Online subscription to $10 to $15 per month. [Note: This amount varies somewhat with each semester. Actual costs will be identified when you are invited to subscibe. This provides access to 5 software programs for each student enrolled in the subscription.]

—Recommended: The Abobe CS5 Illustrator WOW! Book by Sharon Steuer, Adobe Press. Cool projects that really flex Illustrator’s creative muscle. Beyond a beginner’s book but approachable just the same.

—Recommended: Adobe Illustrator CS5 Visual Quickstart, Peachpit Press. A manual for looking up individual problems and solving them piecemeal. Not a teaching tool.