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Adobe CC Design Basics

Posted on Feb 6, 2014 by Thomas Payne
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Graphic Design
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Products Used
  • Muse
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign


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This book leads the beginning student through the basics of Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. Like tutorials, it presents 'working lessons'. For use with Creative Cloud versions of the applications. Now also includes a chapter on starting to use Muse. For earlier application versions, see Adobe Design Suite Basics. This version is current as of June 2016.

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Adobe Creative Cloud Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and (optionally) Muse are needed for this book.

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All Comments (112)

Bridget Babel

Posted on Jan 17, 2017 - Permalink

​Thank you!

Solin Tem

Posted on Jan 14, 2017 - Permalink


Theingar Tun

Posted on Sep 14, 2016 - Permalink


very good

Chrissy Hughes

Posted on Sep 12, 2016 - Permalink

​Terrific guide! Thank you.

Gina Lozano-Rink

Posted on Sep 12, 2016 - Permalink

​Thank you! I had no clue I was going to be teaching photography this year so I am scrambling with finding a way to start! Very much appreciated!

Matt Niemitz

Posted on Sep 11, 2016 - Permalink

​Love this! Thanks for sharing Thomas!

Steve Porter

Posted on Sep 9, 2016 - Permalink

Pretty basic stuff. Great for teaching beginners!

Nitin Kitukale

Posted on Sep 3, 2016 - Permalink

Thank you very much for this guide

Joe Long

Posted on Sep 2, 2016 - Permalink


gurpinder singh

Posted on Aug 24, 2016 - Permalink


Percy Ordonez

Posted on Aug 1, 2016 - Permalink

Great resources. Thank you for putting these guide together.

thibault merou

Posted on Jul 29, 2016 - Permalink

Thank you Thomas.

gift kadzviti

Posted on Jul 29, 2016 - Permalink

sterling international

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 - Permalink

Thank you adobe

maha dhanam

Posted on Jul 15, 2016 - Permalink

Thank you!!!

Tamara Charles

Posted on Jun 8, 2016 - Permalink

how do i find someone with license i can purchase in my country

Thomas Payne

Posted on Jun 8, 2016 - Permalink

I have no idea. I am not part of Adobe.

Zeynep Altinay

Posted on Jun 3, 2016 - Permalink

Do you have students buy CC on their personal computers? Or, are these apps made available in computer labs?

Thomas Payne

Posted on Jun 3, 2016 - Permalink

The lab has CC on all computers, but some students buy the student versions also.

Mark McGrath

Posted on May 14, 2016 - Permalink

Great resource. I would have loved it if they add a cheatsheet at the start of the 3 sections to work off of as you worked through the book.

Thomas Payne

Posted on May 14, 2016 - Permalink

Thanks for the suggestion. I am going to revise the book soon, and I will see if that works. One problem with an ebook is that it is difficult to continuously flip back and forth from where you are to another page.

Cornelia Böhm

Posted on May 13, 2016 - Permalink

Thank you so much!

dina hogva

Posted on May 13, 2016 - Permalink

Thank you very much for sharing with us.

giovanna iannicelli

Posted on May 13, 2016 - Permalink

thank you thank you an excellent resource

Tuan Anh

Posted on Apr 28, 2016 - Permalink

Thank you so much!!!

Tran Doan

Posted on Apr 26, 2016 - Permalink

thank you!!!

Ayoub Hamdaoui

Posted on Apr 11, 2016 - Permalink

thank you very much!

Shelley Brown

Posted on Apr 1, 2016 - Permalink

Thank you. I can't wait to dig in and incorporate into my classes.

samuel Larbi

Posted on Apr 1, 2016 - Permalink

Thank you so much, great resource

anurag kanekal

Posted on Feb 8, 2016 - Permalink

Thank you for providing the free source it may help me lot :)

Jill Din

Posted on Jan 30, 2016 - Permalink

Thanks Mike

Jill Din

Posted on Jan 30, 2016 - Permalink

So where is the actual book? !!!!!

