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Illustrator 9 for Dummies

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ISBN-10: 0764506684

ISBN-13: 9780764506680

Edition: 2000

Authors: Ted Alspach, Matt LeClair

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llustrator 9 For Dummies will show newcomers and experienced users alike how to easily get up to speed and start creating great artwork with the brand new release of Adobe Illustrator. Authored by Illustrator's product manager and foremost Illustrator expert Ted Alspach, this will be the best introductory book ever on the world's number-one professional illustration tool. Packed with great information and plenty of humor, this book is the fun and easy ticket to becoming an Illustrator artiste with out any of the pain!
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Book details

List price: $21.99
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/15/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 361
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Ted Alspach is the author of many books on desktop publishing and graphics, as well as hundreds of articles on related topics, including "Illustrator 7 Studio Secrets, Illustrator 7 Bible, Photoshop Complete, Kai's Power Tools Studio Secrets," and "Illustrator Filter Finesse." He is a contributing editor to "Adobe Magazine,"Brian Underdahl is the author of 70 books on many different, mostly computer-related topics. His books have won several awards including the "Referenceware Excellence Award 2003, "which was awarded at the Waterside Berkeley Publishing Conference for the best book in the Graphic Design and Multimedia category.

About This Book
What You Don't Need to Read
Foolish Assumptions
How This Book Is Organized
Driving People Crazy--Illustrator's Bum Rap
Drawing and Coloring Your Artwork
Taking Your Paths to Obedience School
Weaving Beautiful Typestries
Getting Art to Print, to the Web, and to Other Applications
The Part of Tens
About All Those Little Icons
Where to Go From Here
Driving People Crazy--Illustrator's Bum Rap
Introducing the World of Illustrator
From Humble Origins to Master of the Graphics Universe
A brief history of Illustrator
Illustrator's place in the cosmos
Starting Up Illustrator and Revving It a Little
What's in a Name (field)?
Page Size
Exploring the Illustrator Workspace
A graphic handyman's Toolbox
Palettes to suit any artist
Menus with the finest cuisine
Mac and Windows issues spring eternal
Defining the Document Area
Opening Existing Documents
Viewing Illustrator Documents
Zooming in and out of artwork
Scrolling around your document
Using the Navigator palette
Looking at the guts of your artwork
Saving Illustrator Documents
Changing Your Mind
Printing Illustrator Documents
Closing Documents and Quitting Illustrator
Following the Righteous Path
Whether Paths or Pixels Are Better
Paths: The ultimate flexibility in graphics
Pixels: Detail and realism to spare
How Paths and Pixels Compare
A comparison of path and pixel documents
The big limitations and upcoming solutions
When to use paths and when to use pixels
Paths and the PostScript Language
Which is faster--a square or a square?
PostScript: The evolution of Bezier curves
What's my vector, Victor?
Gray's Anatomy of a Path
In Illustrator, it's polite to point
You can handle the truth
Drawing Basics
Doing Everyday Things with Illustrator
Picking Up Stuff and Moving It Around
Discovering Selection tools
Moving and transforming objects
Distorting paths
Organizing Objects
Using the Fun Stuff
Compound Paths
Entering the Wide World of the Web
Saving the World
Save As
Save a Copy
Save for Web
Using Illustrator for What It Does Best
Drawing and Coloring Your Artwork
Shaping Up, Basically
Creating Basic Shapes
Drawing rectangles and squares
Drawing ellipses and circles
Creating stars, polygons, and spirals
Putting Shapes Together
Creating Objects Using the Pathfinder Command
Crescent moon
Getting Your Fill of Fills and Strokes
Understanding Fill and Stroke
Filling and stroking paths with color
Making a bold stroke
Filling crossed and open paths
The Swatches Palette
All the colors in the rainbow and then some
Swatch Options for super colors
Swatch libraries
The Color Palette
Parts of the palette
Modes and models
Filling with Patterns and Textures
Applying patterns to paths
Making patterns
Using the Gradient Fill
The Gradient tool
The Gradient palette
Gradient-mania (color-tweaking made simple)
The Secret Gradient
Selecting and Editing Paths
Selecting with Different Methods
Natural selection
Direct selection
Group selection
Selecting more or less of what you have
Freeform selections
Selecting without Tools
A giant vat of really sticky stuff
Specialized selection functions for important occasions
Editing and Adjusting Points
A relocation bonus for points
Fine-tuning curves with direction points
Converting anchor points
Adding and subtracting points (or path math)
Wielding the Mighty Pen Tool
Performing with the Pen, the Path, and the Anchor Points
Smooth anchor points
Straight corner anchor points
Curved corner anchor points
Combination corner anchor points
Creating Straight Lines with the Pen Tool
Open and closed paths
Creating Super-Precise Curves with the Pen Tool
Taming the draggin'
Following the one-third rule
Following rules for the other two thirds
Drawing the tricky anchor points with the Pen tool
