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Creative Suite 4 Digital Classroom Book with DVD

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Adobe Creative Suite 4 Digital Classroom is like having a personal instructor guiding you through each lesson, while you work at your own pace. This Creative Suite book with DVD includes 25 self-paced lessons helping you learn essential skills and explore new features and capabilities of the Creative Suite 4 Design Premium applications.

  • Full color lessons with easy to follow step-by-step instructions 
  • Video tutorials highlight key topics in each lesson
  • Covers all essential skills
  • Gets you up-and-running quickly with included lesson files on DVD
  • Written by expert instructors who regularly teach Creative Suite training courses – it's like having your own personal tutor
  • Used by hundreds of schools and more than 100,000 readers

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Creative Suite 4 Digital Classroom Book with DVD Contents

Starting Up

  • About Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design 
    Premium Digital Classroom
  • Prerequisites
  • Adobe Photoshop CS4 versions
  • System requirements
  • Starting the Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design Premium applications
  • Resetting Adobe Photoshop CS4 preferences
  • A note about color warnings
  • Resetting the Dreamweaver workspace
  • Resetting the Flash workspace
  • Resetting Adobe Illustrator CS4 preferences
  • Resetting the InDesign workspace 
    and preferences
  • Fonts used in this book
  • Loading lesson files
  • Working with the video tutorials
  • Setting up for viewing the video tutorials
  • Viewing the video tutorials with 
    the Adobe Flash Player
  • Additional resources

Bridge Lesson 1: Using Adobe Bridge

  • Starting up
  • What is Adobe Bridge?
  • Navigating through Bridge
  • Using folders in Adobe Bridge
  • Making a Favorite
  • Creating and locating metadata
  • Using keywords
  • Opening a file from Adobe Bridge
  • Searching for Files Using Adobe Bridge
  • Searching by name or keyword
  • Using the Filter panel
  • Automation tools in Adobe Bridge
  • Automated tools for Photoshop: Web Photo Gallery
  • Saving or uploading your Web Gallery
  • Automated tools for Photoshop:PDF contact sheet
  • Changing the view
  • Adobe Bridge Home
  • Self study
  • Review

Photoshop Lesson 1: Exploring Photoshop

  • Starting up
  • Taking a look at the final project
  • Starting the composition
  • Using the new Mask panel
  • Adding a graphic image with the Clone tool
  • Adding an adjustment layer to the composition
  • Adding a text layer
  • Making a 3D postcard
  • Converting multiple layers into one smart object layer
  • Turning your image into a 3D texture

Photoshop Lesson 2: Getting to Know the Workspace

  • Starting up
  • Opening an existing document in Adobe Bridge
  • Discovering the Tools panel
  • Hidden tools
  • Navigating the image area
  • Using the Zoom tool
  • Using the Hand tool
  • Using the Rotate View tool
  • Tabbed windows
  • Using panels
  • Putting the new panel system to use
  • Choosing other panels
  • Expanding your panels
  • Customizing your panels
  • Self study
  • Review

Photoshop Lesson 3: The Basics of Working with Photoshop

  • Starting up
  • A look at the finished project
  • Opening an existing document
  • Understanding document settings
  • Viewing an image’s size and resolution
  • Combining the images
  • Using Copy and Paste
  • Dragging and dropping to copy an image
  • Transforming and editing combined images
  • Changing the size of a placed image
  • Removing a background
  • Understanding the stacking order of layers
  • Refining the edges of copied images
  • Adding text
  • Saving files
  • Understanding file formats
  • Choosing a file format
  • Saving a JPEG file
  • Saving for print
  • Changing the color settings
  • Adjusting image size
  • Saving a Photoshop PDF file
  • Self study
  • Review

Photoshop Lesson 4: Making the Best Selections

  • Starting up
  • The importance of a good selection
  • Using the Marquee tools
  • Creating a square selection
  • Creating a selection from a center point
  • Changing a selection into a layer
  • Working with the Magic Wand tool
  • The Lasso tool
  • Adding to and subtracting from selections
  • Using the Quick Selection tool
  • Understanding the Refine Selection Edge feature
  • Using Quick Mask
  • Saving selections
  • Copying and pasting a selection
  • Using the Pen tool for selections
  • Using the Pen tool to select an area of an image
  • More Pen tool selection techniques
  • Converting a path to a selection
  • Self study
  • Review

