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Publisher: Cengage Learning; 001 edition (July 23, 2012)
Publication Date: July 23, 2012
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I'm just over half-way through this, but I wanted to review it since it's good and no one has reviewed it yet. I was required to use the Adobe Classroom in a book for my class, but I had trouble learning from it. Based on my very good experience with Exploring Adobe InDesign CS6 (Adobe Cs6) in my digital publishing class. I ordered this one. I like that it balances step by step instructions for lessons as well as more big picture explanations. It also encourages experimentation. It's a good approach since Illustrator is quite complex and requires more than one approach to master. Just doing the step by step, like the Adobe book, I never got the big picture and I didn't retain much. In class, I already notice. I'm having an easier time than many of my classmates.I told my teacher and she agreed that this series of "Exploring" books is good. She said the department uses the Adobe book mainly because they are the first ones to publish when the new software versions come out. I was fortunate since the department only recently switched the digital publishing class over to "Exploring Adobe InDesign". They might adopt this book as well, eventually.
This has been a helpful resource in learning Illustrator. I thought I would not need a book specifically on Adobe, being experienced with another vector program. Boy was I wrong! I have found this book easy to follow. It's more of a learning experience than a reference guide for finding out how to do a specific function. I started on page one and have been doing the exercises in order.
I purchased this text because I am taking an Illustrator CS6 class next semester and I wanted to study the material to gain some understanding of Illustrator before class begins. The text is beautifully designed, but in Chapter 1, I found steps missing in the tutorial. I was finally able to complete Lesson 1 by conducting research on the Internet and watching YouTube videos. To my surprise, there is no errata associated with this book. I'm going to continue with Chapter 2, but if I run into more problems because of what appears to be poor editing, then this book is going in the garbage and I'll look for another text.I will update my review, after I've completed Chapter 2.Update: I completed chapters 2-5. I will continue to read and execute the step-by-step tutorials until I complete the textbook. Explanations on some key points are not as complete as I would like, but the information is nonetheless complete. In most Adobe applications, there are a ton of ways to execute a single task so I'm a little disappointed that some of the other ways to complete a task are not always mentioned. The chapter on "color" is quite good and I appreciate the time the author took to explain the various color modes and how they are used for print and web. I rate the effort as a solid 3 plus stars.
Great for everyone from beginners to pros who forgot how a couple of mechanics work.
Easy to follow....lessons can be found through website....
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