, organize, and process files using Adobe ...

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Adobe Illustrator CS4 on Demand

What you need, when you need it!

Need answers quickly? Adobe Illustrator CS4 on Demand provides those answers in a visual step-by-step format. We will show you exactly what to do through lots of full color illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions.

Inside the Book

• Improve publishing and productivity with the CS4 interface

• Browse, organize, and process files using Adobe Bridge

• Transform and reshape objects to create a new look

• Use Live Paint to create recolor and modify images

• Use Live Color to create color harmony in a design

• Create text and apply style to display artistic text

• Apply appearances and graphic styles for a unique design

• Create eye catching special effects and filters

• Export images to EPS, Adobe PDF, Adobe Flash, and Adobe Photoshop

• Optimize files f or the web

Bonus Online Content

Register your book at to gain access to:

• Workshops and related files

• Keyboard shortcuts

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780768687682
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 12/29/2008
  • Series: On Demand
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 1,305,239
  • File size: 33 MB
  • Note: This product may take a few minutes to download.

Meet the Author

Steve Johnson has written more than 45 books on a variety of computer software, including Adobe Photoshop CS3 and CS2, Adobe Flash CS3, Dreamweaver CS3, Microsoft Office 2007 and 2003, Microsoft Windows Vista and XP, Microsoft Office 2008 for the Macintosh, and Apple Mac OS X Leopard. In 1991, after working for Apple Computer and Microsoft, Steve founded Perspection, Inc., which writes and produces software training. When he is not staying up late writing, he enjoys playing golf, gardening, and spending time with his wife, Holly, and three children, JP, Brett, and Hannah. Steve and his family live in Pleasanton, California, but can also be found visiting family all over the western United States.

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How You’ll Learn

How This Book Works

What’s New

Keyboard Shortcuts

Step-by-Step Instructions

Real World Examples


Adobe Certified Expert

Get More on the Web

Welcome to Adobe Illustrator CS4 On Demand, a visual quick reference book that shows you how to work efficiently with Illustrator. This book provides complete coverage of basic to advanced Illustrator skills.

How This Book Works

You don’t have to read this book in any particular order. We’ve designed the book so that you can jump in, get the information you need, and jump out. However, the book does follow a logical progression from simple tasks to more complex ones. Each task is presented on no more than two facing pages, which lets you focus on a single task without having to turn the page. To find the information that you need, just look up the task in the table of contents or index, and turn to the page listed. Read the task introduction, follow the step-by-step instructions in the left column along with screen illustrations in the right column, and you’re done.

What’s New

If you’re searching for what’s new in Illustrator CS4, just look for the icon: New!. The new icon appears in the table of contents and throughout this book so you can quickly and easily identify a new or improved feature in Illustrator. A complete description of each new feature appears in the New Features guide in the back of this book.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Most menu commands have a keyboard equivalent, such as Ctrl+P (Win) or A+P (Mac), as a quicker alternative to using the mouse. A complete list of keyboard shortcuts is available on the Web at

Step-by-Step Instructions

This book provides concise step-by-step instructions that show you “how” to accomplish a task. Each set of instructions includes illustrations that directly correspond to the easy-to-read steps. Also included in the text are timesavers, tables, and sidebars to help you work more efficiently or to teach you more in-depth information. A “Did You Know?” provides tips and techniques to help you work smarter, while a “See Also” leads you to other parts of the book containing related information about the task.

Real World Examples

This book uses real world example files to give you a context in which to use the task. By using the example files, you won’t waste time looking for or creating sample files. You get a start file and a result file, so you can compare your work. Not every topic needs an example file, such as changing options, so we provide a complete list of the example files used throughout the book. The example files that you need for project tasks along with a complete file list are available on the Web at


This book shows you how to put together the individual step-by-step tasks into in-depth projects with the Workshop. You start each project with a sample file, work through the steps, and then compare your results with a project results file at the end. The Workshop projects and associated files are available on the Web at

Adobe Certified Expert

This book prepares you fully for the Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) exam for Adobe Illustrator CS4. Each Adobe Certified Expert certification level has a set of objectives, which are organized into broader skill sets. To prepare for the certification exam, you should review and perform each task identified with a Adobe Certified Expert objective to confirm that you can meet the requirements for the exam. The Adobe Certified Expert objectives are available on the Web at

Get More on the Web

In addition to the information in this book, you can also get more information on the Web to help you get up-to-speed faster with Illustrator CS4. Some of the information includes:

Transition Helpers

  • Only New Features. Download and print the new feature tasks as a quick and easy guide.
Productivity Tools
  • Keyboard Shortcuts. Download a list of keyboard shortcuts to learn faster ways to get the job done.
More Content
  • Photographs. Download photographs and other graphics to use in your Illustrator documents.
  • More Content. Download new content developed after publication.

You can access these additional resources on the Web at

© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xvii

1 Getting Started with Illustrator CS4 1

2 Creating and Viewing a Document 27

3 Working with Objects 59

4 Working with Color 93

5 Applying Fills, Strokes, and Gradients 117

6 Working with Points and Paths 139

7 Working with Layers 165

8 Working with Type 185

9 Working with Graphics 219

10 Manipulating Artwork with Effects 239

11 Drawing and Painting 259

12 Using Symbols 287

13 Automating the Way You Work 307

14 Proofing and Printing Documents 323

15 Exporting a Document 347

16 Designing for the Web and Devices 363

17 Customizing the Way You Work 389

18 Working Together with Adobe Programs 405

W Workshops: Putting It All Together 525

Index 441

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