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Download Free eBook, ‘Adobe CC & CS6 Design Basics’ (202 Pages)

The 2014 edition of the Creative Cloud is the most powerful and versatile toolset Adobe has ever produced and we’re seeing a lot of demand for good training resources to learn how to best use this fast-growing product

Get the Free "Adobe CC Design Basics" eBook!

Last year we posted details on over 1,000 pages of free ebooks for CS6.  But if you’re just getting started with the core CC 2014 design tools, what’s better than a step-by-step book that will teach you the essentials of Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign from the ground up?

Fortunately there’s a very helpful new book you can download that will teach you all of this for free, courtesy of author Professor Thomas Payne… The way the book does this is by intro­ducing and explain­ing the tools in a logical way that builds upon what is previ­ously learned. These applica­tions present a vast array of buttons and gadgets that can be over­whelming to the new user. This book makes sense of it all, not showing how every­thing works, but instead giving a found­ation and a path to learn about all those controls and what they can do for you.

The 12 chapters in this book (listed below) look a bit like tutorials. As with tutorials, you work in the programs as you follow along with the reading. Unlike tutorials, the steps here present the informa­tion in a way that is geared to having you actually learn the material, not just a list of steps to get something that looks decent.

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The book is built for the new CC versions of the applications. There is also a previous book edition that can be used with CS6, CS5.5, CS5 and CS4. The older releases don’t have all the same features and functions as the newest tools, but the general concepts presented are similar.

You can download the e-book in PDF format after signing in with your Adobe ID (which is easy to create if you don’t already have one). The full book file is less than 5MB in size and fast to grab:


If you don’t have the software yet, just download a free working trial of any CC 2014 product for either Windows or Mac (or try the whole Creative Cloud) – then install, run, and start your training…

If you’re interested in Adobe Dreamweaver too, then we should tell you that Professor Payne also has some great free ebooks for Dreamweaver (both CC and CS6).

Related: Trying to decide which is right for you? See Creative Cloud vs. CS6 Comparison

These books are written with a Macintosh in mind, but with the change of a few keys they can easily be used with the Windows versions of these apps. Knowing that the Mac Command key is the same as the Windows Control key, and the Mac Option key is the same as Windows Alt key is just about all you need to know.

Since it is essential to work while reading, the book’s pages have been optimized to read on a portable device. If you are using an iPad or tablet, you can view it with two pages side by side or vertically page by page. With a smart­phone, this book can be read with the phone in the horizontal orientation. If you need to read these pages on a computer, use a different system or monitor than the one you are working on to avoid having to switch back and forth on the same screen.

Table of Contents
Preface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . III
1  The Applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
2  Illustrator Basics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
3  Illustrator Paths . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
4  Illustrator Type. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
5  Photoshop Basics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
6  Photoshop Layers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
7  Images to Illustrator. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
8  InDesign . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
9  The Right Tool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
10  More Illustrator. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163
11  More Photoshop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
12  More InDesign . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181
Appendix I  Photoshop Trouble?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
Appendix II  Sizing images (steps). . . . . . . . . . . . . 191

And to continue learning, don’t miss dozens more free books for many Adobe products, covering recent versions of all major applications.

See Also

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  1. marissa

    awesome freebie, very helpful – thanks !

  2. Thomas Green

    Love this, everything is presented in straightforward and easy to understand fashion for all three apps. Wish I’d had it earlier.

  3. Jv

    Please include the links for download.

  4. Del

    I had a license for CS4 and lost the program when we did some computer migrations. I still have my old 24 digit license access code. Is it possible to pay to upgrade to a more recent version of Adobe Photoshop?

    Thank you,
    Del

  5. Rosemary

    I have a new laptop without a CD/DVD drive and I’d like to install CS6 master suite that I bought previously. Can you please direct me to the right site to download the software – I have the valid license number to enter when prompted to do so.

  6. Travis B

    I plan to freelance with the most up-to-date features.

  7. Don

    I signed up and received the “Thanks for subscribing! Here are your free Adobe eBooks” email, but for some reason I was only allowed to download one book.

    I was hoping to be able to download the Lightroom book as well so that I could become more familiar with the program, but it says I must be a member. I don’t understand.

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