The Adobe Illustrator WOW! Book for CS6 and CC

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2019-07-20
  • 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 Adobe Illustrator. In this 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 illustrators. You’ll discover exciting ways to create complex effects, learn fresh ways to use venerable tools to speed up your workflow, and find updated information on features through the 2019 CC release. This edition is loaded with lessons, technical information, and stunning artwork galleries including:

  • Coloring with Freeform Gradients, Gradients, Mesh
  • Transforming with Puppet Warp
  • Painting and generating artwork with raster brushes
  • Harnessing Live Corners/Rectangles, and new reshaping tools
  • Mastering type effects and controls
  • Creating airbrush and neon effects with gradients on strokes
  • Quickly styling with multiple lines, fills, and effects
  • Creating complex repeating patterns
  • Forming 3D and perspective effects
  • Exploring different ways to globally change artwork 

  • Preparing and saving artwork for print and web
  • Using Adobe Illustrator with Adobe Photoshop and other apps

Register your book at to download artwork that you can manipulate in Adobe Illustrator, see the “How to use this book” section for details.

“This book has the perfect mix of inspiration and instruction–I have yet to find a better motivational tool for using Illustrator to push the envelope and create art that forces people to notice.”

MORDY GOLDING, Senior Director of Content,


“Every Illustrator user should have a copy of the WOW! book. Period.”

DAVID BLATNER, co-publisher of and

Author Biography

Sharon Steuer has been teaching, exhibiting, and writing in the digital art world since 1983. Sharon is the originator and lead author of The Adobe Illustrator WOW! Book series (this is the fifteenth version of the book), as well as Creative Thinking in Photoshop: A New Approach to Digital Art (no longer in print). In between publishing projects, Sharon is a full-time artist working in traditional and digital media, often posting tutorials about her art practice in her “Digital Art Studio” column on She lives in San Francisco with the love of her life, her sound and radio professor husband Jeff Jacoby ( She is extremely grateful to have this opportunity to get the WOW! team back together, and she thanks the kind folks at Peachpit/ Pearson, Adobe, and of course the amazingly talented WOW! artists for making this book possible. Find links to her online digital art courses at Keep in touch with her via and on social media @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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