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  • Copyright 2011
  • Dimensions: 7-1/2 X 9-1/8
  • Pages: 304
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-321-71244-7
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-321-71244-8

The definitive full-color book on mastering Adobe Illustrator—now completely reorganized, fully updated, and created for intermediate through professional users of Illustrator CS5 For years, Sharon Steuer and her international WOW! team have been showcasing the world’s best artists and designers working in Illustrator. In this completely updated edition of the best-selling and award-winning Illustrator WOW! Book, you’ll find hundreds of tips, tricks, and techniques derived from actual projects from these top Illustrator artists. Using Adobe Illustrator CS5, Sharon shows you how to integrate the new perspective grid, Shape Builder tool, Bristle Brushes, transparency in gradient mesh, new drawing modes, multiple artboards, and more. This edition is loaded with new lessons, galleries, and stunning new artwork that features:

  • Creating artwork with the dynamic Perspective Grid
  • Fast construction with the Shape Builder tool and drawing modes
  • Working with the painterly and naturalistic Bristle Brushes
  • Creating variety in strokes with the new Width tool
  • Enhanced Web, Flash, and animation workflow
  • Fast and easy masking using the Draw Inside mode
  • Layering transparency in photorealistic gradient mesh
  • Managing multiple artboards with the new Artboards panel
  • Integrating Blob Brush artwork with Live Paint
  • Working quickly using the improved Appearance panel
For intermediate through professional-level illustrators.

Find Artwork to pick apart, custom WOW! scripts by Premedia Systems, and many demos and plug-ins on the DVD-ROM:
  • Custom WOW! scripts created by Premedia Systems for colorizing objects and resizing multiple artboards.
  • The best demos and plug-ins hand-picked by WOW! technical editor Jean-Claude Tremblay
  • Bonus ReadMe documents including PDFs from the Adobe technical team and commissioned  artists
  • Details about creating SmallCaps in Illustrator by ILene Strizver from
  • Two full PDF chapters from Mordy Golding's Real World Adobe Illustrator CS5
  • Technical experts from Sandee Cohen's InDesign: Visual QuickStart Guide, and Conrad Chavez's Real World Adobe Photoshop for Photographers
  • Many art files from the book to deconstruct

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1) Your Creative Workspace

Iso mode




Panels and workspaces

Basic multiple artboards

2) Creative Type & Layout

Advanced multiple artboards

Type and design stuff

Symbols and effects for artboards

3) Creative Construction

New Drawing Modes (normal, behind, inside)



Shape Builder

Path Join enhancements


4) Creative Strokes

Bristle Brush

Blob Brush

New Art Brush Scale Option

Variable Width Art/Pattern Brush


New Strokes

5) Creative Coloring


Gradients Mesh

Live Color part 2

6) Creative Complexity




Perspective Grid

Other Live Effects

7) Creative Associations

Working with other programs


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