The Graphic Designer's Digital Toolkit: A Project-Based Introduction to Adobe Photoshop CS6, Illustrator CS6 & InDesign CS6

  • AUTHOR: Allan Wood
  • ISBN-13: 9781133602699 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 768 Pages  Paperback 
  • 6th Edition  |  Previous Editions: 2011, 2010, 2008
  • ©2013     Published
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About The Product

THE GRAPHIC DESIGNER’S DIGITAL TOOLKIT, 6th Edition not only introduces students to the essential features of industry-standard software applications, but also gives them an understanding of how to integrate these programs into a seamless whole. Using a highly visual and project-based approach, this fully revised new edition examines Macintosh OS X Lion® and Windows 7® operating systems, as well the “Big 3” digital design programs used in the graphics industry today: Adobe Illustrator® CS6, Adobe Photoshop CS6®, and Adobe InDesign® CS6. After thoroughly examining the features of each application from the designer’s perspective, the author then reveals in practical detail the traditional skills and technology necessary for effective design for print and Web media. Using online project files, students are encouraged to practice what they have learned by tackling design projects throughout the text from concept to completion. Effectively merging theory with practice, THE GRAPHIC DESIGNER'S DIGITAL TOOLKIT, 6th Edition stresses the critical importance of integration in design while meeting design parameters and client expectations.


  • Expansive Coverage: Chapters and tutorials address all Adobe® CS6 Suite features in Photoshop®, Illustrator®, and InDesign®, as well as new features with Mac OSX Leopard® and Windows 7®.
  • Colorful Artwork: Detailed photos, screenshots, and illustrations throughout the text and tutorials demonstrate the current Adobe® CS6 interface and applications.
  • Helpful Tips: Incorporated in the projects and tutorials, Design Tips and special Toolkit Tips help students understand the importance of integrating traditional concepts and techniques with today's software advances.
  • Ample Practice: The book’s more than 40 projects include "Using Selections to Replace Color on a Sports Car" in Photoshop, which showcases selection technologies and accurate toning for truly realistic effects. "Creating Playing Cards" demonstrates Illustrator's Shape Builder tool for customized shapes.
  • Online supporting Data Files supply all files needed for projects and tutorials, while the accompanying Website at delivers a variety of extra student learning resources.

About the Contributor

  • Allan Wood

    Allan Wood served 12 years as an Assistant Professor and Program Chair of the Graphic Design and Professional Photography degree programs at McIntosh College in New Hampshire, until its closure a couple of years ago. He currently teaches a full load of college level courses independently as an adjunct Professor in digital media and business at New Hampshire's Great Bay College and Manchester Community College, along with an online multimedia course each semester for DeVry. Allan recently was awarded a second place standing for Educator of the Year in the Computer Design: Graphics and Photography category among 80 colleges participating. Mr. Wood is a member of the New Hampshire Professional Photographer's Association and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. His images have appeared in national greeting cards, calendars, and catalogs, and on a variety of Websites. He holds a Master's degree in Instructional Design and Online Learning, sits on academic advisory committees for digital media and computer technology departments, and is a beta tester for Adobe products.

Table of Contents

1. Welcome to the Land of OS.
2. Designing for the Client.
3. Adjusting Images in Photoshop.
4. Working with Selections and Channels.
5. Using Layers.
6. Restoring and Coloring a Black and White Photograph.
7. Creating Shapes with Illustrator.
8. Working with Brushes, Symbols, and Layers.
9. Precision with the Pen Tool.
10. integrating Photoshop and Illustrator Files for Web Use.
11. InDesign Fundamentals.
12. Working with Multipage Documents.
Appendix A: Completed Projects and Tutorials.

New to this Edition

  • Updated Tools and Techniques: Tutorials in Adobe Photoshop®, Illustrator®, and InDesign® now include new tools and techniques for the CS6 suite, as well as revised figure illustrations to demonstrate CS6’s new darker interface.
  • Improved Flow: In addition to new tutorials and enhancements to existing images, tutorial content has been revised so that each new skill builds upon a previous one, making content flow logically for students.
  • New “Goodies”: The online Goodies folder includes additional information, skills, tools, and techniques to support the version 6 Photoshop®, Illustrator®, and InDesign® applications.
  • More Instructor Resources: Packed with more content, PowerPoint® slides, and teaching materials, the Instructor Resources make course preparation easier than ever.
  • Mac Leopard OS X® : A revised Chapter 1 includes the most recent developments in the new Macintosh Leopard operating system, for a timely perspective of this popular graphic design software.