Software Essentials for Graphic Designers

Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, QuarkXPress, Dreamweaver, Flash, and Acrobat

Mark Gatter

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October 28, 2006
240 pages, 7 x 9 3/4
175 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300118001
Paperback with CDROM

Laurence King

Today’s graphic software options have grown in size and complexity to become substantial packages crowded with minute details and innumerable options. These programs—and the immense instructional volumes that accompany them—can be extremely daunting to both newcomers and experienced designers, as it is often difficult to identify those tools and methods that are specifically relevant to graphic design. Software Essentials for Graphic Designers provides the fundamental aspects of the six premier programs in a beautifully packaged, easy-to-use format.
Written by Mark Gatter for a graphic design audience, this book presents the significant features from Photoshop, Illustrator, Quark, InDesign, Dreamweaver, and Flash. Gatter demonstrates the specific purposes of the individual programs; the essential tools and methods of each; how to use their technologies and integrate them into the design process; why to use one program over another in different circumstances; how to import and export files in a variety of formats; and the ways the programs interact with one another and to what effect.

Accompanied by illustrations showing on-screen menus, tools, and palettes, along with a CD-ROM (formatted for both Mac and PC) that features exercises and demonstrations in all six applications, this book will serve as a superb reference for both students and professional graphic designers.

Mark Gatter is the founder of Whole Page Graphics, a graphic website design company, and the author of Getting It Right in Print: A Guide for Graphic Designers, a guide to commercial printing processes.

Selected as a 2007 AAUP University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries.