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Free 228-Page eBook! Get New Edition of “Adobe CC Design Basics”

With over 12 million paid members for Creative Cloud and growing, we often get this question from readers: “What’s a good book to get started with the most popular Adobe tools?” 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, and that you can download instantly?

Get the New "Adobe CC Design Basics" Book Free – Download Now! (Look Under 'Teaching Material Assets')

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 2018 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” that will give you all of this for free, courtesy of author Professor Thomas Payne… The book works 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.

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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?

  6. alnazeir

    i need the free trial for photoshop cc & cs6

  7. Jean-Paul

    This book is greatly helpful, thank you very much !

  8. Said Mtezo

    Hi. I live in Tanzania. I’m a big fan of your products but the problem is in my country CC subscription is not accessible. For long time I have been checking if this issue has been resolved to no avail. My question is… Have you come up with any plan for designers who live in countries where CC is not accessible? In my case I don’t have any problems in paying the subscription fee. Please help. Thanks

    • Welcome Said, thank you for your questions. We apologize that Adobe is not yet offering “Creative Cloud for Individuals” in the country where you live… The list of where CC can be purchased is now up to 83 countries (see the Country Availability List) and always growing larger.

      However, if you happen to have a billing address and form of payment (including PayPal) that is based in any one of those other (covered) countries, then you should still be able to purchase CC direct – even if your home address is elsewhere…

      [Note that your Adobe ID needs to be associated with the same country as your credit card or billing address, so if it isn’t then you may have to create a new Adobe ID.]

      But even if that doesn’t work, then you should still be able to buy Creative Cloud for Teams from a reseller in your country. Yes, CC for Teams is offered there, and shown on the countries list linked above – so you should be able to purchase it, even if only for 1 single license.

      If the reseller option doesn’t work for some reason, then we would suggest contacting Adobe directly about that and expressing your feedback:

      http://www.ContactAdobe.com

      Finally, while not everyone has full access yet, Adobe tells us they continue to work to expand the availability on an ongoing basis – so look for still more countries to be added going forward.

      But whatever you do, avoid any illegitimate version at all costs!

  9. Said Mtezo

    Thank you for your prompt response.
    …But whatever you do, avoid any illegitimate version at all costs
    That last sentence almost made me cry because that is exactly what I’ve been doing since I couldn’t get a genuine illustrator program. This my confession and I wish to seriously apologize to the adobe team. I’m always haunted by a sense of guiltiness to the point that I’m completely unhappy with whatever I earn through my works. To me, this a very big sin and a burden on my shoulders. I therefore ask for forgiveness from the whole of the adobe team. Please.
    I want to clean up my acts and start afresh. I hereby request you or anyone amongst you to clearly direct me on how to go forward with the above-mentioned process involving registry in another country or any other fruitful way. Actually, I don’t fancy this team thing.
    There must be a way to help me. Adobe Illustrator is my life!
    My plan is to go for the annual payment plan once this issue is resolved.
    PLEASE HELP.

    • Hello again Said, thank you for sharing your thoughts and for your earnestness. Regrettably it’s not within our power to control which countries Adobe sells their software in. But we hope that the availability list continues to expand and eventually covers all countries in the entire world.

      However, with your comments in mind, we intend to raise and follow-up on this issue personally with relevant Adobe staff at the upcoming MAX Conference later this month. We can only try, but it’s worth a shot.

      Thanks again, especially for wanting to do the right thing!

  10. Said Mtezo

    Hi. I noted a couple of things after reading your messages. Now please check if the following plan can bear fruit:
    1. I have a relative in Norway. His name is Ahmed. So I instruct him to send money via PayPal or some other applicable means. This means your payment is sent from Norway.
    2. In the meantime, I am going to create a new adobe id. The name will be same, Said Mtezo but instead of indicating my country as Tanzania, I indicate it as Norway. My email address will also be there.
    3. After receiving payment, adobe sends the program through the email I provided and eventually, I receive my package here in Tanzania.
    Now, tell me, Is this plan feasible?
    Thank you

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