Mike Skocko

Posted on Jan 30, 2016 - Permalink


The Resource Assets (above) provides a link to download the Resource File which is a 200 page PDF (an eBook). You must be logged in to view the link.

Hope that helps. :)

Arun Krishan Sharma

Posted on Jan 30, 2016 - Permalink

You cheat me you told me free download the Adobe design books the book doesn't download after completing my subscription.

What is this

Paul Burgess

Posted on Feb 29, 2016 - Permalink

The link to the book is above

Ruth Berger

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 - Permalink

I really appreciate the resources you make available. They certainly enhance my enjoyment when using and/or teaching with the fantastic Adobe product range. Ruth

Raja Saeed

Posted on Jan 18, 2016 - Permalink

Thanks Adobe for providing great learning stuff

Simul Chowdhury

Posted on Jan 14, 2016 - Permalink


Netaniel Giovanni

Posted on Dec 18, 2015 - Permalink

thank you for the great resource for newbie

John Barrett

Posted on Dec 15, 2015 - Permalink

Mahalo nui loa!

John Barrett

Posted on Dec 15, 2015 - Permalink

Mahalo nui loa

Jose Picado

Posted on Nov 27, 2015 - Permalink


Karen Meachem

Posted on Nov 20, 2015 - Permalink

Thank you

Alisha Crawford

Posted on Nov 13, 2015 - Permalink

Quick basic book to get beginners up to speed. Nice!

g kemel

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 - Permalink

thank you,


Posted on Nov 2, 2015 - Permalink

Salheddine Boumaraf

Posted on Oct 14, 2015 - Permalink

good book, and nice website too.

Oluwasiji Benjamin

Posted on Oct 9, 2015 - Permalink

Jane Turahui

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 - Permalink

venus cold

Posted on Sep 25, 2015 - Permalink

Thanks a lot ..for the excellent resource.

charles dominic

Posted on Sep 25, 2015 - Permalink

Aqeelah Rashidi

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 - Permalink

Thank you so much

Farai Wakatama

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 - Permalink

thank you for the book, I would love to read more books on adobe illustrator,

Efrain Valle

Posted on Aug 29, 2015 - Permalink

Awesome... mil gracias!!

Bethany Dutton

Posted on Aug 22, 2015 - Permalink

Thankyou so much great resource

Ponch Hirunmeta

Posted on Aug 21, 2015 - Permalink

Awesome. Thank you!

Emoru Omude

Posted on Aug 15, 2015 - Permalink

This is awesome! I can now continue my practice and teach others...

mongi jr

Posted on Jul 21, 2015 - Permalink


Deepak Pradhan

Posted on Jul 11, 2015 - Permalink


Andrew Lai

Posted on Jun 28, 2015 - Permalink

This just saved me an incredible amount of time in resource preparation. Thanks!

steve gossett

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 - Permalink

Excellent! Thanks for sharing this with your user base!

ken rosco

Posted on Jun 19, 2015 - Permalink

thank you so much!

Luis Estrello

Posted on Jun 18, 2015 - Permalink

Spectacular document! Thanks a lot!

alexander parra

Posted on Jun 7, 2015 - Permalink


Harley Mullins

Posted on May 8, 2015 - Permalink


Miguel Antonio Sigler Perez

Posted on Apr 16, 2015 - Permalink

Thanks a lot!

Viktor Hugo Vargas

Posted on Apr 7, 2015 - Permalink

Thank you. Muy bueno

Mike Skocko

Posted on Apr 3, 2015 - Permalink

Thank you, Thomas. Very generous of you to share your book with the community! :)

shamim aa kabir

Posted on Apr 2, 2015 - Permalink

I 'm Happy to download this , It's a great book i think it will be so much helpful to develop my career. Thank U so much

Dhanaraj Keezhara

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 - Permalink

what a great book! I love it...Thank you for sharing.

Carlos Gipson

Posted on Mar 30, 2015 - Permalink

Thanks, finally a link that produces.

