Adobe Creative Cloud All-in-One For Dummies, 2nd Edition

Book description

Get ready to jump into the Creative Cloud

Adobe Creative Cloud is the most popular suite of tools among creative professionals, and a valuable resource you can use to fulfill all of your design goals. Ready to get started? The only book on the market of its kind, Adobe Creative Cloud All-in-One For Dummies is written by designers for designers. It will provide you with expert instruction that spans seven mini-books, with helpful information that can grant insight regardless of your current level of knowledge.

Experience with Adobe Creative Cloud is a marketable skill, and this all-in-one reference guide will help you add InDesign CC, Illustrator CC, Photoshop CC, Acrobat Pro, Adobe Bridge, and Adobe Experience Design to your resume. With more than 800 pages of content, this detailed guide will give you confidence you need to use Adobe photography and graphic design tools to edit photos, make original designs and layouts, and let your creativity shine with Adobe Creative Cloud.

  • Learn design basics and utilize more advanced features
  • Protect your documents with Acrobat Pro
  • Find tips and tricks to make each program work better

From 3D images and vivid illustrations to dynamic web pages and interactive effects, Adobe Creative Cloud All-in-One For Dummies shows you how to do it all!

Table of contents

    1. Cover
    2. Introduction
      1. Why Is It Important?
      2. About This Book
      3. Foolish Assumptions
      4. Icons Used in This Book
      5. Beyond the Book
    3. Book 1: Overview of the Creative Cloud Suite
      1. Chapter 1: Getting Started with the Creative Cloud Suite
        1. Applications Covered in This Book
      2. Chapter 2: Creative Cloud Application Management
        1. Downloading Your First App
      3. Chapter 3: Creative Cloud Extras for You
        1. Launching the Creative Cloud App
        2. Adding Work to Behance
        3. Creating a Cover
        4. Bonus! Adobe Portfolio
        5. It’s Not Just Apps!
      4. Chapter 4: Using Common Menus and Commands
        1. Discovering Common Menus
        2. Using Dialog Boxes
        3. Encountering Alerts
        4. Getting to Know Common Menu Options
        5. About Contextual Menus
        6. Using Common Keyboard Shortcuts
        7. Changing Your Preferences
      5. Chapter 5: Exploring Common Panels
        1. Understanding the Synchronized Workspace
        2. Using Panels in the Workspace
    4. Book 2: Adobe Bridge
      1. Chapter 1: Organizing and Managing Your Files with Adobe Bridge
        1. Getting to Know the Adobe Bridge Workspace
      2. Chapter 2: Taking Advantage of Metadata in Adobe Bridge
        1. Locating Your Files
        2. Using Keywords
        3. Creating a Metadata Template
        4. Searching for Files Using Adobe Bridge
        5. Saving a Collection
      3. Chapter 3: Using Automation Tools in Adobe Bridge
        1. Getting Files from Your Camera
        2. Automation Tools in Adobe Bridge
    5. Book 3: Photoshop CC
      1. Chapter 1: Getting into Photoshop CC Basics
        1. The Start Screen
        2. The New Document Window
        3. Sample Images Can Help You Investigate More Features
        4. Opening an Image
        5. Getting to Know the Tools
        6. Navigating the Work Area
        7. Choosing Your Screen Mode
        8. Getting Started with Basic Tasks in Photoshop CC
      2. Chapter 2: Messing with Mode Matters
        1. Working with Bitmap Images
        2. Choosing the Correct Photoshop Mode
      3. Chapter 3: Making Selective Changes
        1. Getting to Know the Selection Tools
        2. Manipulating Selections with Refine Selection
        3. Saving Selections
        4. Preserving Corrective Perspective with the Vanishing Point Feature
      4. Chapter 4: Using the Photoshop Pen Tool
        1. Selecting the Right Pen Tool for the Task
        2. Using a Path as a Selection
        3. Creating Curved Paths
        4. Clipping Paths
        5. Using Shape Layers
      5. Chapter 5: Creating Images in the Right Resolution for Print and the Web
        1. Creating Images for Print
        2. Determining the Resolution for Web Images
        3. Applying the Unsharp Mask Filter to an Image
      6. Chapter 6: Creating a Good Image
        1. Reading a Histogram
        2. Creating a Good Tone Curve
        3. Editing an Adjustment Layer
        4. Testing a Printer
      7. Chapter 7: Working with Painting and Retouching Tools
        1. Using the Swatches Panel
        2. Choosing Foreground and Background Colors
        3. The Painting and Retouching Tools
        4. Blending Modes
        5. Saving Presets
      8. Chapter 8: Using Layers
        1. Creating and Working with Layers
        2. Creating a Text Layer