Drawing Shapes with the Pen Tool
Drawing a sad, lumpy circle with the Pen
Drawing a heart
Wielding the Versatile Pencil Tool
Using the Pencil Tool as a Pencil
Minimal effort and hefty stress reduction
A few unexpected exceptions to all this bliss
Cherishing the Multipurpose Pencil Tool
Making the Pencil tool work just for you
Changing the path not Penciled
Working with the all-natural "Smoothie" tool
Using the Pen with the Pencil
Swapping one tool for another
Precision versus speed: You make the call
Creating Magnificent Brushstrokes
Brushing Where No Stroke Has Gone Before
Embracing your inner artist
The Paintbrush tool options
Creating a New Brush
Working with the Different Brush Types
Art brushes for when you're feeling a bit wacky
Scatter brushes for when you are a bit wacky
Pattern brushes--too cool and utterly wacko
Calligraphic brushes for formal occasions
Extreme Fills and Strokes
Messing Around with Meshes
Making Objects Partially Transparent and Blending Colors
Fade away with opacity
Big fun with math! Blending graphics with Blend Modes
Discovering How Strokes Work
Joins, Bends, and Dashes
The Effect Menu
Applying "live" effects to objects
Removing and changing effects
Here's the catch ... rasterization!
Clipping Masks
Keeping Up Appearances, with Style(s)
The Appearance Palette
Reading the Appearance palette
Adding Fills and Strokes
Changing the appearance of groups and layers
Applying effects to strokes and fills
Going back to adjust settings
Removing appearances
Killing live effects until they're dead
Figuring Out Styles
Applying styles to objects
Creating and editing styles
Spotting the difference between graphic and text styles
Applying graphic styles to text
Taking Your Paths to Obedience School
Pushing, Pulling, Poking, and Prodding
Understanding the Five Transformation Sisters
Additional Transformation Tidbits and Distortions
The Transform palette
Copying while transforming
Transform Each
Transform Again
Partial transformations
Punk and Bloat
Roughen and Scribble and Tweak, oh my!
Zig Zag
Blending: The Magic Transformation
Organizing Efficiently
Stacking Illustrator Artwork
Stacking order
Moving art up front or back down in the stacking order
Managing the Mess
Using the Layers palette
Lock and Unlock, View and Hide
Copying layers (quickly and completely)
Viewing objects and groups
Using your options on layers, groups, and objects
Imposing Slavish Conformity with Groups
Lining Up
Electronic graph paper
Guides that are truly smarter than most of us
Let the rulers guide you...
I'm a path, I'm a guide
Weaving Beautiful Typestries
Introducing Letters and Such (Type 101)
Using the Word Processor from Outer Space
Controlling type in Illustrator
The Type tool
The Character palette
The Paragraph palette
Introducing the Strange Land of Type
Fonts, typefaces, and font families
Serif and sans serif
The biggest Don't Do It that we can think of
Exploring Size, Leading, and Other Mysterious Numbers
Measuring can be just plain odd
Measuring can be just plain annoying
Spacing out while staring at type
Putting type on the rack
Moving on up and down
Adjusting Entire Paragraphs
Changing the alignment of a paragraph
Changing the space around the paragraph
Studying Advanced Typography (Type 1,000,001)
Typing on a Path
Getting type to stick to a slippery slope
Solving the age-old type-on-a-circle mystery
Typing inside a Path
Typing around a Path
Flowing Type from Path to Path
Adjusting the Path (Not the Type)
Using Type as a Mask
Converting Type to Paths
Getting Art to Print, to the Web, and to Other Applications
Printing Your Masterpiece
Printing Quickly
What You See Is Roughly What You Get
Setting Up Your Page to Print (You Hope)
Printer type and page size
The only options you need to care about
Printing Mechanics
Printing composite proofs
Important printing options
All About Way-Scary Separations
Remember, separations are not in color
Looking at Separations Setup
Putting Your Art on the Web
From Illustrator to the Web
Using Web colors only
Working in Pixel Preview mode
Choosing a file format
So which file format is best, already?
Creating Web-Specific Pixel Graphics
PNG-8 and PNG-24
Creating Web-Specific Vector Graphics
Moving Files into and out of Illustrator
Bringing Files into Illustrator
But which is better, linking or embedding?
Managing links
Getting Files out of Illustrator
Working with Illustrator and Photoshop
Making life easy: Copy and paste, drag and drop
Now opening in an application near you
Using Adobe Illustrator with Nearly Everything Else
The Part of Tens
Ten Production-Enhancing Tips
Punching Holes
Whoa! Don't Use That Photoshop Filter!
When White Isn't Nothing
Expanding for Simplicity
Quick! Hide!
Take a Tip from Illustrator
Change Your Units Whenever You Want
Reuse Your Brushes, Swatches, and Libraries
Avoid Russian Dolls
Selecting Type When You Want
Ten Tantalizing Techniques
Making Text Three-Dimensional
Tracing Hastily
Neon Glow
Ancient Type
Making Artwork on a (Shoe) String
Cleaning Up After Illustrator
Getting Animated
Perspective Shadows
Haunted by a Ghost(ing)
Cubing the Square
Ten (Or So) Ways to Customize Illustrator
Positioning Palettes
Changing the Items on the Menu
The Flexible Toolbox
The Startup Document
Changing the Default Settings
Changing Hidden Commands You Never Knew About
Using a Master Document
Action Jackson
Sticky Settings
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