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Adobe Illustrator for Windows and Macintosh
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1: Illustrator Interface.


2: How Illustrator Works.


3: Startup.


4: Views.


5: Objects Basics.


6: Select/Copy.


7: Transform.


8: Reshape.


9: Fill & Stroke.


10: Pen.


11: Layers.


12: Create Type.


13: Style & Edit Type.


14: Acquire.


15: Brushes.


16: Symbols.


17: Combine Paths.


18: Gradients.


19: Appearances/Styles.


20: Masks/Transparency.


21: Distort.


22: Effects and filters.


23: Precision Tools.


24: Actions.


25: Preferences.


26: Output/Export.


27: Web.


28: Separations.


Appendix A: Keyboard Shortcuts.

Promotional Information

With a slew of new features and tighter-than-ever integration with the rest of Adobe's design, graphics, and publishing tools (all of which are now in perfect sync as part of Adobe's Creative Suite), Illustrator CS ($499; upgrade, $169) promises to make designers' lives a whole lot easier-especially if they have this task-based guide! As the standard Illustrator text in many design schools, this popular guide has taught a generation of users how to make the most out of Adobe's graphics powerhouse. Now the Visual QuickStart Guide is back revised and updated-to teach the next generation. Using simple step-by-step instructions, loads of screen shots, and an array of time-saving tips and tricks, this volume represents the quickest route to Illustrator CS proficiency. Clearly marked locators to new and improved features (such as a the Scribble Effect, enhanced type capabilities, hundreds of professionally designed templates, enhanced PDF support, and more), a full-color section of inspiring Illustrator artwork, and highly readable text create a winning combination for every level of Illustrator user.

About the Author

In addition to this book, Elaine Weinmann and Peter Lourekas have also written, designed, and illustrated Visual QuickStart Guides to Illustrator, Photoshop, LiveMotion, and Painter. Their books have been translated into 12 languages and have sold more than 1.3 million copies worldwide. They have also taught at Pratt Manhattan, Cooper Union School of Art, the New School Computer Instruction Center, and Parsons School of Design.

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