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FreeHand 8 Authorized [With Cd Rom] Paperback – 3 Apr 1998


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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Macromedia Press; 2 edition (3 April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201696916
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201696912
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 21 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,171,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Learn to use FreeHand 8 for all your creative projects, whether they're destined for print publications or the Web. This book is updated to cover FreeHand 8's innovative new capabilities, such as dynamic transparency controls, customization features, and the Freeform tool. Learn to apply Xtras to create dazzling special effects such as Emboss, Shadow, and Mirror. The companion CD contains practice exercises for all the lesons, plus a trial version of FreeHand 8 and other exciting Macromedia products.

About the Author

Macromedia is the premier provider of software for graphic design, multimedia CD-ROMs, and World Wide Web sites. Now the creators of many leading products that graphic designers, multimedia and Web developers rely on everyday are collaborating with Peachpit Press to create a series of books that you will also rely on.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 July 1998
Format: Paperback
The 400 or so pages of this 'authorized' manual are utilized very well to spell out a basic foundation for the use of this program. The authors start out slow laying ground work for the more complicated lessons that follow. They are careful to explain background info and scenarios a typical user might find themselves in. While this book is a terrific starting point for anyone interested in learning this program, it really only covers about 1/2 of what you need to know. After reading it you will be prepared for doing lots of experimenting, but experiment you must in order to take your competence to the next level. I would like to have seen a little less repetition for the sake of clarity, and a little more information for the sake of completeness. Over all a very well written book, especially for a newcomer to Freehand.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Feb. 1999
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It's a very thorough book - and it does get repetitive at times, but that helps to sink in the fundamentals of this wonderful software package. It can be used as a reference, too. The large, uncrowded pages make it easier to find where you were after applying a step. The book also suggests an "On Your Own" project after each of the lessons to further help. My ONLY complaint is that Freehand doesn't included this book with the software program as it's tutorial. The one that comes with the program seems more designed as marketing tool to show what it can do rather than teach you how to use it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Mar. 1999
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This book is excellent choice for users who want to learn about FreeHand, this book is well organized and easy to follow. A person can learn it within a matter of days, it teaches you everything you need to know about FreeHand 8.0.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Outdated - not the authors fault 17 Nov. 1999
By Doctor Dave - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I made a typical mistake of most people buying computer related books; forgot to check the publish date. This book was probably great in 1997 but in 1999-2000 almost all of the software used as examples have been updated. The content seemed stable and the author quite knowledgeable. As a previous customer stated, it's probably better to just seek out literature that is relevant to the program being used than a book that tries to "cover it all".
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This book is for beginners 1 Mar. 2000
By Tom Dorriety - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
After years of griping, my company migrated to Freehand8 from Designer 4. While I was happy to get some current software, I was frustrated trying to learn to use a program that was far more advanced than any I had used before. Simple tasks that I took for granted became completely alien to me. The manuals offered little help. I rolled the dice and bought this book. I'm glad I did, I learned all I needed to know to get started with this program. And I did it while working hands-on with real projects. Since the book came with a demo version, I was able to do it at home. It was far and away better than the lecture style classes I went to. It explained and demonstrated all the things beginners need to know, especially complex concepts like layers & bezier curves. Obviously, if you don't think those are complex concepts, the book is not for you. Those 700-1000 page books are fine if you already know a product, but are intimidating and frustrating to "newbies." At this price, this is a much better deal.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Thorough explanations,logical lesson plans,nds more info 16 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The 400 or so pages of this 'authorized' manual are utilized very well to spell out a basic foundation for the use of this program. The authors start out slow laying ground work for the more complicated lessons that follow. They are careful to explain background info and scenarios a typical user might find themselves in. While this book is a terrific starting point for anyone interested in learning this program, it really only covers about 1/2 of what you need to know. After reading it you will be prepared for doing lots of experimenting, but experiment you must in order to take your competence to the next level. I would like to have seen a little less repetition for the sake of clarity, and a little more information for the sake of completeness. Over all a very well written book, especially for a newcomer to Freehand.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is an essential book for anybody who wants to learn FH8 31 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
After receiving Freehand 8 as a gift, I was so intrigued with the program's capabilites that I had to find a text that would show me some of the program's more sophisticated enhancements. Macromedia's Authorized version does exactly that! It will teach you how to make some really cool illustrative designs that are actually fun to do. Plus, once you have finished you have some really nice pieces to show what you have created, (but, please give credit where credit is due!). Everyone of the lessons contained in this book can be used as a base for your own projects anyway. So, buy the book, kick back with a fresh cup of coffee, and get ready to have some fun. --m. a. ackerman
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
My students always complain 25 Mar. 1999
By David Bergsland at graphics@swcp.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As an author in the process of writing a new textbook on FreeHand for Delmar Publishing (due out in 10/99 called "Digital Drawing: Print & Web Graphics with FreeHand"), I have to say that Macromedia's offering is one of the large reasons I am writing the book. My students universally hate this book -- "dry"; "boring"; "confusing" are typical comments. The dry tutorial style, lockstep method, coupled with a lack of practical industry tips and techniques are usually the main reasons given.
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