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Adobe® CS4 Web Workflows: Building Web Sites With Adobe® Creative Suite® 4 by Joseph W. Lowery

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Part V. ILLUSTRATOR TO PHOTOSHOP TO FLASH TO DREAMWEAVER

Chapter 11 CRAFTING A FLEXIBLE MARKETING AREA PG. 314

ILLUSTRATOR TO PHOTOSHOP TO FLASH TO DREAMWEAVER

Chapter 12 ANIMATING PHOTOSHOP GRAPHICS IN FLASH PG. 340

ILLUSTRATOR TO PHOTOSHOP TO FLASH TO DREAMWEAVER
ILLUSTRATOR TO PHOTOSHOP TO FLASH TO DREAMWEAVER

By and large, the Web is a bitmap-based medium. With the exception of emerging technologies such as the Canvas tag in HTML 5.0, you can't render vector graphics online without using a plug-in, such as the Adobe Flash Player. Nonetheless, the Adobe Creative Suite 4 Web has all the components necessary to carry out a workflow that is vector-based rather than bitmap: Illustrator, Photoshop, and Flash with Dreamweaver as the final delivery mechanism.

Illustration—whether using pen and ink on a drawing pad or vectors on a computer screen—is truly a fine art, and Illustrator is the prime computer software medium for expressing that art. Illustrator contains a well-honed palette of tools for creating artwork composed of strokes, fills, anchor points, and paths. Because vector art work is really a description of a design—for example, a downward diagonal line might be written as "plot the starting point at 0,0 and draw to 100, 100"—rather than a series of precisely placed colored pixels, it is resolution independent. This quality of ...

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