October 2002

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The Illustrator 10 WOW! Book by Sharon Steuer, Peachpit Press, $49.99 w/CD

This completely revised edition of a favorite book with experienced illustrators and novice users alike includes step-by-step directions for creating wonderful Illustrator art. With attention to Illustrator and Photoshop 7 workflow issues, tips, tricks, and a glorious gallery of images, this beautiful book will inspire and instruct readers in creating their own artwork. For anyone using transparency in Illustrator or for those using vector art for Web work, this book is a must-read. It covers Mac OS X as well as OS 9 and Windows issues.

InDesign 2 for Macintosh and Windows by Sandee Cohen, Visual QuickStart Guide, Peachpit Press, $21.99

For the many users switching from QuarkXPress to InDesign, this book is better than the InDesign manual. Like all the books in this indispensable series, it takes an easy, visual approach to teaching InDesign, using pictures to guide you through the application and step-by-step instructions for using the program. Whether you use it as a text book or as a reference book, it will significantly reduce the learning curve and make you immediately proficient in working with this complex layout program.

Adobe InDesign 2.0 Classroom in a Book, Adobe Press, $45 w/CD

If you're new to InDesign, then this book is a good starting point for learning how it works and how to make it work for you. The CD includes all the files needed to work through the lessons, giving you experience in completing numerous real-world tasks for print and Web, from setting up layouts and master pages to creating transparencies and exporting content to XML.

Adobe Photoshop 7.0 Classroom in a Book, Adobe Press, $45 w/CD

Like all the other books in the CIB series, this is a good place to start if you're new to Photoshop 7 or even an experienced Photoshop user. Use the files on the CD to complete real-world projects while learning how to maximize the functions in this complex but indispensable program. Whether you're using Photoshop 7 for print or Web -- or both -- you will find this book enormously helpful in learning Photoshop's exciting new features.