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Illustrator CS5 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide Paperback – Aug 6 2010

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
It's OK for the money. Not the very best for a novice. May 4 2011
By ChiNovice - Published on
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The book is ok. And many people who already know Illustrator might like it. The price is certainly better than that of other Illustrator manuals.

However, for those who have never used Illustrator, this is not the best choice. The authors often say something like "from the artboard panel menu, choose rearrange artboards" - while no images or explanations are provided where the artboard panel menu is (which is just an icon!). Also, very little explanation is given as to what artboard is and why the user needs to learn something about it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
My Go-To Illustrator reference: HOW TO EVALUATE THIS BOOK Sept. 21 2013
By Dave Millman - Published on
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I don't know why I even look at other software books any more. The Visual QuickStart Guide series is what I always buy. This one is no exception.

The best aspect of this book is the short, heavily-illustrated explanations of tasks you need to accomplish. Most tasks are two page spreads, some are four pages, but they always include photos of exactly what you need to do, and how it looks when you are done. I don't need much more.

Right now I'm doing lots of graphics for video, so Illustrator and Photoshop are open on my computer nearly full time. This book and its companion for Photoshop CS5 are the only two manuals on my desk every day. I don't upgrade to every new version-CS6 has come and gone, and now the Adobe tools are all a monthly fee on Creative Cloud, but CS5 works just great for me (until 2011 I was on CS2).

HOW TO EVALUATE THIS BOOK: click on Quick Look, then Surprise Me, and look at a few pages deep inside the book (ignore the table of contents, index, etc.) Start somewhere after page 75 so you're into the meaty part of the book. If you like the kind of illustrated instructions shown there, buy the book and you'll be happy.

CAUTION: Adobe products are known for being opaque to raw beginners, and Illustrator is no exception. If you are completely mystified about why there are two types of selection arrows (black and white), then you may want to start with a beginner's class, or search for a video introduction that starts at the VERY BEGINNING. Otherwise, you will have to walk slowly through the first couple of chapters of this book very carefully to understand the basics. We've all been there, it's a pain in the backside, but that's what makes Illustrator so, um, lovable.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Illustrator CS5 for Windows & Mac Visual Quickstart Guide Review July 6 2011
By PrisRose - Published on
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Once again, this is a good instruction guide! You'll love it. Not techy or complicated. Will guide you clearly and precisely.
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It works Sept. 26 2011
By Maya89Papaya - Published on
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This book was one of two required texts for my GRC 103 class. It seems that color is something rare in graphic art books but if it works it works -___-
It does work well for me though, it has lots of examples and it the topics are short and to the point.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good & informative Oct. 16 2011
By LC - Published on
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This was a non-required text for a digital arts class I'm taking, and I'm glad that I bought it. I will not be returning this book like I am my other textbooks -- this will be of use to me for a while.