Illustrator CS2 In Easy Steps

Illustrator CS2 in easy steps


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By Robert Shufflebotham

Publication: October 31, 2005
Pages: 192
ISBN: 978-1-84078-302-5

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About the book

Adobe Illustrator CS2 is a market leading graphics application, which puts precision, control, sophisticated effects and endless creative possibilities at your fingertips. Illustrator CS2 in easy steps gives you the essential building blocks you need to use the software efficiently, to expand your understanding of its rich features and to master its full potential. It also provides a fast-track to the exciting new upgrade features such as Live Paint, Live Trace, the Control palette and the file management capabilities of Adobe Bridge.

The opening chapters of the book focus on the basics and build skills needed to underpin your understanding of the product. These include the interface, techniques for creating, editing and manipulating basic shapes, selecting and arranging objects and working with layers, along with important controls for creating and applying color. Then, this primer moves on to cover: type, transformations, the pen tool and anchor points; giving you the understanding and control you need to work efficiently with paths. Also examined are more advanced features such as the exciting 3D capabilities, as well as gradients and gradient meshes.

Illustrator CS2 in easy steps breaks Illustrator into a series of clear, logical, structured learning steps, allowing you to develop the confidence, control and accuracy you need to set your creativity free.


About the author

Robert Shufflebotham is a software training consultant with over 21 years experience of delivering software training. He trains on a regular basis for some of the largest and most prestigious magazine, book and newspaper publishers in the world. He also has a MA in Electronic Media.



  1. The Working Environment
  2. Open, Place, Save and Print Files
  3. Basic Shapes and Brushes
  4. Arranging Objects
  5. Color and Appearance Attributes
  6. Cutting and Joining Paths
  7. Creating and Editing Type
  8. Formatting Type
  9. Transforming Objects
  10. Bezier Paths and the Pen Tool
  11. Gradients and Gradient Meshes
  12. Graphs
  13. Filters and Effects


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