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  • Bonus content on author's site at perspection.com
  • Combines up-to-the-minute quick-reference material and comprehensive step-by-step training in an easy-to-use full-color format
  • Includes bonus end-of-chapter and online workshop content that adds value beyond that offered by any competitive book
  • Includes complete coverage of ALL certification objectives for the latest Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) exam on Illustrator!


  • Copyright 2014
  • Dimensions: 7-1/2" x 9-1/8"
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-5164-X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-5164-5


  • Online Workshops
  • Online Adobe Certified Exam (ACE) Resources
  • More than 500 of the most essential Illustrator CC tasks

Need answers quickly? Adobe Illustrator CC on Demand provides those answers in a visual step-by-step format.  We will show you exactly what to do through lots of full color illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions. 

Inside the Book

  • Improve publishing and productivity with Adobe Creative Cloud and touch screens
  • Browse, organize, and process files using Adobe Bridge
  • Transform and reshape objects to create a new look
  • Use Live Paint to create, recolor, and modify images
  • Use Live Color to create color harmony in a design
  • Create complex shapes, patterns, and perspective objects
  • Transform and touch up text and apply styles to display artistic text
  • Apply appearances and graphic styles for a unique design
  • Package or export designs to use in other programs

Numbered Steps guide you through each task

Did You Know alerts you to tips and techniques

See Also points you to related information in the book

Tasks are presented on one or two pages

Illustrations with matching steps

Bonus Online Content

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Sample Content

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Working with Objects in Adobe Illustrator CC

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Table of Contents

Introduction    xvii

1  Getting Started with Illustrator CC    1

Installing Illustrator    2  New!

Getting Started    4  New!

Viewing the Illustrator Window    6  New!

Showing and Hiding Panels    8

Working with Panels    10

Using the Tools and Control Panel    12  New!

Opening a Document    14  New!

Opening a Document with Adobe Bridge    16

Inserting Images in a Document    18  New!

Using the Status Bar    19  New!

Working with Document Windows    20

Checking for Updates Online    22  New!

Getting Help While You Work    24

Saving a Document    26

Finishing Up    28

2  Creating and Viewing a Document    29

Creating a New Document    30

Creating a New Document Using Presets    31  New!

Creating a New Document from a Template    32

Setting Up a Document    34  New!

Using Multiple Artboards    36

Working with Multiple Artboards    38

Changing the Display View    40  New!

Changing the View with the Navigator Panel    42

Customizing the Navigator Panel    44

Changing the Screen Display Mode    45

Changing the View with the Zoom Tool    46  New!

Viewing and Using Rulers    48

Using the Guides    50  New!

Using Smart Guides    52

Using the Grid    54

Moving Around with the Hand Tool    55

Using Crop Marks    56

Working with the Info Panel    58

Using Undo and Redo    59

Creating and Selecting Workspaces    60

Working on Touch Screens    62  New!

3  Working with Objects    63

Understanding Vector and Raster Graphics    64

Understanding Paths    65

Selecting a Drawing Mode    66

Creating Pixel Aligned Objects    67

Creating Rectangles and Ellipses    68

Creating Polygons and Stars    70

Creating Line Segments    71

Creating Arcs and Spirals    72

Creating Grids    74

Using the Shape Builder Tool    76

Creating Perspective Objects    78

Working with Perspective Objects    80

Customizing a Perspective Grid    81

Understanding Selections    82

Using the Selection Tool    83

Using the Direct Selection Tool    84

Using the Lasso Tool    85

Using the Magic Wand Tool    86

Selecting and Grouping Objects    88

Selecting Similar Objects    90

Saving and Editing Selections    92

Moving Objects    93

Duplicating Objects    94

Aligning and Distributing Objects    96

Transforming Objects    97

Using the Free Transform Tool    98  New!

Rotating and Scaling Objects    100

Reflecting and Shearing Objects    101

Applying Multiple Transformations    102

Reshaping Objects with Envelopes    104

Using the Transform Panel    106

4  Working with Color    107

Changing Color Settings    108

Changing Color Profiles    110

Working with Color Modes    111

Changing Color Modes    112

Applying Colors    113

Working with the Color Panel    114  New!

Working with the Swatches Panel    116  New!

Creating Groups in the Swatches Panel    118

Working with Swatch Libraries    120

Adding Colors Using the Kuler Panel    122  New!

