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Adobe Illustrator CS2 @work: Projects You Can Use on the Job


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  • Copyright 2006
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-672-32801-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-672-32801-5

There are plenty of books available to teach you how to use the different tools that are a part of Adobe Illustrator CS2. But how many will actually show you how to work with the tools and techniques and apply them to real-world, relevant projects that you encounter every day at work? This one will. Adobe Illustrator CS2 @ Work: Projects You Can Use on the Job is a project-based guide that will help you complete workplace projects while you learn how to use Illustrator CS2. Detailed, well-explained instructions will help you accomplish job-related tasks, including:

  • Designing and working with logos.
  • Designing corporate identity materials.
  • Illustrating a poster.
  • Designing product packaging.
  • Designing a trifold brochure.
  • Designing a magazine advertisement.
  • Designing a DVD package, label and menu.
  • Designing a website.
Tips, tricks and notes will provide you with the information that you need to apply what you learn through these projects to projects you encounter every day at work. Learn by doing rather than reading with Adobe Illustrator CS2 @ Work: Projects You Can Use on the Job.



Chapter 2 - 1.2 MB - Chap02.zip

Chapter 3 - 8 MB - Chap03.zip

Chapter 4 - 52 MB - Chap04.zip

Chapter 5 - 36 MB - Chap05.zip

Chapter 6 - 25 MB - Chap06.zip

Chapter 7 - 43 MB - Chap07.zip

Chapter 8 - 26 MB - Chap08.zip

Chapter 9 - 20 MB - Chap09.zip

Chapter 10 - 23 MB - Chap10.zip

Chapter 11 - 5 MB - Chap11.zip

Chapter 12 - 2 MB - Chap12.zip

Appendix B- 14 MB - AppendixB.zip

Appendix C - 28 kb - AppendixC.zip

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Adding Logos and Artwork to Non-Flat Objects

Adding Logos and Artwork to Non-Flat Objects

Table of Contents


    What Will You Gain from This Book?

    Organization of This Book

    Downloading the Book's Project Files

    Conventions Used in This Book


1. Getting to Know Illustrator Without Fear.

    Illustrator's Role in the Modern Creative Workflow

    Facing the Fear of Illustrator

    Illustrator Versus Photoshop

    Embracing the Freedom of Illustrator

    Working Together

    Will Illustrator and Photoshop Ever Merge?

