Bain, Steve Fundamental Illustrator 7

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This edition starts with a series of progressive lessons in Illustrator with the aim of teaching the reader how to draw, edit shapes, and use type, colours and layers. Projects at the end of each section integrate the materials learned and further explain how the procedures are used within the context of the program. The last one-third of the book covers more technical issues. It also contains a series of hands-on projects which use a combination of the skills learned and includes a troubleshooting guide. Both Mac and Windows versions are covered. The focus in on learning how to use Illustrator: its drawing tools and filters, creating simple and complex shapes, the import/export features and how to maximize the product for tasks at hand. There are hands-on projects include: creating a simple CD package cover using art created in Illustrator; creating a simple logo and saving it for export to page layout programs, saving it for use on a Web site, adding on to the original design, and creating a Web site banner and business card identity with the logo; creating a restaurant menu that incorporates a complex logo, type (with tabs) and several photographs, include a photograph inside of type; creating a pie chart with patterned slices and soft-drop shadow and adding type for labels. Steve Bain is the author of "Using CorelDraw 6, Special Edition".

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Written for users of Illustrator 7 for Macintosh, Windows 95, and Windows NT, Fundamental Illustrator 7 features advice on every component of this package. Author Steve Bain starts off by explaining the basics, highlighting the improvements in this new version, and giving tips on managing Illustrator files and understanding the elements of the interface. Then he teaches you how to add type and type effects; create and edit drawings; create special effects, fills, and strokes; create masks; work with and add effects to bitmap images; import and export files; print your work; and output images for the Web. Especially useful is the chapter titled "Getting the Most Out of Illustrator," which advises you on saving, backing up, viewing, and linking your files, as well as on optimizing Illustrator for better performance. A 32-page section shows you full-color illustrations of various projects in the book. Appendices include a glossary of digital-illustration terms and a summary of keyboard, toolbox, and palette shortcuts.

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If you can dream it-you can do it, with this Essential Guide and Comprehensive Reference to Adobe Illustrator 7. Contains 32-full color pages of tutorial demonstrations. See for yourself the virtually unlimited possibilties of Adobe's premier drawing application and learn firsthand how to put Illustrator 7's tools and features to work for you. With Fundamental Illustrator 7, your illustration dreams become reality. Build your illustrator expertise with this hands-on guidebook and reference to the latest version of Adobe's premier vector graphics drawing application. Get the necessary information-without the confusing jargon. By working through a series of progressive step-by-step lessons, you'll begin to master Illustrator 7's new tools and palettes, develop skills for working with bitmap and vector object manipulation commands, and gain a complete understanding of Illustrator 7's color, view, and layers features. You'll quickly learn about and adopt all the speedy tricks and shortcuts now available in Illustrator 7. By book's end, you'll have the advanced skills necessary to tackle even the most complex drawing projects. Learn how to: create, alter, and transform common and complex shapes, as well as precisely control and manipulate objects; implement dyanmic type effects; produce visually stricking color effects through exploration of color models and Illustrator 7's new Color, Swatches, and Gradient palette features; master the use of illustrator's latest Pathfinder filters, drawing tools, and bitmap filter effects; use Illustrator's more than 20 input/output filters including native, bitmap, vector, and text formats; increase your drawing productivity-learn all the shortcuts and customizing options available in Illustrator 7; generate artwork for both print media and the World Wide Web.

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