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Packed with vivid illustrations and practical applications, EXPLORING ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR CS6 delivers a design-driven exploration of the foundation features of the latest version of Adobe Illustrator CS6. Step-by-step tutorials derived from the kind of projects that a graphic designer might typically encounter and profiles of designers and their work in Illustrator are two of the hallmarks of this proven and popular text.The book examines the tools and features of Adobe Illustrator's newest release and shows how to create vector graphics and drawings for both print and the Web with fundamental design elements in mind. Rich pedagogy includes an Exploring On Your Own sidebar that encourages practice beyond the projects and tutorials in the book, and hundreds of new illustrations integrated throughout drives home key design concepts while demonstrating exceptional digital illustration.

Toni Toland, Syracuse University

Toni Toland is an accomplished designer, artist, writer, and educator whose teaching expertise focuses on digital prepress and interactive design. A full-time faculty member in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University since 1981, she has also served in such administrative roles as chair of the Department of Visual Communication, director of the School of Art + Design, and program coordinator for Advertising Design. She has taught and developed curriculum for campus-based and online classes on print and interactive design at Syracuse and Westwood College Online. In addition, her career includes creative positions with design studios, advertising agencies, and TOWN & COUNTRY magazine. She earned design awards from ADVERTISING AGE and the Society for Publication Designers, among others. She is the author of BEST PRACTICE, THE PROS ON ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR and BEST PRACTICE, THE PROS ON ADOBE PHOTOSHOP, and she has served as technical editor for several others. She holds both BFA and MFA degrees in design. In her spare time, she enjoys knitting, sailing, and cooking.

Annesa Hartman, Kaplan University

Annesa Hartman is a lead content developer for Kaplan University, where she manages a team of instructional designers in developing engaging online learning experiences for Kaplan faculty. A freelance graphic designer, she also has taught computer graphic courses for more than 16 years. She is the author of four other Cengage titles, including INTERACTIVE MEDIA DESIGN and DEVELOPMENT WITH ADOBE CS6. She holds a Masters in Teaching with Internet Technologies, focusing her attention on instructional design for online technologies, and web and graphic design concepts and programs. When she is not playing with pixels, she is directing, choreographing, or performing in local musical theater, teaching yoga, or working in her garden.
  • Thoroughly revised and up to date, EXPLORING ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR CS6 incorporates the changes and upgrades to Adobe Illustrator with the release of CS6--giving readers a comprehensive tutorial to this powerful program.
  • Offering even more real-world insight, Chapter 11 Web Publishing has been expanded to reflect the latest practices in the field.
  • Delivering cutting-edge coverage, all example illustrations, lessons, and lesson files are completely new--making the latest edition more engaging than ever.
  • Lessons in many chapters have been expanded, including a now more complete section on creating brushes and graphic styles.
  • The new edition also explores the integration of Illustrator and Flash in web applications in greater detail.
  • Focusing more on technical drawing than general illustration and design, an all-new chapter spotlights on new workflows as well as some tools never before included in the book.
  • A full-color interior provides inspiring examples of the stunning artwork that can be created using Illustrator.
  • Online digital lesson files allow students to work through each lesson throughout the book with ease.
  • A thorough review of Illustrator CS6's tools and capabilities introduces designers to the must-know CS6 features of Adobe's industry-standard digital illustration program.
  • The use of hands-on client projects enables readers to take a practical, tools-and-techniques approach to putting what they've learned into action.
  • Behind-the-scenes contributions from leading designers demonstrate how to find inspiration when your creativity has gone on vacation, how to avoid common software mistakes, how to prepare Illustrator files for production, and many more valuable tips for the working designer.
1. A Discovery Tour.
2. The Lay of the Land.
3. Survival Techniques.
4. Drawing Lines and Shapes.
5. Using Color.
6. Value and Texture.
7. Working with Type.
8. Object Composition.
9. Spatial Illusions.
10. Technically Speaking.
11.Print Publishing.
12. Web Publishing.

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CourseMate Instant Access

ISBN: 9781285843728
CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. This CourseMate will provide you with information on all of the new features and tools of Adobe CS software, as well as state-of-the-art instructional videos provided by Total Training that are assignable and tightly integrated to each chapter. Total Training, Inc. is a pioneer in innovative online and DVD-based training for leading creative design, digital video, and office productivity software programs.


CourseMate Instant Access

ISBN: 9781285843728
Cengage Learning's CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Maximize your course success with the integrated eBook and chapter-specific learning tools that include flashcards, quizzes, videos, and more in your CourseMate. Key Features: Interactive eBook, Engagement Tracker, Learning Objectives, Tutorial Quizzes, Glossary and Flashcards, and Web Links and References.