Replacing Colors    124

Inverting Colors    126

Using the Color Guide Panel    127

Applying Color with the Color Guide Panel    128

Editing Colors with Live Color    130

Proofing Colors on the Screen    132

5  Applying Fills, Strokes, and Gradients    135

Applying Fill and Stroke Colors    136

Changing Stroke Attributes    138

Changing Stroke Style    140

Creating Variable Stroke Widths    142

Using the Eyedropper Tool    144

Creating Patterns for Fills    146

Editing Patterns    148

Using Patterns as Fills    149

Blending Fill Colors    150

Creating Blends Automatically    151

Applying Blend Options    152

Creating Blends with the Blend Tool    153

Modifying Blend Objects    154

Setting Transparency Options    155

Controlling Transparency Effects    156

Creating Transparency Masks    157

Flattening Object Transparency    158

Using the Transparency Grid    159

Applying Gradients    160

Using Gradients Libraries    162

Creating Gradients    163

Editing Gradients    164

Using the Gradient Tool    165

Creating a Gradient Mesh    166

6  Working with Points and Paths    169

Drawing with the Pen Tools    170

Setting Anchor Point Preferences    172

Moving Points and Segments    173

Converting Points    174

Adding and Deleting Anchor Points    176

Aligning and Joining Anchor Points    178

Reshaping Paths    180

Erasing to Reshape Paths    182

Smoothing Paths    183

Simplifying Paths    184

Dividing Paths    185

Splitting Paths    186

Merging Paths    188

Working with Shape Mode    190

Working with Pathfinder    191

Creating a Compound Path    192

Creating a Clipping Set    194

Editing a Clipping Set    196

7  Working with Layers    199

Understanding the Layers Panel    200

Setting Layers Panel Options    201

Creating Layers    202

Selecting Layers    204

Deleting Layers    205

Selecting Objects with Layers    206

Arranging Layers and Objects    208

Duplicating Layers and Objects    210

Locking Layers and Objects    211

Showing and Hiding Layers and Objects    212

Merging Layers and Groups    213

Moving Objects to a Layer    214

Flattening Layers    216

Locating Objects in the Layers Panel    217

Creating a Template Layer    218

Viewing Layers as Outlines    219

8  Working with Type    221

Using Type Tools    222  New!

Creating Point Type    223

Creating Point Type in a Text Box    224  New!

Creating Area Type    225

Modifying Area Type    226

Converting Point and Area Type    227  New!

Creating Path Type    228

Modifying Type on a Path    230

Importing Text    231

Selecting Type    232

Copying or Moving Type    234

Working with Overflow Type    236

Changing Fonts    238  New!

Finding and Changing Fonts    240  New!

Changing Font Size    242

Leading Type    243

Kerning Type    244

Tracking Type    245

Scaling Type    246

Rotating Type    247

Touching Up Type    248  New!

Formatting Type    250

Anti-aliasing Type    251

Aligning Paragraphs    252

Indenting and Spacing Paragraphs    253

Setting Tabs    254

Working with Hyphenation    255

Working with Different Languages    256  New!

Working with Type Styles    258

Using Smart Punctuation    260

Working with Glyphs    261

Working with OpenType Fonts    262

Working with Justification    263

Wrapping Type Around an Object    264

Creating Type Outlines    265

Applying Color and Stroke to Type    266  New!

9  Working with Graphics    267

Opening Graphics    268  New!

Placing Graphics    269  New!

Placing Graphics from Adobe Bridge    270

Linking or Embedding Graphics    272

Change Linked or Embedded Graphics    274  New!

Managing Linked or Embedded Graphics    276  New!

Tracing Raster Graphics    278

Adjusting Tracing Options    280

Converting Tracing to Paths    282

Applying Graphic Styles    283

Creating Graphic Styles    284

Editing Graphic Styles    286

Applying Appearance Attributes    288

Creating a Mosaic Graphic    290

10  Manipulating Artwork with Effects    291

Applying Illustrator Effects    292

Applying the Convert to Shape Effect    294

Applying the Scribble Effect    295

Applying the Inner or Outer Glow Effect    296

Applying the Drop Shadow Effect    297

Applying    3D Effects    298

Applying Warp Effects    300

Applying Distort & Transform Effects    301

Changing Raster Effects Settings    302

Working with the Effect Gallery    304

Applying Multiple Effects    306

Controlling Effects Using Selections    307

Using Blur Effects    308

Viewing Various Effects    310

11  Drawing and Painting    313

Using the Pencil Tool    314

Creating Live Paint Groups    316

Setting Live Paint Bucket Tool Options    318

Using the Live Paint Bucket Tool    320

Using the Live Paint Selection Tool    322

Modifying Live Paint Groups    324

Selecting Gap Options    326

Using the Brushes Panel    327  New!

Using the Paintbrush Tool    328  New!

Creating and Editing Scatter Brushes    330  New!

Creating and Editing Calligraphic Brushes    332

Creating and Editing Art Brushes    334  New!