Richard Sicat

Posted on Mar 30, 2015 - Permalink


Juliah Parnos

Posted on Mar 22, 2015 - Permalink

thank you

vipin wilson

Posted on Mar 12, 2015 - Permalink


Avin Murphy

Posted on Feb 28, 2015 - Permalink

Good One :)

Riddhesh Trivedi

Posted on Feb 16, 2015 - Permalink

Thanks for sharing this book..

Veronica Sarmiento

Posted on Feb 14, 2015 - Permalink

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Katharynne Norrana Damasceno

Posted on Feb 9, 2015 - Permalink

Thank you for sharing this!! Thank you very much!

Roy Chua

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 - Permalink

I'm really grateful to the uploader for sharing this , thanks!!!

Devang Parikh

Posted on Jan 11, 2015 - Permalink

Thanks for sharing this book..

Denise Dejonghe

Posted on Jan 2, 2015 - Permalink

Thank you for sharing your book!

Danni Mordecai

Posted on Dec 30, 2014 - Permalink

Thank you, just what I need to keep me busy over the holidays. DM

Christina Hauri

Posted on Nov 23, 2014 - Permalink

Another fantastic resource - thank you SO much!

Charles Bruce

Posted on Nov 10, 2014 - Permalink

To Ann Sheldon>

You must sign in first. You will then see a line titled Resource Assets (1). at the end of that line you will see an arrow head pointing up (if it is pointing down, right click it and it will point up). You will now see a link titled Resource File - 4.31 MB. Click on it and the file will download.

Note that if you use windows and Firefox, the downloaded file may be named Adobe without a dot extension. In this case rename it to Adobe.pdf (or any other name you wish followed by the .pdf).

I only use Firefox however this problem may exist with other windows based browsers. If so the above name change should work. There is no problem with Apple based browsers.

Thomas Payne

Posted on Nov 10, 2014 - Permalink

Thanks so much for this answer to a reoccurring problem!

Paul Solecki

Posted on Nov 10, 2014 - Permalink

Still no extension. I think what is happening is that the filename is the same as the book and it's not escaped to encode the space in the filename? FF sees a PDF file but however you're sending the filename is incorrect.

Thomas Payne

Posted on Nov 10, 2014 - Permalink

It seems to work on anything I try to download it with, so I have no idea. I don't have much access to a Wintel machine, so I haven't tried many configurations there.


Posted on Nov 10, 2014 - Permalink

Hi Where do you click to download these books

Gary Coyne

Posted on Nov 5, 2014 - Permalink

As I did a real quick scan of this, it seems very well written. However, on page 175 you mention Bridge and mention how valuable it is. So far so good. But then you state "(or another image cataloging application such as Adobe Lightroom, Apple Aperture or Phase one Capture One)."

Sorry, but to compare these applications to Bridge is like the proverbial Apples to Oranges. I've no experience with Capture One but the function and purpose of Aperture and Lightroom extends only and exclusively to photos. It does this in a remarkable and excellent way. However, Neither of them can see an Illustrator or InDesign document (let alone a png, eps, or mov). Thus, if you are working with a variety of image and document formats, you will be tearing your hair out trying to keep things organized.

Bridge, on the other hand, is document agnostic and can see and interact with all kinds of documents and therefore is superb for keeping track of many different documents and file types. If you are then doing some level of document interactivity (placing vector and bit-mapped images into an InDesign document (or any other combination of that endeavor), Bridge becomes a vital part of the process for organizing and finding your work.

To attempt the same goal with (say) Lightroom, one would be better off with Apple's Finder or Microsoft's Explorer (albeit with less success).

Otherwise, looks very good.

Thomas Payne

Posted on Nov 5, 2014 - Permalink

Very good point. That would be a blind-spot of mine you identified.

Gary Coyne

Posted on Nov 5, 2014 - Permalink


You have good company. There are a number of excellent people out there who have not "grocked" Bridge. On the other hand, there are many of us who's computer is not on without Bridge running.

