Series: Classroom in a Book
Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Adobe Press; 1 edition (July 5, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
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I'm currently on the 5th chapter of this book and what I can tell so far is it not only assumes you have no experience in illustrator but it also assumes you have little to no computer experience. You should be able to blow through this book if your somewhat computer literate. So far this book is fulfilling its purpose to familiarize me with the basics of the program through detailed step by step lessons focused on specific functions. A great buy if your just jumping in.
I have been using Illustrator for years to prepare geological field drawings for publication. I knew the bare minimum, and never took the time to explore on my own. The lessons in this book were fun, practical, and offered some very valuable information, that I immediately began to utilize on my job.One down side, though. They did not cover gradient meshes at all. This a technique I would love to play with, but find very intimidating.
This is a great book for anyone into graphic design and wishes to learn all the in's and out's of Illustrator. I learned on Illustrator CS3, and after going through the 00 tutorial, I realized that I had a less than average teacher, and that I can learn to draw after all.
When I started up with the 30 day trial of Adobe Illustrator CC, I felt overwhelmed with all the functions and sought out this book for some direction - and boy, was I glad I did. After just 3 or 4 lessons, I was able to create most of the design elements I was aiming to learn, and I have since purchased the software and continued into the book for more detailed work. It is extremely thorough and actually pretty difficult to mess up if you are going through the book lesson by lesson, step by step. Definitely a great book also for those who have already worked in the software + want to learn even more. And it is a heck of a lot cheaper than taking a class.The only "con" I can think of - if you can even call it that - is that I liked the software + lessons so much I found it impossible to not "play" with new functions I learned on my own in a new window during each lesson, which sometimes meant I would mess up the "default" settings for the workspace and I would have to manually figure out what I had put out of place.It is definitely a bonus that CC allows you to try the software out for 30 days for free, so I definitely recommend purchasing the book and trying out a few lessons (the whole book if you had the time) before subscribing. But I'll warn you, if you love designing, you'll be subscribing :)
This is a great book to learn the basics of AI. The practice downloads are awesome and the boom is clear and step wise approach is good. I guess how you like the book will differ between different people.
Having worked in Illustrator some years ago, this manual was very useful in updating my old skills. I recommend it for beginners as well as Rusty Retirees.
This book lacks clarity in many places especially in the chapter on advanced layer controls.Some chapters like the one above are very difficult to follow without videos and posting your questionson ambiguous parts of the book to Adobe Communities and receiving answers could take a long time.You might like to opt for training videos instead.
This book is outstanding. Lessons are always longer for me to complete than specified in the book but I still learn ok. That is just my learning style. I loved being able to download lesson files to follow along with the instructional chapters.
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