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Real World Adobe Illustrator 9 Paperback – Sep 20 2000

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 896 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (Sept. 20 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201704056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201704051
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 3.3 x 22.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
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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

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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.

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So I have to learn Illustrator. I have used Photoshop for a number of years, and have found the author's Photoshop Bible an invaluable reference. So it makes perfect sense for me to go and grab a copy of this book, right? Sure, why not. Then I get it and find out that instead of the clear descriptions and meaningful tips that made the Photoshop book so invaluable, there are long, meaningless discussions on topics just tangentally related to Illustrator. If I wanted the author's opinion on the software, I would, well, actually, I do not want the author's opinion on the software. I have to use Illustrator and I have to learn it. I don't care that someone somewhere used silly judgement on some feature, I want to know how that feature works now, not how it should work. I spent more time hopscotching around the book with all the crazy cross references than reading. There appear to be several other books on Illustrator which I'll review. Well, actually, I'm going to buy one at a time until I get one that works. This one did not work.
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Even though the text is written in a very casual, conversational tone, this is not an easy read. There are over 800 pages of detailed explanations of every feature and nuance in Illustrator 9.
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.
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Looking for computer related books I used to rely on Amazon's reviews, but those here are complete mystery to me. How this excellent book can only score 2.5 stars? It's written by Illustrator veteran who's been working with it for 14 years now. This guy really knows Illustrator and was willing to share his knowledge with us. The book is logically divided (unlike some other book I examined) into chapters. It covers all the important tools. It explains them thoroughly. And it's not just a few sentences describing all the modifiers keys. It's actually description AND explanation plus usefull examples and/or tips. For instance, it's easy to describe what blend tool does. But is it obvious having such description how to create neon-like effect? Well, Deke reveals some secrets and definitely goes further then covering raw tools description.
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.
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new to illustrator? look elsewhere, please. this book is not a tutorial, nor is it a decent introduction to the program. while it goes into great detail about each and every option associated with each and every tool, it does an extremely poor job of putting anything into context or explaining how any of the features would actually be used. it is extremely discouraging to a fledgeling illustrator user to not even be introduced to color until the fourteenth chapter. don't let the title fool you; this book has precious little to do with the real world. the organization is scattered -- the constant cross-references make reading it straight through impossible. a theory junkie myself, i was elated when i read the introduction and all of the background the authors gave. however, at some point, i just wished they would cut the cutesy jokes and tell me how to get started already. the only use i could imagine for this book would be perhaps for someone who was familiar with a prior version of illustrator and wanted to brush up a little bit. however, the cloying tone and terible organization would limit its use even then.
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I have given this book 3 stars considering 4 is the top for a book with no electronic version, or CD included with. Lets be fair, this book is to please the beginners but makes you mad if you know or worked previously with illustrator products. For the beginners: This will rise your brain content about the program and tell you about the illustrator products story and what is it for; I think it will take 2 years to understand all content and it will be a very good introduction to the subject if not the best in the world. Take it and enjoy it!!! For advanced users search somewhere else it is not for you definitely, I swear! Though I insisted that it is for the beginners this doesn't mean that it couldn't be for intermediate people of us. One big disadvantage of this book is the confusing terminology used. Adobe calls something with a name and the auther prefer another name and insist to use it in all of his book so if you don't read the book form the cover to the cover then alot of confusion gonna mess up with you. Illustration is quite acceptable, but I would prefer an example illustration and a guide below it that tells you how to achieve the job The colored plated are very un-useful thay are little and small sized. The font size is amazing because it is 12pt I guess, so you don't need your glasses...huh
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