March 2001

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The Best of Brochure Design 5, Rockport Publishers, Inc., $45.00

Remember when you could design beautiful pages in glorious color and not worry about dumbing (indexing) them down to 72 pixels and 16 colors? This book will take you back to those days while reminding you that today there are design houses all over the world producing gorgeous printed communication. Each piece is accompanied by information about the design house, tools used, and printing paper and method. There is so much to learn about layout and design from these extraordinary brochures that will make your brochures more exciting and innovative. The publisher's Web site is also an exciting and informative place to visit and see how print can be successfully transformed into broadcast material.

Quicken 2001, Flash 5, Word 2001 for Macintosh, GoLive 5, Flash (Advanced/Pro for Macintosh), Peachpit Presss, Visual QuickStart Guides

All of these books will have you up and running the complex applications they cover. Filled with lots of visuals, exercises, and tips, they're a good excuse to skip the manual and just get to work. The Advanced Flash guide also includes a CD with tutorial materials. Of course, you'll absolutely need Word 2001 for Microsoft Office 2001 since the program is too pricey to include a manual.

The Illustrator 9 Wow! Book by Sharon Steuer, Peachpit Press, $49.99 with CD-ROM

This update to the universally popular Illustrator Wow! series will get beginners and experienced Illustrator users immediately comfortable with the new (read that as confusing) features in AI 9. Transparency, effects, Web optimization, and opacity masks are all covered in clear, concise language (and examples!). With new artwork, clear, helpful instructions, and numerous sidebars, The Illustrator 9 Wow! Book will instruct and inspire users to create their own "great art." The accompanying CD contains custom brushes, stock photos, demos, actions and other Illustrator add-ons.

Adobe Photoshop 6.0 Classroom in a Book, Adobe Presss, $45 with CD-ROM.

This book is a wonderful introduction to all the new features and functions in Photoshop 6. With its emphasis on Photoshop's Web features and new tools, both new and experienced Photoshop users will find much helpful information here. Learn how to create, manipulate, and optimize images for print and Web in this series of guided lessons. You'll be producing Web animations, recoloring images, and creating special effects using the tutorial files on the CD. The lesson on producing consistent color is a must for anyone working in the graphics industry.