Photoshop Lesson 5: Painting and Retouching

  • Starting up
  • Setting up your color settings for this lesson
  • Color primer
  • Understanding color gamut
  • The RGB color model
  • The CMYK color model
  • Why you will work in the RGB mode
  • Editing color settings
  • Selecting colors
  • Starting to paint
  • Using the Color panel
  • Using the Brush tool
  • Changing opacity
  • Save time—learn the shortcuts
  • Applying color to an image
  • Changing blending modes
  • The Eyedropper tool
  • Retouching images
  • Using the Clone Stamp tool
  • Repairing fold lines
  • The History panel
  • The Spot Healing Brush
  • The Healing Brush
  • Using the Patch tool
  • Using the Clone Source panel
  • Cloning from another source
  • Self study
  • Review

Photoshop Lesson 6: Creating a Good Image

  • Starting up
  • Choosing your color settings
  • Opening the file
  • Why you should work in RGB
  • Reading a histogram
  • Taking care of that nasty red eye
  • Making the Curve adjustment
  • Defining the highlight and shadow
  • Inputting the white and black point values
  • Adjusting the midtones
  • Setting the neutral
  • Sharpening your image
  • Comparing your image with the original
  • Using the Camera Raw plug-in
  • Using Camera Raw controls
  • Saving a DNG file
  • Reopening a DNG file
  • Self study
  • Review

Dreamweaver Lesson 1: Dreamweaver CS4 Jumpstart

  • Starting up
  • What is Dreamweaver?
  • Design and layout tools
  • Site management and File Transfer Protocol
  • Coding environment and text editor
  • Who uses Dreamweaver?
  • What’s new in Dreamweaver CS4?
  • New user interface
  • Live View
  • Related files
  • Code Navigator
  • CSS improvements
  • HTML data sets
  • Photoshop smart objects
  • Other new features
  • Adobe AIR authoring support
  • Subversion
  • An overview of features
  • How web sites work
  • A simple flow chart
  • Domain names and IP addresses
  • Servers and web hosts
  • The role of web browsers
  • An introduction to HTML
  • Tag structure and attributes
  • The structure of an HTML document
  • Placing images in HTML
  • Colors in HTML
  • Case sensitivity and whitespace rules
  • Tag hierarchy
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional
  • What’s the difference?
  • Explorations in code
  • A look at the Welcome Screen
  • Creating, opening, and saving documents
  • Creating new documents
  • Self study
  • Review

Dreamweaver Lesson 2: Setting Up a New Site

  • Starting up
  • Creating a new site
  • Advanced site-creation options
  • Adding pages
  • Saving a page to your site
  • Defining page properties
  • Work views
  • A look at the Files panel
  • Viewing local files
  • Selecting and editing files
  • Files panel options
  • Changing the Files panel view
  • Self study
  • Review

Dreamweaver Lesson 3: Adding Text and Images

  • Starting up
  • Typography and images on the web
  • Adding text
  • An introduction to styles
  • Previewing pages in a web browser
  • Understanding hyperlinks
  • Creating hyperlinks
  • Relative versus absolute hyperlinks
  • Linking to an e-mail address
  • Creating lists
  • Using the Text Insert panel
  • Inserting images
  • Image resolution
  • Image formats
  • Creating a simple gallery page
  • Linking images
  • Using image placeholders
  • Editing images
  • Adjusting brightness and contrast
  • Resizing images
  • Updating images
  • Self study
  • Review

Dreamweaver Lesson 4: Styling Your Pages with CSS

  • Starting up
  • What are Cascading Style Sheets?
  • A little bit of ancient history: when 
    <font> tags roamed the Earth
  • The dawn of CSS
  • How do you create CSS rules in Dreamweaver?
  • Understanding Style Sheets
  • Understanding why they’re called Cascading
  • Creating and modifying styles
  • Creating a class style with 
    the Property Inspector
  • Creating and modifying styles 
    in the CSS Styles panel
  • Advanced text formatting with CSS
  • Fine-tuning page appearance with 
    contextual and pseudo-class selectors
  • Div tags and CSS IDs
  • Internal versus external style sheets
  • Attaching an external style sheet to your page
  • Modifying attached style sheets
  • Creating a new .css file (external style sheet)
  • Self study
  • Adobe Device Central
  • Review

