Book Review: Adobe Illustrator CS4 Classroom in a Book

by Louellen Coker on May 7, 2010

[amazon-product text=”Adobe Illustrator CS4 Classroom in a Book” type=”text”]0321573781[/amazon-product]Adobe Illustrator CS4 Classroom in a BookWritten and published by Adobe Systems, Adobe Illustrator CS4 Classroom in a Book is a bit different than the other books in this review series. While the content includes much of the same information as the others, it is presented in a much different manner.

Adobe Illustrator CS4 Classroom in a Book is just as the title implies: a classroom in a book. The content progresses from one project to the next using increasingly complex techniques through fifteen chapters. Lessons are broken into 45 minute to 1 hour segments.  Quality full color graphics and a clean layout make this book very user-friendly.

The context provides the user to develop a good understanding of the software while creating real life projects. Readers will learn the basics in a manner that will help them remember what they’ve learned.  The organization that makes it excellent for a classroom setting, however,  leaves it wanting for  those seeking more of a quick reference guide/manual.

The CD that accompanies the book provides graphical support for all the lessons included in the book. Disappointingly, additional material about Adobe Press, Adobe Certified, Adobe TV, Community Help, and the Adobe CS4 Resource Center are a little lacking as they are simply pdfs of the related page of the Adobe website.

Adobe Illustrator CS4 Classroom in a Book is an excellent reference for students and those seeking Adobe Software Expert certification. For those seeking an easy-to-use guide to using different aspects of the software, I recommend purchasing one of the other titles in this review series.

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