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Adobe Creative Suite 2 All in One

One book...all the answers By David James Rockingham III

When Adobe released their Creative Suite 2 applications, there were a number of new features that new and experienced users would have to learn. Luckily, author Mordy Golding and Sams Publishing released their Adobe Creative Suite 2 All in One book. This 726 page book is broken down into 17 chapters to help you learn the latest improvements to the CS 2 versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, GoLive, InDesign, Acrobat, ImageReady and Version Cue.

Theres plenty to learn in Creative Suite 2 and books like this are great guides towards learning the techniques. In Adobe Creative Suite 2 All in One (ISBN: 067232752X) you should keep an eye out for the number of information tidbits you will find peppered throughout the book labeled in boxes called Did You Know. These helpful hints will provide some great tips to get the most out of your CS 2 experience.

Lets Learn Some CS 2
The book covers a tremendous amount of ground in the 700 plus pages so you need to expect a more comprehensive overview of the applications. The book is targeted towards beginners and intermediate users so those with previous experience may some of the information to be repetitious at times. Even with that said, theres still tons of useful information that will help you familiarize yourself with Adobes Creative Suite 2. Lets take a look at the contents.

Chapters one through four begins with an overview of the applications that make up the Creative Suite 2. Find out which ones to choose to accomplish your projects and the differences between the premium and standard editions. Chapter two provides a more detailed look into each individual application and how they are integrated to work in relation to each other. Chapter three teaches you how to create a workflow that will be productive for you. Learn the differences between creating for the web and print, utilizing Adobe Acrobats PDF format capabilities. Chapter four will cover the tight integration among the programs in Creative Suite 2. 


Chapters five through eight begins with the usage of Adobe Photoshop CS2. Being that this is the standard tool in the industry, you would probably want to pay close attention to this chapter. Chapter six covers the use of Adobe ImageReady. Chapter seven will show you how to use Illustrator CS2. Theres plenty to learn there with vector based objects and raster images. Chapter eight covers Adobe InDesign CS2. Learn the techniques to do proper page layout and design.

Chapters nine through twelve will take you through the workings of web design program Adobe GoLive, Adobe Acrobat 7 Professional, Adobe Version Cue 2 and the workflow towards designing a corporate identity. Versatility is what CS 2 is all about. You can do so many things with the Suite that the possibilities will seem endless. While the book has covered the more popular design programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator, theres also Adobe GoLive that you can learn to use to design a website. Mastering Acrobat is also very important when making certain information available online. Acrobats PDF format helps keep your files design and makes the file portable to any system without loss in data. Chapter twelve covers technique used to design a corporate identity. This includes the creation of a logo, designing a business card and other office materials.

Chapters thirteen through seventeen covers more project related topics for web and print  such as creating a brochure, creating an ad campaign, making web banners and a web page and creating a business presentation.

The Final Word
This is a very comprehensive book so if youre searching for a book that can help you learn these programs, then this book will serve as a valuable asset. If you want to learn a specific program, then you would probably be better off purchasing a specific book on the application. Author Golding does a terrific job pointing out some very useful tips throughout the book. He keeps the book focused on the basic elements of each program, which should help the user learn the programs quickly and easily. Throughout the book I found a number of techniques that I had never considered in my daily work.

Since the book was targeting beginning and intermediate users, the wording used is easy to understand and very straightforward. Even if youve never used any of these programs before, this book will point you in the right direction and you will be able to create some fantastic designs relatively quick. If youre going to take the plunge and spend the money for the Adobe Creative Suite 2, then you might as well learn how to use it. Pick up Adobe Creative Suite 2 by Mordy Golding and Sams Publishing and you will be on your way towards learning the applications that the pros use.

You can click HERE to purchase Adobe Creative Suite 2 All in One by Mordy Golding and Sams Publishing.

About the Author

Mordy Golding has played an active role in the design and publishing environment since 1990. He worked at Adobe as the product manager for Adobe Illustrator and is currently a consultant specializing in the Adobe Creative Suite and Mac OS X migration. A production artist for both print and the web for many years, he is an Adobe Certified Expert and Adobe Certified Print Specialist.

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David James Rockingham III is a former radio disc jockey and network administrator. An avid gamer and technology guru who enjoys rock music, sunsets, Star Wars video games, Visual Pinball, classic hot rods and superhero movies (except The Hulk). You can find David James answering questions on DMN Forums ( His articles appear on Consumer Electronics Net ( and Digital Media Net (
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