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Download Free New Book, ‘Adobe CC Design Basics’ (228 Pages)

Hard to believe, but Adobe recently surpassed over 10 million paid members for Creative Cloud. So we get this question all the time from readers, asking us, “What’s a good book to get started with Creative Cloud?” While there are a lot of great CC books for sale on Amazon, why not begin with an excellent title that’s available to everyone for free?

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Over the years, we’ve compiled a collection of over 30 free books that you can download and use for learning all of Adobe’s different creative tools… But there’s one volume that always stands out as a favorite – and even better, it has just been republished in a brand new expanded edition for the CC 2017 tools.

So if you’re just getting going with (or would like a solid primer covering) the core Creative Cloud design tools, then what better than a step-by-step guide that will teach you the essentials of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Muse from the ground up?

So here it is: the very helpful “Adobe CC Design Basics” 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 13 chapters in this book (detailed below) look a bit like tutorials. As with tutorials, you work in the programs as you follow along with the reading content. But 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.

Download the Free Primers for Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Muse, and Dreamweaver

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 3MB in size and fast to grab:


If you don’t have the software yet, just download a free working trial of any CC 2018 product for either Windows or macOS (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 a great free ebook for Dreamweaver CC too.

Related: Do you believe any of these? The 10 Most Common Myths About Creative Cloud

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  Getting Started with Muse . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . 155
10  The Right Tool. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
11  More Illustrator. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
12  More Photoshop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193
13  More InDesign . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201
Appendix I  Photoshop Trouble?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215
Appendix II  Sizing images (steps). . . . . . . . . . . . . 217

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. Peter

    Thanks, this is an awesomely helpful book.

  2. kg

    when i click download for the design basics book, i can’t find an option to actually download an ebook.

  3. kg

    working for me now.

    thank you.

  4. Jerry

    Thanks for the link to Adobe CC Design Basics. I’ve never really gotten into Illustrator, but this will finally give me the incentive.

  5. chrisBman

    My security is giving me worrying no no’s?

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