    Illustrator's User Interface

    The Adobe Common User Interface

    Arranging Palettes

    Palette Menus


    The Tools Palette

    The Welcome Screen

    New in Illustrator CS2

    New Features

    New Refinements

    New Bugs in Illustrator CS2

    Final Thoughts


2. Designing a Logo (From Scratch or From a Scan).

    About the Projects


    Planning the Projects

    Project: Logo Sketch

    Sketching a Logo Concept

    Project: Trace a Scan

    Tracing a Scanned Sketch

    Project: Shape Drawing and Modification

    Combining Simple Shapes to Make Complex Paths

    Project: Logo Refinement

    Refining the Logo

    Project: Saving for Print, Web, and Microsoft Office

    Saving the Logo for Print, Web, and Microsoft Office

    Final Thoughts

    @work resources

3. Adding Logos and Artwork to Non-Flat Objects.

    About the Projects


    Planning the Projects

    Prepare the Artwork

    Promotional Items

    Project: Logo Decaled onto a Rotated and Angled Jar

    Mapping a Vector Logo to a Rotated and Angled Jar

    Project: Logo Decaled onto a Cylindrical Mug

    Mapping a Vector Logo to a Cylindrical Mug

    Project: (Almost) Photo-Realistic Waving Lanyard

    Drawing a Near Photo-Realistic Lanyard and Mapping Text to It in 3D

    Final Thoughts

4. Designing Corporate Identity Material.

    About the Projects


    Planning the Projects

    The Logo

    Business Cards

    Copy Proofs

    Project: Business Cards

    Designing Business Cards for Multiple Employees

    Project: Creating Corporate Letterhead

    Project: Exploded Envelopes

    Designing Exploded Envelopes

    Project: Press-Ready PDFs

    Making Press-Ready PDFs

    Final Thoughts


    Layered PDFs


5. Illustrating an (Almost) Photo-Realistic Poster.

    About the Project


    Planning the Project

    Automatic Protection

    Multiple Rights

    Derivative Works

    Copyright Myths

    Losing Your Rights for Profit or Slothfulness

    Using Stock Photography

    Model Photography

    Know Your Rights-For Yourself

    Project: (Almost) Photo-Realistic Portrait

    Creating an (Almost) Photo-Realistic Portrait

    Working with Meshes

    Live Trace the Hair

    Final Thoughts

6. Designing Product Packaging.

    About the Projects


    Planning the Projects

    Project: Wrap-Around Can Label

    Designing a Wrap-Around Can Label

    Project: Exploded Six-Sided Box

    Designing an Exploded Six-Sided Box Template

    Final Thoughts

7. Creating 3D Product Packaging Mockups.

    About the Projects


    Planning the Projects

    Project: 3D Labeled Box

    Creating a 3D Six-Sided Box

    Project: 3D Drink Container

    Building a 3D Photo-Realistic Can with Wraparound Label

    Final Thoughts

8. Designing a Tri-Fold Brochure.

    About the Projects


    Planning the Projects

    Project: One-Page, Multi-Page Template

    Building the One-Page, Multi-Page Template

    Project: Brochure Design

    Designing the Brochure

    Project: Proofing and Printing

    Proofing and Printing the Brochure

    Final Thoughts

9. Designing and Color Proofing a Magazine Advertisement.

    About the Projects


    Planning the Projects

    Project: Ad Design

    Designing the Ad

    Project: Proofing

    Proofing Colors and Color Separation

    Final Thoughts

10. Designing a DVD Package.

    About the Projects


    Planning the Projects

    Considerations for Video Professionals

    Burning Your Own DVD

    DVD Replication Services

    Package and Assembly Considerations

    Design Considerations

    Project: DVD Label

    Creating a DVD Label

    Laying Out the Label

    Project: DVD Amaray Insert

    Designing the DVD Amaray Insert

    Final Thoughts

11. Designing a Website and Flash Animation.

    About the Projects


    Planning the Projects

    The Right Tool for the Job

    Organization and Hierarchy

    Additional Questions

    Project: Grid and Background

    Creating the Grid and Background

    Project: Static Page Elements

    Creating the Static Page Elements

    Project: Navigation Buttons

    Creating Navigation Buttons

    Project: Slice and Export

    Slice and Export the Page

    Project: Flash Logo Animation

    Animating the Flash Logo

    Final Thoughts

12. Creating Graphs for a Report.

    About the Projects


    Planning the Projects

    Project: 3D Pie Graph

    Creating a Pie Graph

    Exporting Graphs for Other Applications

    Saving for Placement into Adobe InDesign

    Saving for Placement into QuarkXPress

    Saving for Placement into Other Print Applications

    Saving for Placement into PowerPoint or Keynote

    Project: Column Graph

    Creating a Column Graph from External Datasets

    Customizing the Static Graph Elements

    Column Graph Design

    Killer Techniques for Expert Presentations

    Pie Piece Highlighting

    Tearing Out Pie Pieces

    Tearing Out Pie Pieces (The Alternate Live Method)

    Glowing Columns and Rows

    Emphasis Through Transparency

    Labeling 3D Graph Slices

    Final Thoughts


Appendix A: Glossary.

Appendix B: Resources.

    Accessing the Project Files


    Where to Turn for How-To and Technical Support

    Other Projects by the Author

    Book Recommendations

    Other Resources

    Notable Add-Ons and Plug-Ins

    Professional Organizations and Associations

Appendix C: How to Identify and Re-create Logo Type.

    About the Project


    Planning the Project

    Identifying Fonts in Logos and Re-creating Logo Type

    Final Thoughts




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