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FreeHand 10 F/X and Design (F/X and Design Series) [Paperback]

Ron Rockwell
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1 Sep 2001 F/X and Design Series

FreeHand 10 f/x and Design features how to trace scanned images for use in printable or Web-ready illustrations. It shows how to construct an object from drawings, sketches or actual objects into three-dimensional renderings, how to effectively integrate your illustrations with Flash, plus much more. Real-world projects are provided throughout this book demonstrating intermediate to advanced FreeHand tools strengthening print and Web-based graphic techniques.

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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Paraglyph Press; 1 edition (1 Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932111476
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932111477
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 20.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,972,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ron Rockwell is a graphic designer and technical illustrator who has been using FreeHand since its debut in 1988. He won the People's Choice Award for Infographics at Macromedia's UCON '99, and has contributed to and illustrated several books for NASA. Ron's impressive client list includes Lockheed Missiles and Space, Intel, Chevron, and the U.S. Navy. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Only half way through the book, I have picked up a few good tips and on the whole the book is quite good. However like many other computer books I've read in the past, crucial errors have been made which could have easily been avoided. i.e. Chapter 5 (Rose tutorail) the image supplied makes it impossible to complete the tutorial as quickly as one would like as what should be "strokes" are actually "fills" and hence inconsistent with what the book is asking you to do.
Or how about "Draw an ellipse with the Bezigon tool as described in the 'Creating Circles from squares' sidebar" No ref, no page number nothing to assist in finding the 'sidebar', what should I do waste even more time hunting through the book to find it? did that still couldn't find it!!
However as I said on the whole the book is good, but unfortunatly has been slightly ruined by these types of niggles which could easily been avoided.
When computer books are priced as highly as they are, I think we really do deserve a little more attention to detail. Surely publishing deadlines could be delayed for at least a short while to address these problems?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Add to the FreeHand Short List 9 Aug 2002
Most FreeHand users would agree that books, let alone decent ones, on the subject are few on the ground. In fact, I would go so far as to say there is only one worth your while, regardless of what version you're currently using--that's Olav Martin Kvern's Read World FreeHand 8. As a computer book it's in a class by itself, as a FreeHand book is it a bible/indespensible. FreeHand 10 fx & design has it's own strengths--mostly that Rockwell, the author, challenges the artist throughout to do their own drawing. There's a splendid array of tutorials and information here, most presented from an intermediate starting point--which, for anyone who has every tried to learn/master FreeHand is a plus because the basics have always been intimidating. Rockwell encourages you not to take that too seriously and to learn by doing. That's a plus. I agree with the other reviewers here but then that would be all computer books--buy one and the first thing you should do is hunt down the errata. A must have for FreeHand users, if only because there aren't too many other titles to choose from at the moment but worthwhile nonetheless.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good bet 26 Jun 2002
If you're into to Freehand- this is your book.
The book is well thought out, extensive and even enlightening... ;o)
I've worked with this software for over five years now and I learned quite a few usefull hints from the author.
If you're in doubt over buying it- GET IT... you won't be sorry.
Of course there are some bugs (little ones) and for some people the book could use more screenshots, less "basic notions" explaining and more reference of alternate ways to produce the same effects (some of which are less time consuming). But through and through- its still a very good reference book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vector Magic from a Master 12 Dec 2001
By Doug Katz - Published on Amazon.com
This is a book that you wish wouldn't end because each chapter is flush with technical and artistic lessons of enormous practical value. Mr. Rockwell teaches you how to use paths and points in remarkably sophisticated ways to simulate reality. He covers the most complex FreeHand operations and manipulations in a style that is thoughtful, instructive, and easy to follow. How often does one encounter a skillful artist, adept technician, and superior communicator all in the same skin?
If you have a serious interest in refining your vector skills, and if you take pleasure in artistic discovery, then get hold of this book and don't let it go until you've read it all. But be forewarned: you may find yourself using FreeHand in ways you never thought imaginable. You may even find yourself preferring paths and points to pixels and paintbrushes!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Find 23 Nov 2001
By Samuel Heber - Published on Amazon.com
Finally, a real illustrator who can write too!! This book is packed full of inspiring real world desgins. The author then proceeds to teach us how to produce these top class images using FreeHand.
Instead of teaching how to use FreeHand it is an INTERMEDIATE book which shows you how to do cut-out designs, theres a car, a bird, a realistic jewel case, products with labels added and much more. If you go to a bookstore, browse the 32 page color section and you'll be blown away with the quality of the projects contained in this book.
There is photorealism, drawing with stylized brushes, wonderful perspective projects, 3D for the web, using envelops and TONS more.
This is the book to get if you are already comfortable with FreeHand and want to expand your creative abilities.
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