Adobe Creative Suite 5 (CS5) Design Premium - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

With the Adobe Creative Suite 5 (CS5) Design Premium release, you get not only the tools you need to be creative for print and the web but also Adobe Fireworks, to make websites more attractive than ever.

The diverse software in Adobe CS5 Design Premium enables you to create everything from an interactive e-commerce website to a printed book. Each piece of software in the Adobe Creative Suite works on its own as a robust tool. Combine all the applications, including Adobe Bridge, and you have a dynamic workflow that just can’t be matched.

Many features are consistent among the applications in the suite, such as color, file formats, and text editing as well as general preferences for rulers and guides throughout all applications in CS5.

InDesign CS5

InDesign is a diverse and feature-rich page layout program. With InDesign, you can create beautifully laid-out page designs. You can also execute complete control over your images and export them to interactive documents, such as Acrobat PDF.

Illustrator CS5

Adobe Illustrator is the industry’s leading vector-based graphics software. Aimed at everyone from graphics professionals to web users, Illustrator allows you to design layouts, logos for print, or vector-based images that can be imported into other programs, such as Photoshop, InDesign, or even Flash. Adobe also enables you to easily and quickly create files by saving Illustrator documents as templates and using a predefined library and document size.

Photoshop CS5

Photoshop is the industry standard software for web designers, video professionals, and photographers who need to manipulate bitmap images. Using Photoshop, you can manage and edit images by correcting color, editing photos by hand, and even combining several photos to create unique effects. You can use Photoshop as a painting program. Photoshop even includes a file browser that lets you easily manage your images by assigning keywords or allowing you to search the images based on metadata.

Acrobat 9.0

Acrobat 9.0 Professional is aimed at both business and creative professionals and provides an incredibly useful way of sharing, securing, and reviewing the documents you create in your Design Premium Suite applications.

Portable Document Format (PDF) is the file format used by Adobe Acrobat. It’s used primarily as an independent method for sharing files. This format allows users who create files on either Macintosh or PC systems to share files with each other, and with users of handheld devices or Unix computers.

Dreamweaver CS5

Dreamweaver CS5 is used to create professional websites quickly and efficiently, without the need to know or understand HTML (HyperText Markup Language). You can work with a visual authoring workspace (commonly known as Design view), or you can work with the code. Dreamweaver enables you to set up entire websites of multiple pages on your hard drive, test them, and then upload them to a web server. With Dreamweaver, you can create pages that contain imagery from Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and Flash.

Flash Professional CS5 and Flash Catalyst CS5

Flash combines stunning motion graphics, visual effects, and interactivity that have made it the industry standard for creating websites, CD-ROM presentations, and interactive learning tools.

Create graphics and type in Flash with its comprehensive set of drawing tools and then put them in motion with timeline-based animation, movie clips, and interactive buttons. Add photos, sound, and video for an even richer experience or use Flash’s built-in scripting language, ActionScript, to create complex interactive environments that stand out.

Fireworks CS5

In the Design Premium suite, you have a tool for creating web graphics. Fireworks offers features that were available in ImageReady in the CS2 suite.

You may wonder why Fireworks is included in the Design Premium suite when it already includes two other image editing programs, Photoshop and Illustrator. Among other things, Fireworks is useful for mocking up web page designs, making it quick and easy to design a web page layout and web applications. Fireworks also enables you to edit both bitmap and vector images.

Adobe Bridge

Adobe Bridge is truly an incredible application, especially with the CS5 release, because the processing speed is greatly improved and new features are available, including the ability to take advantage of the new Mini Bridge in several of the CS5 applications such as Photoshop and InDesign.

Bridge CS5 is a separate application you can access from the Creative Suite applications. It allows you to quickly access and manage multiple documents (such as images, text files, and Adobe stock photos), which you can use in all the CS5 applications.