Dreamweaver Lesson 5: Managing Your Web Site: Reports, Optimization, and Maintenance

  • Starting up
  • Working with the Files panel
  • Creating a remote connection
    Viewing files on a remote web server
  • Transferring files to and from a remote
    server with Get and Put
  • Using Check In/Check Out and Design Notes
  • Check In and Check Out
  • Using Design Notes
  • Sharing Design Notes
  • Displaying Design Notes in the Files panel
  • Testing site integrity
  • Using Check Links
  • Checking links sitewide
  • Generating site reports
  • Understanding report results
  • Addressing a listed item
  • Saving reports
  • The Browser Compatibility Check
  • The CSS Advisor
  • Optimizing pages for launch
  • Search engine visibility and Search 
    Engine Optimization
  • Titling your documents with the <title> tag
  • Adding meta keywords and descriptions
  • Describing images with alternate text
  • Launching your site
  • Site Launch Checklist
  • Uploading your site
  • Getting help and using the reference guides
  • The Reference panel
  • Suggested next steps
  • Self study
  • Review

Flash Lesson 1: Flash CS4 Jumpstart

  • Starting up
  • What is Flash?
  • About Flash Player
  • Flash file types
  • Creating a new document
  • Setting up your new document
  • Saving your Flash document
  • Opening documents
  • The Flash workspace
  • The Stage and work area
  • The Flash Tools panel
  • The Property Inspector
  • Panels and panel groups
  • The Timeline
  • Practicing with the Flash tools
  • The drawing and selection tools in action
  • Using gradient and color tools
  • Animation in action
  • Getting help
  • Support forums
  • Moving forward
  • Self study
  • Review

Flash Lesson 2: Getting Started with the Drawing Tools

  • Starting up
  • Drawing in Flash
  • Using the Merge Drawing model
  • Creating artwork in Merged Drawing mode
  • Working with Drawing Objects
  • Putting it all together
  • Using the Line tool
  • Using the Pen tool
  • Using the Add and Delete Anchor Point tools
  • Using the Combine Objects menu
  • Using the Primitive tools (Smart Shapes)
  • Using the Oval Primitive tool
  • The Rectangle Primitive tool
  • Adding text to your artwork
  • Adding filters
  • Working with colors
  • Getting set up
  • Creating gradients
  • Using opacity with gradient colors
  • Creating custom colors
  • Saving a custom color set
  • Organizing and layering graphics
  • Working with layers
  • Arranging, locking, and hiding layers
  • Creating layer folders
  • Transforming graphics
  • The Transform menu and Free Transform tool
  • The Transform panel
  • Transforming gradients
  • Self study
  • Review

Flash Lesson 3: Creating Basic Animation

  • Starting up
  • Introducing keyframes and the Timeline
  • Layers
  • Frames and keyframes
  • Building animation: Enter the tween
  • New: Tween layers and automatic keyframing
  • Tweening multiple objects
  • Previewing animation with Test Movie
  • Moving and transforming tween paths
  • Incorporating color effects and scaling
  • New: Introducing the Motion Editor
  • Modifying the animation 
    using the Motion Editor
  • Tweening rotation
  • Controlling animation paths
  • Where did Motion Guide layers go?
  • What happens to my existing Flash 
    files that use Motion Guide layers?
  • How do I create a motion guide 
    if I still want to?
  • Morphing graphics and colors 
    with shape tweens
  • Shape tween basics
  • Legacy techniques: Creating classic tweens
  • Adding color effects and scaling 
    to a classic tween
  • (Re)creating motion guides 
    for classic tweens
  • Troubleshooting Motion Guides
  • Adjusting animation with onion skinning
  • Self study
  • Review

Flash Lesson 4: Delivering Your Final Movie

  • Starting up
  • The publishing process
  • Publishing to the web
  • Customizing the Publish settings
  • CD-ROM delivery
  • Creating a standalone projector
  • Make a full-screen projector
  • Using Export Movie
  • An overview of FTP
  • Using Adobe Device Central in Flash
  • Self study
  • Review

