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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Adobe Press; 1 edition (Nov. 12 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321573781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321573780
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 2.4 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 962 g
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The book 'Adobe Illustrator CS4 Classroom in a book' contains 15 in depth lessons on Adobe Illustrator CS4. Each lesson is 20-30 pages long and additional files and instructions are contained on the included CD.
The book covers the areas: the general work area in CS4, selecting and aligning, creating and editing shapes, transforming objects, drawing with the pen and pencil tools, colour and painting, working with type, working with layers, blending shapes and colours, working with brushes, applying effects, applying appearance attributes and graphic styles, working with symbols, combining illustrator CS4 graphics with other Adobe applications and output in Illustrator.

Adobe Illustrator is such an in-depth program that the book is a great training manual for a beginner but will also teach experienced users new tips and tricks. It is very easy to follow due to the small steps and illustrations to guide. The lessons are great for people who like to work at their own pace and they can be stopped and started at any time. At the end of each chapter there are Review questions and answers to summarize what you should have learnt throughout the previous chapter.

The book is a great as a training manual if you follow the lessons step by step however it does not cover every tool included in Illustrator and it is not very good as a point of reference, if you have a particular question.

I had prior knowledge in Adobe Illustrator before reading this book and it helped expand my knowledge, teach me shortcuts and realize the full potential of the tools, I have only completed a few of the lessons so far, and look forward to learning more.
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As a seasoned yet self-taught user of several of Adobe's Creative Suite applications, i thought I knew most if not all there was to know about Illustrator. I learned so much more from this book than I imagined i would. The book has a strong, easy to follow layout with full color visuals, which will defiantly ease the learning curve for beginners. In fact, I was so impressed with this book that i've decided to order a few others from the CS4 Classroom In A Book series.

My 4 star rating is reflective only of the fact that the Adobe writers team didn't mention anything about the Gradient Mesh Tool in this book. Even though Adobe Press clearly states that this book doesn't replace the documentation for Illustrator CS4 and that not everything is covered, having no mention of the Gradient Mesh Tool seems to be significant omission that could have fit nicely in several chapters of the book.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3f9f63c) out of 5 stars Must-Have book to get started with Illustrator March 3 2009
By Tianzhen Lin - Published on Amazon.com
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Ever since I got my hands on Adobe products, I find that Adobe's Classroom in a Book (CIAB) series always delivery quality instruction that would bring me from any level to at least intermediate level. The latest Illustrator CS4 is no exception.

I bought this book for a user who has never had any experience with Adobe products, within hours, the user was able to finish the tutorials without breaking a sweat. I further assigned the user some tasks, and the results were quite to my satisfaction.

Before CIAB, I borrowed "Illustrator CS4 for Dummies", honestly, the book has made both the user and I dumber. The author has spent lengthy time discussing various different concepts in chapter 1, the information has nothing to do with getting hands on with the software. In fact, the information is way too technical to be suitable for its "Dummies" title.

I would recommend this book to those who wish to get hands on with Illustrator, which is an excellent piece of software to learn after you have reasonable skill with Photoshop.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3c3f75c) out of 5 stars With the help of this book, you too can use AI March 14 2009
By Merry Quinson - Published on Amazon.com
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I downloaded the trial version of AI CS4 and ordered this book to see if I (a non-artist with no experience with this software) could learn to use it well enough to create decent looking covers for work projects.

The book is well laid out and got me up and working right away. The directions are clear and easy to follow. It is also lots of fun to see what I can do with this program.

As a complete novice, I cannot assess how helpful this book would be to an experienced user, but it does a first-class job of making an extremely complicated program usable by a beginner.
32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3c3f2a0) out of 5 stars Complicated and often confusing lesson plan Jan. 19 2009
By CDM - Published on Amazon.com
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This attempt to teach CS4 is supposed to be aimed at a newbie trying to get a hang of the software. I bought this book to get a new employee started before any outside classes were undertaken.

The lesson plan is complicated, some instructions in the lessons don't follow the actual software, and after about a week of using the book, we abandoned it for another method.

Don't be confused, this is not a book that should be purchased to replace real classroom experience.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3fa7d38) out of 5 stars Very Disappointed Sept. 15 2009
By Falstaf - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been using Classroom in a Book since they first came out, it was kind of my bible, for both my class and my practice, always easy to use/ follow instructions till this last version. It not only skips steps, in some cases it skips whole lessons for example Chapter 6 "Painting with gradients and patterns" the pattern part is ok, but they never got to the gradient part, which is one of the most important updates of this version! Then the constant "for more info got to adobe help menu" I'm sorry but if I'm buying a workbook it should have all the instructions or troubleshooting i need IN the book, for that matter, we would be better off consulting the Help menu. I don't think this version met with their old standards by any change.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3c4d978) out of 5 stars You Will Not Be Disappointed May 12 2009
By Rob - Published on Amazon.com
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I've read many books in the Classroom in a Book series for Adobe Creative Suite 4. And I must say that this book was well worth the money. It provides enough detail and good examples to get you started with Illustrator. You will not be disappointed.

It guides you step by step from selecting, aligning, transforming and editing objects to drawing with the pen and pencil tools. Then you begin working with color, type and layers, all very good chapters. Then you start the more advanced topics, blending colors and shapes, working with brushes, and applying effects, which was my favorite topic. Moving on you will apply appearance attributes, work with symbols, learn to integrate with other Adobe products and finally consider output to printers.

Once you've finished this book, I recommend you build your knowledge with a more detailed book called "Real World Adobe Illustrator CS4" by Mordy Golding.