Adobe Illustrator CS6 WOW! Book, The
- By Sharon Steuer
- Published Aug 23, 2012 by Peachpit Press. Part of the WOW! series.
- Copyright 2013
- Dimensions: 7-1/2" x 9-1/8"
- Pages: 304
- Edition: 1st
- ISBN-10: 0-321-84176-X
- ISBN-13: 978-0-321-84176-6
- eBook (Watermarked)
- ISBN-10: 0-13-306799-8
- ISBN-13: 978-0-13-306799-6
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Adobe Illustrator is the indispensable vector drawing tool used by digital artists around the world. As a key component of Adobe Creative Suite 6, Illustrator CS6 provides those artists with powerful drawing tools, unparalleled typographic controls, and much more. The award-winning Adobe Illustrator CS6 WOW! Book is updated for intermediate through professional artists and designers to inspire and teach. With its practical, yet beautiful examples, this book focuses on real-world tips, tricks, and techniques extracted from the artwork of many of the world's best Illustrator artists. Along the way, the book incorporates the new Adobe features, such as powerful new ways to create complex repeating patterns, apply gradients to a path, edit and apply custom and preset stroke profiles, add custom and preset live arrows, use improved live trace, work with Bristle and Blob brushes, learn new ways to construct and edit objects, add transparency to mesh and gradients, create 3D with the perspective grid, manage multiple artboards, crop with clipping masks, control transitions with opacity masks, and more.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Adobe Illustrator WOW is ... WOW!,
This review is from: The Adobe Illustrator CS6 WOW! Book (Paperback)We get a lot of comments and questions from readers of DTG Magazine and the Design Bookshelf. Recently, some of the comments are telling us people don't buy books much any more since they think they can get it all online. Ha! That may be true for some things -- but NOT Illustrator! People just don't upload as much with Illustrator as they do for Photoshop and other programs because Illustrator is a lot harder. Sure, it's easy to run some filters over a photo and call yourself a 'Photoshop Expert' ... but try creating some good art in Illustrator and you see it's a totally different ball game. If you want to kick some butt with Adobe Illustrator, you need the WOW book!
Sharon Steuer's WOW is all new, and all hot for the latest version of the essential software for graphic designers. I've run a number of the tutorials and had a superb time learning some of the subtle new twists of CS6! (Some have even helped eliminate some of the frustrations caused by Adobe's totally... Read more
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: The Adobe Illustrator CS6 WOW! Book (Paperback)Customer Video Review Length:: 1:19 Mins
I've noticed that this series has shrunk in page sizes over time. The CS4 version had 496 pages, CS5 with 304 pages and now the CS6 version has 284 pages. I don't have the CS4 WOW book so I can't say for certain what material has been dropped. Anyway, that's not important because the book is still great!
This book is for the intermediate and professional uses. You need to have the basics to fully appreciate the content.
This is a tips and techniques book. There are plenty of practical tips. One thing I like about the series is they use real life examples. Many artists have their work featured and there's commentary explaining how their working process. The writing is concise and easy to follow. There are many neat tricks that aren't featured in official training guides. These are what set this book apart from others.
There's no more disc with the book. You've got to download it from their WOW! Online website. Shouldn't be a... Read more
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This review is from: The Adobe Illustrator CS6 WOW! Book (Paperback)I am teaching an intermediate class at a community college and since the reviews were so good, I chose this book. BIG MISTAKE. I was assigned this class on short notice, and now cannot change the book. The examples are nice work, but there is almost no information on how the art was made. These are very complex files. The book is useless except for reference on ideas and examples for professionals. You can only recreate the files if you already know how.
The example files are each pass code protected every time you open, watermarked, and have a written message that they are copyrighted. We bought the book, we get that it and it's sample files are copyright protected. Don't make it so EXTREMELY painful to download and use the files.
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Table of Contents
1) Your Creative Workspace
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)
Path Join enhancements
New Live Trace Options panel
4) Creative Strokes
New Art Brush Scale Option
Variable Width Lines
Saving and Applying Line Profiles
Creating and Applying Live Arrows
5) Creative Coloring
Gradients on a path
Live Color part 2
6) Creative Complexity
Other Live Effects
7) Creative Associations
Working with other programs
Updates & Corrections
Errata files: October 4, 2012 (.zip, 238k)
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