Fireworks Lesson 1: Adobe Fireworks Jumpstart

  • Starting up
  • About Fireworks
  • Work with vector and bitmap objects
  • Make graphics interactive
  • Optimize and export graphics
  • Vector and bitmap graphics
  • About vector graphics
  • About bitmap graphics
  • The Start page
  • Creating a new Fireworks document
  • Workspace basics
  • Fireworks workspace overview
  • Other Fireworks panels
  • Working with bitmaps
  • Creating bitmaps
  • Importing a bitmap
  • Cropping a bitmap
  • Applying a filter
  • Working with vector objects
  • Drawing and editing basic shapes
  • Drawing a rectangle
  • Resizing a rectangle
  • Auto Shapes
  • The Auto Shape tools
  • Working with text
  • Create and move text blocks
  • Formatting and editing text
  • Applying color
  • Apply a sampled color
  • Apply a swatch color to text
  • Using the Color Mixer
  • Using Layers
  • The Layers panel
  • Activate a layer
  • Organizing layers
  • Naming layer objects
  • Moving a layer object
  • Protecting layer objects
  • Show or hide objects and layers
  • Merging objects in the Layers panel
  • Deleting a layer object
  • About the Web layer
  • Creating slices for interactivity
  • Create rectangular slices
  • Resizing one or more slices
  • View and select slices
  • Naming slices
  • Show and hide slices
  • Making slices interactive
  • About rollovers
  • Adding simple interactivity to slices
  • Create and attach a simple rollover
  • Optimizing and exporting
  • Using the Export Wizard
  • Using the Image Preview
  • Changing the preview area
  • Setting export options
  • Exporting using Image Preview
  • Optimizing in the workspace
  • Saving optimization settings
  • Exporting a single image
  • Export a sliced document
  • Exporting selected slices
  • Results of exporting
  • Self study
  • Review

Illustrator Lesson1: Illustrator CS4 Essentials

  • Starting up
  • Using the shape tools
  • Repositioning and visually 
    resizing the rectangle
  • Finding or changing the shape’s 
    dimensions using the Transform panel
  • Rotating and shearing using 
    the Transform panel
  • Constraining a shape
  • Entering exact dimensions
  • Selecting artwork
  • Helpful keyboard shortcuts for selections
  • The selection tools
  • Using shape and transform tools 
    to create artwork
  • Using the transform tools
  • Adding a fill color
  • Entering a shape size in the Transform panel
  • Viewing in Outline view
  • Rotating the shape
  • Changing the color of the triangles
  • Using layers when building an illustration
  • Creating a new blank layer
  • Cutting and pasting objects
  • Creating bubbles
  • Cloning the bubble group
  • Repeating a resize transform
  • Moving objects from one layer to another
  • Self study
  • Review

Illustrator Lesson 2: Adding Color

  • Starting up
  • Basics of the Appearance panel
  • Fills and strokes
  • Saving swatches
  • Global colors
  • Saving a set of colors as a group
  • Using the Color Guide panel
  • Coloring objects
  • Live Paint
  • Live Color
  • Creating a gradient swatch
  • Creating a pattern swatch
  • Loading Pantone colors
  • Applying spot colors to the logo
  • Self study
  • Review

Illustrator Lesson 3: Working with the Drawing Tools

  • Starting up
  • Working with the Pen tool
  • Drawing straight lines
  • Drawing curved lines
  • Drawing hinged curves
  • Drawing curved lines to straight lines
  • Drawing straight lines to curved lines
  • Tracing images
  • Placing an image as a template
  • Other drawing tools
  • Using the Line Segment and Arc tools
  • Using the Pencil, Smooth, and Path Eraser tools
  • Using the Eraser tool
  • Editing existing paths
  • Adding and removing points
  • Refining a curve
  • Cutting and joining paths
  • Working with Live Trace
  • Using the tracing presets
  • Understanding tracing options
  • Expanding Live Traced artwork
  • Working with Live Paint
  • Creating a Live Paint group
  • Setting Gap Detection options
  • Using the Live Paint Bucket tool
  • Using the Live Paint Selection tool
  • Self study
  • Review