Creating and Editing Pattern Brushes    336  New!

Creating and Editing Bristle Brushes    338

Working with Brushes    340

Working with Liquify Tools    342

12  Using Symbols    343

Using the Symbols Panel    344

Using Symbol Libraries    345

Working with Symbols    346

Duplicating and Editing Symbols    348

Breaking Symbol Links    350

Using the Symbol Sprayer Tool    352

Setting Symbolism Tools Options    353

Using the Symbol Shifter Tool    354

Using the Symbol Scruncher Tool    355

Using the Symbol Sizer Tool    356

Using the Symbol Spinner Tool    357

Using the Symbol Stainer Tool    358

Using the Symbol Screener Tool    359

Using the Symbol Styler Tool    360

Expanding Symbol Instances    361

Using    9-Slice Scaling for Symbols    362

Aligning Symbols to the Pixel Grid    364

Setting the Symbol Registration Point    365

13  Automating the Way You Work    367

Examining the Actions Panel    368

Building a New Action    370

Controlling the Playback of a Command    371

Adding a Stop to an Action    372

Inserting a Non-Recordable Command into an Action    373

Adding a Command to an Action    374

Deleting a Command from an Action    375

Working with Batch File Processing    376

Opening and Using Scripts    378

Defining and Editing Data Variables    380

Creating and Formatting a Data Graph    382

Adding Graph Designs to a Graph    384

Cleaning Up Unneeded Elements    385

14  Proofing and Printing Documents    387

Using Spell Check    388

Using Custom Dictionaries    389

Finding and Replacing Text and Elements    390

Finding and Changing Fonts    392

Printing a Document    394

Printing with Presets    395

Setting General Print Options    396

Setting Marks and Bleed Options    398

Setting Graphics Options    400

Previewing Color Separations    401  New!

Setting Output Options    402

Setting Advanced Options    404  New!

Setting Color Management Options    406

Checking for Print Problems    407

Inserting File Information    408

Using the Document Info Panel    410

15  Exporting a Document    411

Packaging a Document    412  New!

Exporting a Document    414  New!

Understanding Export File Formats    415  New!

Exporting as a Bitmap    416

Exporting as a TIFF    417

Exporting as a PNG or JPEG    418

Exporting to Photoshop    420

Exporting as an AutoCAD    422  New!

Exporting as a Flash Movie    424

Generating and Exporting CSS    426  New!

Saving as an Adobe PDF    428

Saving as an EPS    430

Saving as a SVG    432  New!

Saving a Document for Microsoft Office    434

Saving as a Template    435

Saving Time with Presets    436

16  Designing for the Web and Devices    437

Saving for the Web    438

Working with Save For Web Options    440

Working with Web File Formats    442

Optimizing a JPEG Document    444

Optimizing a GIF Document    446

Optimizing a PNG-8 Document    448

Optimizing a PNG-24 Document    450

Optimizing an Image to File Size    451

Slicing Images the Easy Way    452

Working with Slices    454

Adding HTML Text or an URL Link to a Slice    456

Arranging Slices    458

Combining or Dividing Slices    460

Saving Slices for the Web    461

Saving Selected Slices    462

Previewing in a Browser    463

Sharing on Behance    464  New!

17  Customizing the Way You Work    465

Setting General Preferences    466

Changing Sync Settings Preferences    468  New!

Changing Selection & Anchor Display Preferences    470

Setting Type Preferences    472  New!

Changing Units Preferences    474

Setting Slices Preferences    475

Setting Hyphenation Preferences    476

Selecting Plug-ins    477  New!

Selecting Scratch Disks    478

Setting User Interface Preferences    479

Setting File Handling & Clipboard Preferences    480

Working with Appearance of Black Preferences    482

Defining Keyboard Shortcuts    483

Using Drawing Tablets or Screens    484

18  Working Together with Adobe Programs    485

Exploring Adobe Programs    486  New!

Exploring Adobe Bridge    487

Getting Started with Adobe Bridge    488

Getting Photos from a Digital Camera    489

Working with Raw Images from a Digital Camera    490  New!

Modifying Images in Camera Raw    492  New!

Working with Images Using Adobe Bridge    494

Setting Preferences in Adobe Bridge    496

Applying Image Adjustments    498

Automating Tasks in Adobe Bridge    499

Using Mini Bridge    500

Scripting with Adobe ExtendScript Toolkit    501

Working with Adobe Media Encoder    502

Working with Adobe Extension Manager    504  New!

Using the Adobe Exchange Panel    505  New!

Accessing Adobe Creative Cloud    506  New!

New Features    507  New!

Adobe Certification    513



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