The Adobe Illustrator WOW! Book for CS6 and CC

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 7/23/2014
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press
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For decades, Sharon Steuer and her international WOW! team have been showcasing the world’s best artists and designers working in Illustrator. In this expanded edition of the best-selling and award-winning Illustrator WOW! Book, you’ll find hundreds of tips, tricks, and techniques derived from actual projects from top Illustrator artists. You’ll learn to use new features, discover exciting ways to create complex effects, and find fresh ways to use venerable old tools and┐speed up your workflow. This edition includes coverage of the 2014 release and is loaded with and lessons with stunning new artwork that feature:

  • Painting and generating objects with raster brushes
  • Harnessing Live Corners, Live Rectangles, and new ways to reshape paths
  • Manipulating live type characters with the Touch Type tool
  • Creating airbrush and neon effects with gradients on strokes
  • Building complex styles with multiple lines, fills, and effects
  • Composing complex repeating patterns
  • Auto-generating corners for pattern brushes
  • Incorporating transparency into mesh and gradients
  • Building and modifying scenes in perspective and 3D
  • Transforming raster art to Illustrator vectors
  • Preparing artwork for animation and the web
  • Integrating Illustrator with Photoshop and other apps
  • Creating photorealism in Illustrator

WOW! ONLINE Register the book at peachpit.com/register to access artwork to pick apart and special PDFs from artists to you. Keep up with tips on the latest Illustrator features at WOWartist.com.

Author Biography

Sharon Steuer is an artist who has been creating, writing about, and teaching workshops on digital art since the early 80s. The Adobe Illustrator WOW! Book, which is in its 14th edition, has three times won the Benjamin Franklin Award for “Best Computer Book.” In addition, Sharon is the author of Creative Thinking in Photoshop: A New Approach to Digital Art, teaches courses in artistic painting with Illustrator on lynda.com, and is a regular columnist for creativepro.com. Her digital paintings and illustrations have appeared in numerous books and magazines and have been exhibited nationally. You can see her work and keep in touch with her via: www.sharonsteuer.com, facebook.com/SharonSteuer, twitter.com/SharonSteuer.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Your Creative Workspace
Chapter 2: Designing Type & Layout
Chapter 3: Rethinking Construction
Chapter 4: Expressive Strokes
Chapter 5: Color Transitions
Chapter 6: Reshaping Dimensions
Chapter 7: Mastering Complexity
Chapter 8: Creatively Combining Apps

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