The Adobe Illustrator CS6 WOW! Book

by Fred Showker

The Adobe Illustrator CS6 WOW! Book DTG Magazine and the Designer's Bookshelf get a lot of questions and comments from readers, but recently a lot of people comment that they no longer buy the books because they can get it all online. Well, that may be true for some things -- but NOT Illustrator! People just don't upload as much with Illustrator as they do for Photoshop and other programs because Illustrator is a lot harder. Sure, it's easy to run some filters over a photo and call yourself a 'Photoshop Expert' ... but try creating some good art in Illustrator and you see it's a totally different ball game. If you want to kick some butt with Adobe Illustrator, you need the WOW book!

Illustrator in Adobe Creative Suite 6 has undergone a fairly major makeover -- from the interface to the functions of most of the tools. There are even a dozen new tools, different palettes and shortcuts. When we installed it, I was frustrated no end; still am on certain things. But if anyone can help sooth you through the rough spots it's Sharon Steuer. Her Illustrator WOW books have been a staple of this shop, and the Design Bookshelf for many years.

unified gradients
Here you'll see some hot new uses of gradients, even unifying them across multiple objects! While you're at it, you be inspired by some great illustrations!

As a key component of Adobe Creative Suite 6, Illustrator CS6 provides the vector side of graphics. These powerful drawing tools and unparalleled typographic controls allow you to do just about everything you need in desktop publishing and web publishing. Sharon has updated her Adobe Illustrator CS6 WOW! Book for intermediate through professional artists and designers not just to teach. You'll find each chapter drives you into places you may not go on your own, and serves to inspire you into some pretty cool stuff.

In this spectacular passage, Ann Paidrick transforms simple rectangular objects into complex, contoured gradient mesh objects! These are the kinds of things you will NOT learn on the web if you searched for a hundred years!

The Adobe Illustrator CS6 WOW! Book is so full of beautiful examples, you won't believe it! And its about 100% all practical, with focuse on real-world tips, tricks, and techniques extracted from the artwork of many of the world's best Illustrator artists.

high detailed art
Working with pattern brushes and some incredible details, Aaron McGarry takes full advantage of Illustrator's symbol libraries and brushes to generate the greenery and foliage around the pipes! Components of the piping were taken from the symbol libraries, modified and replicated into an extraordinary, photographic drawing!

ann_paidrick_trans_mesh Along the way, the book incorporates the new Adobe features, such as powerful new ways to create complex repeating patterns, apply gradients to a path, edit and apply custom and preset stroke profiles, add custom and preset live arrows, use improved live trace, work with Bristle and Blob brushes, learn new ways to construct and edit objects, add transparency to mesh and gradients, create 3D with the perspective grid, manage multiple artboards, crop with clipping masks, control transitions with opacity masks, and more. For instance, right here you see the fabulous work of Greg Geisler, and get introduced to some awesome brush tips and techniques! The Adobe Illustrator CS6 WOW! Book

You've got a heafty investment in Adobe Illustrator, and or the Adobe CS6 package. This fifty bucks will take that investment way further than you thought. The online resources library alone is worth the ticket price! (Actually, if you purchase with the link here, you'll get it for under $30!) Unlike past years, this time, Sharon did not include a CD ... it simply couldn't hold all the great stuff she's including. So gig after gig after gig of remarkable files are all available right online! Most of the example files are in their pristine, layered, native Ai format, so you can see exactly how everything relates.

Click here and get this book today. I guarantee won't regret it!

GO The Adobe Illustrator CS6 WOW! Book
Sharon Steuer
... with guests : Jean-Claude Tremblay, Cristen Gillespie, Steven H. Gordon, Lisa Jackmore, Aaron McGarry, and a host of other high, top-shelf illustrators and creatives
Paperback: 336 pages, Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (August 23, 2012)
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And, I thank you for reading!

Fred Showker


The Adobe Illustrator CS6 WOW! Book by Sharon Steuer We love Sharon Steuer! -- Sharon Steuer, author of Creative Thinking in Photoshop and several books on Adobe Illustrator, has taught computer imaging in art schools and training centers throughout the country. Her paintings and computer illustrations have appeared in numerous books and magazines and have been exhibited nationally for more than a decade. She is a recipient of the Faber Birren Color Award.

Here's a brief list of what you'll find:
1) Your Creative Workspace
Isolation mode
Panels and workspaces
Basic multiple artboards

2) Creative Type & Layout
Advanced multiple artboards
Type and design stuff
Symbols and effects for artboards

3) Creative Construction
New Drawing Modes (normal, behind, inside)
Shape Builder
Path Join enhancements
New Live Trace Options panel

4) Creative Strokes
Bristle Brush
Blob Brush
New Art Brush Scale Option
Variable Width Lines
Saving and Applying Line Profiles
Creating and Applying Live Arrows
Pattern Brush

5) Creative Coloring
Gradients on a path
Gradient Mesh
Live Color part 2

6) Creative Complexity
Pattern Making
Clipping Masks
Opacity Masks
Perspective Grid
Other Live Effects

7) Creative Associations
Working with other programs

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