        3. Using Layer Masks
        4. Organizing Your Layers
        5. Using Layer Styles
        6. Smart, Really Smart! Smart Objects
        7. Working with Artboards in Photoshop
        8. Experimenting with 3D Files
        9. Filter Capabilities in the Layers Panel
        10. Merging and Flattening the Image
      9. Chapter 9: Saving Photoshop Images for Print and the Web
        1. Backing Up with a Save
        2. Choosing a File Format for Saving
        3. Saving Images for the Web
        4. Saving Settings
    6. Book 4: InDesign CC
      1. Chapter 1: Introducing InDesign CC
        1. Getting Started with InDesign CC
        2. Touring the Workspace
        3. Setting Up the Workspace
        4. Working with Documents
      2. Chapter 2: Working with Text and Text Frames
        1. Understanding Text, Font, and Frames
        2. Creating and Using Text Frames
        3. Adding Text to Your Publication
        4. Looking at Text Frame Options
        5. Modifying and Connecting Text Frames on a Page
        6. Understanding Paragraph Settings
        7. Editing Stories
        8. Using Tables
        9. Looking at Text on a Path
      3. Chapter 3: Understanding Page Layout
        1. Importing Images
        2. Linking and Embedding Images
        3. Setting Image Quality and Display
        4. Selecting Images
        5. Manipulating Text and Graphics in a Layout
        6. Merging Text and Graphics
        7. Working with Pages and the Pages Panel
        8. Using Master Spreads in Page Layout
      4. Chapter 4: Drawing in InDesign
        1. Getting Started with Drawing
        2. Getting to Know the Tools of the Trade
        3. Drawing Shapes
        4. Editing Basic Shapes
        5. Drawing Freeform Paths
        6. Editing Freeform Paths
        7. Modifying Frame Corners
        8. Using Fills
        9. Adding Layers
        10. Creating QR Codes
      5. Chapter 5: Understanding Color
        1. Selecting Color with Color Controls
        2. Understanding Color Models
        3. Using Color Swatches and Libraries
      6. Chapter 6: Clipping Paths, Alignment, and Object Transformation
        1. Working with Transformations
        2. Understanding Clipping Paths
        3. Arranging Objects on the Page
      7. Chapter 7: Exporting to PDF and Printing
        1. Preflight: Preparing Your Documents for Printing
        2. Packaging Your Documents
        3. Understanding File Formats
        4. Exporting Publications
        5. Printing Your Work
      8. Chapter 8: Creating Digital Documents Using EPUB
        1. Adapting Content for Digital Distribution
        2. Creating Digital Documents
        3. Exporting EPUB
    7. Book 5: Illustrator CC
      1. Chapter 1: Discovering Illustrator CC
        1. Deciding When to Use Illustrator CC
        2. Creating a New Document
        3. Try a Template
        4. Opening an Existing Document
        5. Taking a Look at the Document Window
        6. Taking Advantage of Artboards
        7. Becoming Familiar with the Tools
        8. Checking Out the Panels
        9. Changing Views
        10. Navigating the Work Area with Zoom Controls
      2. Chapter 2: Using the Selection Tools
        1. Getting to Know the Selection Tools
        2. Working with Selections
        3. Grouping and Ungrouping
        4. Manipulating Selected Objects
      3. Chapter 3: Creating Basic Shapes
        1. The Basic Shape Tools
        2. Resizing Shapes
        3. Tips for Creating Shapes
      4. Chapter 4: Using the Pen Tool and Placing Images
        1. Pen Tool Fundamentals
        2. The Hidden Pen Tools
        3. Tracing Artwork
        4. Other Details You Should Know about Placing Images
        5. Using Photoshop Layer Comps
      5. Chapter 5: Using Type in Illustrator
        1. Working with Type
        2. Assigning Font Styles
        3. Using the Character Panel
        4. Using the Control Panel
        5. Using the Paragraph Panel
        6. Text Utilities: Your Key to Efficiency
      6. Chapter 6: Organizing Your Illustrations
        1. Setting Ruler Increments
        2. Using Guides
        3. Using the Transform Panel for Placement
        4. Changing the Ruler Origin
        5. Thinking about Object Arrangement
        6. Hiding Objects
        7. Locking Objects
        8. Creating a Clipping Mask
        9. Creating a Clipping Path Using the Draw Inside Button
      7. Chapter 7: Using Layers
        1. Creating New Layers
        2. Using Layers for Selections
        3. Changing the Layer Stacking Order
        4. Moving and Cloning Objects
        5. Hiding Layers
        6. Locking Layers
      8. Chapter 8: Livening Up Illustrations with Color
        1. Choosing a Document Profile
        2. Using the Swatches Panel
