Real World Adobe Illustrator 9 Paperback – Sep 20 2000
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Two prolific authors of how-to books have collaborated on this fun yet comprehensive look at Illustrator, a great application that is even better in version 9. Real World Adobe Illustrator 9 doesn't require any prior experience, laying a good foundation before diving into more advanced tasks. More experienced users can scan chapter 1, which lists what's new in version 9 and points to the appropriate chapters you can read to get up to speed fast.
The book is divided into four sections: "Starting", "Creating", "Changing" and "Colouring". This is particularly suited to the vector-based nature of Illustrator. More than in the case of a pixel-based application like Photoshop, the great advantage of working with art in Illustrator is how easy it is to modify objects.
Following along with instructions in the book isn't difficult, although you have to pay careful attention to details in the screen shots, especially if you skip around. Probably to keep the price of the book down, most of the illustrations are small and black and white (though there is one colour insert section). Moreover, the images lean more toward clip art than professional-looking projects.
On the other hand, this book is reader-friendly. The text size is comfortable to read and the captions are clear and detailed, which means you can flip through, look just at the pictures and still learn a lot. The text is casual and conversational, and the more serious information is set off typographically. --Angelynn Grant
From the Back Cover
Entertaining, up-to-date and comprehensive, this is the definitive guide to learning industrial-strength techniques using Adobe Illustrator. The authors cover every tool and feature in Illustrator, providing helpful tips and hints throughout. Dozens of step-by-step techniques are provided and thoroughly illustrated. This edition has been thoroughly updated for Illustrator 9, and includes a new chapter on using Illustrator to produce Web graphics, with special focus on animated GIF, JPEG, Flash, and LiveMotion formats. Also includes a full color insert.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
What it does....It explains keyboard shortcuts, dialog boxes, and options for every tool, pallette, menu item, preference, you name it. The explanations are especially helpful in the sections regarding transparencies, the appearance pallette, and the layers pallette which are new to Illustrator 9.
What it doesn't....It does not have a CD or any tutorials and does not give you any ideas for how to use the tools.
If you are a new Illustrator user, then I would suggest buying something from the "Adobe Classroom in a Book" or "Visual Quickstart" series to get you up and running, then having this book as a reference when those tuturials don't go into enough detail about a tool or function (which will happen). The Illustrator WOW Book is great for getting ideas. I use Real World Illustrator when I need to know EXACTLY how a tool or filter is going to affect my artwork. It goes into more detail and is easier to read than the user guide.
For every tool there there is also it's icon presented, so you don't have to wonder where it could be located (unlike in the other book I've checked).
Some complains about his humorous comments. How come? They are sparse and really funny. Others complain about historical comments. Those comments are just short explanations of what has changed in AI9 compared to previous versions. Yet others do not like Deke criticized some AI9 features. What's wrong with that? If something's imperfect I want to know about it.
This book is complete and outstanding. I'd recommend it to all the beginners. Experienced users are far more demanding, but I'm sure even they will find some new tricks. Nevertheless the book covers basics, so I'm aware not everyone might want it. It lacks the CD, but that's not too important, as examples could be recreated from scratch to reinforce learning.
Note: I'm not Deke's nor Sandee's relative and I wasn't paid to write this review. It's just that this book is great.
Most recent customer reviews
This book never leaves me looking for more. It's comprehensive, clear, and even inspiring. Well-written, too.Published on July 18 2002 by Linda
I have to give this book 5 stars because it has everything I need in a book about a software program. Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2001 by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed the book and the detail and even found the inane cutseyness a break in what can be a detailed subject. Read morePublished on March 23 2001 by emaginaryMiker
Thats right, if you are a beginer, then I would try something else. I bought this book thinking that it would be perfect for me. Read morePublished on March 7 2001 by john
The artwork, the writing and the overall style of this book are extrelemly ameteurish. The author seems to know a lot about drawing software, but finds reasons to criticize it... Read morePublished on March 5 2001
I've had considerable difficulty learning Illustrator. Real World Illustrator was little help. Instead of 800 pages of information about how to use it, the book contains 700 pages... Read morePublished on March 4 2001
You can't do better than learning with Deke and Sandee. I never realized just how much there is to learn about Illustrator. Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2001 by Scott Fisher
More of a discourse on background information about Illustrator and "art," this overlong book never gets to the meaty substance of the product. Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2001
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