Welcome to resource central for WOW! art,
tips, tricks, and more…

Peachpit Press has folded, and so the future of a separate wowartist site is currently on hold. But meanwhile you can keep checking back here for updated DigitalArtStudio news.

Why might you want to update to Illustrator CC?
Read about Sharon’s “5 Favorite Illustrator CC Features” in her DigitalArtStudio column on CreativePro.com.

Did you know that if you have CC installed, you can’t just switch back to CS6 if your CC expires?
Read about what to do if this happens to you in this DigitalArtStudio column on CreativePro.com.

Want to find out more about a new digital pen+paper=> Illustrator workflow?
Read Sharon’s evaluation of drawing with the Neo Smart Pen.

Click here to order
The Adobe Illustrator WOW! Book for CS6 and CC
from Peachpit at 40% off retail (with free U.S. Shipping)
(use the code SSWOW at checkout)

 The Adobe Illustrator WOW! Book for CS6 and CC


If you’re press, an educator, or host a user group,
you can request free copies:

Reviews/Media: press@peachpit.com
User Groups:
Educators: academic@peachpit.com
NOTE: When you inquire about the book, please include: your name, name of your school, school address, and name of the course for which you are reviewing the book.


If you (or your department) are NOT moving immediately to Adobe’s Creative Cloud,
you can still order the (less expensive)

The Adobe Illustrator CS6 WOW! Book


The Adobe Illustrator CS6 WOW! Book is still available until it sells out
(the new CS6 and CC book adds pages to include updates and all new CC material).

You can download the full Chapter 4 (brushes and strokes!) from The Adobe Illustrator CS6 WOW! Book here.

Here’s a little bit about the CS6 book:

For years, Sharon Steuer and her international WOW! team have been showcasing the world’s best artists and designers working in Illustrator. In this 12th edition of this completely updated edition of the best-selling and award-winning Adobe Illustrator WOW! Book, you’ll find hundreds of tips, tricks, and techniques derived from actual projects from these top Illustrator artists. Using Adobe Illustrator CS6, you’ll learn how to create and edit complex repeating patterns, build airbrush and neon effects with gradients on paths, convert rasters into vectors with improved Image Trace, discover new ways to construct and color objects, build multiple effects to one path or live type, and more.

Click to order from Peachpit (use order code SSWOW at checkout for 40% off + FREE U.S. Shipping)
Click here to see more about the FREE Course Outlines for Sharon’s WOW! books



The Adobe Illustrator WOW! Booklet for June 2013 CC Release
Tips, Tricks, & Step-by-step Techniques with the New Creative Tools

This is an all-digital update to the The Adobe Illlustrator CS6 WOW! book, The Adobe Illustrator WOW! Booklet for June 2013 CC Release: Tips, Tricks, & Step-by-step Techniques with the New Creative Tools. This concise  booklet has been designed to get intermediate through professional users of Adobe Illustrator quickly up to speed with the CC creative tools introduced between Adobe Illustrator CS6 and the June 2013 CC Release.  The Adobe Illustrator WOW! Booklet for June 2013 CC Release is both a standalone resource and is the official update to The Adobe Illustrator CS6 WOW! Book.

Use the discount code WOW2013 at checkout here to purchase the booklet at 35% off the normal price.

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The latest free content related to the WOW! Book and lynda.com courses… on CreativePro.com

How to Prepare Raster Images for Use with Illustrator Brushes
by Sharon Steuer

STEUER-Pattern brush


Creating a Pattern Brush in Illustrator CC Using a Raster Image
by Lisa Jackmore


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The Touch Type tool can transform an ordinary title into a unique work of graphic art. See the artwork from a lesson in the booklet that demonstrates how Steve Gordon uses the tool to create a map title on his Cartagram blog.

Steve Gordon's Bouquette

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For a sneakpeek at more from the booklet: from the booklet page on Peachpit.com click on the “Sample Content” tab to download a free PDF SneakPeek of the booklet (containing the full front matter and TOC, thumbnails of the intro, lessons, and galleries, Artists’ index, and more).

When you purchase the booklet, register it with Peachpit.com/register to access files to download from WOW! ONLINE. Files include the artwork examples from each of the lessons and galleries, plus a complimentary issue and offers from Design Tools Monthly, links to demos from Astute Graphics, The Adobe Illustrator CS6 WOW! Book, sample chapter, and more.

You can also download the full Chapter 4 (brushes and strokes!) from The Adobe Illustrator CS6 WOW! Book here.

To keep in touch please pop Sharon an email, sign up for Sharon’s newsletter (at right), subscribe to her blog, and/or you can get more immediate responses via Facebook or Twitter.

For course outlines using the The Adobe Illustrator CS6 WOW! Book  in a classroom setting, see theedu page of Sharon’s site.

WOW! CreativePro posts

Here are some of Sharon’s “how to” articles on CreativePro.com.
And following are links to CreativePro articles by the WOW! team:
Steven Gordon’s posts
Lisa Jackmore’s posts
Cristen Gillespie’s posts

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*Who “we” are:

Also collaborating on WOWartist will be WOW! team co-authors Steve Gordon, Cristen Gillespie, and Lisa Jackmore, and (occasionally) our testers and tech guru Jean-Claude Tremblay!

Steve Gordon operates Cartagram, a custom mapmaking company located in Madison, Alabama.
Cartagram’s Blog is about mapmaking and mapmakers, map trends and map sightings. It’s about visually stimulating and innovative maps, and the software and techniques to achieve them.