Adobe Creative Suite All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies

Adobe Creative Suite All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies

by Jennifer Smith, Jen deHaan


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If you’re responsible for producing quality printed materials or creating great-looking Web pages for your business or organization, Adobe’s new Creative Suite has just what you need. This complete set of integrated graphics, design, and Web page creation tools will help you produce professional quality brochures, flyers, and newsletters as well as dynamic Web pages—as soon as you get familiar with all the parts!

Well, relax. Adobe Creative Suite All-In-One Desk Reference For Dummies® has you—and all those programs—covered. Five minibooks walk you through setting up and using the tools, while the sixth shows you how they all work together. And this single volume will remain a handy reference long after you gain proficiency with the entire suite:

  • InDesign for page layout
  • Illustrator for creating art and graphics
  • Photoshop, the world’s favorite image editing program
  • Acrobat, to share files across different operating systems and develop interactive forms
  • GoLive for building innovative Web pages

Even if you plan to use only one or two of these elements now, Adobe Creative Suite All-In-One Desk Reference For Dummies® is an outstanding resource. Find out what you need to know today, and when you’re ready to tackle the next tool, just turn to that minibook and away you go. These are only a few of the skills you’ll discover:

  • Create a professional-looking page with InDesign, import Photoshop and Illustrator graphics to enliven it, and preserve it in a PDF file
  • Design a logo for your business with Illustrator and give it 3D effects
  • Save Illustrator files in a variety of Web-compatible formats, including GIF, HTML, and even Macromedia® Flash SWF
  • Correct photo color and edit your images in Photoshop
  • Plan an entire Web site for maximum impact, then save hours of work by using GoLive’s templates, components, and libraries
  • Use Acrobat to create PDFs that include MP3 audio, video or SWF files

Whether your goal is to design newsletters, a full-size book, an e-commerce Web site, or just about anything else, Adobe’s Creative Suite plus Adobe Creative Suite All-In-One Desk Reference For Dummies® will help you get the job done.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764556012
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/09/2004
Series: For Dummies Books
Pages: 744
Sales rank: 1,228,995
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Smith is a professional designer and founder of AGI Training, a leading training company devoted to graphic arts instruction.

Jen deHaan is a freelance Web designer and author.

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Table of Contents


Book I: Adobe Creative Suite Basics 7

Chapter 1: Introducing the Adobe Creative Suite 9

Chapter 2: Using Common Menus and Commands 19

Chapter 3: Using Common Palettes 31

Chapter 4: Using Common Plug-Ins 39

Chapter 5: Importing and Exporting 49

Chapter 6: Handling Graphics, Paths, Text, and Fonts 59

Chapter 7: Using Color 71

Chapter 8: Printing Documents 83

Book II: InDesign CS 91

Chapter 1: Introducing InDesign CS 93

Chapter 2: Drawing in InDesign 115

Chapter 3: Working with Text and Text Frames 141

Chapter 4: Understanding Page Layout 173

Chapter 5: Clipping Paths, Transforming Objects, and Alignment 195

Chapter 6: Understanding Color and Printing 209

Chapter 7: Exporting Your Work 221

Chapter 8: Integrating InDesign 231

Book III: Illustrator CS 243

Chapter 1: Discovering the Basics of Illustrator CS 245

Chapter 2: Using the Selection Tools 257

Chapter 3: Creating Basic Shapes 267

Chapter 4: Creating with the Pen Tool 273

Chapter 5: Using Type in Illustrator 285

Chapter 6: Organizing Your Illustrations 309

Chapter 7: Using Layers 319

Chapter 8: Livening Up Illustrations with Color 327

Chapter 9: The Transform and Distortions Tools 339

Chapter 10: Transparency and Special Effects Tools 351

Chapter 11: Using Filters and Effects 363

Chapter 12: Using Your Illustrator Image 375

Book IV: Photoshop CS 391

Chapter 1: Photoshop CS Basics 393

Chapter 2: Mode Matters 401

Chapter 3: Creating a Selection 413

Chapter 4: Using the Photoshop Pen Tool 425

Chapter 5: Resolution Basics 435

Chapter 6: Creating a Good Image 443

Chapter 7: Painting and Retouching Tools 457

Chapter 8: Using Layers 475

Chapter 9: Saving Photoshop Images for Print and the Web 491

Book V: Acrobat 6.0 503

Chapter 1: Discovering Essential Acrobat Information 505

Chapter 2: Creating PDF Files 515

Chapter 3: Adding Interactivity to PDF Files 525

Chapter 4: Editing and Extracting Text and Graphics 535

Chapter 5: Using Commenting and Annotation Tools 545

Chapter 6: Securing Your PDF Files 555

Book VI: GoLive CS 561

Chapter 1: Introducing GoLive CS 563

Chapter 2: Creating a Web Site 575

Chapter 3: Working with Images 585

Chapter 4: Text and CSS 595

Chapter 5: Tables and Frames 609

Chapter 6: Links 623

Chapter 7: Layers 633

Chapter 8: Forms 647

Chapter 9: Multimedia 661

Chapter 10: Publishing Your Web Site 671

Index 683

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