My Review of Adobe Illustrator CS5 One-on-One

Originally submitted at O’Reilly

Master the fundamentals of Adobe Illustrator and watch your designs come to life. With Deke McClelland's unique and effective learning system, you get step-by-step tutorials, hours of DVD-video demonstrations, and lots of hands-on projects to help you improve your knowledge and hone your ski…

Adobe Illustrator CS5 Deke McClelland

By gregorywest from sarnia, ontario, canada on 9/2/2011


5out of 5

Pros: Easy to understand, Accurate, Concise, Well-written, Helpful examples

Best Uses: Student, Novice, Intermediate

Describe Yourself: Sys Admin, Educator

How do you review the best Abobe author and trainer. Actually, it is quite easy, as Deke McClelland takes us on a training journey that goes the extra mile. This book includes a step-by-step 6 hour DVD training video that works directly with the book. This winning combo is worth every penny.

“Read, watch, and do,” says the author. I walk you through Illustrator just as if I were teaching you in a classroom or corporate environment.” McClelland’s statement is true. I found this training method simple to learn at my own speed. I bookmark the book and pause the video, thus working at my own leisure. This is especially good if you have a project you are working on and need some help in a certain area; look it up in the book’s well laid out Table of Contents, fire up the video and away you go.

I love the full color graphics and easy-to-read text. There are lots of really good ideas in the graphics and font alone. The book lays flat on a desk and the pages stay open as you work. At the end of each session there is a check list to see how you are doing. It is called: “What Did You Learn?”, with 12 questions covering key concepts. Yes Deke includes the answers!

Tips are abundant and come in the form of “Pearl of Wisdom” wherein you are given some extra information in short digest that can save you time and effort.

As an instructor myself, I can use this book to create mini or full length college courses for night school. This type of training is excellent for employees wanting to learn more. Not only is this book a must have as a reference and “follow-along” book, I love to refer back to it from time to time simply to get new ideas for any project I am working on.


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