InDesign Lesson 1: InDesign CS4 Essential Skills

  • Starting up
  • InDesign tools
  • The InDesign workspace
  • The document window
  • Using guides
  • Viewing modes
  • Working with panels
  • The Tools panel
  • Managing panels
  • Working with the Control panel
  • Saving your workspace
  • Navigating through an InDesign document
  • Using the Pages panel
  • Changing the magnification of your document
  • Working with type
  • Entering and formatting type
  • Placing and formatting type
  • Flowing type
  • Using styles
  • Applying paragraph styles
  • Applying character styles
  • Apply styles using Find/Change
  • Working with graphics
  • Positioning graphics within a frame
  • Applying text wrap
  • Understanding layers
  • Applying effects
  • Resources for additional help
  • In-product help
  • On-line help
  • Forums
  • Conferences, seminars, and training
  • Self study
  • Review

InDesign Lesson 2: Building Documents with Master Pages

  • Starting up
  • Planning your document
  • Creating custom page sizes
  • Creating a new custom-sized document
  • Creating and formatting master pages
  • Formatting master pages
  • Adding automatic page numbering
  • Using text variables
  • Basing master pages on other master pages
  • Overriding master page items
  • Adding layout pages
  • Placing formatted text
  • Creating the classified page
  • Adding images and text to the master frames
  • Applying master pages to multiple pages
  • Self study
  • Review

InDesign Lesson 3: Working with Text and Type

  • Starting up
  • Adding text to your document
  • Creating a text frame
  • Changing character attributes
  • Changing font and type styles
  • Adjusting size
  • Adjusting line spacing
  • Adjusting character spacing:
  • kerning and tracking
  • Using a baseline shift
  • Changing paragraph attributes
  • Horizontally aligning text
  • Changing the spacing before 
    and after paragraphs
  • Using tabs
  • Adding rules above or below paragraphs
  • Changing text color
  • Creating drop caps
  • Checking and correcting spelling
  • Finding and changing text and text attributes
  • Checking spelling
  • Adding words to the dictionary
  • Checking spelling as you type
  • Automatically correcting spelling
  • Editing text using the Story Editor
  • Drag-and-drop text editing
  • Special characters and glyphs
  • Using the Glyphs panel and glyph sets
  • Text frame options
  • Adjusting text inset
  • Vertically aligning text
  • Importing text
  • Flowing text manually
  • Threading text between frames
  • Using semi-autoflow to link several text frames
  • Changing the number of columns in a text frame
  • Baseline grid
  • Viewing and changing the baseline grid
  • Adding story jumps
  • Using styles to format text
  • Creating a headline and applying a style
  • Importing styles from other documents
  • Redefining styles
  • Type on a path
  • Importing text from Microsoft Word
  • Missing fonts
  • Finding and fixing missing fonts
  • Self study
  • Review

InDesign Lesson 4: Working with Styles

  • Starting up
  • Style types
  • Applying a paragraph style
  • Character styles
  • Defining a character style
  • Applying a character style
  • Using nested styles
  • Globally updating styles
  • Loading styles from another document
  • Quick Apply
  • Organizing styles into groups
  • Object styles
  • Defining an object style
  • Applying an object style
  • Changing an object style
  • Finishing up
  • Self study
  • Review

InDesign Lesson 5: Working with Graphics

  • Starting up
  • Understanding how InDesign 
    handles graphics
  • Locating missing images
  • Working with the Links panel
  • Customizing the Links panel
  • Adding graphics to your layout
  • Fitting an image within an existing frame
  • Auto Fitting
  • Using Adobe Bridge to import graphics
  • Placing multiple graphics
  • Using object styles for images
  • Wrapping text around images
  • Wrapping text around the bounding box
  • Using graphics with clipping paths 
    and alpha channels
  • Removing an image background 
    using InDesign
  • Using anchored objects
  • Advanced importing
  • Importing layered Photoshop files
  • Importing InDesign layouts as graphics
  • Self study
  • Review

InDesign Lesson 6: Document Delivery: Printing, PDFs, and XHTML

  • Starting up
  • Package inventory
  • Preflight checks
  • Packaging your document
  • Creating an Adobe PDF
  • Generating XHTML
  • Adding CSS formatting
  • Separation preview
  • Printing a proof
  • Self study
  • Review

 

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