        3. Applying Color to the Fill and Stroke
        4. Changing the Width and Type of a Stroke
        5. Using the Color Panel
        6. Saving Colors
        7. Editing Colors
        8. Building and Editing Patterns
        9. Advanced Pattern Editing
        10. Working with Gradients
        11. Copying Color Attributes
        12. Painting Made Easy: The Live Paint Feature
      9. Chapter 9: Using the Transform and Distortion Tools
        1. Working with Transformations
        2. Creating Distortions
      10. Chapter 10: Working with Transparency and Special Effects Tools
        1. The Mesh Tool
        2. The Blend Tool
        3. The Symbol Sprayer Tool
        4. Transparency
      11. Chapter 11: Using Filters and Effects
        1. Working with Effects
        2. Saving Graphic Styles
        3. Creating 3D Artwork
        4. Adding Multiple Fills and Strokes
        5. Using the Perspective Grid
      12. Chapter 12: Using Your Illustrator Images
        1. Saving and Exporting Illustrator Files
        2. Saving Your Artwork for the Web
        3. Saving Multiple Assets out of Illustrator
        4. Flattening Transparency
        5. Printing from Illustrator
    8. Book 6: Acrobat
      1. Chapter 1: Discovering Essential Acrobat Information
        1. Working with PDF Files
        2. Knowing When to Use Adobe PDF Files
        3. Introducing the Adobe Acrobat Workspace and Tools
      2. Chapter 2: Creating PDF Files
        1. Creating PDF Files from Microsoft Office
        2. Creating PDF Files from Adobe Creative Cloud Applications
        3. Converting Other Electronic Documents to PDF
        4. Creating PDF Files from Paper Documents and the Web
      3. Chapter 3: Adding Interactivity to PDF Files
        1. Adding Bookmarks to Create Easy PDF Navigation
        2. Adding Interactive Links
        3. Adding Buttons to Simplify Your PDF Files
      4. Chapter 4: Editing and Extracting Text and Graphics
        1. Editing Text
        2. Exporting Text and Graphics
      5. Chapter 5: Using Commenting and Annotation Tools
        1. Creating Comments with the Comment Panel
        2. Managing Comments
        3. Reviewing PDF Documents
      6. Chapter 6: Securing Your PDF Files
        1. Understanding Password Security
        2. Applying Password Security to Your PDF Documents
        3. Limiting Editing and Printing
        4. Removing Sensitive Data
    9. Book 7: Adobe XD
      1. Chapter 1: Introducing the Experience Design Workspace
        1. Understanding the Modern User Interface
        2. Relating Objects to the Property Inspector
        3. A Little Bit about Artboards
        4. Keyboard Shortcuts for Navigating the Workspace
        5. Design View versus Prototype Mode
      2. Chapter 2: Working with Artboards
        1. Starting Your Document and Adding an Artboard
        2. Creating New Artboards
        3. Resizing an Artboard
        4. Adding a New Artboard
        5. Using the Layers Panel
        6. Duplicating an Artboard
        7. Arranging Artboards in Your Pasteboard Area
        8. Aligning and Distributing Your Artboards
        9. Adding Scrolling Capability to an Artboard
      3. Chapter 3: Adding Shapes, Paths, and Custom Shapes
        1. It All Starts with a Shape
        2. Creating a Button
        3. Creating a Border
        4. Using the Pen Tool
        5. Creating Custom Shapes with the Path Tools
      4. Chapter 4: Working with Objects
        1. Getting a Leg Up on Layers
        2. Transforming Objects
        3. Aligning and Distributing
      5. Chapter 5: Importing and Exporting from XD
        1. Adding Imagery to Your Prototype
        2. Working with Images in XD
        3. Importing Vector Images into XD
        4. Exporting Your Artwork from XD
      6. Chapter 6: Adding Text to Your XD Project
        1. Adding Text Right in Adobe XD
        2. Adjusting Text Properties
        3. Importing Text
        4. Using the Repeat Grid Feature
      7. Chapter 7: Taking Advantage of Symbols and UI Kits
        1. Using Symbols
        2. Taking Advantage of UI Kits
      8. Chapter 8: Creating Interactivity in Adobe XD
        1. Entering Prototype Mode
        2. Previewing Your Artwork
      9. Chapter 9: Sharing Your XD Project
        1. Viewing Your App/Website on Your Desktop
        2. Creating a Movie for Your User Story
        3. Using the Device Preview Feature
        4. Sharing Your XD File with Others
    10. About the Author
    11. Advertisement Page
    12. Connect with Dummies
    13. End User License Agreement

Product information

  • Title: Adobe Creative Cloud All-in-One For Dummies, 2nd Edition
  • Author(s): Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith
  • Release date: December 2017
  • Publisher(s): For Dummies
  • ISBN: 9781119420408