Think of it this way: let's say you've got a bunch of images (of many different types) and you need to triage the images for any kind of purpose: send a copy to a friend, place in a website, place in an ID manual. In LR, you import the images (only bit-mapped) and can do wonderful things of preparing and outputing the images. Plus, you also have the great database of controlling your images. But if you only need the image for a one-time use and/or do not need a database of the collection and/or have a variety of image types, etc., than LR is overkill or can't do the job.

Plus, don't forget that Bridge can coordinate your Color Profiles across all Adobe applications.

Some friends and I were talking and feel that Adobe blew it with the default workspace they give Bridge. I do not know anyone who uses that and usually develops their own.

And, it's been a long time since Bridge got some development love. Hopefully soon.

Thomas Payne

Posted on Nov 6, 2014 - Permalink

Thanks for the information. Next revision I do will include these capabilities of Bridge.

Richard Evans

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 - Permalink

Just downloaded your book, same problem as the others. Downloaded as 'Adobe' nothing else and no file type. I have renamed and it appears fine, have not checked it all. I was using Firefox

Thomas Payne

Posted on Nov 5, 2014 - Permalink

I am at the end of the road on figuring this one out. I would say it is on Adobe's end. The only other thing I can think of is that the file name perhaps breaks some convention. Could be a Firefox thing. Sorry.

Thomas Payne

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 - Permalink

I cannot find the problem. I just downloaded it without problems using a Windows computer with Internet Explorer. Sorry I cannot be of more help.

Charles Bruce

Posted on Sep 10, 2014 - Permalink

No! I'm afraid it is not fixed. The file still downloads as Adobe with no extension. You have to rename it to Adobe.pdf. You clearly are not formatting your link correctly.

Gerhard Schoen

Posted on Sep 10, 2014 - Permalink

Problem with "no type suffix" seems to be solved: download & print is smoothless

Nancy West

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 - Permalink

I'm having the same problem with the download file - it's named Adobe with no file type suffix. Would really like to read your book!

Charles Bruce

Posted on Aug 19, 2014 - Permalink

I use Windows 8.1 and Firefox 31.0. When I click on the link to download a book, say, Adobe CC Design Basics, I get taken to this page which only has a link to download a file called Resource File - 4.31MB. As it turns out that is the correct file but it is named Adobe with no extension. Nice to get the free book, which I thank Adobe for, however could they not fix the link?

I have noticed this before with other books and can only wonder what other windows users that experience this download problem think of Adobe. It is not likely to inspire confidence in Adobe or their products.

Thomas Payne

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 - Permalink

A couple of other people have reported the same problem you are having. When I get a few spare hours I will try to track it down. Sorry about that.

Stephanie McNair

Posted on Aug 4, 2014 - Permalink

Can't wait to read it! Thanks

?? ?

Posted on Jul 29, 2014 - Permalink

Good! Thank you for sharing.

Adele Cloete

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 - Permalink

GREAT book! thank you for this wonderful share!

Colin Taylor

Posted on May 23, 2014 - Permalink

In windows, if file type is missing or unknown just rename with the extension .PDF this should no work.

Dario Cavada

Posted on Apr 29, 2014 - Permalink

Simple clear and effective !

Jamie Albert

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 - Permalink

Very nice document. Thank you for sharing!

Thomas Payne

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 - Permalink

File has an .pdf extension. Don't know why you are not seeing it.

Bojan Živkovi?

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 - Permalink

Thomas Payne

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 - Permalink

That is strange. That isn't even the file name. I have no idea what is wrong.

Thomas Payne

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 - Permalink

Bojan Živkovi?

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 - Permalink

File is without any extension for Win users. It needs to be renamed to Adobe.pdf in order to open it in Reader or Acrobat.

James Buchholz

Posted on Feb 12, 2014 - Permalink

I looked over this document and you have some great points like the paragraph styles. I will use some of tis information. Thanks