July 25, 2007

Real World Illustrator CS3 Now Shipping!

I just received my own copy today!

The CS3 version of the book contains many improvements based on suggestions by the readers of this blog. Thanks to all of my readers, both of the blog and the book -- I really appreciate your support.

Once again, Ron Chan has done a superb job of creating the illustration for the cover of the book, and Ron has captured the true focus of the CS3 release, which obviously was all about color.



Besides covering all of the new features in detail, the CS3 edition of the book contains an all-new chapter called Working with Color which covers every aspect of the complex Live Color feature in detail. The book also contains a 16-page color insert which breaks down every color feature in Illustrator (as well as kuler) -- and I'm in the process of trying to convince my publisher to allow me to turn that into a full-color poster as well.

Now that the book is out, the videos are out (and the SAMS Teach Yourself Adobe Creative Suite 3 All in One book is going through final PDF proofs as we speak), I can once again focus my efforts back on updating this blog more regularly (I hope). Maybe I can even get a few video podcasts out there :)

In addition, I have a couple of things I've been working on, which I hope to share with you as well in the near future.

As always, if you have ordered the book and have any comments, questions, or corrections, don't hesitate to drop me an email and let me know! And don't be shy about adding your reviews to Amazon either :)

Enjoy the book!

17 comments:

Cameron said...

I have barely cracked the spine on my CS2 version despite buying it last year. I'll be putting this on my wish list though.

Gary Spedding, Ph.D. said...

Just saw your InDesign magazine podcast. It would be nice to see more integration between these two applications - especially as you know a lot about both topics. Just a suggestion for future issues that you might consider here or eleswhere.

Jean-Claude Tremblay said...

That's probably will be the most accurate book on AI CS3 out their... ;-)

Mordy Golding said...

Only because of you JC!

For those who aren't aware, Jean-Claude was my tech editor for this edition of the book. If you know JC, you'll understand why this book is extremely thorough. JC is not responsible for any typos... lol

Woz said...

Congratulations! I suppose it won't take long for the book to be available in Europe also?

Scott said...

Congratulations, Mordy! This means now you'll have more time to help me with mine! Thanks.

SC

Leon Brown said...

I just ordered my copy on Amazon today. :)

Nice work. I look forward to its arrival.

Aongus Collins said...

It isn't available at Amazon UK until 28 August, and probably later in most European bookstores, so I ordered direct from Peachpit. They're delivering in about 2 week's time:)

Gary Spedding, Ph.D. said...

Mordy,

I was using CS3 today to follow a tutorial and learned about the Color Filters. But I do not have them in Illus CS3. They are there in CS2 and active - grouped with Create/Distort and Stylize. Where in CS3 did they go? (I think the active matching files are present in program Files but they do not show at all under Filters in CS3.

Any thoughts or ideas here?

Gary.

Mordy Golding said...

Take a look at the Edit > Edit Colors submenu and see if you can find what you're looking for. They were moved and modified to work with the Live Color engine.

Sorry I haven't posted anything new as of yet. I'm currently in Hawaii, waiting for the hurricane to pass :)

Gary Spedding, Ph.D. said...

Thanks Mordy, I found them.

Don't get blown away - we need you. Come back refreshed!

Gary.

Gary Spedding, Ph.D. said...

Couple quick questions for your consideration.

1). I find (CS3) it much harder to select and move (drag) objects than before - something happend to the controls here? It is not just me as I have seen several folks complaining on the various Forums out there. Any thoughs or suggestions on this?

2). Just read a little about Worker 72a plug-ins - Scoop and Point Control. Are these any good? (Quite resonably priced it seems) but not sure if they will enhance the flow of Illu. CS3 (and whether these should be integrated features in CS4?). Perhaps a feature for the next Tools section on a podcast?

Gary Spedding, Ph.D. said...

On my last comment. The Worker Plugins are only for MAC. The new question would be any Windows alternatives? (Surely also more Windows users out there than Mac users - non academic world?)AND any tutorial work arounds or tips to do what these plug-ins do?

Maybe a new niche here? Covering workarounds for plug-ins? How to do it the Real [World] Way?

David Harper said...

Mordy -

I am taking your Lynda.com class and I started reading RW Illustrator CS3. Great job on both.

In particular, starting early with a focus on the appearance and layers panel (and, related, your emphasis on targeting vs. selecting) has really helping me overcome a psych. barrier with the program!

Mordy Golding said...

Hey Gary, it has been a while since I reviewed any 3rd party plugins, or have spoken about any in detail. I'll see if I can devote some time to do so.

David, thanks for the comment -- glad you appreciate the approach to my teaching style. I can never stress enough just how important some of those basic concepts are -- they are really the key to unlocking just about everything else in the program.

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