Exploring Adobe Illustrator CS5

  • AUTHOR: Annesa Hartman
  • ISBN-13: 9781111130367 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 384 Pages  Paperback 
  • 1st Edition  |  Previous Editions: 2010, 2008, 2006
  • ©2011     Published
  • Level(s): Flesch-Kincaid
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About The Product

Now fully updated to the new release of Adobe's Creative Suite, EXPLORING ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR CS5 shows designers how to use this feature-rich software tool to create dynamic design. Written by an author who is an experienced designer and educator known for her user-friendly style, EXPLORING ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR CS5 teaches the must-have software skills and how to use those skills to create exceptional design. 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. Extensive artwork is expertly woven throughout the information-packed format to drive home key design concepts and show the way to great digital illustration.


  • A thorough review of Illustrator CS5's tools and capabilities introduces designers to the must-know CS5 features of Adobe's industry-standard digital illustration program including coverage of the new Bristle Brush, Shape Builder tool, Perspective Grid and much more.
  • The use of client projects allows readers to take a practical, tools-and-techniques approach to putting what they've learned to work.
  • Behind-the-scenes contributions from leading designers show 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 tips of value to the working designer.
  • A full-color interior provides inspiring examples of the artwork that can be created using Illustrator.
  • A back-of-book CD features digital lesson files, tutorials, audio interviews with working designers, and other valuable learning tools.

About the Contributor

  • Annesa Hartman

    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.

Table of Contents

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: Print Publishing.
11: Web Publishing.

New to this Edition

  • Bristle Brush – a new brush type that using opacity variations, creates the effect of using a real brush with bristles.
  • Opacity/Transparency settings are now available when working with gradient meshes.
  • Shape Builder tool – a new tool to ease a designer's effort to create complex shapes.
  • Draw in perspective using the new Perspective Grid as a guide.
  • Simplify workflow with multiple artboard, drawing, path, and symbol enhancements.
  • CS Live - provides online services and resources that you can access directly from Illustrator.